The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater ☆

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“All of us have secrets in our lives. We’re keepers or keptfrom, players or played. Secrets and cockroaches — that’s what will be left at the end of it all.”

Title: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Why you should read this book: Because you read the first book and you loved it.

Ronan has secrets. He is a dreamer, he takes things out of his dreams. He can take anything he wants. He doesn’t know there are people looking for him. They are looking for an objet that can take stuff from dreams, little they know what it is really what they are looking for. The ley line is unstable since its awakening and the energy is messing with the readings and the search for Glendower. What are the boys going to do now?

This review contains spoilers because, of course, this is a sequel.

After the last sentence of the last book we are left with the certain knowledge that Ronan can take things out of his dreams. He will be the main character of this book, we see he asking himself how is it that he has this ability and how can he control it. He remember his father dying and telling him never to reveal this secret to anyone, yet he already told his best friends. He wants to understand how is he able to do that, why he can’t go back to his house, why can’t he see his mother. We follow Ronan through his journey to find out the secrets surrounding his family.
He is a sweet boy hidden behind a devilish smirk. I love him!

Ronan likes cars and he joins the king of all troublemakers, Kavinsky in car races, illegal car races. Kavinsky is bad news and unfortunately he and Ronan have more in common that the latter wants to admit. Thanks to Kavinsky we find out more about who Ronan really is, what he is hiding. He says that he doesn’t lie but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t hide many truths from his friends. Kavinsky wants Ronan to be part of his “Bad Boys Boyband”, he wants him to join the dark side. Keep dreaming buddy!

“Ronan Lynch, keeper of secrets, fighter of men, devil of a boy,”

Adam “the world doesn’t understand me” Parrish is also very present in this book. He sacrificed himself and became best buddies with the ley line. Cabeswater is a part of him he can’t ignore or bad things are going to happen. Adam plays a little too much the victim part and is often very annoying. We get it, you want to be your own person, you don’t want help. I am like you, if I can carry that box but I know it will crush me, rest assure that I will still carry it and show the world I don’t need anyone to do things in my place. There are times, though, when you have to put aside your pride and accept the help you’re given or you will fall in an endless pit with no possibility of getting out ever again. I was a little happy at the end of the book because he showed real growth, it made me be hopeful for book 3 Adam, I think I’m going to like him better.

“Sometimes Ronan thought Adam was so used to the right way being painful that he doubted any path that didn’t come with agony.”

Blue and her epiphany. An epiphany we all knew from the first page of the first book. Better late than never, right? She needs to stop fighting Gansey, he uses those big words and speaks without thinking but he doesn’t mean it. He is sincere, he is genuinely happy and joyful and when you see him sad it’s not fake rich kid sad, he is really sad. I don’t like that people see him and doesn’t think his problems are not as important as the others because he is rich so his problems are not real. Stop it, ok? He may have a lot of things, he may have a loving family but that doesn’t mean that he can’t be sad or troubled, his feelings aren’t less important.

Gansey is the sun, he brings joy to me when I read about him. He is a special boy with a questionable sense of fashion. I don’t think he wants to lead the others, that he wants to be in charge. He, of course, doesn’t want to be kept out of decisions and adventures. He is afraid that people are going to move on without him. I think that terrifies him. Everyone assumes he is ok but nobody asks how is him.

“He hadn’t realized yet that Gansey could persuade even the sun to pause and give him the time.”

Mr. Gray, the handsome gray greek statue that happens to be a hit man. He was a nice addition to the story, I like him a lot. He is honest, he doesn’t really get mad, he thinks a lot, he puts a lot of thoughts into solving whatever problem he is facing. What isn’t there to love? When he thinks about Maura he becomes a sweet grown up man with a big heart, not a man with a gun inside his pocket. You see beyond what everyone sees in him and you are not disappointed.

I’m sad because there wasn’t very much Noah in this book, the energy was messed up and poor little ghost boy couldn’t hang with his friends. I loved the scene between him and Blue. How much fun can they have when nobody is around, eh? I would love for them to repeat the scene. I demand an encore!
We couldn’t see Noah but we met Ronan’s little brother Matthew, what a sweet little guy. He has curly hair, I have a thing for curly hair, I think they give the owner more charm points even if the face is super ugly. Curls can save hearts, I know it! I want to see more of Matthew, his curls and his beautiful smile!

I will throw myself into Book 3 right away because the Raven King is coming and I don’t want him to wait.

“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them.
Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness.
Her raven boys.”

Me, too, Blue. Me, too!

Do I recommend it? Yes, read it, love the Raven Boys.
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

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