Title: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Reviewer: Emily Bedwell
Summary via Goodreads:
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…
I loved The Raven Boys so much. The first book in this series was unlike anything I had read before; mysterious and exciting all at once. I just loved everything about it. I loved that it was different, challenging and required the authors to truly suspend disbelief and dive into a world of supernatural moments and experiences. I was pretty sure that The Dream Thieves would have a hard time living up to the first book, but I couldn’t be more wrong. The Dream Thieves picks up right where The Raven Boys left off. Ronan is just as dark and haunting as he was in the first book. Blue and Adam find themselves at odds with what Adam did to save Cabeswater. Gansey, ambitious, crazy Gansey is fighting hard to find the ley line that will lead to his ultimate goal.
What I loved about this book was that it was rough around the edges. Because the book focused more on Ronan, the story was darker and more complicated. Ronan’s life is one of mystery and power. He doesn’t realize what he is really capable of for a long time. When he does, it changes everything. Ronan must come face-to-face with his past in order to prevent a future that looks just like his father’s. He must look at the dark things that he can do and make a choice. The choice he makes, ultimately, is one that changes the fate for everyone along the ley line.
Stiefvater is one of my favorite YA authors anyway, but this series has cemented how much I adore her and her writing. Each one of her books or series are so different from the others. She reminds me so much of Stephen King sometimes – able to piece together amazingly diverse stories that readers cannot wait to devour.
5 out of 5 bookmarks, no question. But be sure to read The Raven Boys first or you’ll be super confused!