Published: September 1st 2013 by Scholastic Press
Genre & Keywords: Fantasy, Magic, Ghosts…?
Other Books From Author: The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, Books of Faerie series, The Scorpio Races, The Raven Boys (BOOK 1)
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…
Since this is the second book, I’m not going to go into detail on the CONCEPT of this series. If you’re interested in The Raven Boys, I did a review on it where I tried my best to explain what’s going on here. If you’ve read The Raven Boys and you’re thinking of reading The Dream Thieves… It’s going to be a lot about RONAN. Glendower used to be the driving force in the first book, and plotwise, we’re taking a breather to understand how magical energy works in Henrietta.
I like The Raven Boys a lot better than The Dream Thieves. Maggie’s writing style was hard for me to get into in The Raven Boys, and if you had the same problem, don’t count on immunity. I still struggled with getting through the first 150+ pages of this book, mainly because Maggie tended to go off on a tangent from the current issue, which took me out of the story and then I found my eye glazing over her words without registering what she was talking about. The only reason I pushed through was because I was heavily rewarded with AWESOMENESS for pushing through The Raven Boys and this book… I mean, I’m happy that I got through it. It was still interesting, but mentally exhausting.
Ronan Lynch is a mysterious, very hard to read character. And this book is based heavily on him. I feel bad when I automatically skimp through a Ronan chapter. Not that he’s uninteresting. HE’S NOT. He is dangerous, damaged, aloof… but he doesn’t like to express himself besides through violence. Okay, it’s his personality! I accept that. But when he’s the MAIN FOCUS, it’s hard to relate to him. I wanted more Gansey-Blue in this book! I feel that they are the most rounded characters, and their chemistry is RIGHT THERE! SO THICK I COULD CUT A SLICE OF IT. We had that scene when they almost kissed and acknowledged they had feelings for each other, but I wished Blue would tell Gansey about her break-up with Adam too. Like “break-up”. I don’t think Blue and Adam were actually dating…? The way I see it, she was dating Adam as much as she was dating any of the other raven boys. Even so, that only Gansey-Blue scene was really sweet, and I wished there was just a liiittle bit more in the book.
Besides some really fun moments (when Gansey’s family went out of their way to give Adam “crap”), the tone of The Dream Thieves was heavy and unforgiving. There weren’t high and low points, just punches one after another that drained me of feelings until each punch didn’t matter any more. It’s like The Raven Boys was a puzzle that I was trying hard to put together. All the pieces I got were really interesting and I was like “WOW LOOK AT THIS LOOK AT THIS!!”, so in this book I was expecting some explanation on how these pieces link to each other and instead I got a whole new box of puzzles dumped at my head.
So what did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless! If you haven’t read it, is it something on your radar or that you think you will read?