The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)
The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!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 Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2) Details

TitleThe Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)
Author
FormatHardcover
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 17th, 2013
PublisherScholastic Press
ISBN0545424941
ISBN-139780545424943
Number of pages448 pages
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Magic

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2) Review

  • Maggie Stiefvater
    February 12, 2013
    My new favorite of my books. It has All of My Favorite Things in it.
  • Natalie
    March 8, 2016
    “While I’m gone,” Gansey said, pausing, “dream me the world. Something new for every night.”This review contains *spoilers*.The Dream Thieves picks up right where The Raven Boys left off.Gansey still searches the mountains of Virginia for the legendary Welsh king Glendower, a quest made more plausible by the group’s discovery of a creepy, sentient, magical forest called Cabeswater.But in this book, all of this takes a back seat to Ronan’s confession on the last page of The Raven Boys: he can tak “While I’m gone,” Gansey said, pausing, “dream me the world. Something new for every night.”This review contains *spoilers*.The Dream Thieves picks up right where The Raven Boys left off.Gansey still searches the mountains of Virginia for the legendary Welsh king Glendower, a quest made more plausible by the group’s discovery of a creepy, sentient, magical forest called Cabeswater.But in this book, all of this takes a back seat to Ronan’s confession on the last page of The Raven Boys: he can take things out of his dreams.I’ve had trouble sleeping lately, so I found Ronan’s dreams and the whole process of taking something from the dreams really intriguing. But while this book did not help with increasing my sleep (I stayed up way too late because of this book), it did help with feeling a little relieved that my nightmares can’t come to life. “In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys.”Right there with you, Blue.I really appreciated how natural the friendships between the boys and Blue felt. The raven boys all hold a special place in my heart (especially Ronan). They are so complex and dynamic and beautiful.Ronan Lynch is incredibly charming in a way that’s physically painful to me, and he’s funny, and so, so sweet underneath all his hard exterior. I’m just really attached to him— I’m kind of scared of how close I feel to him. At this point I don't even think of him as a character in a book, he feels so real.And I loved that we got to read more of his point of view.“At night, the longing for home was ceaseless and omniscient, an airborne contaminant. He saw it in Dollar City’s cheap oven mitts — that was his mother at dinnertime. He heard it in the slam of the cash register drawer — that was his father coming home at midnight. He smelled it in the sudden whiff of air freshener — that was the family trips to New York.”I love Ronan. So much.And Adam continues to break pieces of my heart. I completely understood how he was feeling at the beginning of the story and I really felt for him and the financial situation he was in. “People who said money couldn’t buy everything hadn’t seen anyone as rich as the Aglionby boys. They were untouchable, immune to life’s troubles. Only death couldn’t be swiped away by a credit card.”But I wished he would be less angry to the people that really cared about him.“He became aware that Blue was watching him, her lips pursed, eyebrows tight.“Don’t look at me like that,” he said.“Like what? I’m not allowed to be worried about you?”Heat hissed through his voice. “I don’t want your pity.”If Gansey wasn’t allowed to pity him, Blue sure as hell wasn’t allowed to. She and Adam were in the same boat, after all. Wasn’t she on her way to work, the same as he’d just come from it?Blue said, “Then don’t be pitiful!”Also, Ronan returning to his childhood home was something I didn’t know I needed until it appeared in the book.“Gansey looked at Ronan.Ronan rubbed a studious thumb beneath one of the leather straps, wiping away the grime and sweat. He wondered when he’d ever be back. Softly, just for Gansey, he asked, “Can I go and see Mom?”If before I didn’t love him so much that my heart hurt, I certainly did after that part.He showed this whole new side of himself and I’m crying.This book seriously increased my love for Ronan so much. And I’m totally going to listen to sappy love music because of him. “It’s awake,” he said. Lifting his hand, he pressed the tiny body to his cheek so that he could feel the flutter of its rapid heartbeat against his skin. Blue was staring at him, so he offered it to her. “You can feel its heart that way.”She looked suspicious. “Are you for real? Are you messing with me?”“How do you figure?”“You’re a bastard, and this doesn’t seem like a typical bastard activity.”He smiled thinly. “Don’t get used to it.”I love it when he smiles.“Where Gansey’s ancestral home was a no-touch museum of elegant, remote things, the Barns was a warren of pool tables and quilts, video game cords and shoddily expensive leather couches.Ronan loved it so much. He nearly couldn’t bear it. He wanted to destroy something.”This is how I feel about Ronan.I also still really enjoy Blue’s family. They feel so real and are so well written that I sometimes forget they only exist in this storyline. Oh, and when the Gray Man started flirting with Maura over the phone I started laughing so hard. I had to no idea what to take from that conversation. But they actually surprised me with how well they went along. Are they a thing now?“Do you know, this is the first time I’ve seen you wearing shoes. Oh, so — what’s going on there?”Maura glanced over her shoulder to where he pointed. A small, weary Ford had just pulled up behind the Gray Man’s rental car. “Oh, that’s Calla. She’s following us to the restaurant to make sure you’re really taking me there and not burying me in the woods.”The Gray Man said, “How ridiculous. I never bury anybody.”Calla gave a mean-spirited wave in his general direction. Her fingers were claws on the steering wheel.”(I really liked Maura’s honesty when he took her out for dinner.)Another part that made me laugh was when Noah and Blue were at Monmouth Manufacturing while Gansey and Ronan were away.“Noah rubbed the smudge on his cheek. It didn’t go away. It never did. He said, “I know somebody you could kiss.”“Who?” She realized his eyes were amused. “Oh, wait.”He shrugged. He was maybe the only person Blue knew who could preserve the integrity of a shrug while lying down. “It’s not like you’re going to kill me. I mean, if you were curious.”Noah surprised me so much when he said that. And Blue surprised me even more when she accepted.The first kiss between them made me laugh so hard that tears started streaming down my eyes. But with that last kiss they were incredibly sweet with each other.“Blue gave him a watery smile. “That was super nice.”He shrugged, eyes doleful, shoulders curled in on themselves. He was fading. It wasn’t that she could see through him. It was that it was hard to remember what he looked like, even while she was looking at him. When he turned his head, she saw him swallow. He mumbled, “I’d ask you out, if I was alive.”Nothing was fair.“I’d say okay,” she replied.”And now I'm crying again. I was also glad that Blue finally admitted to herself that she had feelings for Gansey.“As they baked in the sunlight, she let herself think it:I have a crush on Richard Gansey.”I really appreciate the fact that the romance is developing slowly, so that we can focus first on the chemistry between the characters.But when it did shift to the romance between Gansey and Blue, it was so good. “He closed his eyes and leaned, just a little, so that her palm was flat on his neck, fingers sprawled from his ear to his shoulder.Everything in Blue was charged. Say something. Say something.Gansey lifted her hand gently from his skin, holding it as formally as a dance. He put it against his mouth.Blue froze. Absolutely still. Her heart didn’t beat. She didn’t blink. She couldn’t say don’t kiss me. She couldn’t even form don’t.He just leaned his cheek and the edge of his mouth against her knuckles and then set her hand back.“I know,” he said. “I wouldn’t.”They left me completely breathless and so emotional. Oh, and while I’m on the topic of people that make me feel really emotional, Ronan broke me in the best way towards the end. “Ronan stretched out his arms. "What’s here, K? Nothing! No one!”“Just us.”There was a heavy understanding in that statement, amplified by the dream. I know what you are, Kavinsky had said.“That’s not enough,” Ronan replied.“Don’t say Dick Gansey, man. Do not say it. He is never going to be with you. And don’t tell me you don’t swing that way, man. I’m in your head.”“That’s not what Gansey is to me,” Ronan said.“You didn’t say you don’t swing that way.”Ronan was silent. Thunder growled under his feet. “No, I didn’t.”I love Ronan so, so much.I feel like this review is just me gushing about Ronan, but he’s really worth all the gushing.So this series is quickly becoming an all time favorite of mine. There wasn’t even one dull moment in The Dream Thieves. I truly can’t believe it took me so long to start this incredible series.*Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying The Dream Thieves, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission!* This review and more can be found on my blog.
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  • Wendy Darling
    September 22, 2012
    This is the fantastical story of a boy tormented by nightmares that literally--literally!--become real. Set shortly after the events of The Raven Boys, the students of Aglionby Academy are still on the hunt for a legendary sleeping Welsh king. This time, while we continue to get perspectives from multiple POVs, the story primarily focuses on Ronan Lynch, a troubled and angry 17-year-old who pulls dark objects out of his dreams. But when ley lines running through their sleepy town are awakened, i This is the fantastical story of a boy tormented by nightmares that literally--literally!--become real. Set shortly after the events of The Raven Boys, the students of Aglionby Academy are still on the hunt for a legendary sleeping Welsh king. This time, while we continue to get perspectives from multiple POVs, the story primarily focuses on Ronan Lynch, a troubled and angry 17-year-old who pulls dark objects out of his dreams. But when ley lines running through their sleepy town are awakened, incredible power is unleashed, and none of the boys are prepared for the ordeal that awaits them.I liked The Raven Boys so much that I was nervous going into this one--but I think this book actually surpasses its predecessor, in no small part because of its sharp-eyed character sketches. Adam still worries me. I feel tremendous love and pity for poor Noah. I'm eager to learn more about the entire Lynch clan. And I'm finally starting to feel something for Gansey, as well as to feel the lovely pulse of connection between him and Blue. Add to that a pair of compelling, nuanced antagonists in The Gray Man and one willfully destructive Joseph Kavinsky, and this world is filled with a host of unforgettable players. The author has the ability to create such fierce depth of feeling towards her characters with a single phrase such as "a teddy bear of a boy," in reference to Ronan's younger brother Matthew, whom you immediately want to cuddle and protect all at once.I haven't been able to stop thinking about this book since I finished it. I have so many crazy theories about where this quest will lead, and I desperately want to know what happens to everyone. Aside from thrilling, nightmarish scenes, gorgeous prose, wild revelations, shocking deaths, and clever humor, there are also delicious layers to this novel that you may not fully appreciate until after you're through, including distinct symbolism (both subtle and powerful), sly hidden jokes, and a deep complexity of thought and plot and emotion. It's such an interesting meditation on the power of dreams and how hidden desire can influence our actions, from Ronan's waking nightmares to his mother and father's unusual relationship to yearnings that I won't spoil for you.I could also write an entire essay about how The Dream Thieves contains one of the most beautiful, heartbreaking kisses in the history of kisses. (Yes. The ENTIRE HISTORY of kisses.) It's a delicate moment that's suffused with the breathless wonder of discovery, and it's all the more poignant because it's entirely unexpected, and because you are well aware of its context for both parties. Tears are literally welling up in my eyes again as I write this, because that type of longing and sadness pulls so deeply at my heart.There isn't any way for a single review to do justice to this book, but this line from The Dream Thieves sums up its own story rather nicely: Magic was real, magic was real, magic was real. And it runs deep and true through Maggie Stiefvater's veins. This review also appears in The Midnight Garden. An advance copy was provided by the publisher.P.S There's a huge spoiler-tagged discussion going on down below with theories on what everything MEANS, if you'd care to speculate. But please use spoiler tags!I also participated in a rather epic chat with several authors about this book, including Sarah Ockler and R.J. Anderson--and let me tell you, there are no better companions to discuss a story like this with than a bunch of smart, passionate authors who are just as excited about the book as you are. One of the mind-blowing takeaways from that discussion: consider the characters as tarot cards.!!!! I want to reread this book immediately.
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  • Raeleen Lemay
    March 14, 2015
    I JUST LOVE RONAN SO MUCH OK??ok I'm adding more.I really love how subtle Maggie Stiefvater is when it comes to the "big things" that happen in terms of the characters and what's going on. I don't want to talk about it too much because of spoilers, but I feel like some authors try to shove information down your throat, but Maggie knows how to do it in a much more natural, REALISTIC way, so much so that you don't even really realize she did it until it's done. So magnificent. The characters feel I JUST LOVE RONAN SO MUCH OK??ok I'm adding more.I really love how subtle Maggie Stiefvater is when it comes to the "big things" that happen in terms of the characters and what's going on. I don't want to talk about it too much because of spoilers, but I feel like some authors try to shove information down your throat, but Maggie knows how to do it in a much more natural, REALISTIC way, so much so that you don't even really realize she did it until it's done. So magnificent. The characters feel like actual people, and their relationships develop in a real and natural way, and I can't get enough. I adore them.
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  • Natasha
    September 26, 2012
    You guys don't even KNOW, you guys. You guys! Guys. This book, guys. This frickin' book!Spoilers below so avert your eyes you Dream Thief virgins.*Foams at mouth*How is it possible that a second book is better than the first book, which was out of this world amazing? It's hard, but man. This book. This book is everything YA should be. Everything YA Paranormal should be. It's everything that's good about my life, really. It's that good.The writing? Amazing, as well. The characters were all badass You guys don't even KNOW, you guys. You guys! Guys. This book, guys. This frickin' book!Spoilers below so avert your eyes you Dream Thief virgins.*Foams at mouth*How is it possible that a second book is better than the first book, which was out of this world amazing? It's hard, but man. This book. This book is everything YA should be. Everything YA Paranormal should be. It's everything that's good about my life, really. It's that good.The writing? Amazing, as well. The characters were all badass. Like, so badass. Everyone was. I even ended up liking Mr. Grey and in the last book I thought he was a totally evil bastard. PS. Where's Neeve?Man. Just. Man. I don't know where to start with reviews like this because the book blew me away. I wish I could tell you what was good about it, but it was all amazing.The Raven Boys... who doesn't love them? Gansey? God. I'm so in love with him. My desires towards this book character are so real, they're tangible. It's pathetic and I don't care. Gansey added, “I would’ve thought you had more muscles. Don’t feminists have big muscles?” Decidedly not in love with him. There were so many parts of this book that shocked me. Things that were hinted at in the first book but you never caught onto and then this book exposed them and left you all "wtffff?!" Like the end of chapter 20 when Ronan found out his mom was a DREAM! DUDE! I lost my shit! I actually said, "Awwwww shiiitttt!"And this book is funny. Damn, is it ever funny. The wording is like, for smart teenagers, and kind of underhanded humor, which is perfect. Gansey couldn’t understand the speed of it. One moment, she was wearing clothing, and the next moment, she was wearing a bikini. Fifty percent of the world was browned skin and fifty percent was orange nylon. From the Mona Lisa smile on Orla’s lips, it was clear she was pleased to finally be allowed to demonstrate her true talents.A tiny part of Gansey’s brain said: You have been staring for too long.The larger part of his brain said: ORANGE. I love stories where things seem... possible. They don't live in an alternate universe where magic exists, they live in this one and happen to come across it. Well, happen is a bad word. Search feverishly seems more like it. But you really have to be careful when you create that kinda plot.. and yeah. It was perfect. “While I’m gone,” Gansey said, pausing, “dream me the world. Something new for every night.” Best part of this book? BEST PART? Uh, duh. The ROMANCE!I loved Blue x Adam in the first book, but always loved Blue as one of the best YA characters ever, same with Gansey, and I still would've liked them to be together. And in this book? Oh, you get lots of hints and signs of their obvious affection. I'm not even saying the best romance was Blue x Gansey, even though it maybe was for me. Can I just say I totally knew it about Ronan? Man, I read a lot of M/M books. They're my primary diet. I just know when shit is up, and I knew that boy liked boys. The way he noticed Gansey's smile, his laugh, and was always watching him. Even if he seen him as a brother, he was still always noticing Gansey. And god, book #3 better have some serious Adam x Ronan going on in order for me to live the rest of my life happily. He was struck by what a glorious and fearless animal Blue Sargent was, and he made a mental note to tell her that very thing, if she didn’t drown getting whatever the second thing was. “I wish you could be kissed, Jane,” he said. “Because I would beg just one off you. Under all this.” He flailed an arm toward the stars. “And then we’d never say anything about it again.” How can a book with virtually nothing physical at all in it, barely even kissing, be so sexy and romantic? I don't even KNOW! Ask Maggie Stiefvater, because she seems to have that shit in the BAG. She scratched her calf with her bare foot. She wore a dress Ronan thought looked like a lampshade. Whatever sort of lamp it belonged on, Gansey clearly wished he had one. This book is so sweet and so cool and nothing boring is ever happening and I hung on every word like it was the edge of a cliff. If you like YA, especially YA Paranormal, read this series guys, but I just know there will be even greater parts of this series in the future.Previous reviewI'm sorry, what?I have to wait... an entire... YEAR.. for this? A YEAR?September 2013??!!
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  • Kaylin
    February 25, 2017
    5 Stars I’ve been staring at an empty word document for much longer than I care to admit, trying to figure out how to put into words HOW MUCH I FREAKING LOVED this. Though I really enjoyed the writing in the first book, it completely blew me away here. The words were all perfectly chosen to craft simply beautiful and engrossing sentences. I don’t have a way to describe it and the last time I tried:(She doesn’t understand my feelings, apparently.)Here’s my thing: These characters are fantastic, a 5 Stars I’ve been staring at an empty word document for much longer than I care to admit, trying to figure out how to put into words HOW MUCH I FREAKING LOVED this. Though I really enjoyed the writing in the first book, it completely blew me away here. The words were all perfectly chosen to craft simply beautiful and engrossing sentences. I don’t have a way to describe it and the last time I tried:(She doesn’t understand my feelings, apparently.)Here’s my thing: These characters are fantastic, and the writing is smart. We’re not explicitly told characters motivations or how their backstory effects their personality, but it’s all handled so subtly we know. I often preach about showing vs telling, and this book nails it.I’m still confused about aspects of this plot (because it’s crazy and super interesting) but this series is so intensely character driven. In fact, I’m deviating from my usual review format, because I just want to talk about them. Adam “What do you want, Adam?To feel awake when my eyes are open.” - I probably should have started with Blue, since she’s actually the main character, but he is my favorite soooo- Like the poster-boy for victim blaming, and I need people to stop- JUST DESERVES BETTER, OKAY. WHY DO BAD THINGS KEEP HAPPENING TO HIM- Was totally flawed in this book and I was frustrated by some of his behavior, but it was addressed and handled well and I am so nervous to see where his character goes in this story.- Worthy of so many good things, whether he believes it or not.Ronan “And Ronan was everything that was left: molten eyes and a smile made for war.” - I GET THE HYPE NOW. I REALLY DO.- Such a complicated and dynamic individual filled with so many quirks and facets to his personality. And he’s not restricted or defined by any single one.- The sheer intensity of his actions and thoughts could take my breath away at times.- I enjoyed him the first book, but actually getting to see inside his head here made a world of difference. It becomes apparent how much of his steely personality is a front.- That motherfreaking tax assessment. - His three secrets destroyed meBlue “Tears don't become us.""What becomes us?""Action.” - Really frustrated me at times? I still like her character and feel her behavior is part of her overall arc—but she was frustrating. I get Adam's behavior wasn't perfect, but wasn’t there a better way to have the “It won’t be you” conversation??- Has a very interesting relationship with feminism I feel like comes from being raised by women and now suddenly interacting with a group of boys. I think she teeters back and forth of her understanding/perception of gender in all these scenarios, and it will be really interesting to see the results. - Apparently lives off yogurtGansey “He hadn't realized yet that Gansey could persuade even the sun to pause and give him the time.” - Has this affinity for befriending social outcasts and creating a strong support system. - Still seems to be a pretty great friend? Like he’s not perfect and he overlooks quite a bit, but he just seems to care.- There’s something just super relatable and real about him. All the characters are always talking about how charismatic and larger-than-life he is, but I still just want to grab a beer with him.- On the other hand, he's still incredibly privileged in ways he doesn’t even realize. Interested to see if this changes.Others- Am I supposed to like The Gray Man? Because I don’t. Tragic backstory doesn't excuse sadistic behavior. - What the heck Maura? Don’t go on dates with men you know are violent! Where is the logic in this??- I really enjoyed Noah’s scene with Blue, but does he actually have a purpose at this point? He just pales compared to the others and it doesn’t seem there’s much else to do with him- I still get a lot of the women in Blue’s house confused, but I like them all. - Kavinsky was incredibly intense and more than a little unstable. He has some major consent issues. But he's also incredibly captivating and really moved this story forward. “In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys.” Same, Blue. Same. I’m so invested in this, I need the next book NOW.
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  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    January 17, 2014
    This is a RE-READ because I'm freaking addicted to Maggie Stiefvater books. EVEN MORE: I'M FREAKING ADDICTED TO THE RAVEN CYCLE. I cannot even believe how incredibly FEELS DESTROYING, clever, incredibly written, mind numbingly beautiful, and intensely addictive this series is. Like ALL THE GOOD ADJECTIVES. WHACK 'EM RIGHT HERE. Omgggg. I AM MONSTROUSLY IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK AND I CANNOT EVEN. Okay? Okay.So I first read this back in 2014. My biggest complaint was: I am confused. SILLY LITTLEY 20 This is a RE-READ because I'm freaking addicted to Maggie Stiefvater books. EVEN MORE: I'M FREAKING ADDICTED TO THE RAVEN CYCLE. I cannot even believe how incredibly FEELS DESTROYING, clever, incredibly written, mind numbingly beautiful, and intensely addictive this series is. Like ALL THE GOOD ADJECTIVES. WHACK 'EM RIGHT HERE. Omgggg. I AM MONSTROUSLY IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK AND I CANNOT EVEN. Okay? Okay.So I first read this back in 2014. My biggest complaint was: I am confused. SILLY LITTLEY 2014-CAIT. WHAT WAS YOUR PROBLEM? Least to say I was not confused at ALL this time. It was beautiful. It was perfect. AND VERY CLEVER. Omg, I have so many theories now. And I also caught so much more this time around. Which cements the fact that these books are BETTER re-read. There's so much foreshadowing right up front that you don't SEE unless you're looking and aDJFALSDKFJADS I COULD SCREAM BECAUSE IT'S SO PERFECT. In fact. I will.*screams*(Also I listened to the audiobook. And audios + me = true love forever and ever because I take things in better via audio than my own lazy eyeballs apparently. But I digress.)So here is a brief list of my thoughts while reading The Dream Thieves for the second time. If you want a more sensible review, then go to my 2014 review at the end of this. T H O U G H T S:• IS GANSEY GLENDOWER?????????• They keep saying "time is circular" so he could be Glendower himself, folks. #fantheory• I still 100% think that this is Ronan's story and his character development is suffocatingly beautiful. It is BEAUTIFUL. That word exactly. And I love Ronan, like, probably far too much...ahhhh he's such an insufferable little JERK but I adore him; omg send help.• I also am still mad at Adam, but not in a "he is a bad character" in a "if we met in real life, I would be annoyed at him. But I really felt for Adam, though. Don't get me wrong. There is a quote that BREAKS MY HEART about him not being loved as a child and does that mean he'll always be broken?• Actually thinking about that...I didn't realise how many THEMES run through The Dream Thieves. It's definitely identity, because who is Ronan? Who is Adam? Who is Gansey? Why is Blue the oddball in her psychic family? What does Adam want? What can Ronan do? IDENTITY. But it's also about love, being "rich in love" as Gansey says. And Ronan chasing after love (Kavinsky) in all the wrong places. And then I think there's a theme about being controlled and controlling. Like Adam wants to control himself and HATES when he can't. Ronan looks for control over his dreams with Kavinsky. And Gansey constantly feels anxious if he can't control a situation. • ALSO I LOVE. THESE. FREAKISHLY. ADORABLE. MESSED UP. BOYS. SO SO MUCH.• OKAY?!?!? OKAY.• I love how complex they are and how they can make me howl (laughter and tears) in one chapter.• And omg they hurt each other so bad in this book.• Every time someone rejects Gansey, my heart SHATTERS. Honestly. SHATTERS.• Also Gansey is their mother. And when Gansey goes out of town, ALL THE BAD STUFF HAPPENS. Like someone please get Ronan a kiddie-leash; he should not be allowed on his own. And I cry when Adam fights with Gansey. (This is why I get so angry at Adam. GANSEY LOVES HIM LIKE A BROTHER AND ADAM REJECTS HIM CONSTANTLY BECAUSE HE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND THAT LOVE CAN BE UNCONDITIONAL AND NOT MANIPULATIVE.)• WHAT IS THAT? JUST THE SOUND OF MY HEART BREAKING.• Is Blue a vegetarian? She seems to exist on yogurt and broccoli. • Ronan is so very gay. Squishy gay little nasty Ronan.She wore a dress Ronan thought looked like a lampshade. Whatever sort of lamp it belonged on, Gansey clearly wished he had one.Ronan wasn't a fan of lamps. Don't be subtle there, Ronan.• I am of mixed feelings about the Grey Man. I kind of like him as a PERSON but I forgot he killed (view spoiler)[Ronan's father, and that makes me to angry to ever forgive him. ALSO. His storyline where he just shoots his brother and it's SUPER easy is a tad convenient, tbh. (hide spoiler)]• Also I forgot that Kavininsky (view spoiler)[dies! I forget he kills himself...and as much as I think he was a messed up horrible fool...I'm really sad. He was so EMPTY. That's Ronan's last thoughts of him: that the dragon's eyes were empty. And the dragon was Kavinisky. I'm really sad. What a pathetic and pointless life. (hide spoiler)]• I honestly want to live in Blue's incredible house. I mean, I'd go mad. BUT. It was so delightfully cluttered and sprawly and exceptionally described.• HAVE I MENTIONED MAGGIE STIEFVATER IS A WRITER WIZARD?!??!!? In like a few sentences she can describe something and I actually see it and want to be there. I AM there. THE WRITING ADFJKALSDFJAKLFDJK BASICALLY.• I'm in love.• With a book.• Omg. MY 2014 REVIEW:not spoiler, I'm just hiding it here so it's out of the way of my newer review(view spoiler)[Ohhh, my gosh, I am so in love with this book. This is going to be freakishly hard to review, so bare with me. I loved it to smithereens, buuut, I can't deny a lot of the time I was plain confused. Which is awkward. I hate being confused. It makes me feel small. I totally adore this series because a) it makes me laugh OUT LOUD and b) the characters are mine, all mine, and I just want to smoosh them all together and own them forever. (I would probably be murdered by Ronan if I attempted any smushing. But whatever. I read. I have feels. All mine.) I just LOVE how awesome everything in this story is. Outrageous imagination? Tick. BEST writing? Tick. Unbelievably awesome characters? Tick. Cucumber sandwiches? Tick. I can't even pick a favourite out of the characters. Ronan gets more of the lime light in this book, but I'm incredibly happy about. If I HAVE to pick, he is my favourite. (Particularly the scene where he threw Noah out the window.) Ronan's sass and swearing and violence...he is the badest of the bad boys. And he is adorable. (Just sayin'.) His character development has charged forward. Woot! Go Ronan. But settle down Ronan. And then WHAT THE HECK, RONAN??? HOW. WHAT. NO.Also: Gansey and Adam and Noah. I love Noah. He's dead, but I love him regardless. Gansey is the top favourite, and Adam takes on jerky tendencies that make me what to hi-five him in the face with a chair. Dude, you're not okay. And always, ALWAYS: Blue. I love Blue. She is such an awesome character, with so much depth, even if she considers herself more of a Plain Jane. I was disappointed she wasn't in the book MORE. I love her, and I'm sooo freakishly excited for book #3. So quibbles? Yes, I always have quibbles. 1. Why wasn't anyone doing any schoolwork?? In the last book they were freaking out about grades and I found that reassuringly realistic. This book? Bah, humbug, it's holidays or something. It felt a little like a Get Out of Jail Free card, so nothing could interrupt the adventures.2. The Grey Man. What the...I just don't really care to smidgeons about him. I wish he didn't have so much of the narration space. He was boring to me.3. Confusion: Maybe it's JUST ME, but I was a bit confused a lot of the time. I had a hard time recalling the ending of book #1, and then, I couldn't really get it together in my brain WHAT Adam had sacrificed and why and for what? The mystical stuff felt vague. It was awesome, I just didn't...get it? I'm totally blaming myself for this here. I'm not very quick on the up-take for a lot of mystical books. SO. 4. The beginning was a bit slow. 5. The climax was a bit fast. 6. (view spoiler)[ RONAN WRECKED THE PIG???!!!! (hide spoiler)] I absolutely love this book. It swallowed me, okay? It's one of the few books I actually don't care if it takes me aaaages to read. I'm 100% involved. Plus I laugh out loud! And that is NOT a usual thing. The dialogue is A+ and the humour is the best. Maggie Stiefvater is a wizard word wielder (try saying that 5 times fast) and I will read anything by her, no regrets. I just can't overlook the fact that I spent a lot of the time thinking, "What the heck is going on?" and not in a good way. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Katerina
    August 4, 2016
    “While I'm gone, dream me the world. Something new for every night.” I feel like I just woke up from a dream. Slightly disoriented, like I can't separate reality from fiction. Like I can't remember the exact context of this bizarre dream but I can recollect scattered images and emotions. Bliss. Anger. Agony. Pain.Love. For this series and its raw, complicated and real characters. “It was mint and memories and the past and the future and she felt as if she’d done this before and already she “While I'm gone, dream me the world. Something new for every night.” I feel like I just woke up from a dream. Slightly disoriented, like I can't separate reality from fiction. Like I can't remember the exact context of this bizarre dream but I can recollect scattered images and emotions. Bliss. Anger. Agony. Pain.Love. For this series and its raw, complicated and real characters. “It was mint and memories and the past and the future and she felt as if she’d done this before and already she longed to do it again.” The Dream Thieves is more focused on Ronan's history, his past, his secrets and his terrifying ability of pulling things out of his dreams. At the same time, Adam struggles to come to terms with the sacrifice he made, Gansey continues his relentless search of the long dead Welsh king and Blue realizes that heart is a traitorous thing and you can't choose who you fall in love with. When a mysterious man appears and stranger paranormal activity strikes their little town, Blue and her raven boys must solve the riddles of their abilities and the ley lines and discover what they're looking for before it is too late. Before someone else does. “All of us have secrets in our lives. We’re keepers or keptfrom, players or played. Secrets and cockroaches — that’s what will be left at the end of it all.” I loved The Dream Thieves, but not as much as The Raven Boys. I was overwhelmed with a constant restlessness, I almost skipped sentences and pages because I wanted something more, something else to happen but I can't pinpoint what that was. Perhaps I got tired from the frequent switch between dreams and reality, and I ended up a tad unsatisfied. “In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys.” Despite this uneasy feeling though, Maggie Stiefvater's writing didn't lose its mystical and seductive touch. This book's greatest asset was that it explored more thoroughly the relationships between the characters and their personalities, their inner battles and desires and needs. It explained Ronan's hatred against the world, it uncovered the secrets he safeguarded for so long and I fell for his wounded, more vulnerable side. Adam on the contrary became more unpredictable. I can't shake the notion that he is jealous of Gansey and that's the source of his bitterness. He is changing, I can see that he's changing and I hope that he'll understand how awful he has been to Gansey who only wanted to help him. My sweet, dear Gansey, whose wilder, boyish side is equally intriguing with his scholarly one. “I wish you could be kissed, Jane,' he said. 'Because I would beg just one off you. Under all this.' He flailed an arm toward the stars.” There is no doubt my love, their love will hurt. But their connection, their stolen moments, the longing, they made my toes curl and my heart beat rapidly, sending warmth to every single cell of my body. I am scared and excited at the same time, but I hope, hope, hope. “Rex corvus. Parate regis corvi.” The Raven Cycle is a bewitching tale, and I'm off to start Blue Lily, Lily Blue, because staying away from Blue and her raven boys is impossible. When I end this series, I'll probably need therapy.
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  • Kainat Ijaz 《UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT》
    August 21, 2015
    "In and out,Like a motherfucking thief." I feel this intense love for Ronan that no other character shares. I've been obsessed with him since he first showed up, and it's only gotten worse after that. I enjoy reading about Gansey, Adam, Blue, Noah, but when Ronan is on pages it's like they come to life. I'm telling you, it's not normal the way i feel about him. When i read this book last year i was mad because i wanted it to be all about Ronan, i realize now that i was being unreasonable. Thi "In and out,Like a motherfucking thief." I feel this intense love for Ronan that no other character shares. I've been obsessed with him since he first showed up, and it's only gotten worse after that. I enjoy reading about Gansey, Adam, Blue, Noah, but when Ronan is on pages it's like they come to life. I'm telling you, it's not normal the way i feel about him. When i read this book last year i was mad because i wanted it to be all about Ronan, i realize now that i was being unreasonable. This time i will try my best to keep it together. Also, i kind of miss Kavinsky. Let's go! “There’s only with me or against me.”It had always been Ronan against Kavinsky. “It was never going to be you and me.”"I will burn you down,” Kavinsky said. 09/08/2015I am changing my rating. I was really mad because Adam was getting hurt because of Blue and Gansey! Now that we have Ronan, how can i stay mad at Blue. THEY ARE SUPER ADORABLE TOGETHER! This series is perfect! 08/23/20153 Raven stars for Ronan and Adam. " He was brother to a liar and brother to an angel, son of a dream and son of a dreamer.” I loved Ronan and Adam in this! Their story was so intense and fascinating. I hope to see more of them in Blue Lilly rather than Gansey and Blue. Can i just say how much i don't like Blue at this point, and now she is making me not like Gansey. I couldn't care less who your true love is! Just pick someone and shut up! Stop jumping from one friend to another. All i care about is how that person would die. I don't feel any chemistry between her and Gansey or maybe i just don't care. I found myself skipping pages while reading about these two. I love Gansey when he with his friends and family, this romance thing is just not working for me.
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  • Jenny
    April 1, 2015
    ***27. March 2016***I rarely ever reread an entire series before the release of a new book, ergo my constant sequel amnesia, but this is the Raven Cycle . It's one of those books that just keeps on giving. The more you read, the more you discover. It has a really high reread factor as well because future actions shed light on past actions, turning each reread into small treasure hunts looking for those hints peppered into the story. And the characters, don't get me started on the characters. T ***27. March 2016***I rarely ever reread an entire series before the release of a new book, ergo my constant sequel amnesia, but this is the Raven Cycle . It's one of those books that just keeps on giving. The more you read, the more you discover. It has a really high reread factor as well because future actions shed light on past actions, turning each reread into small treasure hunts looking for those hints peppered into the story. And the characters, don't get me started on the characters. Their character exploration is insane and subtle and beautiful. I know, normally I'm all about character development, but this wouldn't be the right word to use here. It's like Blue's tarot card, the Page of Cups. She's an empty cup brimming with potential. Our OT5 they don't grow OUT of their characters. They grow IN to their characters. Book by book they turn their potential into something real. Our characters aren't reluctant heroes who follow a certain path and are surprised to realize they've become "something more" by the end of their journey. They already know what their "something more" is, they know they'll reach it, they just don't know how. Yet.***2. April 2015***First of all, a LOT happens in these book but NOT ENOUGH happens in these books. Ronan is a total bamf. Adam is finally getting his shit together. I'm still waiting for my ship to sail. I DON'T WANT TO WAIT TILL THE LAST BOOK. UNACCEPTABLE.
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  • Ryan
    August 5, 2016
    5/5 I love Ronan so goddamn much starsPre-Dream Thieves Me: Okay, there is no way I could possibly love Ronan Lynch anymore than I do now.Post-Dream Thieves Me: Think again, bitch.I've written and re-written this review so many times now, that I've just accepted I'll never be able to put into words how much I love this series, and how much I loved this book. So I wrote a gif-review instead. Enjoy.This book:Ronan:Adam:Blue:Gansey:Noah:Kavinsky:The Gray Man:Ronan and Kavinksy:Ronan and Adam:Blue a 5/5 I love Ronan so goddamn much starsPre-Dream Thieves Me: Okay, there is no way I could possibly love Ronan Lynch anymore than I do now.Post-Dream Thieves Me: Think again, bitch.I've written and re-written this review so many times now, that I've just accepted I'll never be able to put into words how much I love this series, and how much I loved this book. So I wrote a gif-review instead. Enjoy.This book:Ronan:Adam:Blue:Gansey:Noah:Kavinsky:The Gray Man:Ronan and Kavinksy:Ronan and Adam:Blue and Gansey:Maura and The Gray Man:My reaction to Ronan's second secret:My reaction to the ending:Me after this book:My review of The Raven Boys
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  • Yulitza Moncada
    June 23, 2016
    No les pasa que van a leer un libro con altas expectativas ya que su antecesor te encanto, pero al final este termina gustándote más que el anterior, bueno me paso con este libro. Tengo que iniciar diciéndoles que la portada de este libro es hermosa, desde que leí el primer libro de esta saga quede fascinada con cada uno de sus personajes, y definitivamente tenía que continuar con estos libros para conocer más de su historia y de todos esos secretos ocultos de ellos, me gusto mucho que la trama No les pasa que van a leer un libro con altas expectativas ya que su antecesor te encanto, pero al final este termina gustándote más que el anterior, bueno me paso con este libro. Tengo que iniciar diciéndoles que la portada de este libro es hermosa, desde que leí el primer libro de esta saga quede fascinada con cada uno de sus personajes, y definitivamente tenía que continuar con estos libros para conocer más de su historia y de todos esos secretos ocultos de ellos, me gusto mucho que la trama de este libro este mas ubicada en Ronan y su habilidad, me gusto que la autora nos diera a conocer todos esos secretos de Ronan, y definitivamente me encanto, los personajes son tan perfectos como el primero, Gansey, Adam, Noah, Blue, estos personajes logran robar tu corazón y hacer que te encariñes cada vez mas con sus personalidades y su forma de ser, Adam es un personaje que también tiene un papel MUY IMPORTANTE en este libro, y VAYA QUE HAY MOMENTOS QUE ME GUSTARON MUCHO, tengo que resaltar al nuevo personaje “EL HOMBRE GRIS” me gusto mucho, y sus capítulos se me hicieron muy interesantes, y obviamente Kavinsky es otro personaje que me GUSTO Y MUCHO, me gusto su forma de ser y como este buscaba problemas sobre todo a Ronan, y extrañe un poco mas ese papel protagónico de Blue, sin embargo en este libro la vamos a ver mucho más madura y segura de si misma, y Gansey que puedo decir de el, es mi personaje favorito, y por ultimo quiero destacar también a Maura, Persephone y Cala que han cobrado mas importancia en la historia y a quienes de verdad me gustaría conocer mejor. (view spoiler)[ es tan hermoso ver que Blue esta enamorada de Gansey pero aun tiene esas pequeñas inseguridades, pero ver que Gansey esta enamorado de Blue es tan hermoso, amo a estos dos tortolitos, son hermosos. (hide spoiler)]Me gusto que descubrimos pero no mucho, algo sobre la Línea ley, me gusto que la autora nos diera ese toque de misterio, y magia en el libro, su narrativa es fascinante y aunque no pasen muchas cosas, la forma en cómo Maggie te narra este libro hace que te fascine y quieras leer hasta la última de sus páginas, toda esa fantasía, todos esos misterios, y aunque no mucho pero si lo tuvimos ese toque de romance que hace que sueltes un suspiro después de tanto drama y misterio, ya que si algo sabe la autora es trasmitir muy bien sus sentimientos a sus lectores mediante sus libros, en fin este libro me ENCANTO, ME FASCINO, ME MARAVILLO, fue una grandiosa continuación y estoy muy emocionada por leer el siguiente libro, y saber que va a pasar, para poder conocer mas estos chicos que son maravillosos y que te roban el corazón, en fin el libro tiene un ritmo un poco pesado pero a medida que lo vas leyendo ese toque pesado se te va a hacer algo inexistente ya que Maggie sabe cómo hacer que te envuelvas en sus historias, por ello les recomiendo mucho leer estos libros, de verdad no se van a decepcionar.
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  • Sana Khalid °¤°
    December 16, 2016
    This was supposed to be a BR with this bitch, but she decided to read without me and then DNF it halfway in because it was too boring. I'm questioning our friendship too. So like, I'm going to force her to finish this and BR the next book with me. When I finished The Raven Boys, I was left confused and bored and didn't really want to pick up this book because I didn't want to read something that was confusing as fuck and boring as fuck, but HOW WRONG I WAS! This was so fucking good. AHhhh so fuc This was supposed to be a BR with this bitch, but she decided to read without me and then DNF it halfway in because it was too boring. I'm questioning our friendship too. So like, I'm going to force her to finish this and BR the next book with me. When I finished The Raven Boys, I was left confused and bored and didn't really want to pick up this book because I didn't want to read something that was confusing as fuck and boring as fuck, but HOW WRONG I WAS! This was so fucking good. AHhhh so fucking good, you guys. I officially love Ronan and the Gray Man.Ronan fucking Lynch: "Everything about him was a warning: If this snake bit you, you had no one to blame but yourself.” "Don't fucking swear," Ronan said.""I am being perfectly fucking civil""Noah slouched in. In a wounded tone, he said, "He threw me out the window!"Ronan's voice sang out from behind his closed door: "You're already dead!” I finally understand why everyone is so crazy over this beautiful little fucking bastard. I love him so much. He's the best characters in this book. He deserves all the fucking love. He is hilarious as fuck and I can relate so much to him. This fucking kid, I swear. So like, since my brain is dysfunctional, I keep on saying Ronan Lynch out loud and this is an actual conversation I had with my sister. Me: *stares at Ronan Lynch fanart* Ronan LynchSister: Who the fuck is this Ronan Lynch? WHy are you ALWAYS saying RONAN LYNCH?!?!?!?!Me: Child, you don't know who this Lynch is because you never fUCKING READ. Sister: Get a life Sun. Me: dO yOu wAnT tO sTaRt a fIgHt?!When I found out about Ronan's second secret(view spoiler)[(hide spoiler)]Just fuck me up please. JUST FUCKING KILL ME. I CAN'T TAKE IT AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.Chainsaw:Chainsaw is love. Yes, this bird is my fucking favorite, after Ronan of course. The Gray Man:He's a mysterious hit man. He's a violent little piece of shit. He's a wonderful violent piece of shit. And I ship him so fucking hard with Maura. Maura deserves happiness. "The Gray Man took the gun from the passenger seat and shot his brother. Twice." This quote makes me really happy. Please don't ask why. Thanks. Kavinsky: "Ronan said, 'Life isn't just sex and drugs and cars.'Kavinsky said, 'Mine is.'" This little bitch ass fucker. I hate him. I don't understand why everyone likes him??? Sorry, but I don't like this guy. Sure he's funny, but what he did at the end was not cool. AND HE'S A DANGER TO PYNCH, SO NO THANK YOU BIG TIME. :)AND HE JUST GETS TO FUCKING SMACK RONAN'S HEAD??? (view spoiler)[and when he died I was so happy, but I have a feeling he's going to come back to life (hide spoiler)]Overall, the beginning was a bit slow, but the characters were hella funny and lovable and it got way better as I was reading on. I still don't understand shit about the ley lines and Glendower or whatever the plot is.
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  • Bgurl (don't h8 me cuz I'm honestful)
    July 12, 2016
    The Dream Thieves (RC 02), by Maggie Stiefvater: 5 “Dreams Come True” Stars “A secret is a strange thing.” ~ Ronan Lynch.If anyone knows about strange secrets, it’s Ronan Lynch. Turns out, Richard Gansey III’s left-hand man has lots of secrets. All of them crazy. Crazy scary. Crazy unbelievable. Crazy heartbreaking. And, just plain crazy, crazy. In The Dream Thieves, book two of Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series, we learn them all. Well, almost all. “All of us have secrets in our lives.” ~ The Dream Thieves (RC 02), by Maggie Stiefvater: 5 “Dreams Come True” Stars “A secret is a strange thing.” ~ Ronan Lynch.If anyone knows about strange secrets, it’s Ronan Lynch. Turns out, Richard Gansey III’s left-hand man has lots of secrets. All of them crazy. Crazy scary. Crazy unbelievable. Crazy heartbreaking. And, just plain crazy, crazy. In The Dream Thieves, book two of Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series, we learn them all. Well, almost all. “All of us have secrets in our lives.” ~ Ronan Lynch.Ronan may have the most secrets. He might even have the craziest secrets. But he’s definitely not the only one with secrets. Maura and the psychics know more about Blue’s father than they’re telling. Adam (Gansey’s right-hand man) struggles to hide the repercussions of his promise to Cabeswater. Blue & Gansey try to suppress their mutual attraction. And a very bad man sends an even badder man to Henrietta to find a mysterious, magical item called “The Greywaren”. “Every day, thousands of confessions are kept from their would-be confessors, none of these people knowing that their never-admitted secrets all boil down to the same three words: I am afraid.” ~ Ronan Lynch. “I am afraid.” And, therein lies one of the main themes of, The Raven Cycle series. Because:TRUTH: Everyone does have secrets. TRUTH: Everyone is afraid of something. TRUTH: The only way to overcome our fears is to face them. TRUTH: Maggie Stiefvater does a very good job of driving that point home. “It’s not my job to tell other people’s secrets.” ~ Noah Czerny.NOR IS IT MINE… If you want to know everyone's secrets, you’re going to have to read The Dream Thieves. Considering Ms. Stiefvater’s superior storytelling skills, that won’t be a hardship. You’ll not only love Ronan's secrets, but everyone else's as well. As for me, I’m getting ready to descend into book three. So, I’ll see y’all on the other side. ‘Til then, may you…Dream on.Dream on.Dream until your dreams come true.~ Aerosmith.LINKS TO REVIEWS OF BOOKS 1 & 3-4:The Raven Boys (RC #1): Click Me Baby!Blue Lily, Lily Blue (RC #3): 1 More Time! The Raven King (RC #4): & One Last Time!
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  • Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie
    April 28, 2014
    Rex Corvus, parate Regis Corvi.The Raven King, make way for The Raven King. *rolls out the red carpet I hand-stitched myself*One word: Ronan. Ronan, Ronan, my dearest snake, Ronan. This book would be amazing just on the basis that it features an exclusive look at one of the most enigmatic characters in the series. Although, that isn't saying much seeing as all the characters are onions of mystery. However, Maggie Stiefvater is a gifted storyteller, and amazing characterization isn't all you wi Rex Corvus, parate Regis Corvi.The Raven King, make way for The Raven King. *rolls out the red carpet I hand-stitched myself*One word: Ronan. Ronan, Ronan, my dearest snake, Ronan. This book would be amazing just on the basis that it features an exclusive look at one of the most enigmatic characters in the series. Although, that isn't saying much seeing as all the characters are onions of mystery. However, Maggie Stiefvater is a gifted storyteller, and amazing characterization isn't all you will get. No, you get a plot that can carry its own and a writing that leaves you bereft when you're elsewhere, wishing you could return to the story, wishing it was you in the story. Ronan was everything that was left: molten eyes and a smile made for war. God, how I love these characters and Ronan is no exception. As you may see, my previous review is in the spoiler below, because that is a night horror straight out of my own head (I'll probably be saying the same thing about this one in a few months time). However, one line did strike me as relevant. I feel like Kavinsky is who Ronan could have been, in another life. Without Gansey, things could've been very different. He would've been very different.One thing Maggie Stiefvater is incredibly talented at is creating an atmosphere of nostalgia. It was mint and memories and the past and the future and she felt as if she'd done this before and already she longed to do it again. The way the author plays with the concept of time, how things have yet to happened yet already did, leaves me with a feeling of weepy wistfulness. As if there's no way to change was is to come because it already happened. Now, that's not necessarily true, as you'll find in the book, but the predominant theme is just that, you're running on recycled time and the air it gives the story is drugging. Just like Blue, I felt as if I had done this before and already I longed to do it again. Also, this being a reread, I just want to reiterated what I stated in my previous review for The Raven Boys: THE CLUES. Oh, the damn clues I failed so historically to see. I mean, holy hell, it couldn't have been more obvious if Maggie Stiefvater had called me up herself to personally deconstruct everything I just read. Now, to cut myself some slack, hindsight is 20/20 and there's so much more I understand now because I have more pieces on the table to work with. But at the same time, I was almost embarrassingly dense. That's not to say this series isn't full of surprises, because it most definitely is. “He’s not alone when he leaves his car behind.”There was something chilling about that phrase. Leaves behind. It could have just meant “parked the car.” But it didn’t sound like that when Calla said it. It sounded like a synonym for abandon. And it seemed like it would take something pretty monstrous to make Gansey abandon the Pig.“When does it happen?”“It already has,” Calla replied. Her eyes open and fixed on Blue. “And it hasn’t yet.” SEE? See what I mean? Reading The Raven Cycle is like reading an inevitability. The foreshadowing, the idea that things are inescapably fated, rakes over your feelings. Because nothing will be the same. Not after Glendower. Not after Gansey.OLD REVIEW --> (you've been warned)(view spoiler)[“A secret is a strange thing.” This series is so. good. The best I've read this year. This is one of those books were I wish I could go back and read it from the beginning like it was my first time. The Raven Cycle series has easily earned a place on my holy grail shelf. ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●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...*light spoilers ahead*● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● “When the rules of time became flexible, the future seemed to hold too many possibilities.” I love this series!! The plot is captivating, the characters alluring... I couldn't have asked for more from this book. With The Raven Boys (book1) and The Dream Thieves, you don't just get a little bit of character development and setting in the beginning and then have the rest of the story be all about the plot. You're constantly getting descriptions. And not in the 'I'm bored to tears' kind of way. More in the 'why am I not in this book and a character in this story' kind of way. All the details pull you further and further into the book. ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●As for character development, that's another constant in the story. It's not like the characters were only developed in book 1 and then that's it, you're stuck with the same character for the rest of the series. Just like we develop everyday, so do the characters. You learn more and more about them and it really makes you feel like you're a part of the story. Blue Sargent (a.k.a. Jane) In that moment, Blue was a little in love with them all. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys. Blue is the only one in her family without psychic abilities, instead she's an amplifier, making other people's abilities stronger. Every psychic she's been to has told her that if she kisses her true love, he will die. And since she saw him on St. Mark's Eve, he's already destined to die that year. I love Blue's sense of humor, charm... pretty much everything. She never annoys me or has me pulling my hair out of frustration. If I could choose favorites... I'd maybe say it was her...?... but all the characters introduced are amazing so it's hard to choose. That includes the 'villains' of the story too, even if it's just to admire how realistic their character was!Richard Gansey III “While I’m gone,” Gansey said, pausing, “dream me the world. Something new for ever night.” I love all the layers there were to Gansey. You have the rich, confident, untouchable side. And then you have to unsure, intelligent, scholar side... the side that will stop at nothing to find Glendower. Boy. Scimus quid quaeritis.(Boy. We know what you’re looking for.)Though the trees could have meant any of the boys, Gansey felt as if the words were directly particularly at him. Out loud, he said, “What am I looking for?”“They said there’ve always been rumors of a king buried somewhere along this spirit road,” Ronan said. His eyes held Gansey’s.“They think he may be yours.”But more than anything, he's loyal. Ronan Lynch “… no one but Ronan knew the terrors that lived in his mind.” Ronan... he's another layer-filled character. I didn't know how to feel about him when reading The Raven Boys but we learn more about him in book 2, much more. He's still dangerous, damaged and aloof, but he's also caring. Just not in a way that is noticeable unless you see things from his eyes. Adam Parrish “What do you want, Adam?”“To feel awake when my eyes are open.”Adam broke my heart. Almost more than Ronan did. He's been trying to make something for himself. Always trying to do it on his own– make his own money, pay his own bills, without any help. But he sacrificed himself, to be Cabeswater's eyes and ears... and that comes with a price. Noah Czerny“Was he really here, or was it a dream? Did it make a difference to Cabeswater?” Noah's probably the one I know least about. Probably because I didn't get much from his perspective. But from what I do know, I can say he's a great character. Almost like the glue the keeps Ronan, Adam, and Gansey together. Joseph Kavinsky “The world’s a nightmare.”Kavinsky was a mystery to me for most of the book. He and Ronan were so alike... but so different. Especially near the end. To me, Kavinsky was what Ronan could become if he took a certain path. ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●This is a romance, and even though it's not over powering, it's still there. Part of me wants a romance to bloom but at the same time, Blue and Gansey are fated to fall in love and... well, we know that only ends in death and despair. As for the other boys... that's really spoilery so you'll just have to read and see ;)● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●This is the kind of book that doesn't spoon feed you anything. It leaves you thinking 'surely Maggie Stiefvater means this... right?' You aren't handed anything on a platter. You're left to discover most of it on your own and only later on in the story are your suspicions confirmed. I was enraptured by the story and the brilliant writing. The author has a way of making you feel like you're right there. Like you're a part of Blue and her Raven Boys. ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● “He was a brother to a liar and brother to an angel, son of a dream and son of a dreamer.” I highly, highly recommend reading this book (and series). (hide spoiler)] I couldn't recommend this series fast enough. Honestly, whoever someone asks me "what's a great series to read?" The Raven Cycle is already halfway out of my mouth. .::MY REVIEW FOR::.⚬ The Raven Boys (book 1)⚬ Blue Lily, Lily Blue (book 2)⚬ The Raven King (book 4).::ALSO, FOR ANYONE INTERESTED::.This is the most Bluesy song I have ever heard: DriveThis is the most Pynch song I have ever heard: Take Me To Church ((f.d: the visuals above were edited by myself-- base images were found on google))
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  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
    September 14, 2014
    "Suddenly, for the briefest moment, panic forced itself up. Am I a dream creature? Would I know?" ► 4.5 stars. No one is more flabbergasted than me to realize - to confirm - that Ronan Lynch is undoubtedly my favorite.RONAN. FREAKING. LYNCH.Ronan, who's so keen on showing the kind of thrill-seeking, self-destructive behavior I would usually hate and manages to make me love him nonetheless. Tell me, is there something more powerful than the annihilation of a usual revulsion? I don't think there "Suddenly, for the briefest moment, panic forced itself up. Am I a dream creature? Would I know?" ► 4.5 stars. No one is more flabbergasted than me to realize - to confirm - that Ronan Lynch is undoubtedly my favorite.RONAN. FREAKING. LYNCH.Ronan, who's so keen on showing the kind of thrill-seeking, self-destructive behavior I would usually hate and manages to make me love him nonetheless. Tell me, is there something more powerful than the annihilation of a usual revulsion? I don't think there is. He's so freaking stupid at times. Unable to fucking communicate. It would be so, so easy for me to despise him and hate him a little. Except I don't, I cannot. I'm way too busy caring for him. "Ronan watched Gansey over the body of the creature - it seemed even larger in its death - and his expression was as unguarded as Gansey had ever seen it. He was being made to understand that this, all of it, was a confession. A look into who Ronan really had been the entire time he had known him. What a world of wonders and horrors, and Glendower only one of them." Perhaps I should try and explain why - how - he can avoid my ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME radars... It has to be something, right? It has to be some quality I can quantify? Should I wait for some fucking epiphany about why I'm not growling and facepalming and rolling my eyes? You wish. There's only Chainsaw and a baby mouse and longing. There's only brotherhood and family and hurt and hurt and hurt. Loneliness and anger and that dazzling smile that escapes, escapes, escapes. There's also "I'm being perfectly fucking civil" , because come on now. I know you smiled too. "And you, Ronan," Niall said. He always said Ronan differently from other words. As if he had meant to say another word entirely - something like knife or poison or revenge - and then swapped it out for Ronan's name at the last moment. "When you were born, the rivers dried up and the cattle in Rockingham County wept blood." If this reread taught me something, it's that above the mysteries - no matter how intriguing they are - Maggie Stiefvater's novels are always so very character-driven. It can be seen as a flaw, or it can be your undoing. Me, though? I love these Raven Boys to pieces - they're real to me. Yet it's funny how perception can change over the time, really. Indeed it seems that Adam and Blue switched roles during this second read : the first used to annoy me, and I liked the latter. Now it's the opposite, but I don't care, it doesn't change anything because in the end, above the characters, what's important here are the dynamics and the relationships between them all. Who cares about specifics? "Ronan Lynch's second secret was..." Oh, yes. That. Strangely, I'm feeling more invested in that ship now. Go figure. Also - so much foreshadowing : we can say many things about the plot - messy, slow, confusing - yet under the chaos hides order. There are so many tiny clues that I didn't catch the first time, SO. MANY. How's that for brilliant, I wonder.I am not ready for this series to end.For more of my reviews, please visit: __________________Reread 03/29 : Granted, I don't have the time to reread the whole series before The Raven King, but... You know why I chose to restart here.Here's a clue : (view spoiler)[Ronan (hide spoiler)](view spoiler)[DUH (hide spoiler)]
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  • Maureen
    April 16, 2015
    4.5/5WHATReread April ? (gotta figure it out) to April 22nd, 2016This still stands at a 4.5/5 stars for me and it's still so great. This book is mostly about Ronan though unpopular opinion, he is not my favorite. I STILL LOVE HIM THO just not the most.So many things happen in all these books it's fantastic. LOVE THIS SERIES.
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  • Kai
    April 2, 2015
    “While I'm gone," Gansey said, pausing, "dream me the world. Something new for every night.”Well, obviously, Maggie Stiefvater can do amazing things with words. Beautiful things like this series. I was transfixed with The Dream Thieves. It's another fascinating novel made by a brilliant author.Some things still irritate me though. My best example: Ronan Lynch. Sometimes I just want to punch him in the face, especially when he behaves like the biggest dipshit earth has ever seen. His actions and “While I'm gone," Gansey said, pausing, "dream me the world. Something new for every night.”Well, obviously, Maggie Stiefvater can do amazing things with words. Beautiful things like this series. I was transfixed with The Dream Thieves. It's another fascinating novel made by a brilliant author.Some things still irritate me though. My best example: Ronan Lynch. Sometimes I just want to punch him in the face, especially when he behaves like the biggest dipshit earth has ever seen. His actions and words make me furious. Maybe it's his recklessness or his attitude, but often he doesn't make sense to me at all.Other times I want to punch Adam in the face for being so stubborn. Him though, I do understand. I just wish he'd swallow his pride and accept his friends aid.Anyway, what bothers me most is that sometimes I just didn't understand a single word. I totally missed the meaning of what Maggie wanted to tell me. There was a whole chapter where I just sat still and thought "???". I guess that calls for a reread. I wish there was a little (or a lot) more clarity, it gets extremely confusing at some point. (It's hard to explain why exactly I was confused. It usually happens when authors work foreshadowing or go on another (metaphorical/spiritual/fatal) level of writing. When their words get so cryptic and mysterious that I lose them.)The only thing left to say is that Maggie created such raw and pure characters, that I don't want to let go of them. Ever.Find more of my books on Instagram
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  • Kat (Lost in Neverland)
    November 2, 2012
    Expected Release Date: September 2013No...No. This can't be happening. I need my raven boys. I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT MY RAVEN BOYS. I HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR TO HAVE MORE? Update: 2-13-13 Cover and title revealed! Reaction to Title: LOVE IT! So fitting too. Reaction to Actual Cover: Critical Kat is critical. I don't like how Ronan looks. He looks...cartoonish. And kind of ugly. The birds and the color scheme are beautiful though. If they had just let it look like that WITHOUT Cartoon Ronan in it, it wo Expected Release Date: September 2013No...No. This can't be happening. I need my raven boys. I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT MY RAVEN BOYS. I HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR TO HAVE MORE? Update: 2-13-13 Cover and title revealed! Reaction to Title: LOVE IT! So fitting too. Reaction to Actual Cover: Critical Kat is critical. I don't like how Ronan looks. He looks...cartoonish. And kind of ugly. The birds and the color scheme are beautiful though. If they had just let it look like that WITHOUT Cartoon Ronan in it, it would have been perfect.
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  • Clau R.
    January 15, 2016
    4.5, review to come later.
  • Hailey (HaileyInBookland)
    May 13, 2014
    So much love for the Raven Boys *sigh*
  • Andreea Pop
    September 4, 2012
    “Reality's what other people dream for you.” Damn these books. Three nights' worth of sleep because of them and I'm just finishing The Dream Thieves. I need to catch up, but firstly -- this book was magical and wonderful and set my heart on fire, gave it wings, plunged it into darkness and cemented the status of the series as a new favorite of mine. Go figure. Left with a shock back in The Raven Boys, we, or rather they, are still on a quest to find the long-lost Welsh King, Glendower. But the “Reality's what other people dream for you.” Damn these books. Three nights' worth of sleep because of them and I'm just finishing The Dream Thieves. I need to catch up, but firstly -- this book was magical and wonderful and set my heart on fire, gave it wings, plunged it into darkness and cemented the status of the series as a new favorite of mine. Go figure. Left with a shock back in The Raven Boys, we, or rather they, are still on a quest to find the long-lost Welsh King, Glendower. But the plot thickens when Ronan's secrets come to the surface and threaten to explode into dreams -- quite literally. Turns out, Ronan is maybe the most special of the Raven boys. With the ability to make a reality out of his dreams, his destiny as a Greywaren is both fascinating and creepy, but that's the norm in Henrietta so let's move on. His self-destructive, raw and intense mind has also the potential of bringing the world to its knees by draining it of life. It felt nice to see through his eyes, despite his head being a cruel and dark place to be. He has lots of issues, but sparks of the boy under the hard facade make him as lovable as the rest: his adoration of his father, his soft attention to Adam, his unwavering loyalty and admiration for Gansey and his almost paternal dynamic with his younger brother all paint him in a different light. "His first secret was himself. He was brother to a liar and brother to an angel, son of a dream and son of a dreamer." My love for the spectacular girl named Blue Sargent knows no bounds. Blue is so imaginatively nuanced and incredibly cool. She's the awesomest of the women at 300 Fox Way, despite her non-psychic life, which says a lot considering the specimens waiting for her at home. Punkish, weirdish, but a great person. “In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them.Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness.Her raven boys.” The character of Gansey will be the death of me. HE'S SO PERFECT. His geekiness. His posh persona. His obliviousness. His kindness. His otherworldly drive. His insatiable curiosity. His sarcasm. His view of the world. They're all just simple counterparts of the same bewildering piece of fiction; he's a piece of art in his individuality. He shines as no other and remains as the foundation of the story from every angle. “While I'm gone," Gansey said, pausing, "dream me the world. Something new for every night.” My love for Adam diminished by a few shades. His admirable integrity was at the core of his beliefs, but after a while his pride and urgent need of independence became awfully tiring. Sure, he's messed up since the end of the first book, but throwing hissy fits does not bode well in any scenery. He's broken, alright. A ticking bomb. He does reach a relative balance by the final of the novel but it did not make up for those gut-wrenching fights with Gansey. Man, those broke me, because Gansey tried so much to help his friend, but it was simply not enough. “It’s like you’re so keen on being Adam Parrish, army of one.” Sadly enough, I realized a tidbit that did not struck me reading the first book: Noah feels like a secondary character. I love the glimpses into his personality and his strange sense of humor and his shyness, but he remains a sidekick, even if he is in the inner circle. Since we do not have his POV, Gansey's gravitational pull that manifests upon Ronan and Adam throughout their respective chapters does not appear in his case, implicitly creating a disruption between him and the squad since Gansey is the axis of their world. Perhaps it's because of the fact that he is indeed faded, unlike the full force and lively flame of the others. Perhaps not. Another distinct element I felt was that, this time, the group or individual characters were not the focus; this time, the relationships, one-on-one were developed so much more and I loved every piece of the process. For instance, Ronan and Adam, a pair that felt overlooked in the sequel, now felt like a powerful friendship. Adam and Gansey hit a few bumps along the road, but they were still an intricate part of the story. Ronan and Gansey suddenly proved the brotherhood and bromance that we we're only teased with, sharing their history. Blue and Noah was a marvelous thing and so was the Ronan and Noah exhilarating dynamic, although few and far between since Noah was, as I said, inconsistent in his presence. Even Ronan and Blue with their baby-stepped improvement. “Ronan,” Noah said, “I have a super bad feeling.” “It’s called being dead,” Ronan replied. “That’s the sort of joke that’s only funny if you’re alive.” “Good thing I am.” “For now.” And, of course, Blue and Gansey. Be still, my heart. The subtle romance unraveling between these two had me giddy with excitement and positively dreading the possible outcome of Gansey dying. That particular scene where it feels like they're the only ones in the world turned me into a fangirl. They're just so perfect. So cute. Every 'Jane' had me smiling, every hidden glance of Blue's had me giggling and every single parallel universe Gansey conjured in his head dropped a bucket of sadness into the story. There's gotta be a loophole. I want Blue and Gansey to create their little Henrietta heaven and live happily ever after searching kings and souls. There'd better be a loophole. My soul needs a loophole. THERE HAS TO BE A LOOPHOLE. Right? Right?! “I wish you could be kissed, Jane,' he said. 'Because I would beg just one off you. Under all this.' He flailed an arm toward the stars.” A surprising and curious addition to the cast was materialized in the face of The Gray Man. I don't even know what to call him -- an antihero? A villain? A hero? Something in between all these, anyways. And he fit perfectly into this peculiar and odd gathering of strong, distinguished and well developed characters, primary and secondary alike. I am a definite fan of his. And, last but not least, I need to mention the Sargent women and their immediate non-related family. The trio was back at it again and it was a delight watching them playing the innocent devils. Honestly, Calla and Maura and Persephone made me laugh numerous times and I just love their familiarity, strangeness and questionable wisdom. I need to admit that my attention often wavered because we're still talking about Glendower and energy and souls and all that jazz which, no matter how unique and interesting in principle, it does lose its appeal after a while. Fortunately, the focus on Ronan brought to table this imaginative (seriously, wow) idea of dream thievery and there were plenty of plot developments on that part, even though at times complicated to comprehend. The Dream Thieves was a great follow-up with a lovely blend of everything I love: adventure, romance, emotion overload, humor and thrills. I cannot wait to see what Henrietta and this little band of misfits have in store for me next. “If you never saw the stars, candles were enough.” ENJOY! <3
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  • Laura Marcela ✎・:*:・ |spoilers af|
    January 21, 2015
    All of us have secrets in our lives. We’re keepers or kept-from, players or played. Secrets and cockroaches — that’s what will be left at the end of it all. Blurb: If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?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 All of us have secrets in our lives. We’re keepers or kept-from, players or played. Secrets and cockroaches — that’s what will be left at the end of it all. Blurb: If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?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.Weird af brilliant book. That’s all I can say.I have such an odd relationship with this series. When I first pick up a book (it happened with both TRB and TDT), I put it away. Maybe I feel it’s too slow or I won’t really care about the new characters but I always end up reading it and loving the shit out of it.I’m still surprised of how much I care and how much I like almost all the characters. That by itself is a rarity but when you combine likeable characters with actually great characterization, good development and a compelling story, well, you have the keys to success.I can’t say I liked this one better than the first one, maybe I liked it a tiny bit less but that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it.So, this second book is mostly about Ronan and Adam. We get to know more about how he takes stuff out of his dreams, the complications of it, the risks and how Ronan Lynch’s head works. There’s desperation, angry, regrets, secrets and content. In my TRB review I said Ronan was one of my favorite characters and, after this book, he is probably one of my favorites ever. There are so many layers and so many aspect of his persona but, somehow, he still manages to be quite simple.I got really fucking frustrated with his relationship with Kavisnky but that could be because I absolutely hated Joseph Kavinsky. That little shit was just too much for me and I feel it was also Ronan’s mirror. Like, that could’ve been him if he didn’t have Gansey and the others so I both hated and enjoyed all the scenes where Kavinsky was in. And I rather enjoyed Kavinsky’s innuendos. Boy, it was so obvious he was into Ronan.There were two particular scenes that made me think (before shit went south) that the only thing Kavinsky wanted was someone to be with. With a theatric twist of his hand, he presented his dream object. A pen cap. He twitched his fingers until Ronan handed over the dream-pen.The cap, of course, fit perfectly. That was the first time I thought he wanted someone to complete him. Maybe I am reading too much between lines but I don’t think so. As the story goes, well, everything falls into place.But there was also this one: After a moment, he heard the hood groan as Kavinsky leaned over him. Then he felt the ridged callus of a finger drag slowly over the skin on his back. A slow arc between his shoulder blades, drawing the pattern of his tattoo. Then sliding down his spine, tensing every muscle it moved over. There was nothing subtle about the way Kavinsky wanted Ronan and nothing subtle about Ronan’s response, or lack of it.I toyed with the idea of Kavinsky getting better but it was a no-go. He wanted to own and be owned by Ronan. He wouldn’t share him but, as much I didn’t like him, I do appreciate his whole role.Now, Ronan’s relationship with his brothers is so tricky I still don’t know how to feel.He loves Matthew, that’s a sure thing and he hates Declan but I don’t know how much he hates him. Does he hate him enough to kill him one day if it comes to it? Does he hate him enough to stop caring if something happens to him? He was clearly disturbed by Declan being all bruised and he also included him in the will. That’s why I don’t know. I know it’ll come a time where Declan’s going to be more involved and I just hope Ronan doesn’t regret his decisions towards his older brother. Whether they’re good or bad. Everyone at St. Agnes knew the Lynch brothers didn’t come to church alone. Now, let’s talk about Adam.I don’t know if I love him or hate him. Well, hate is such a strong word but maybe frustration? Yes! I’m frustrated! Look, I like Adam more than I used to but I still can’t wrap my heart around him. Gosh, I wanna love that guy, I do. I feel like loving Adam Parrish could be so good but he needs to stop directing his anger toward the wrong people. Granted, he doesn’t have many people in his life to decide on whom he’ll be angry at but come on, boy, just stop.He needs to level up, to own himself so he can take down the world or something. Adam’s right when it comes to his value: he can do anything he wants but he also has to stop for a second and breathe.He has his demons to battle but he’s not alone. Contrary of the way he sees it, he’s not alone and he will never be alone again. Even if they all part ways (seriously, though, can you imagine them going on different ways?) he will never be alone. Adam wants, needs, Glendower so badly he can blind himself in the process. But with that been said, I found myself liking this Adam a lot more. He has some clarity that TRB Adam didn’t have and a brand new sense of resolution. It was nothing, but it was Adam Parrish’s nothing. How he hated and loved it. How proud he was of it, how wretched it was. I love he’s proud and he wants to do things on his own, it’s what he needs after all that’s happened to him but he still needs to find a way to be proud but also be proud of having friends that would help him and actually accept their help.I also liked how he wanted answers from Blue, that was so not the way to get them, though, but I liked that. He did deserve more and he did deserve to know what was on the table. I have big hope for Adam but there’s something bothering me. Or maybe not bother but rather confusing the heck outta me. Calla called Ronan Magician but then Adam’s reading showed he was the magician and Persephone also named him that. What’s the truth? Did Calla just call Ronan Magician because Adam’s his fate? After all, Ronan’s the Greywaren. I’m so digging Adam and Ronan together.Now, the Gray Man. What the actual fuck with the guy?At first I thought he was the villain but then he was like not really that but rather a neutral agent and then he was not so neutral after all and then what?I was trying my hardest not to care about him because, after he decide he wasn’t going to take Ronan, I was so sure he was going to be killed I didn’t want to invest my feelings on an already dead character.I also played with the idea of him being Blue’s father but nope. Maura would’ve known him immediately but I still liked him. He was more complex than I thought he was going to be. And though I liked him enough, I can’t still make a solid idea of him. He was afraid of his brother, yet he killed him like he was not the threat I thought he was going to be. Calla actually liked him, Calla fucking liked him. And his relationship with Maura was so cute, geez. The Gray Man thought of Maura’s smile again. And he thought of the fuss and noise of 300 Fox Way, of Blue’s bright banter, of the tuna fish sandwich at the deli counter, the haunted blue mountains calling him home.He wanted to stay. Those were, to me, the main characters of this book but I’d like to discuss very quickly the rest of the characters.I absolutely adored that we saw more of the women who live in 300 Fox Way. Maura, Calla, Persephone and Orla are just so unbelievable amazing. There’s nothing bad I can say about them and I’m more curious. Was Persephone the previous Magician? Are they going to find Blue’s father? I feel like something will happen to Calla and I can’t quite out my finger on it. I’m worried and excited with get to see more of them in the following books.There wasn’t much of Blue in this book but I loved her. She was so cool and strong and she asked for more. Blue Sargent is one of the most interesting characters out there and though this wasn’t all about her, I’m dying to see how things will be next for her. Her relationship with her mother is so unique and so right. The more I read about them, the more I love them. And now she actually acknowledged her feelings for Gansey and what she doesn’t feel about Adam, things are bound to be different. she very much liked the idea of it —Blue Sargent, desperado; Blue Sargent, superhero; Blue Sargent, badass. Now, Gansey. Boy, there are a lot of things going one with him. I don’t know when it’s going to appear the feeling of being the only one who’s not special. Like, he’s incredibly good at things, he’s a natural leader and he was the one who brought them all together and he’s a very peculiar and unique person on his own but he’s with a guy who can take things from his dreams, a ghost, a living magic increaser and a magician. I’m waiting for it, for the feeling of being left aside because I feel it’s going to happen eventually. Gansey’s keeping a lot of things in his heart and head, it’s going to explode someday.He’s also acknowledged his feelings for Blue, he feels guilty about them, he’s worried as fuck about Adam and he’s also relieved Ronan’s better but he’s running out of time. Like, he’s going to die and he doesn’t know it yet and it’s killing me and Blue and I’m scared. Now, I missed Noah. A lot. I didn’t know I was going to miss him this much until he disappeared. I hope now Cabeswater is back and magic can be restored, he can also be back because damn, I miss him. He’s the glue, whether they know it or not, he’s the glue of the group and he and Blue are so cool together I may cry. “I’d ask you out, if I was alive.”Nothing was fair.“I’d say okay,” she replied. Like I said, I don’t know if this one’s better than the first one. I was more frustrated in this book, that much I can say. I loved the new characters and how the old ones were explored and what about that ending? When did Maura go to Cabeswater? Is she in there? She could be in that cavern where the river was.The Raven King, make way for the Raven King. Gansey?There are a lot of things that can happen in the next book and I’m so excited to read it.
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  • Maxwell
    March 28, 2016
    Re-read: March 28 - March 29, 2016It's been 2.5 years since I first read this book, and this series seriously holds up to my memories of it. In fact, it's almost better the second time around. There are SO many elements to this story that make more sense in hindsight, and it's such a great time discovering them while revisiting this story.Basically, if you still haven't picked this series up: what are you doing with your life?! 4.5 stars
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  • Mitch
    July 8, 2013
    I write this review with a heavy heart because The Raven Boys isn't just my favorite Maggie Stiefvater book, but one of my favorite books of 2012. Sure, I criticized Stiefvater for sacrificing the quality of that book to set up this one, leading to an abrupt ending that felt like a rug was pulled out from under me, but you know what, I still thought it was brilliant, brilliant setting, brilliant characters, brilliant writing, brilliant everything. The Dream Thieves though? Not so much.For one, f I write this review with a heavy heart because The Raven Boys isn't just my favorite Maggie Stiefvater book, but one of my favorite books of 2012. Sure, I criticized Stiefvater for sacrificing the quality of that book to set up this one, leading to an abrupt ending that felt like a rug was pulled out from under me, but you know what, I still thought it was brilliant, brilliant setting, brilliant characters, brilliant writing, brilliant everything. The Dream Thieves though? Not so much.For one, for a book titled The Dream Thieves, Stiefvater's writing this time around is surprisingly... lucid? I don't know how else to explain it, but one of the most appealing qualities of The Raven Boys was that haunting style, like a blurring of the lines between reality and dream, like I, much like Gansey and his friends, could find the magic in a forest, in a tree, in a single blade of grass if Stiefvater willed those words onto the page. There was an aura of mystery, a sense of the unexplained, like I was delving into some great mystery of the world - and I loved every word of it. I was so looking forward to that feeling again, the way I felt when reading Blue seeing Gansey’s ghost on the Corpse Road or the Raven Boys entering Cabeswater for the first time, like there was something more to the book than just what’s on the page, but that's something, I think, that's missing in this sequel, because the writing never seems to rise above functional. Or in other words, Ronan does this, Gansey does that, Adam needs to do this, that magic happens, there's nothing subtle or unexplained about any of it. I get Stiefvater's telling Ronan's story, and maybe it's not a problem for people who just want to read a story and see what happens next, but despite how the prologue and epilogue talk of secrets, the secrets in the words that so appealed to me in the first book are gone, there's no hidden magic here.Part of it too might be the plot. The Raven Boys started out with all these mysteries, Blue's curse, her family of psychics, Gansey and his search for a long dead Welsh king, Ronan's secret, Noah's secret, and although the pacing was slow, it was interesting because every time Stiefvater went in another direction, she added another layer to the plot, another piece to a much larger puzzle. Unfortunately, I can't say the same thing about The Dream Thieves, because there aren't any other directions, there aren't any other layers to the plot, the whole thing is Ronan-centric and what we see in the first few chapters about his dream abilities is what we get - through the entire book. Maybe The Dream Thieves is supposed to be straightforward rather than complex, maybe the conflict and the villains are supposed to be obvious rather than slowly understood, maybe there aren't supposed to be any hidden twists and turns because everything is supposed to be out in the open, but for me at least the best kinds of magic are the ones that can't be fully understood, whose secrets can't be fully teased out, and I just needed to have a premise that's more than just 'I have this ability; people want it' and a plot that's more than just 'how do we stop these guys' - what happened to all the different interweaving threads, the mystery after mystery of the first book? Where did they all go?In fact, the plot I think goes overboard with its focus on Ronan to the detriment of everyone else. The Raven Boys was very much a cast rather than character centric book; it may have started with Blue, but Gansey had a storyline, Noah had a storyline, Adam had a storyline, Ronan's was one of many. The Dream Thieves on the other hand, as far as I can tell after such a brilliant reveal in the last book Stiefvater's run out of things for Noah to do, he's just there, Blue falls out of the spotlight and her curse becomes a one chapter or so plot point, Gansey's quest to find Glendower gets put on the back burner, and Adam, his character's reduced to the single dimension of scholarship kid with a huge chip on his shoulder - there’s just no feeling of an overarching purpose, instead we have Ronan, and we have everyone else. Even what bothered me so much about the ending of The Raven Boys, Adam's unexplained sacrifice, now that I think about it, feels so small, almost tacked on, in relation to Ronan's story, and despite how The Raven Boys felt at times like setup for this book, Kavinsky's (a pivotal character here) introduction isn't handled all that well given the role he plays here (believe me I went back and checked, he’s name dropped but it still feels like he comes out of nowhere, unlike say how Noah was handled in the first book). Oh, and sort of villain the Gray Man (no Barrington Whelk by the way) and Blue’s mother? Weird.What’s left, really, is just Ronan’s story. That’s not to say Maggie Stiefvater doesn’t do anything right, The Dream Thieves may not have the mystique or complexity of The Raven Boys, but simplified down to just Ronan, a linear story about a boy coming to terms with his father’s legacy, his family, Stiefvater succeeds at that. I liked how she develops things teased at in the first book, Ronan’s relationship with his father, his brother Declan, and works in his dream powers, how these things affected his time at Aglionby and his relationships with the other Raven Boys, but still, if you were to ask me if I would trade Ronan’s storyline for all the things I missed about the first book - in a heartbeat. Maybe if this series had started out only examining one of these characters in turn, maybe if Stiefvater hadn’t done such a good job turning setup into such a multifaceted narrative, maybe if - you know what, enough with the hypotheticals, I just want my sense of mystery, of a greater purpose, of a world where many characters, not just one, mattered back. If The Raven Boys was a vast and deep ocean, The Dream Thieves took a part of it in a cup and put it under a magnifying glass, and it’s just not the same eye opening experience.All in all, I'm disappointed. I had high hopes The Dream Thieves would be a step up from The Raven Boys, but it's really a step down. While I would still call it a must read for fans of the first book, the magic is gone.
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  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
    January 23, 2016
    “While I'm gone," Gansey said, pausing, "dream me the world. Something new for every night.” Again, I loved it !!This story amazes me, every story that surrounds each of the protagonists is individually engaging and intriguing and will undoubtedly , makes you want to know more and more all the time of these amazing charactersYou might wonder why my punctuation, well the thing is that I have taken some time and has cost me to introduce myself in the story this time, I don't think it was the f “While I'm gone," Gansey said, pausing, "dream me the world. Something new for every night.” Again, I loved it !!This story amazes me, every story that surrounds each of the protagonists is individually engaging and intriguing and will undoubtedly , makes you want to know more and more all the time of these amazing charactersYou might wonder why my punctuation, well the thing is that I have taken some time and has cost me to introduce myself in the story this time, I don't think it was the fault of the book or the writing style, which is amazing, I think it was something personal and also Ronan is not one of my favorites characters , so that may have been why it cost me in getting involve me with the story this time . BUT HEY , I'VE DONE IT :3 Anyway, so many amazing things to say about this book I'll start with the fact that I could see how much the characters interact between them, which has allowed me to know them and love them even more.Second, I finally had a little spark of love toward Ronan, YES I DID !!!!! , I don't know what was wrong between us but we have definitely solved, since the book is almost all about him , well, I had to love him or stop reading (the latter never would have happened)Third, I completely loved Blue's scenes with each of the boys, oh my god! My feelings ... I felt tenderness, sadness, anger, love and a lot of fluttering in my stomach. “In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them.Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness.Her raven boys.” This story and the world in which it develops gives the feeling that anything can happen, which makes you keep reading all the time, I feel personally that I never have enough of these guys “I wish you could be kissed, Jane,' he said. 'Because I would beg just one off you. Under all this.' He flailed an arm toward the stars.” The Gray Man incorporation to the story has me somewhat confused, I liked and has brought mystery and danger to the plot, but at the same time I'm not 100% sure about it. I feel there is still much to know about him .If you have not yet started with this saga. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? .This second book certainly leaves you wanting more, especially the end, I'm still not even sure how I feel about it.A magic book :)
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  • Hannah
    May 6, 2016
    THAT ENDING!!I am so invested in these characters, I love them all so much <3
  • sreeja
    January 9, 2017
    dream thieves/dri:m/ /θiːv/v/: thieving of a series of events or images that happen in your mind when you are sleepingn/:In which a group of friends band together to hunt for a mythical king of Welsh origins so that they can grant them a wish when he is woken. They are faced with challenges and they band together to brave them. Has very endearing characters;i.e.Blue Sargent Richard Gansey III Adam Parrish Noah Czerny Ronan Lynch and they band together for their unforgettable and mysteriously e dream thieves/dri:m/ /θiːv/v/: thieving of a series of events or images that happen in your mind when you are sleepingn/:In which a group of friends band together to hunt for a mythical king of Welsh origins so that they can grant them a wish when he is woken. They are faced with challenges and they band together to brave them. Has very endearing characters;i.e.Blue Sargent Richard Gansey III Adam Parrish Noah Czerny Ronan Lynch and they band together for their unforgettable and mysteriously enigmatic quest. This includes many trips to the coffee house, many mentions of Monmouth manufacturing and obviously trips to Cabeswater.This book’s writing style is just hauntingly beautiful and I’m starting to really love it. The plot is much much more interesting in this book as compared to the previous one as the main focus for this plot is my favourite character Ronan Lynch. This book was such an amazing journey as we get to find out the more deeper and intimate sections of Ronan’s life and his personal relations with everyone. The plot was so intriguing this time round and even the so called “antagonists” were likable. The Gray Man was such a complicated character but I still ended up rooting for him in the end. The romance was also kind of at the backburner for this one and I’m glad. Also this book was absolutely hilarious (Ronan was)“I am being perfectly fucking civil.” “Adam's response was buried in the sound of the first-story door falling open. Noah slouched in. In a wounded tone, he said, "He threw me out the window!"Ronan's voice sang out from behind his closed door: "You're already dead!” Can’t wait to see where the plot will head next because i am in love with Ronan and i just want to see more of himPre-reading:soooo excited to read this because i heard there will be more ronan and IM READY FOR HIM getting on with reading this w the adorable <3 sharon & cheska ( w eddie as our lucky charm)
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  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    August 8, 2016
    2.5 stars Oh boy! I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Every single one of my friends seemed to have loved this but I just couldn’t keep up with the pacing. The writing although beautiful is a bit tedious to read. It was quite a struggle because I was doing two things at once-reading and consciously fighting off the tendency to snooze out. The plot is definitely much better and there are definitely more adventures but it’s also these same things that confused me. Monsters coming out of dreams, a 2.5 stars Oh boy! I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Every single one of my friends seemed to have loved this but I just couldn’t keep up with the pacing. The writing although beautiful is a bit tedious to read. It was quite a struggle because I was doing two things at once-reading and consciously fighting off the tendency to snooze out. The plot is definitely much better and there are definitely more adventures but it’s also these same things that confused me. Monsters coming out of dreams, a mysterious hit man in town, dragons, a rich boy antagonist called Kavinsky- all these elements should have kept the energy and the mood exciting, but somehow the string that should have pulled these things together that would have created a BAM is missing (for me and probably only for me so don’t be discouraged.). What mainly made the story interesting was Ronan and his ability to (insert spoiler tag here.) Gansey was tolerable, Noah was funny but had little role. Sometimes I felt bad for Adam but most of the times I just wanted to whack his endless self-pity out of his head and I’m not so sure what to feel about Blue and this really makes me blue. Honestly, I liked the first book better and I’m not sure if I would still be reading the sequel.
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  • Lotte
    June 25, 2015
    4.75/5 stars! It's basically a full 5 star book, but I want to give the books in the rest of the series the chance to be even better.
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