Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

September 16, 2013 4.5 stars, Book Review 27 ★★★★½

The Dream Thieves

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…

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The Dream Thieves is darker and in your face with the awful things in store for our young friends. But somehow you just know they will find a way to manage.

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Sometimes, some rare times, a secret stays undiscovered because it is something too big for the mind to hold. It is too strange, too vast, too terrifying to contemplate. – pg 1 / pg 435
With a brisker pace as compared to The Raven Boys I found I enjoyed The Dream Thieves much more. There was no end of things going on and events to keep you rushing from page to page. Adam is suffering from the ramifications of waking the ley line, Ronan is able to pull things from his dreams, Gansey is trying to keep it together, and Noah can’t seem to keep himself together – while all the while Blue is still finding her place among them and wrestling with her feelings.

What I love most about this series are these characters. They feel so absolutely real to me. Their faults and hangups are part of what make them so great. So what, Ronan is a prick and says some of the most insensitive things and Adam is a muley stubborn headed bit of an arse – but they both have their good qualities as well. My one sad point here about this ragtag group is that the perspective shifts to all of them except Noah. What the heck is up with that? I want to read from Noah’s perspective.

The character observations in The Dream Thieves absolutely delight me. This one was one of my particular favorites where Blue is sizing up Mr. Gray.

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Second of all, he was polite in a way that was unlike anything Blue had encountered before. Gansey was polite in a way that squashed the other party smaller. Adam was polite to reassure. And this man was polite in a keen, questioning sort of way. He was polite like tentacles were polite, testing the surface carefully, checking to see how it reacted to his presence. – pg 204
There is still that prediction looming over Blue’s head that her true love will die if she kisses him. But Noah at least helps her put it into perspective somewhat. It is also my favorite scene in the entire book and the part immediately following this gave me the best belly laugh ever – then continued on to break my heart. THAT is good writing folks, if the author can move you from utter delight to ….I dwell in darkness.
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“Like, if you kiss your true love, he’ll die,” he said, “or is it when you kiss your true love, he’ll die? One’s your fault. The other one, you just happen to be there when it happens. Like, when you kiss him, POW, he gets hit by a bear. Totally not your fault. You shouldn’t feel bad about that. It’s not your bear.” – pg 242
I did not know where things were going and thankfully didn’t have the ending guessed by the halfway point. The Dream Thieves is an excellent second showing with the promise of better yet to come.

Read my review of THE RAVEN BOYS (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

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27 Responses to “Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. amel armeliana

    Wow!! The story sounds really good and loved your review. I haven’t read any of Maggie books before, but I think I’ll read this one 🙂

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Really you haven’t? I have read her Shiver, Linger, Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy) and I really look forward to reading The Scorpio Races. These Raven Cycle books are great and in my opinion way more awesome then werewolf books as those have a much slower build).

      I hope you love it!! Thanks for stopping by.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      It’s rare that I love the second book more. I imagine it being pretty difficult writing a second book in a series. It’s like a litmus test almost don’t you think?

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      First time!!? Oh I really enjoyed it! If you like the sound of the book one’s description then I think you’ll like it and hey it got BETTER with book two!

  2. Wendy Darling

    Hey, you’re right–we do get everyone’s perspective except Noah’s! I never noticed that before, but now I WANTS IT. So glad you loved it, Tabitha, and I totally agree that this one outshines its predecessor.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      That is the only point that I felt cheated on! I love Noah – and hey you know the scene I’m talking about – I just love him and while I laughed a lot the end of the scene broke my heart.

  3. Christina T

    This series sounds like it is an awesome read, I have to get caught up because I want to read about Blue and her adventures. Also these covers are gorgeous.

  4. Mogsy

    You and Wendy both loved the first book…I got a free copy of the audiobook of it so I guess I should be checking it out one of these days, if only my TBR isn’t so damn long and I don’t have such a backlog to review. How does it compare to other of Stiefvater’s books though? I’ve read The Scorpio Races and her Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy and I thought they weren’t bad, but they all hovered around 3-3.5.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I read her Mercy Falls ones and enjoyed them but they were achingly slow. I haven’t yet read The Scorpio Races.

      To me – The Raven Cycle books put her Mercy Falls ones to shame. The Raven Boys/The Dream Thieves are definitely WAY better. And The Dream Thieves is way better than The Raven Boys. Which I don’t normally find to be the case with a book 2.

  5. Jaime Lester

    I haven’t read the first book of this series yet, either. But I want to and badly. It sounds so stinkin good and I am very much looking forward to it. And now I am very much looking forward to book 2, so I really should hurry up with book 1, huh? Rambling Jaime, at your service

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      See now – this series is one you are really going to like! What are you reading next?? Book 2 was better than book one even and that’s hard to pull off!! Ramble away #hugtackleslam

      • Jaime Lester

        I am reading Tera Lynn Childs Sweet Shadows and the the final book, and then it will be the first in this series, I think!

  6. simonet H

    I’m actually reading this next. I’ve heard great things about it and cant wait to see for myself.

  7. Ashfa

    I’m yet to get started on this series and judging by what everyone’s raving, it looks fantastic. Definitely getting started very soon. Great review.