If you thought The Raven Boys was perfect, wait until you finish reading The Dream Thieves. Oh. My. Life. I am writing this review 30 seconds after finishing the book because I had to get all of my thoughts and feelings down. Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is magical and it makes me feel all mushy inside.
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…
The Dream Thieves main focus throughout the book was Ronan’s character which was very very interesting. After Ronan dropped that bomb on us at the end of the first book, it was nice to see it explored fully throughout the second. We also got to get a deeper insight into who Ronan is as a person and what makes him tick. I know he’s violent, crazy and dangerous but there are times when you just want to give him a massive hug because he’s so adorable *that time where he holds the mice*
Even though Gansey is still on his quest to find the Welsh King, Glendower, that storyline almost took the back seat for this book as the main focus was on Ronan and his dreams. However, there was still plenty of Glendower hunting and Gansey being adorable about his fascination with the magical being and also Gansey just being Gansey – the mom of the group.
I will repeat what I said in my review of The Raven Boys: a book about the friendship of four boys is so refreshing and how Stiefvater creates their friendship is breathtaking. I love each and every one of the characters so much – they each bring something unique to the friendship group. Gansey brings the levelheadedness, Ronan brings the attitude, Noah brings the dorkiness and Adam brings a little bit of everything. Though, at the moment, Adam has got to be my least favourite *sorry guys* He’s just driving me insane. Hopefully, my opinion gets changed in Blue Lily, Lily Blue.
“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys.”
– Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves
There also seemed to be an underlying theme of homosexuality for Ronan or is that just me hoping too hard? I don’t know… There were definitely times where I was reading his point of view and I thought that he might be gay.
Also that moment between Noah and Blue… Can we all just have an hour to think about that and cry? I genuinely thought that I was going to burst out crying because of how cute it was.
Blue wasn’t really the main character of this book was it beautiful to see how her relationships with each of the raven boys grew and blossomed; it was also nice to see how she finally admitted to herself something that was long overdue: she had a crush on Gansey. Well about time, missy!
Overall, I think that The Dream Thieves was better than The Raven Boys. The first book laid out the foundations of the friendship and the search for Glendower, The Dream Thieves was just pure magical character development. If anything is going to make you want to read this series, please let it be this book!