Sunday, September 22, 2013

Badass Books: The Dream Thieves

I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for this book, ever since I devoured The Raven Boys. Maggie Stiefvater has this way with words and characters and places and plot--she spins them unlike any author I've ever seen. She is the writer I want to be when I grow up.

I'm going to give you the summary after the picture, but even it's a little spoiler if you haven't read The Raven Boys, so it will be in white, like all my spoilers.

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.\

Why I read it: If you read the first book in The Raven Cycle, you know. There's something about these characters, the way the relate to each other, the way they drive the plot, all of it. Not reading the second book was not an option.

ZOMG yes: Really, this should be my category for the entire review. First: you get to know Ronan a lot better in this book (in case you couldn't tell from the cover). I really liked that. Ronan intrigued me in the first book, and I wanted his perspective. I wasn't disappointed. He was every bit as broken and at war with himself as I had hoped, and Maggie does such a good job of bringing that to life in this story.

I also loved the new villains in this story. They each had their own depth to them, and I wanted to know them more, to understand what drove them. SPOILERS (like some big ones): I really would have liked to learn a little more about Kavinsky's back story--what drove him crazy--but I know it's there even if it wasn't divulged. And the Gray Man? Maggie, how could you make me love a hit man? Much less a hit man with the past target he had? I love and hate you for doing this to me.

If you've read Tracey's review, she's completely right about that scene with Noah and Blue. I loved it, but I really wanted more Noah in this book. Maybe in the next one? You know now that SPOILER: the ley line is feeling a little better.

I loved getting to see more of Maura, Calla, and Persephone here. I especially love the reveals about Persephone as they tied to Adam's part of the story line. So those of you Adam lovers out there: don't worry, we get further in his story, too.

Also. I ship Gansey and Blue.

Hmmm: So the end. There's that. SPOILERS: I'm confused at where Gansey was in the epilogue. Anyone else? Also curious to see what drove Maura to her decision. I'm waiting to meet Butternut, and I think her choices are tied to that.

kthxbai: If you haven't started this series, you really need to. It's a wonderful story, but the writing alone is reason enough.

All the chiweenies to Maggie!


  1. I'm getting this on my Kindle tomorrow, I can't wait! I loved The Raven Boys, so I'm sure I'll devour this one :)

  2. I'm hoping my copy will show up tomorrow because I really can't wait to read this! (Oh, and I'm a major Gansey + Blue shipper, too.) I don't know if I have time to reread THE RAVEN BOYS beforehand, but I might do a quick skim through just to refresh myself. I'm thrilled that so many people loved this one. Makes me extra excited to get my grabby hands on it! :-)

  3. I really enjoyed this book, too. Like you, after reading the first book, not reading the others wasn't an option. Totally with you on Ronan, the Gray Man, and Gansey & Blue.

    Maggie Stiefvater is amazing and I adore her work.

  4. Yes, yes, yes to all of this, Liz! I loved this book, but I agree with your comments about the motivations of... that one guy. ;-) And the scene with Noah and Blue... Perfection!

  5. I'm so glad you loved it too! I thought it was an incredible follow up to THE RAVEN BOYS, and I'm bummed that we have to wait a whole year for the next book. I really enjoyed getting a better look into Ronan's troubled thoughts in this one, and Adam broke my heart just as much as in the first book. That scene between Noah and Blue was completely adorable. I could gush about it for hours, but I won't. I'm intrigued about the same things you are too. Why can't the whole series be out now?