Wednesday 4 December 2013

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater


Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...

My thoughts

I was so happy that I got The Dream Thieves right after I finished reading The Raven Boys, as the latter ended on a bit of a cliff-hanger. The very last sentence in The Raven Boys really intrigued me and I hoped we'd get to know Ronan better, and I sure wasn't disappointed. The Dream Thieves was very much Ronan's book, and centered around his story and abilities, while still being linked to the overall story and mystery. 

I thought it was a very interesting and original concept that Ronan could pull things out of dreams. Ronan is a very complex character and I loved being able to dive into his story and try to figure him out. It's clear in the beginning of the book that Ronan has a lot of secrets, but what are they, and what do they mean? As his secrets were slowly uncovered so is Ronan, and despite all his rough edges - or maybe because of them - I grew to love him even more.

Some of the characters, mostly Blue and Gansey, took a backseat in this book, and I have to admit that I kind of missed them, cuz I love those two. There wasn't that much focus on their search for Glendower either, though it was still present in the story. Adam, however, had a larger role, as he was dealing with the aftermath of what happened that fateful night in The Raven Boys. He had a great character development, it is obvious that his sacrifice has changed him a lot, but also his move from his parents house has made a impact on him. 

There was a lot happening throughout the book, and sometimes I kind of wondered what some of it had to do with anything. Really, I was a bit confused sometimes. I still don't know what one of the characters introduced in this had to with the story and why did we had to have so many POVs from him? Maybe a re-read will enlighten me since Maggie Stiefvater hides central plots in plain sight and I'm not always too quick to catch on.

There were some very heartwrenching moments in this book, and while they were sad, they were also beautifully written. It's not often that you get your heart ripped in such a nice way. These moments gave the story a bittersweet edge and hinted at what is always looming over the story.

Of course this one ended on a cliff-hanger too. Grrr. And the next book won't come out until fall next year. I mean what the h***. The third book is now one of my most anticipated books for next year, and I can.not.wait to read it!

If you haven't read The Dream Thieves or started this series yet, I strongly urge you to do so. It is so incredible and has already taken a place on my favorite shelf. 

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 

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