The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater

Title: The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle #2) 
Author: Maggie Stiefvater 
Pages: 439 pages 
Published: September 17th, 2013 
Genre: Urban Fantasy series, YA

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 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 Steifvater'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 Steifvater can conjure. 

Buy it now! 

I haven't been a good girl in keeping up with this series considering I read the first book a good few months. It comes a surprise to me that I didn't automatically jump into the second book after reading the first one, since I absolutely loved the first one! My review can be found here. Lately these past few weeks, I've been in a reading slump because of ACOTAR, but I'm ready to get back into the game with a book I knew would leave me wanting more.
For non-spoiler purposes, I will not reveal anything that happened in book 1, but the events of this book follow where book 1 left off. The plot entails our main raven boy, Ronan, who can pull things our of his dreams. Ronan, being my least favorite out of the group of boys, was like the main focus of the book. His power was everything to the key to finding Glendower.

Nothing more can be revealed other than saying that Maggie Steifvater knows how to weave an exciting and spine-chilling story. Her writing style is a mix of creepy, haunting, and beautiful. It's sometimes very ominous but can be romantic when the time comes. 

The pacing of this series is super fast, as I would have expected from reading the first book. I wasn't a fan of the first book, and I think that's mainly because I spent 70% reading it and was confused. The world building and characterization was very mehhh in the first book. Finally the second book, which didn't include as many info dumps and world-building, was already nicely set up and told a great story.

Okay, so there were like mini-cliffhangers after every chapter and I was like what the hell! I HAVE A LIFE YA KNOW. I had to do chores and stop reading and eat dinner and go to the bathroom.... ughhh it was killing me when I couldn't find out immediately what happened next. 
The Raven Boys are one of my favorite group of characters in any novel. They have an unwavering bond that aids them throughout the story and proves to be a force to be reckoned with. Each boy in the group has their own personality that greatly differs from each other. I found it particularly interesting how Maggie Steifvater was able to come up with 4 different sets of character traits for our Raven Boys and make them contrast in such ways that made the story interesting. 

You know an author is truly special when they can create a character that annoys you, scares you, makes you anxious, and one that lures you in with his charms. When she gives her characters supernatural abilities, her choices are sensible and she gives power to the right hands. As the book progresses, so does everyone's abilities and their strong characterization. 
I like when YA books tend to stray away from the lovey dovey romances. The Raven Boys series is more about the mystery and intrigue of the twists, not much about teenagers falling in love. Yes, that are pros and cons to this kind of romance, but I believe the pros outweigh the cons. One pro is that you can never go wrong with something different. This book didn't need any romance because of all the hectic events happening in the book.

I would describe the romance to be slow-burning. Throughout the series, I've been questioning the book, asking about who Blue is going to end up with! Well guys, this isn't revealed until a longgggg time after, which was something that itched at me.


I whole-heartedly ship Blue and Gansey. They are the power couple of the book. In the Raven Boys, Adam and Blue were dating, and I knew something wasn't right with this relationship. I'm glad my hunch wasn't wrong, and she was actually meant to be with someone else. 

Can we just talk about The Gray Man and Maura for a second? I did not see that coming and at first I thought he was bad, but I guess love always prevails in the end and she was able to sway him to the good side. I absolutely loved TGM. He was all mysterious and evil in the beginning, but in the end he realized that there were more important things!

That's the end of this review and sorry that it's so short. I'm actually writing this as I'm reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the third book in the series so I'm getting confused between what happens in each book! Nonetheless, read this series if you've been yearning for a dark, urban fantasy that will leave you on a cliff after every chapter. 

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