Monday, October 14, 2013

The Dream Thieves: a review

(The Raven Cycle #2)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
http://maggiestiefvater.com/
Info: Scholastic Press, copyright 2013, 439 pages

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): Cabeswater has been woken which means Henrietta is about to become a beacon for a whole lot of crazy.

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...

~Goodreads Description~

The Breakdown
 Gansey is still obsessed with finding Glendower, but things have gotten complicated when two of his friends exhibit powers beyond his understanding.  And then there's Blue...mysterious, quirky Blue who is still cursed but finds herself falling in love.  And a new guy has come to town, Mr. Gray, who is looking for something and isn't afraid to get blood on his hands to find it.

The Awesome
Go Stiefvater!  Very little recapping of book one made this sequel pretty darn excellent right off the bat. Beyond that, this book takes the storyline to a whole other level.  We already knew Ronan was deeply troubled, but the dude can pull things out of his dreams.  Crazy!  And the Sargent household gets some much deserved attention.  They're sarcasm and wit are enjoyable in every single scene.  Then there's the cliffhanger.  Stiefvater rules at cliffhangers!

The Not So Awesome
It came out in September...and I finished it in September.  Now I must wait.  Ugh.

I desperately want to be a part of this group.  I want to run around Henrietta with moody Ronan, stubborn Adam, transparent Noah, good-hearted Gansey, and independent Blue, hunting for a long lost king, drinking really bad tea at 300 Fox Way.  I want this SO bad.  I want this more than I want to run around Hogwarts with Ron, Hermione, and Harry (which is almost blasphemy, I know).  But I love this gang.  This world. This story.  And I can't wait to find out what happens next in the third installment.


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