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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Guest Post - The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater: Review by Laura McLean

Hi Everyone - due to time issues & the fact that I was meh (my fault not hers) about The Raven Boys, I asked my delightful co-worker Laura to review the sequel for me.  Maggie Stiefvater is such a talented author, I wanted to make sure the book got a worthy review.

FYI - I never asked her to do it in my format, but she did so which is extremely classy!

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)
by Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 9780545424943
Suggested Ages: 13+
Buy from Indigo 
Publication Date: September 17, 2013

Description:  Now that the ley line is woken, the boys and Blue are even more determined to find Glendower. But there are several things in their way: Ronan has a secret that he promised his father that he would never tell anyone about for his own safety. But sometimes people have trouble keeping secrets. When Adam starts seeing ghosts, and not just Noah, he knows something is wrong but he can’t figure out what it is and why it’s just happening to him. The Raven Boys aren’t the only ones looking for the lost Glendower it seems when interesting people start turning up in the shadows of their lives. 

First off: This book is absolutely amazing. I couldn’t put down this one or the first one. I have been suffering readers block the past two months and these books cured it. This is by far one of the most well written books I have ever read and I highly recommend it. You have no idea how badly I want new, fresh concepts and this is the perfect book. 

The Good Stuff:

  •   Maggie Stiefvater is absolutely amazing at setting up scenes. You feel the cold in the air, the dampness of the forests and how the air feels when it’s hot and humid
  • Nothing is told outright and blatantly; you grow to understand things that are going on through the descriptions and the characters
  • The character developments in a certain character (I’m not going to say who for spoilers) is fantastic. You see how this person changes so much but not blatantly. The progression in natural (as it can be) and seems real
  • The characters are real people!!!!!!! I’ve been waiting for a book like this where the characters seem like real teenagers with real jobs that they have to go to and real lives that seem like something any other teen would live (except the supernatural/paranormal stuff, but you know what I mean)
  •  I love how the relationships develop (*cough*OTP developing*cough*) and how you see real people shine through in situations when friendship is tested to its limits
  • You have very different types of people all thrown into one situation where they all have to act together
  •   Really captures how the characters feel and why they act the way they do
  • You learn a lot about a certain character in this book and his very interesting life (I’m not going to say who for spoilers)
  • The prologue is fantastic and you are hooked instantly. You realize later the significance of it.
  • People who love history (like me—giant history nerd over here) will love the connections/parallels to the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
  • There was a quote that reminded me of Doctor Who a bit and I laughed (giant nerd in general here)
  • Very unique concept!
  • Great for people looking for something different and well written
  • You grow to love each Raven Boy differently, but at the same time all of the together—and of course Blue! 
 The Not so good stuff
  •  Sometimes it took me a little while to figure out what was going on because it was not stated outright but I also read very fast and that may have contributed 
  • I also can’t choose what quotes to use because THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD ONES
Favorite Quotes/ Passages

“Adam’s hand glided over her bare elbow. The touch was a whisper in a language she didn’t speak very well.”

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

“She rolled onto her back in the middle of the suddenly empty bed. Above her, the rafters glowed with the summer sun. Blue touched her mouth. It felt the same as it always did. Not at all like she had just had her first and last kiss"

“If you never saw the stars, candles were enough.”

Who Should/ Shouldn’t Read 
  •   Good and fast paced
  •   Good for people who love the paranormal with reality mixed into it
  •  Good YA fiction book but adults would enjoy this as well

We received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review

1 comment:

  1. I love this book. part two of the series and cannot wait for the next book!! keeps you on your toes and lets you in a little deeper in to the lives of the characters. cannot wait for book three!!
    Highly recommended Alaskan Brown Bear Hunts guided