Chat Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

February 2, 2014 Review 30 ★★★★★

Chat Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
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Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 448
Release Date: September 17th, 2013
Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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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…

 Bec and I both recently finished THE DREAM THIEVES and instead of writing two reviews we decided to just chat about it. We kept it spoiler free so everyone can read it, and if you have already read the book-you’ll know exactly what we mean! Check out our other chat reviews!

 

Alise: Shall we talk Thieves of Dreams?

Rebecca: …

Alise:  :D

Rebecca: You are going to have to prompt me cause I read it a month ago
but still remember enough to fangirl

Alise: Um um um

Rebecca: THE PRESSURE IS ON YOU

Alise: ANXIETY

Rebecca: It’s such a good book picking a place to start is hard
Rebecca: I understand

Alise: Well.
Alise: Do you think it was better than the first book?

Rebecca: YES
Rebecca: MORE RONAN
Rebecca: AND DARKNESS
Rebecca: AND ADAM
Rebecca: AND FEELS

Alise: DARKESSSSSSSSSSS

Rebecca: AND SUSPENSE


Alise: GANSEY

Alise: TEAM GANSEY

Rebecca: AND ROMANCE

Alise: ROMANCE

Rebecca: How did you like The Grey Man btw?

Alise: OKAY, HE WAS AWESOME.


Rebecca: I thought I wouldn’t like him but he ended up being really interesting

Alise: SO MYSTERIOUS
Alise: YES
Alise: EXACTLY

Rebecca: AND NOW I THINK OF THE ENDING AND ADKSHFJKHSKHDKJSHFK
Rebecca: It was worse than Raven Boys in terms of cliffhanger & WTFness

Alise: YES
Alise: ANOTHER terrible cliffhanger

Rebecca: it’s pretty brilliant
Rebecca: and shocking

Alise: Terrible that we have to wait with so many questions

Rebecca: just WHY OCTOBER FOR BOOK 3??? (Or is it November?)

Alise: I liked the twist

Rebecca: Mhmmm
Rebecca: This series is so good with twists
Rebecca: You’re never entirely sure about where it’s going

Alise: It SO is. Maggie has like the best imagination.

Rebecca: speaking of RONAN’S STORY LINE AND LIFE


Alise: So creative.

Alise: YES
Alise: I actually didn’t care too much for Ronan until this book because we get to see so much more into his personality and family. I ended up really liking him in the end.

Rebecca: I LOVED HIM IN BOOK ONE
Rebecca: AND THIS HAD SO MANY FEELS

Alise: Ahaaaaaaa I didn’t xD
Alise: But now I do.

Rebecca: Adam was another character with brilliant growth

Alise: Indeed

Rebecca: It was so painful to read his parts because I felt so bad for him

Alise: Gosh, I know

Rebecca: But the place he finds himself (mentally) at the end is just wonderful

Alise: Yeah, he really grows into himself

Rebecca: He does
Rebecca: Another thing I was glad about: More psychics
Rebecca: Maura, Persephone, and Calla know more than what they’re letting on

Alise: They always do

Rebecca: And I am very intrigued by their role

Alise: Persephone especially played a much bigger role

Rebecca: She did and it was great. She’s the most mysterious of them
Rebecca: I want to know what’s up with this “time is circular” thing

Alise: Yeah, the mysterious what has happened before has already happened thing

Rebecca: and them finding weird objects from times they shouldn’t be (VERY SPECIFIC SPOILERY THINGS)

Alise: Who do you like with Blue better?

Rebecca: Gansey
Rebecca: THOUGH THAT SCENE WITH NOAH GAVE ME SO MANY FEELS

Alise: OH MY GOSH YES
Alise: SO UNEXPECTED
Alise: BUT PERFECT
Alise: AND SAD


Rebecca: pretty sure I almost cried

Alise: I love the “In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys.” quote

Rebecca: YES

Alise: I think it sums up all their relationships perfectly

Rebecca: IT DOES
Rebecca: Speaking of relationships, I LOVE GANSEY’S FAMILY
Rebecca: They’re all hilarious and generous and accidently offending peope with their offhand comments that make it sound like they don’t care about their wealth

Alise: Yeah, they truly care for each other and seem like good people

Rebecca: I’m glad they’re not some stuck up rich people stereotype

Alise: I don’t think there is a single cliche or stereotype in this series at all. It is so original and well thought out

Rebecca: NOPE there isn’t
Rebecca: that’s what I love about Maggie’s writing
Rebecca: all her stories are unique and magical
Rebecca: with such fantastic characters

Alise: Exactly

Rebecca: even the minor ones
Rebecca: I feel like we need to talk about Kavinsky

Alise: especially the minor ones

Rebecca: He messed with my head

Alise: Oh yes
Alise: He turned into a major player

Rebecca: He’s as mysterious and twisty as the story line

Alise: and DRAGON

Rebecca: AND THE LITERAL NIGHTMARES
Rebecca: WAS NOT EXPECTING

Alise: CRAZY

Rebecca: Such a cool aspect to add

Alise: YES

Rebecca: If all this is happening now, what happens when they find Glendower?

Alise: I’m sure there will be a huge twist

Rebecca: How much awesome can you pack into 4 books the levels are already off the charts halfway?
Rebecca: Definitely will be big twists. Nothing in this series is what it seems
Rebecca: DO YOU KNOW WHAT WE”VE FORGOTTEN ABOUT
Rebecca: CHAINSAW

Alise: I love animal companions in YA

Rebecca: And how unique is a raven?

Alise: A lot
Alise: I loved how Ronan took her everywhere with him :)

Rebecca: (and she’s more than just a raven but spoilers. I STILL CAN”T BELIEVE THAT ASPECT AND THE TWISTS IT CAME WITH)
Rebecca: Ronan and Chainsaw were just amazing

Alise: So. Overall amazing book and definitely worth a read even if you were hesitant about the first book.

Rebecca: YES
Rebecca: Though I think you’d need to like twisty plots and unanswers revealed slowly over time to enjoy it
Rebecca: If you don’t like being left hanging A LOT and having lots of questions, this series will probably frustrate you

Alise: That is kind of true, that’s why the first book frustrated me. I do think The Dream Thieves was a little bit better about revealing things though

Rebecca: it did reveal a lot, but also created even more questions

Alise: ha, true

Rebecca: You just came around to your senses :P

Alise: Perhaps.
Alise: Do you want to close the curtain?

Rebecca: meh
Rebecca: We still need to come up with an official/awesome way to end these

Alise: WE ALWAYS END WITH THE CURTAIN FALLING

Rebecca: yes but
Rebecca: that’s boring

Alise: Like with the Elite. The spray of blood.

Rebecca: :)
Rebecca: this was really good though we need no blood shed

Alise: True
Alise: [CURTAIN CLOSES WITH FALLING RAVEN FEATHERS] Yes?

Rebecca: acceptable

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Overall: 4.8

30 Responses to “Chat Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. Amir

    I’m loving your chat reviews, very laid back! I always see this series and author but I never really got the chance to actually read her works. The fact that you both love it is enough for me to check the first book out. I do miss reading paranormal lately :)
    Amir recently posted…Review: Skin by Kylie Scott

    • Bec

      Thanks!

      Maggie Stiefvater is an amazing author. Very very good. One of my all time favourites :D I hope you decide to pick something of hers up!

    • Bec

      Yay! I will always love Ronan. And all the boys.

      Everyone had good growth in THE DREAM THIEVES! The Gansey’s are fantastic :D

  2. Leigh @ Little Book Star

    I am super happy that both of you loved the book, but this is going to kill you…I didn’t really like it D: I was just confuzzled throughout the book (even with The Raven Boys), but I did like the mystery vibe that I got from Stiefvater’s writing style. Other than that, it was meh for me. I just don’t understand what the plot is about and all that ley line and stuff. I really wish I loved it as much as you and Alise did. I’ll still read the next book in the series though! Hopefully things will get clearer.
    Leigh @ Little Book Star recently posted…Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

    • Bec

      D: GET OUT! :P

      Nah, that’s okay. I think there will be a few people not liking it for simiar reasons as you. The mysteriousness of the plot and all that is one of my favourite aspects of it :) Maybe you’ll like it more when it’s all wrapped up and there’s answers.

      If that’s the only thing troubling you I suggest you try Maggie’s other novels (if you haven’t already). Her writing is beautiful. The Scorpio Races is my other favourite aside from this series(and a standalone too)

    • Bec

      I love cliffhangers! And hate them because they’re painful.

      This is very different from Wolves of Mercy Falls (each of her books/series is completely different from the last), but even better in my opinion! I hope you give The Raven Cycle a go :)

      Thanks!

    • Bec

      :O Blasphemy :P

      I hope your second attempt ends better than the first (if you decide to pick it up again that is).

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      It is!! And I bet the wait for the final book 4 is going to be even worse.

      Ronan is the best that ever was XD

  3. tonyalee

    haha y’all crack me up!

    I have been nervous to pick this one up… I am hoping to (hopefully) soon. I LOVED all the Raven Boys. But the bird has GOT TO GO. LOL

    • Bec

      Oh, this series is so worth it. There’s four books in this series, so if you want to wait until they’re all out before you devour them, you have to wait until 2015 I’m afraid :(

  4. Deyse

    I already have this book but didn’t get myself to read it because I fell that my heart is gonna suffer and the wait until the next book comes out is going to kill me haha Just adored the way this review/book talk was made, great way to go girls :)
    Deyse recently posted…Night Owls, by Lauren M. Roy

    • Bec

      This book doesn’t hurt your feels TOO much. Just a little XD I hope you love it when you pick it up :)

      Thanks! Chat reviews are fun, I hope we get to do more :D

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