July 4, 2018
“And Ronan was everything that was left: molten eyes and a smile made for war.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves
I thought today was a rather appropriate day to post this review.
If you’ve read The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, then that would make a lot more sense to you. If you haven’t, then ignore it.
I have to admit that when I read The Raven Boys, I didn’t like the character of Ronan at all. I thought he was arrogant and too impulsive. He just always rubbed me the wrong way. HOWEVER, after reading the sequel which really goes into the mind of Ronan, I can now say that he is my favourite character.
The Dream Thieves wasn’t my fastest read. Just like the previous Raven Cycle book, it took a bit to get into it. The second half of the book was much better for me than the beginning. The synopsis for book 2 is:
FROM 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…
Now when I say I came to love Ronan, it did not happen quickly. He is a very difficult character to understand at first. And only after reading about his family and especially his mother, do you really start to get why he is so defensive and angry all the time. He becomes a sort of antihero in a sense and underneath all that bruteness and anger, there is an interesting and caring guy that I think will only get better as the series goes on.
“Ronan Lynch lived with every sort of secret.” ― Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves
When it comes to the entirety of the book, it wasn’t my favourite. There is this entire subplot that slowly intertwines with the main characters and I wanted to skip those pages so much. That is a big problem for me when it comes to books with multiple POVs. There was this balance of interesting and boring plotlines throughout and the boring ones made me want to put the book down a lot. It’s why it took me so long to finish it as well.
But I am glad I did.
Anyways, let’s talk about Gansey for a moment.
I am still not sure if I like him or not. There are moments that I really enjoy his character and then there are times that I just want to grab him by the shoulders and shake him. He is a frustrating character in that he doesn’t really get that his obsession with Glendower is becoming all-encompassing and he gets too caught up in it. Also, he does things without thinking of the consequences and I have theories about why he does that, but I’ll keep those to myself to avoid spoilers.
Adam is another character that I haven’t quite figured out yet. I think I know what he’s about to do and then he pulls a one-eighty and does the opposite. He has changed from book one, but in a different way that Ronan has. Adam has become very…obscure and unreadable and these types of characters always make me a bit uneasy, but I also find him really intriguing. Hoping he has an even better arc in book three!
As for Blue and Noah, I still love them and hope they have happiness when this is all over. Well I mean, Noah…he’ll be fine. Sort of. It’s complicated! I still want to know more about how Blue’s “ability” works. She is an amplifier for psychics, but I have a feeling that there may be more than meets the eye with Blue Sargent.
“Reality’s what other people dream for you.” ― Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves
I really enjoyed seeing the different dynamics between the characters in book two. Noah and Blue and then Adam and Gansey especially. Blue and Adam are annoying me a bit, but Adam has his own issues to work out so it may take them some time to work things out.
Just like when I was reading the first book, the lore of these books is still a bit confusing for me. The “magic” is very subtle at times and then there will be a major display of it and I can’t really keep up with it. I am glad they explain more of the ley lines and how they work in book two, but I still have so many questions. That seems to be the theme of the sequel. A lot of questions answered, but even more added.
I am starting to see these books as puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles that is. Every character s a piece of the puzzle even if you don’t think they are relevant. A character from book one may not have seemed important then but could be the missing key in the second. It’s all very touch and go at the moment.
As usual, Stiefvater’s writing is stunning. Every sentence is so carefully crafted and the metaphors, let’s just say I was in heaven. Imagery is her best tool in these books. From the way a person is described to how a landscape appears from a helicopter, it’s all written so intricately and I love it.
Overall, I give this book 4/5 stars. It would have been three, but those last 100 pages or so blew my mind! If you have only read book one and you have doubts about Ronan, please read book two as you will fall in love with him all the lore that comes with the sequel. From new creatures to great plot twists, The Dream Thieves is the book I didn’t see coming and I cannot wait to read on and find out more about Ronan Lynch.
He must be protected and loved.
That is all.