Published: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 439 (Hardcover)
My Rating: 5.0/5.0
If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?
Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.
One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.
And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.
Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.
I’ve been binge reading this series so hard since picking up The Raven Boys and before I know it it’ll be over, which is kind of sad. You can only have the experience of reading something the first time once. Profound, I know. Since I didn’t want to order this and wait for days to read it, I picked up the audio copy from Audible and listened to this glorious book whilst I worked and drove and cleaned etc. I have to say that I enjoyed the Dream Thieves even more than the first book and I wasn’t sure how that would be possible, but it was!
The Dream Thieves is primarily focused on Ronan Lynch, the most dangerous and volatile of the Raven Boys. Ronan is a trouble soul with more problems than fingers and he can pull objects from his dreams, which may or may not also be a problem. Strangers have come to Henrietta, Virginia and they’re looking for something that will bring trouble to our characters’ doorsteps. Of course, Ronan isn’t the only character and we get to see plenty of Adam, Gansey, Blue and even Noah who’s notorious for disappearing when the action starts. Maggie Stiefvater does such a wonderful, elegant job of weaving all of her character’s threads into a tapestry of feelings, secrets, and general fabulousness.
This story has it all- drag racing, hit men, magic, and copious amounts of Latin. What more could a girl possibly ask for in a book? Well, let me tell you, I got way more than I asked for! The plot is intense and the fact that much of it is about Ronan makes it raw and combative. So much is revealed about Ronan’s past and his family, most of which makes him a much more likable character because you get to see under that tough tattooed veneer. The plot is spectacular and there’s just so much happening on every page that I was basically on the edge of my seat and hanging on for dear life for the duration of the book.
I am blown away by how quickly I’ve fallen in love with this series. One day I’ll stop being a book snob and scoffing at everyone’s sudden and undying love for a book series and just read it myself. As I type this review, I’m in the process of listening to Blue Lily, Lily Blue and will be finishing it soon-ish. I highly recommend the audio versions of The Raven Cycle because Will Patton is a fabulous narrator and rather skillfully gives each character a unique voice, adding so much life to the story. If you haven’t started this series yet, then just do it already! Don’t be a book snob like me, just give it a chance and see if you like it.