Wednesday, 2 March 2016

The Dream Theives - Review

Book Review:
Title: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic

“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them.
Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness.
Her raven boys.”
Read my review for the first book in the series, The Raven Boys HERE

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Blue and Gansey will be the same. Ronan is falling more and more deeply into his dreams ... and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Gansey is needed at home, and is struggling to stay in Aglionby. And Adam? He's made some new friends. Friends that are looking for some of the same pieces of the puzzle that Gansey, Blue, and Ronan are after. Great power is at stake, and someone must be willing to wield it.

This book was such a great follow up to what is becoming possibly one of my favourite series! I loved how we focus mostly of Ronan and his strange but fascinating gift of retrieving things out of his dreams. As I mentioned in my review for The Raven Boys, Ronan is my favourite character in the series (though he may now have to share that spot with Gansey) so I really enjoyed learning more about the complexity of his character.

The only problem I had with the first book was the pacing of the story. Certain parts seemed to drag on longer than others and it was hard to stay fully invested. Though I had the same problem with this book, it wasn't as frequent. There was possibly one or two points in the book that I found to drag (the parts where the gang were split up), but for the majority I was completely engrossed and loving what I was reading. 

I especially loved how naturally all the relationships in this book evolve. There's no insta-love or a complete one-eighty in a person's feelings. It all progresses very smoothly, making it a very believable read. I also really enjoyed how my perspective and feelings towards the characters changed throughout the story. My view of the Gray man at the start of the novel was incredibly different to my view of him at the end. My view of Kavinsky, another new character introduced, changed constantly. One minute I loved him and the next, I hated him. I think by the end, I couldn't commit to one feeling so I both love and hate him at the same time. You know what they say, there's a thin line between love and hate. 

Another thing that needs to be addressed is my admiration for Blue. She is quickly becoming a favourite protagonist of mine. She doesn't take (mind my language) shit from anyone and I love that. Whenever anyone is rude to her (usually Ronan), she doesn't sit back and endure it, she fights to ensure that she is treated with respect by everyone. And even though she is one feisty character, she has this adorable side that pops up a couple of times during the book. Namely that one scene with Noah and that other scene with Gansey. *Swoon* 

There wasn't as much Noah in this story as I would have liked to have, so I'm hoping that we see a lot more of him in the next books. To be honest, I want to see more of everyone. There is not one character that I don't enjoy reading about, they all have such different personalities that I never get bored of them and I just want to know more them and their thoughts and feelings.

But yeah, all in all I really enjoyed this follow up to The Raven Boys and I can't wait to see how the story continues in both Blue Lily, Lily Blue and the finale, The Raven King. (Wishing that we get to see some more Bluesy action)

4/4.5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. Great Review!I felt the same way you did about Kavinsky - I loved and hated him.