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Book Review: The Dream Thieves

Dream thieves

The Dream Thieves, the sequel to The Raven Boys does not disappoint. Maggie Stiefvater successfully merges her reader back into the magical, beautiful world of Henrietta, VA with her beautifully complex characters and raises the stakes while providing everything and more that we saw in the first book.

Here’s the description from Goodreads:

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.

Of The Raven Boys, Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Maggie Stiefvater’s can’t-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book two.” Now the second book is here, with the same wild imagination, dark romance, and heart-stopping twists that only Maggie Stiefvater can conjure.

The Dream Thieves centers primarily on Ronan and his strange ability, which is discussed a little in the previous book. If you haven’t read The Raven Boys, check out my review here!
I’ll do my best to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible.

First of all, Stiefvater is utterly true to the characters and setting she created in The Raven Boys. They’re all so beautiful and complex, and so infatuated with each other. We learn so much about each one of them in the sequel, even though the novel is centered on Ronan. Because the novel focuses on Ronan, there’s a lot more language in it, as well as some more mature content, primarily drug use and sexual language. Joseph Kavinisky is introduced to help Ronan’s character develop, and he is potentially the most utterly amoral character I’ve ever read, which is where most of the mature language comes from. The Dream Thieves is definitely a much darker chapter in the story of Gansey’s gang and their search for Glendower.

Stiefvater’s writing continues to be enchanting and beautiful. Quote highlights include this summation of every important thing about these books:

“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 Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Or this summation of an epic friendship:

“While I’m gone,” Gansey said, pausing, “dream me the world. Something new for every night.”

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

And finally, this description of Ronan:

“He was brother to a liar and brother to an angel, son of a dream and son of a dreamer.”

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Everyone should read this book!!! Actually, this whole series.

Rating: 5/5 stars. INFINITY STARS!

Have you read it? Tell me your thoughts!


14 thoughts on “Book Review: The Dream Thieves

  1. I love the review. Especially the way that you put little excerpts into the post. That’s clever and a great way to convey the nuance of the writer’s style without getting in the way of it with an interpretation. I’ve never heard of the series before, but I’m definitely intrigued.
    Thanks for opening my eyes to something new.

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    1. Thanks! I glad I helped you find a new book!
      Reading book quotes is actually one of my favorite things, so I jump at the chance to share my favorites. Seriously, though, these books are great. My copies are filled with highlighted sentences!


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