September 8, 2013

ARC Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

September 8, 2013
The second installment in The Raven Cycle series written by bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves  follows Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah who helps with Ronan's new found ability, meanwhile Gansey is on a quest, and Blue fears for Gansey's untimely death. The ley lines have shifted and the threat of a deadly kiss of Blue's true love lingers, and none of them are prepared for the ordeal that awaits in the wings.

Title: The Dream Theives
Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Author: Maggie Stiefvator
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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...

Fans of the series have been waiting for the anticipated sequel to their beloved Raven Cycle series, and it does not disappoint! I've received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Unfortunately it's difficult for me to write a spoiler-free review for ARCs in regards to readers who have yet to read it, so I'll have to keep it short and vague. Thankfully, there's only a week and a half to wait!

The story primarily focuses on Ronan Lynch and his ability to blur the lines between dreams and reality by being able to bring objects from his dreams into the real world. Which is why the title The Dream Thieves was very appropriately given. Although it it's prime focus is on Ronan, there is still a lot that covers the other aspects that goes on. With the change in the ley lines, the hunt for Glendower, Ronan's ability, the prophesy of a kiss of Blue's one true love's death, and someone is searching far and wide for Ronan, the antagonist that is the Gray Man always has a way and one hell of a timing and agenda to rear his ugly head. It's no surprise that the Gray Man is the one who's searching for Ronan, which is the main driving force of the plot that is driven by a commonality of family influences that wraps around the story.

The thing about prologues is that they can cryptically foreshadow what will unfold throughout the story. They also give a little back story to help understand dynamics and events to come, and they also kind of go over a little of some things that happened either in the previous book or before the book begun. Same applies to the first line being reflective of the last, although that can be arguable. Your intuition will sense that something bad, big, or shocking is going to happen that leaves you on pins and needles. Even though you can feel a storm or two brewing full steam ahead, it still hits you in a way you never thought to imagine until it happens.

What I liked about this story is that it strays from the mainstream. It's originality is what keeps readers interested and wanting more. When writing this book, Stiefvater never failed to explain what a certain thing means that is mentioned, which is good for readers to prevent from any confusion. She really knows her characters as if personally and it flows in her writing which essential to the story. The depth of the dynamics between Blue and her Raven Boys is palpable. As the characters develop and the story builds nuanced with the antagonists, the story is filled with unforgettable characters. Stiefvater is thoughtful when it comes to the pace, and the plot and character developments. It's tough to write (which makes it hard to read along) multiple point of views in third person, but Stiefvater pulls it off.

Overall, I think the direction Stiefvater went with the sequel was appropriate, and it is filled to the brim with potential that sets things in motion for the next and final installment for a powerful conclusion in which readers will be eagerly waiting to devour more.

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