It's been too long again :)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Title: The Dream Thieves
Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Release date: 19th of September 2013
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, Paranormal, YA
Published by: Scholastic Children's Books
Pages: 450 pages in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from the Bookdepository
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....
The first book really took me by surprise on how GOOD it was, character relationships, the mysterious background, the promise of a great romance, not your typical cliché characters, etc. So I was more than eager to get my hands on the second book. And while I would have preferred the focus to be on other, more favorite characters, the end result was more than satisfying.
The atmosphere of this book plays a huge part in what makes it special – it’s mysterious, sinister, foreboding and full of underlying emotions and secrets waiting to be let out. And after two books I still feel as if we’ve only scratched the surface of what really is the purpose or main idea of the series. The characters are still complex and deep with new layers added, but not overly complicated and in no way boring or predictable. Not to mention, the writing remains creative, smooth, descriptive, clear, and just a pleasure to follow.
I absolutely loved loved loved how the romance developed. It was really subtle and by far not on the very foreground next to everything mayor that was going on, but it was simply romantic in an innocent and simplistic sense, even though nothing about the whole situation is anywhere near straight-laced and easy. It was so final when Blue figured out her feelings and yet, it was the beginning of something huge, even if wasn’t on that level in this book. I’m so looking forward to where and how this couple will end up. Nothing except a fairy tale ending will do, but, I have to admit that such a conclusion probably won’t fit with the overall feel and tone of the series.
My main con is that, it’s entirely up to preference, but Ronan isn’t to me as engaging as other main characters. It was of course exciting to have him figure out his secrets and family matters, but I didn’t enjoy him as the main character in this book. I guess he’s just too unrelatable to me, I couldn’t understand why he acted the way he did most of the time, plus, the attitude wasn’t appealing as well. This, however, doesn’t mean that his whole situation wasn’t very intriguing and unique.
Blue is sassy, opinionated and likable, but in no way all over the place or overwhelming. She’s not the main character in this book, but as little as she does appear, she had some great and memorable moments. I’m really fond of her as a character. I thought Blue and Noah were adorable together, they really came across as BFF-s, people who just are on the same page and like each other’s company completely platonically. They had some adorable scenes together.
Gansey is simply charming in my eyes. He’s dashing and quirky and intriguing. Something about him comes across as so old-fashioned-ly gentleman-ly or as an eccentric rich guy – and I like both sides.
I tried to understand Adam, but despite everything, he managed to annoy me too much. On a basic level I can grasp his reasoning to act as he does, but why must he be so stubborn and independent. I didn’t like him making himself into a martyr figure and being selfish with his extreme need to be unselfish.
Ronan remains a mystery, at least his character and what makes him tick. He’s too “savage” for me I guess. Not that I didn’t absolutely love his hidden care and worry for his friends and family.
A deserving second book and an overall impressive and memorable series. If you liked the first you will definitely like this one. That is all that needs to be said.