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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater | Book Review


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…

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh my god.

I don’t know how to write this review.

Which seems really dramatic because I get the feeling that this feeling is going to be even worse with Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and I’m draining all my “ohhhhhhhhhh my god” energy early, but still.


For those of you who have been here for awhile, you know how long I’ve been wanting to read this book. I always put it off even though I was desperate to get more of this series even though that makes no sense at all??? I actually started reading it a month ago, but upon realising I had no idea what was going on with the plot, I decided to reread The Raven Boys so I could give it the attention it deserved, AND BOY DOES IT DESERVE IT. Rereading The Raven Boys was the best thing I did because this book was so much better with all that information fresh in my mind. Also, it allowed me to get a better idea on who exactly my precious boys (and Blue) are. But this isn’t a review of TRB (that review is here).

So much of this book is character-driven instead of plot, which sucks for people who love plot BUT GREAT FOR READERS LIKE ME who don’t even pretend to give a damn about plot and are 100% here for the characters. Honestly, if you asked me what progressed in terms of the Glendower plotline, I would find it very difficult to give you a straightforward answer. I don’t even know what went down with Cabeswater to be honest, except somehow it’s inside of Adam??? I think??? One thing I definitely did not like about this book though was that the boys (and Blue) spent a significant amount of time separated from one another. Noah is absent for a good chunk of the book due to his ghostliness, but Gansey and Adam spent a bit of time in Washington and we’re left with Ronan and his brothers (bless Matthew though) or even worse, Ronan and Kavinsky. I AM NOT HERE FOR THESE BOYS BEING SEPARATED. I mean don’t get me wrong it’s great to see them break off a little bit for some individual character growth, BUT I NEED THEM TOGETHER AT LEAST 90% OF THE TIME. So much of what I love about them is their dynamic between each other as a group and I don’t like being deprived of that. I do have a note about Kavinsky though, which is ??????? I don’t understand his role and why he was so much in this book and why we had more of him than Noah, an actual Raven boy. Okay so he’s Ronan’s guide-person regarding his dream-thieving but couldn’t that have been done by like, a ghost of Niall Lynch or something. Like what is the point of Kavinsky (who has the same name as Peter Kavinsky, which is annoying because that Kavinsky is SO MUCH BETTER).

Okay I think I’m going to do this Raven boy by Raven Boy. Let’s start with Noah. Noah is absent for a good part of this book, which is probably-almost-definitely due to the whole “where did Cabeswater go” thing. Which I definitely wasn’t paying close enough attention to as I probably should have, but anyway. He’s a ghost and is not subject to the same corporeal rules as the rest of us. What I do want to talk about though is his amazing interactions with Blue in this book!!

“Placing an elbow on the other side of her head, Noah leaned close and kissed her once more. This time, it was more of a thought than a feeling, a soft heat that began at her mouth and unfurled through the rest of her. One of his cold hands slid behind her neck and he kissed her again, lips parted. It was not just a touch, an action. It was a simplification of both of them: They were no longer Noah Czerny and Blue Sargent. They were now just him and her. Not even that. They were only the time that they held between them.”

I wish I had friends I could practise making out with. They’re not even a couple to be shipped but I am 100000% here for their friendship alone. The rest of them could all leave but if I were left with Noah and Blue as friends for all eternity, I could be okay with it!! It’s a precious thing between the two of them, because Noah is so much more present when Blue is around. She needs to be there in order for his other relationships to grow stronger. Which only makes their relationship grow stronger. I love it so much. Also I missed Noah a lot in this book, but tragically didn’t even notice until he reappeared later, because I’m the worst.

Ronan. I am still not as obsessed with Ronan as I feel I could be. I think if I were to read this book a second or third time, I would be. Based upon my experience rereading The Raven Boys, I definitely liked him more the second time around. Part of it is because of his particular plotline in this book I think. I didn’t like the parts about Kavinsky, I didn’t like him being separated from the boys. My heart continually broke throughout the whole story when it came to his mother and how he was banned from seeing her or stepping foot in his childhood home. I just felt for his whole life, and his whole family, you know? And, because I can’t stand the idea of not knowing something even though I desperately crave going into something spoiler-free, I read the epilogue and also his Wiki page, which I didn’t really want to do but I think helped me connect with him more and feel more sympathetic to his plight.

ADAM PARRISH. There is not a single thing in this world I would not do for this boy. I can’t wait for Blue Lily, Lily Blue because I heard that’s supposedly his book just like this one was Ronan’s? I honestly feel like a protective mama bear with him, and feel like following him around and snarling at anyone who comes near him. Which is super dramatic, but it’s probably true. I can’t tell you how much my soul feels for him when Blue finally tells him her secret about her true love. I was so mad at her. She couldn’t even help it, but Adam does not deserve this. There is so much I can say about his precious soul, about how he is so determined to do things by his own control instead of someone else’s, and to prove that even though he comes from a meager place he still is worthy just like all the other Aglionby boys! Dating Blue was going to be crucial to this progress and it’s snatched away from him before he even meets her really. I know things in that department will get better for him in the next book (MY HEART) but that didn’t make it any better experiencing it and watching his heartbreak. And the parts when he was in DC with Gansey made me so worried for him. Just another reason that he should be placed in a glass box where he can’t be harmed by anything. I just want him to have a good life, I swear. And the part about being poor in life and poor in love????? JUST TAKE MY HEART, MAGGIE. DO WHAT YOU WANT WITH IT, I GUESS. RIP IT INTO PIECES. I THINK IT WOULD BE NICE BOILED, DON’T YOU?

Gansey and Blue can share a paragraph because I think a lot of what happens to both of them in this book is in regards to the other. In The Raven Boys when we weren’t entirely sure that Gansey was Blue’s true love, I was really voting for it to be Adam. Not that I wanted him to die, but I desperately wanted him and Blue to stay together, even if they could never kiss. In The Dream Thieves it’s not even a question, but solely exists as fact that Gansey is The One. Which is not surprising, but a little disappointing. On the other hand though, I thought it was precious when Gansey argued with himself about how he shouldn’t like Blue, but was losing the battle. I think he also wanted Adam to be able to have her, but his connection to her was just too strong. I’m glad she finally came out with the truth, because then Adam could begin to heal and move on to his next love interest that I definitely don’t know the identity of. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t upset with her for still hurting him after doing so. One of the worst parts was when he called her his girlfriend, and I heard my heart shatter because I knew Blue hadn’t thought of him that way for a while – or like, ever maybe. She was stringing him along and he was innocently following! Because he is a puppy and JUST WANTS TO BE LOVED IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK.

That paragraph was supposed to be about Gansey oops.

I liked the involvement of Blue’s family, though. I’m super-appreciative that Neeve has gone, although I have a suspicion she’ll be back sooner rather than later. I didn’t wholly understand the tarot cards thing and the Gray Man thing, but I’m hoping that won’t be too much of an issue. I picked up enough and I’m sure that will be fine. I like him and his perspective a whole lot more than Barrington Whelk, so I am grateful for that. I think his relationship with Maura is a little weird, though. I actually find myself looking forward to his role in the next book, so I expect to have my feelings for him evolve.

The writing in this book is stunning once again, and I am in awe of Maggie Stiefvater’s talent. Contemporary is not a favourite genre of mine, but fantasy is, so it’s a little bit of a mash-up that could have turned out to be something average, but it definitely isn’t and I commend her for that. There’s a lovely balance between the two and her selection of words and their placement together is like a melodic stabbing to my heart – but like, in a good way in which I thank her.

“Then Maura made something with butter and Calla made something with bacon and Blue steamed broccoli in self-defense.”

That’s not really an example of one of those sentences, but I still like it a whole lot.

“She wore a dress Ronan thought looked like a lampshade. Whatever sort of lamp it belonged on, Gansey clearly wished he had one.

Ronan wasn’t a fan of lamps.”

And this is probably my favourite quote I have ever read.

Her craftmanship of these characters is phenomenal, and they’re all so hashed-out with the perfect amount of detail that makes you instantly feel a connection to them. Even though he’s not my favourite (although he is growing on me), I love the way Maggie has created Gansey, and all the different layers of boy he is. I love that Blue can look at him and see the different personas just because his face twitched or he glanced at one of his friends. There are so many different layers to this boy and I am just itching to know all about them. He’s such a mom character and he wants everyone to be comfortable and happy, and he knows he can provide that if only they would all listen. He has this outpouring of love but they all seem reluctant to take it based upon their own personal battles, which makes him struggle with it all piling up inside of him. This is the paragraph I meant to write earlier before Adam took over.

I cannot wait to read the next book. I do want to know more about the Glendower search, so hopefully the next book has a bit more and I can convince myself to pay more attention when I’m not tending to Adam’s every want and need. I’m not sure that will happen, but I’ll try. This is such a wonderful series. I am so grateful to exist in a world where my path can cross with it.

Final rating: ★★★★

Maggie Stiefvater

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4 thoughts on “The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater | Book Review”

  1. I am ALL for the characters in books as well and that’s what I loved so much about this wonderful book, too. It was such a great second book in the series and I loved it SOOOOOOo much. I love the author’s writing so much, it’s beautiful and so immersive ❤

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