Synopsis from Edelweiss:
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.
About: The Dream Thieves is a young adult fantasy written by Maggie Stiefvater. It was published in 9/17/2013 by Scholastic Press, 437 pages. The genres are fantasy, paranormal, young adult, and magic. There are 4 books in The Raven Cycle series: 1. The Raven Boys, 2. The Dream Thieves, 3. Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and 4. The Raven King. This book is intended for readers ages 14 and up, grades 9 and up. According to the publisher’s website, “Scholastic was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to Open a World of Possible for children across the globe” and their mission is to “encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy.” Please see below for more information about the publisher and author.
My Experience: I started reading The Dream Thieves on 7/4/16 and finished it on 7/11/16. This book has a lot going on than the first book of the series. The covers for book 1 & 2 are gorgeous! Adam irritates me sometimes because of his prides in himself being a self-made man. Everybody goes through life with the help of others despite rich or poor. Would it hurt so much to accept help once in awhile? He rather accepts help under pretense rather than truth. Although I do admire him working 3 jobs to support himself going to private school.
Gansey seems like a catch at times and other times, I’m not so sure. He’s the boss of his friends and they are his minions doing all of his biddings. Yet, I am intrigue by Gansey because he’s very good at talking. Being 17, he can talk to any politicians and professors and get treated as their equals. Most adults would treat a teen a different way, but he is mature for his age.
Ronan is tough on the outside but soft on the inside. He takes care of his younger brother well. He swears but he tells his bro not to. I like his ability. Very cool!
Blue is self conscious about being odd, yet she modifies her own clothes to wear something different from the rest. That is a sure way to look unique. And so weird that she longed for moving into the boys’ apartment. Very little romance again in this book, but compare with the first book, it’s one ladder step up.
I still don’t understand the plot very well, searching for the ancient king, ley lines, dream objects, night horrors attacks, Gansey and Ronan being insomnia, yet still being excellent with little sleep, the pills and alcohol they took without consequences are farfetched to me. The Gray Man beat up Declan, but nothing else happened.. seems like loose ends. Declan’s hardly being mentioned in this book. Why bother start the book out with him. The psychics are weak in this book, hooking up with a hit man? How nasty is that?
However, the writing is very well written and attention grabber. I still enjoy reading this book a lot despite having no clue what the plot line is about. I intend to re-read this book and hopefully understand it better the second time.
Pro: friendship, family, educated characters, private school, rich kids knowing how to think for others instead of themselves, fast paced, couldn’t put down
Con: annoying at times with Adam and the search
I rate it 4.5 stars!
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About the Author:
Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and the second book, The Dream Thieves, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She is also an artist and musician. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at http://www.maggiestiefvater.com. (Photo obtained from Goodreads and Info obtained from Scholastic’s Website).
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***Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from my local public library and my opinions are honest.