About: The Dream Thieves, 437 pages, is a fiction novel written by Maggie Stiefvater. It was published in 9/17/2013 by Scholastic Press. The genres are fantasy, paranormal, young adult, and magic. There are 4 books in The Raven Cycle series: 1. The Raven Boys, 2. The Dream Thieves, 3. Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and 4. The Raven King. This author lives in Virginia and has written a few other books. The book setting is also in Virginia.
My Experience: I started reading The Dream Thieves on 7/4/16 and finished it on 7/11/16. This book has a lot going on than the first book of the series. The covers for book 1 & 2 are gorgeous! Adam irritates me sometimes because of his prides in himself being a self-made man. Everybody goes through life with the help of others despite rich or poor. Would it hurt so much to accept help once in awhile? He rather accepts help under pretense rather than truth. Although I do admire him working 3 jobs to support himself going to private school.
Gansey seems like a catch at times and other times, I’m not so sure. He’s the boss of his friends and they are his minions doing all of his biddings. Yet, I am intrigue by Gansey because he’s very good at talking. Being 17, he can talk to any politicians and professors and get treated as their equals. Most adults would treat a teen a different way, but he is mature for his age.
Ronan is tough on the outside but soft on the inside. He takes care of his younger brother well. He swears but he tells his bro not to.
Blue is self conscious about being odd, yet she modifies her own clothes to wear something different from the rest. That is a sure way to look unique. And so weird that she longed for moving into the boys’ apartment. Very little romance again in this book, but compare with the first book, it’s one ladder step up.
I still don’t understand the plot very well, searching for the ancient king, ley lines, dream objects, night horrors attacks, Gansey and Ronan being insomnia, yet still being excellent with little sleep, the pills and alcohol they took without consequences are farfetched to me. The Gray Man beat up Declan, but nothing else happened.. seems like loose ends. Declan’s hardly being mentioned in this book. Why bother start the book out with him. The psychics are weak in this book, hooking up with a hit man? How nasty is that.
However, the writing is very well written and attention grabber. I still enjoy reading this book a lot despite having no clue what the plot line is about. I intend to re-read this book and hopefully understand it better the second time.
Pro: friendship, family, educated characters, private school, rich kids knowing how to think for others instead of themselves, fast paced, couldn’t put down
Con: annoying at times with Adam and the search
I rate it 4.5 stars!
Grab yourself a copy here: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle)
***Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from my local public library and my opinions are honest.