Monday, September 16, 2013

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater [Joint Review!]

5 out of 5 Robots!
The Dream Thieves 
Author:  Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Boys, #2
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release: September 17, 2013
Hardcover: 448 Pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
My Copy: Netgalley
Reviewer: Julia & Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary: 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...

Julia & Shannon: 
The Dream Thieves Review!  

1. Describe how The Dream Thieves made you feel in 140 characters (or less!)
Shannon: Like I stepped in a dreamscape. 

Julia: I felt like I was apart of an epic, magical quest. I want to find Glendower and see what he can do SO BADLY!

2. Did The Dream Thieves live up to your expectations? Why or Why not? 
Shannon: It did! I really enjoyed the first book, The Raven Boys, but I recognized it wasn't a book for everyone. Maggie Stiefvater really takes her time to set up the story, introduce the characters and you really have to just let go and trust in Maggie. But in The Dream Thieves, the patience really pays off. Now we know the characters and we know the storyline, so I felt more settled in with this sequel and could enjoy the ride more. I liked the story progression and it ended on a high note and left me wanting more, but also being satisfied at where it ended. 

Julia: The Dream Thieves exceeded my expectations. It isn't often that a sequel can trump its predecessor- especially when it is apart of a trilogy. I was worried that this one would have a lot of filler. There is no filler, it is all awesome plot and witty dialogue. I love that we see Maura letting go with Mr. Gray and Blue exploring other relationships. Everyone is so damn mysterious, it is fascinating getting to know everyone and watching them evolve! I agree with Shannon, I know that this series won't be for everyone, but I HIGHLY suggest everyone give it a go and be patient if you don't get into it at first. It gets interesting! 

3. It feels like each character is on their own quest- which character do you like following the most? The least? 
Shannon: Noah is pretty awesome. but I have to admit I have a soft spot for Gansey. I'm not even sure why. I feel like his character is the most...honest, in the sense of the author. She doesn't pay him in a good or bad light. She just writes him as he is and it is up to the reader to decide their opinion of him. With the other characters, I feel like she shows you one side of them and THEN shows you other sides. This is particularly true of Ronan. Ronan is not a character you are meant to like, but in The Dream Thieves, we do learn a lot more about Ronan and I feel like I understand him more even if I still don't particularly like him. My least favorite in this book was Adam. The chip on his shoulder just got bigger and bigger in this book and it got old after awhile. 

Julia: You know, this one is hard for me. In The Raven Boys, I think that Noah or Gansey were my favorite characters and I can't even explain why. Like Shannon, I just have a soft spot for them both. Gansey is who he is, and I love that, he doesn't change or apologize for being who he is. And Noah is just sweet and I like him in an I-feel-bad-for-you kind of way. HOWEVER. In The Dream Thieves, I am so intrigued by Ronan and his family that I think his "quest" is my favorite. There are so many unanswered questions and things to explore with his ability. It is exciting to see more of his character and I only want good things for him. 

Adam is my least favorite. He is so bitter and jealous that it makes me sick. Be happy for your friends! Be thankful that you have people that want to help you! GOSH. I really hope his attitude changes in the next book... and that he hooks up with one of Blue's cousins. hehe. 

4. What was your favorite part of the entireeeee book? 
Shannon: Well, there is a SCENE. And it was such a bittersweet one that made me happy, but also broke my heart a little. I also liked the whole situation with Gansey's family. I liked seeing where Gansey came from and how much he hated it. But I also liked the love and support he received from his family and the support they gave Adam too. 

Julia: I know what "SCENE" Shannon is talking about! I love it and you will too! I don't think it is my favorite though... My favorite scene is when Ronan discovers who killed his father. I don't even know why I liked that scene, it seemed real maybe? I also really enjoyed just about every scene with Maura and Mr. Gray. 

5. Is there anything you wish Ronan would have pulled from his dreams? ORRR anything you hope he pulls from his dreams in the next book? 
Shannon: Oh man, tough question. I would love to see him pull a person from his dreams. I have several in mind, but I don't want to spoil anything! 

Julia: I want him to pull Glendower! Why hasn't he thought of that yet?! Glendower or the orphan girl. I want to know more about her.

6. Who would you recommend this book to? 
Shannon: Fans of Maggie Stiefvater. Fans of fantasy. Adult readers who are reluctant to try YA. People who do not need a lot of action or answers, but are willing to give the story time to unfold.

Julia: I'd have to agree with Shannon, fans of the following: Fantasy, Young Adult, Awesome Stories, Action/Adventure.... Really, anyone who wants a good story. Maggie Stiefvater hit a home run with this series. 

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. The Raven Boys
2. The Dream Thieves
3. Untitled (2014)
4. Untitled (2015)



  1. I have an ARC of this looking at me on my ebook library...saying read me! Why haven't you read me yet?? This review makes me so excited!! I kind of just want to read all day...

    Have you read any of Maggie Stiefvater's earlier stuff? I read The Faerie's Lament and I'm so glad I gave her another chance, because the difference between the quality of writing in that series and this one is crazy! I fully stand behind Stiefvater now though (at first I just thought all the bloggers had gone crazy haha)

    1. Do it! My first introduction to Stiefvater was The Scorpio Races, which I almost didn't read because I was against reading her Wolves of Mercy Falls books. But The Scorpio Races is one of my favorite books of all time now. I went back and read her Wolves series (decent, better than I expected) and then read Lament and could barely finish it! It seemed like it was written by an different author entirely!



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