The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves

Book - 2013
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Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater are awake, magic is swirling around Blue and The Raven boys and Ronan Lynch's ability to pull objects from his dreams is almost out of control but worst of all, the mysterious Gray Man is stalking the Lynch family, looking for something called the Greywaren.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780545424943
Characteristics: 439 pages ; 22 cm


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May 07, 2019

This book really didn't resonate with me, and I have several theories why. I have discovered that Maggie Stiefvater, though a beautiful writer, pens novels that are mainly character-driven. Her characters are deep, and flawed, and interesting, and real- that being said, the plot suffers under all that weight. I love a well-fleshed out character, but if the plot stagnates because of that, I lose interest quickly. The story takes way too long to pick up here- it feels like this would have been the perfect novella if all the fluff was taken out, including the trip to D.C. and the whole plot thread involving the Gray Man, which felt unnecessary. By the time I was actually engaged in the story, I was 2/3 of the way through the book.
Also, the protagonist of this entry, Ronan, is an angry, bad boy, muscle-car driving, chip on his shoulder, the-world-hates-me type of person. Now, if that does it for you, you're going to love The Dream Thieves. I clearly don't, and that's ok.
The other thing that I'm still having trouble grasping is the strangeness of this world; I can't decide if it's paranormal, or magical realism, or another dimension, or what- and the story communicates its confusion as well, like it can't decide what it wants to be. I feel as though that confusion is preventing me from appreciating this series as much as everyone else does.
Although, I have to give it to Stiefvater- the idea of pulling things out of dreams and making them real is original and intriguing, and the epilogue does leave me wanting to pick up the next in the Raven Cycle.

Oct 13, 2018

The Dream Thieves was a perfect sequel and, in my opinion, even better than the Raven Boys. Despite his surly attitude, Ronan was at the top of my list of favourite characters in the first book and I loved how the readers got to discover more about him and his past. It is so interesting to get to uncover what makes a person tick and the Dream Thieves did exactly that. Getting to read about him discovering more about his powers and the responsibility that comes with them offers many new issues for the books to come. I also loved to introduction of new characters in this book, who added to the mystery and suspense of the story. The ability to weave new, interesting characters into a sequel is a hard skill to master, but Stiefvater did it with the ease of a seasoned professional. This book did not fall into the trap of a boring sequel and for that I am forever grateful. I would recommend this series for anyone looking for a future classic and staple of the fantasy genre. 5/5! (though I would give it more stars if I could!). @nickreads of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

The Dream Thieves is the second book of The Raven Cycle series. This time around, it stars Ronan Lynch- a rich troublemaker who can make the things he dreams into a reality. The Dream Thieves is just as good as The Raven Boys, maybe even more. It showcases a variety of action scenes, emotional moments, and romance that brings the characters and story to life. Since writing this review, I've read this book twice more. I strongly recommend that you read this book.
@Spectacles of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Sep 06, 2018

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy YA fantasy and have read the first book.

This book picks up where the first one left off. The search for Glendower continues.

I never like to give spoilers about series, so I won't say too much... but I enjoyed this sequel. There were some things that I liked more than the first book, and other things that I liked less. I liked that you figure out more about the mysteries within Cabeswater and related to Glendower. I liked that the characters are more developed. I liked that there is more plot related to Blue and her family/roomies. However, I did not enjoy all of the ridiculous wealthy boy nonsense. Racing cars, blowing up cars, excessive drug usage, etc. etc. I sometimes loved Ronan when he was vulnerable or really brave... and other times he was SO ANNOYING. I don't know.. In the end I'm struggling to decide if I liked it more or less, so I'll rate it the same. This one didn't leave off on a cliff hanger, so I wasn't dying to read the next one, but I went ahead and started it anyway so I won't forget what's going on.

Aug 08, 2018

While sitting next to the young science fiction section of the library I picked up this book although I rarely read sci fi or young reader's books. Surprising concepts, good writing, interesting names and emotions. While 'not getting' the plot or characters much I still read most of the last half of the book. A different read for me, a senior citizen but worthy in it's own genre. This author is has a unique writing style.

Mar 21, 2018

Alright, I'm gonna say it: this series is kinda cheesy. That, and the world it takes place in is pretty flimsy.
The plot in this series so far is pretty confusing and isn't clicking with me the way I hoped it would. Coming from The Raven Boys to The Dream Thieves I really thought the world and plot would be fleshed out more and would start to actually make sense to me but it really, really didn't... I can't see past this whole "magic" "system", the world doesn't quite add up, and there's plenty of cheesy tropes. I don't mind the tropes as much as I would expect to, actually. I do think part of that is that I'm rather fond of most of the characters.
Blue, Adam, Gansey, Maura, and Noah are my loves. Oh boy, do I love Noah especially. I really like Gansey and Blue together, and I'm not unhappy with the way things went down with Adam. But I cannot connect with Ronan. Don't get me wrong, I like the guy, but out of all the main characters, I just cannot get into him. And I want to, I really do. I thought maybe this one would help me fall in love with Ronan considering it centers around him, but it really just did him no favors. I hope that Ronan and I can get along better in the next two books. I think we will, especially with the relationship that I know is coming for him. I believe it can happen. I want to love Ronan Lynch.
I'm actually really excited for the next two books in the series, and I, once again, have high hopes.

Apr 26, 2017

I read this months after the first book when I ran out of things to read. Unlike most sequels, this not only is a worthy companion of the first book, it's actually far better.

If you were REMOTELY interested in the first book, give it a read.

Feb 24, 2017

These books are awesomeness!

Dec 02, 2016

I'm not sure what was different about this book than others I read, but I felt as if I were literally on the adventures with Blue and the gang. I felt myself living in the moments with them as they travel to Cabeswater, practically felt the sunshine and heat on my skin from the summer, like I could smell the mint leaves. It was a strange and intoxicating experience and made this book completely stand out. I loved it. It explored the power Ronan has to create things from dreams, it dipped it's toe in the water of Blue and Gansey's relationship, and it began climbing the mountain of explaining Adam's sacrifice and what it means. I love the new character addition (the Gray Man) even though at first I thought he was a nuisance, and I like the direction the story is going. Great read

Oct 15, 2016


kirstd31 Aug 08, 2016

I liked this book. I enjoyed seeing the world from Ronan's point of view. My favorite part of the book was when they visited his family home.

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Mar 23, 2019

A sword is never a killer; it is a tool in the killer's hand.

Aug 09, 2016

“He threw me out the window!”

Jun 24, 2016

“The inside of the old Camaro smelled like asphalt and desire, gasoline and dreams.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves

Jun 25, 2015

It was funny…how humorous she always appeared, how that smile was always just a moment away from her lips. You really didn’t see the sadness or the longing unless you already knew it was there. But that was the trick, wasn’t it? Everyone had their disappointment and their baggage; only, some people carried it in their inside pockets and not on their backs.

Jun 25, 2015

I'm sorry no one saved you.

white_cat_504 Jan 01, 2014

Noah slouched in. In a wounded tone, he said, "He threw me out the window!"

JewelMcLatchy Dec 05, 2013

The Gray Man hated his current rental car. He got the distinct impression it hadn't been handled enough by humans when it was young, and now would never be pleasant to be around. Since he'd picked it up, it had already tried to bite him several times and had spent a considerable amount of time resisting his efforts to achieve the speed limit.

JewelMcLatchy Dec 05, 2013

"So what you're saying is you can't explain it." / "I did explain it." / "No, you used nouns and verbs together in a pleasing but illogical format."

JewelMcLatchy Dec 05, 2013

I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves. - August Strindberg


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mvkramer Oct 21, 2013

This book focuses its attention a little more on Ronan, who, like his father, can pull things out of his dreams and make them real. The team seems mysteriously stalled on its way to finding Glendower, and soon start to break apart under their own pressures. Adam and Blue's tentative relationship is floundering. Ronan is trying to understand and control his abilities -- as well as come to terms with his father's death. A mysterious hit man stalks the team, looking for Ronan even though he doesn't know what he can do.


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Other: drug and alcohol abuse

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