Saturday, 24 August 2013

Review & Giveaway: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater


The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stifvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication date: September 17th 2013
My rating: 4.5 stars 





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...


My Thoughts:
I loved The Raven Boys with its intricate plot, many characters, and beautiful writing.  The Dream Thieves is all of that and more.  It takes the story up a few notches in just about every way.

There are a few plot threads happening at the same time and I won’t go into detail on any one of them, but the gist of the main ones are: Ronan and his ability to take things out of dreams, the Gray May and his pursuit of the Graywaren, and the continuing search for Glendower.

Ronan, his power and family history play a major role in the story and I was excited to have the mystery behind his family and situation revealed.  However, I still feel a disconnect with Ronan and at this point he is still a lesser character to me. 

I feel the story focused more on Gansey, Blue and Adam, which was fine with me.  Actually, I’d be fine if it centered mostly on Gansey and Blue because Adam has become a bit of a thorn in my side. His pride, anger and bitterness just started to tick me off after a while. There’s always a chip on his shoulder and I just don’t understand why he couldn’t accept some help from his friends. That what friends do for each other, they help!

Gansey and Blue are the two characters that I’m most invested in, and THEIR story comes a long way.  The romance is a subtle, yet constant component of the plot, and I gloried in every small bit!! I was picking apart and holding onto every glance, sentence, and interaction!  Two complications loom over their romance.  First, the psychic prediction that Blue’s kiss will kill her true love and then the fact that Gansey appeared on the corpse road when Blue first spied him, and that most of the time means death within the year.  And yet, I can’t help but root for them every step of the way!  There must be a way around these complications!

I loved the sequel in the Raven Cycle, it surpassed my expectations!  Maggie’s writing has a way of breathing life into every character, and making them come alive!  The secondary characters were a treat because they were made interesting, real and very entertaining!  Blue’s psychic family is a crack up at every turn!  Even Chainsaw, the dream raven, was enchanting and I loved every scene she was a part of. 

If you were a fan of the first book, The Dream Thieves is a must read!  It's one to savor and spend time with.  Now the only problem is the wait I have for the next book!  







As a show of appreciation for our lovely readers I’m giving away my ARC copy of The Dream Thieves.  The giveaway is INTERNATIONAL, simply fill out the rafflecopter for a chance to win.  Good luck and thanks for visiting The Readers Den.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

59 comments:

  1. Goodreads doesn't allow me to like your review there :( Anyhow I'm so happy to hear this. I'm really afraid that I won't be able to remember some important things from The Raven Boys but if Maggie did what she does the best I know that that won't be a problem. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one and I can't wait to read it. Great review Rachel :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. ps I can't pick only one because I really love The Wolves of Mercy Falls series :) Thanks for the giveaway :)

      Delete
  2. RONAR RONAN RONAN *chants* I'm so intrigued by his character and the ending of The Raven Boys? KILLER! ;)

    I can't wait to get me some more Gansey and Blue. As you said, Adam is just a party pooper at this point. He is a good friend and a decent guy, yes, but all his melodramatic behaviour and 'I don't want your help, my best friends' is driving me nuts, to say the least. Pride is one of the 7 deadly sins for a reason...

    And yes, writing is definitely something Maggie excels in :) I agree--her characters really come to life and speak to us in a way that not many authors can portray.

    AHHHHHH I WANT THIS BOOK BAD. What have you done to me, Rachel? How can I ever survive and wait for this pretty to come out?!??! :)

    You want me to pick a favorite? Well.. I fell in love with her writing in Shiver. I seriously loved that book. I loved The Raven Boys as well so I can't pick a favorite out of these two:) That'd be unfair.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Lament is my favorite! Faeries is my thing. I really want to win this. Thanks for the chance to win

    -Dannielle

    ReplyDelete
  4. I need to re-read The Raven Boys before picking up The Dream Thieves. Like Tanja, I don't remember much.

    My favorite Stiefvater's book is Linger. I still haven't read The Scorpio Races but it does seem interesting too.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Like I mentioned on GR, I really think picking up TRB is a good idea- the rave reviews I've seen on this book has me tempted.

    Great review, hon! <33

    ReplyDelete
  6. I like Shiver so I bought Linger audiobook from iTunes when it first came out. My iTunes got updated shortly after that and erased my copy of Linger. I never finished listening to Linger. It is probably good too!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I was SO excited this at BEA but I still have not read it because I wanted to save it. But screw that, you have me so excited to read this, Rach!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I only skimmed your review Rachel as I don't want to know too much about this book, but I'm so glad to see you enjoyed it overall! I think I might be most invested in Gansey and Blue too, so I'm a little nervous about Adam's role in this book, but I'm still really looking forward to giving it a read. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I think my favourite MS book is The Scorpio Races, followed closely by The Raven Boys. :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. I loved The Raven Boys, but Shiver was good, too.

    ReplyDelete
  10. My favourite is definitely the Raven Boys. Interesting story and characters, very different from other YA novels out there. Can't wait for The Dream Thieves !

    ReplyDelete
  11. My favourite is definitely the Raven Boys. Interesting story and characters, very different from other YA novels out there. Can't wait for The Dream Thieves !

    ReplyDelete
  12. Raven Boys was my favorite, though I really liked The Scorpio Races as well. I wasn't a fan of the Wolves of Mercy Falls books...

    Brynna

    ReplyDelete
  13. I've heard nothing but great things about this one, so I'm excited to see that it surpassed your expectations, Rachel! I love Gansey and Blue and am thrilled to see their romance take off. It is a little disappointing that Adam becomes a bit of an annoyance, especially since I loved him, but all in all, I can't wait to read this! Lovely review, dear!(:

    ReplyDelete
  14. I have The Raven Boys sitting on my shelf and I can't wait to pick it up and see what all the hype is about. I have heard nothing but amazing things about it, and I can't wait to meet Blue and Gansey and Adam and the rest of the cast! Plus, I am very curious about the romance in this one, no matter how little! I can't wait to start this series! Awesome review, Rachel! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

    ReplyDelete
  15. My fave Maggie book? Definitely The Raven Boys! I don't know why more people don't love it as much as I did! Thanks for a great giveaway!!!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I'm so excited for this book! Thank you for another amazing giveaway! My favourite Maggie book would have to be Shiver because it made me sob like a baby! So happy to hear this surpassed your expectations, Rachel. Your review has me even more excited to read it!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Yesss. Glad you loved it :D And ahh. Blue and Gansey! LOVE them. Dying to read The Dream Thieves. Loved The Raven Boys so much. But oh. I kind of disliked Adam a lot in book one. He was just not very nice to Gansey at all. Sniffs. Sad that he does not get better. Still, more love for Gansey :) Thank you for perfect giveaway as well. <3 Loved your review :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ohh, forgot to mention. The Scorpio Races is my favorite <3 which is also one of the best books EVER.

      Delete
  18. Mmmm I think Shiver is my favorite, though The Raven Boys is so awesome too! Maggie es such in incredible author.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I actually havent gotten around to reading any of her books yet.. I have all but the first in the Shiver series and my niece has The Raven Boys that i need to borrow soon..

    ReplyDelete
  20. I Really adore The Raven Boys because Bromance is the best thing ever. But I also love The Scorpio Races!

    ReplyDelete
  21. haven't read any of Maggie's books yet so I would love a chance ;)

    ReplyDelete
  22. I read the Wolves of Mercy Falls books and really enjoyed them, I'd love to read more of her books in the near future

    ReplyDelete
  23. I really enjoyed the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  24. The Raven Boys is my fav. Love all the characters.

    ReplyDelete
  25. THE RAVEN BOYS is my favorite - so far.

    ReplyDelete
  26. I read Shiver and Linger but I didn't really like them that much... *dodged bullet*. I decided to give good old Maggie another chance and picked up The Raven Boys, and I have to say - it's my favourite so far. Thanks for asking.
    :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. Ronan seems interesting! I just added the books of this series on my TBR. :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. Even though I haven't read the first book yet I'm happy to see that the sequel turned out to be really good too. I have to get started on this series soon. Fantastic review as always, Rachel! :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. YAY RACHEL! So glad you loved this one! I adored The Raven Boys but was so hoping this second book would touch on the romance a bit more as I felt that was lacking a bit in the first book. The synopsis of the Raven Boys was all talk about the prophecy about Blue and seeing Gansey in the cemetery, but the story itself barely focused on that, so I'm glad to hear that while still subtle, the romance is more present in this! WOO HOO!

    ReplyDelete
  30. I love The Raven Boys so much! I can't wait to read The Dream Thieves. Thank you so much for your review and the giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  31. I really liked Maggie's Wolves of Mercy Falls series, so I have no clue why I don't even have this series in my tbr. Need to rectify that! lol The psychic family part has me very interested, I'm so glad that the sequel was a hit, Rachel! Great review! :)

    ReplyDelete
  32. I need to start this one esp if it gets better as it goes

    ReplyDelete
  33. I'm halfway through the audiobook of the first book that's why I skimmed this review but it's great to see that the sequel is amazing

    ReplyDelete
  34. I skimmed through your review because I haven't read The Raven Boys, but I'm so glad that the sequel did not disappoint!! I always worry about that with sequels!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

    ReplyDelete
  35. I am averting my eyes because I am only halfway through THE DREAM THIEVES, but Rachel! YAY FOR 4.5 STARS! :D I will be back to compare notes.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    ReplyDelete
  36. It's so funny - I hated the Shiver series from Maggie, but I loved The Scorpio Races, and I really loved The Raven Boys. It's so fantastic to hear that this one really surpassed your expectations and avoided the curse of the sequels. Fantastic review, Rachel! :)

    ReplyDelete
  37. The Raven Boys is my favorite, followed by The Scorpio Races. But I love the Wolves of Mercy Falls series also :)
    Basically, I just love Maggie!! Haha

    ReplyDelete
  38. I haven't read the first book yet so I only skimmed your review. Thank you for sharing that you had a great time reading the story!

    ReplyDelete
  39. I absolutely adored The Scorpio Races! Amazing writing!

    ReplyDelete
  40. This book and series is one that incites tremendous discussions, which is one of the reasons that I love it so much. I also enjoyed finding out about Ronan, and getting some headway in the Gansey/Blue relationship. Of course I'm fearful of how that will all end. BUT Maggie Stiefvater is a master at carefully paced romances, filled with lovely subtle scenes. I'm also really glad that we got some settling about Adam's direction in the story, and that this is moving away from a potential triangle. Glad you're loving these books too!

    ReplyDelete
  41. The Scorpio Races is my favorite of hers! Thank you for the giveaway :)

    ReplyDelete
  42. I so cannot wait to read this soon! I like what you said about Gansey and Blue and the progression of their relationship. I'm starting to wonder though if a reread of The Raven Boys is necessary because I don't remember a lot. Hmm, anyways, so happy to hear how great this sequel was!

    ReplyDelete
  43. I've only read The Raven Boys, but I really liked it :)

    ReplyDelete
  44. Great review, Rachel. Can't wait to read this one.

    ReplyDelete
  45. You can't imagine how much I love Maggie.
    I love The Wolves of Mercy Falls, I love the Raven Boys, I love Scorpio Races. She's good at writing and she's very cool.

    My favorite probably is Shiver from the Wolves...

    ReplyDelete
  46. My favorite was the Raven Boys. I can't wait to read the sequel. Thanks for the chance to win!

    ReplyDelete
  47. I love the whole Shive trilogy!!!! thanks

    ReplyDelete
  48. I only read The Wolves of Mercy Falls series and loved it! I have been hearing so many great things about this new series, I really want to read it. As a matter of fact I'm going to the bookstore today to get The Raven Boys!

    ReplyDelete
  49. My favorite book is SHIVER.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway! Fingers crossed to win.

    ReplyDelete
  50. I actually haven't read any of her books yet but have The Raven Boys in my TBR pile and I can't wait to read that one and The Dream Thieves! Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

    Suz Reads

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...