February 16, 2018

Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Format: Hardcover

Pages: 439 pages
Published: September 17th 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
ISBN: September 17th 2013


4 out of 5 stars

Dream Thieves is the second book in the Raven Cycle series and is the story of Ronan Lynch, the best friends of Gansey that gets himself involved in the quest to find and wake the dead welsh king Glendower. but Ronan has another secret, he’s able to take items from his dreams out to the real world.

Dream Thieves continues where the Raven Boys ended, with Ronan admitting he toke his pet raven Chainsaw out of his dreams. The plot is a lot quicker than the Raven boys using the plot and bond with the characters that have been established there and continuing to build on those relationships while attempting to clear up some of the confusion the first book left you with.  With the explanation of Ronan’s ability to take items of his dreams and following him learning how to use this power in the quest of finding Glendower, the world gets tied together a bit more making more sense with every page.

The characters are still easily one of the best parts of this book, despite almost all of them taking the back burner for Rowan, who really benefitted from the character building this gave him slowly making clear why Rowen’s soul is as broken as it is, and him clearly becoming a better person as he learns how to deal with his power. this, however, doesn’t mean all the other characters are left ignored. Gansey is trying his hardest to be a good person and a good friend, Adam learns what his sacrifice for Glendower truly meant, and Blue is starting to fall in love having to deal with the prediction of her true love dying.

The Dream Thieves was really enjoyable, more so than the Raven Boys due to it being a way quicker and less confusing read. If you liked the Raven Boys, or even if you weren’t sure about it but didn’t hate it I can recommend picking this sequel up, as it clears up a lot of the confusing while building the world up and tieing some loose ends together.

 

January 25, 2018

Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Format: Hardcover

Pages: 409 pages
Published: September 18th 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
ISBN: 0545424925


3 out of 5 stars

Raven Boys is the first book in the Raven Cycle series and is the story of Blue Sargent, the daughter on a physic that holds the power to amplify the strength of nearby spirits, that gets herself involved in the quest to find and wake the dead welsh king Glendower with a group of boys from the rich high school nearby after seeing the premonition of one of them dying on St Mark’s day. In order to find Glendower, the group of friends throws themselves head-first in the word of physics to pinpoint the location with the use of ley-lines

I’m not gonna lie, the plot of the Raven boys is a weird one that at this point feels incomplete (but with 3 more books to go, I’m hoping for some explanations) and incredibly hard to explain in a way that covers the entire plot of the book and left me extremely confused and with a lot of questions in the end. The plot is unique, and I can’t recall a lot of books that deal with the paranormal in quite the same way, making it quite an enjoyable read if it wasn’t for the unclarity of it all. The book was also incredibly slow for the first 80%, and then suddenly starts picking up the action for the last 20%

One aspect I really liked about this book, and that really saved it, in my opinion, is the characters. If Maggie Stiefvater did one thing right in this book, it’s definitely the way she wrote this group of friends in a loveable and relatable way.

There’s Gansey that looks to be the extremely rich, posh guy that tries to buy everything with money at first but turns out to be an incredibly lovable character that cares a lot about his friends wishing he didn’t grow up with all the money.  There’s Adam who is the poor kid that’s trying to make his life into something he can be proud of while having to deal with domestic violence at home, but refusing to take the easy way out through the help of other people.  Ronan is the troublemaker that is about to be kicked out of school, the broken soul in the group that isn’t nice or soft but still cares a lot for his friends and does a lot to help them out. And then there’s Blue, the physic’s daughter that’s scared to fall in love because of a premotion her first love and kiss will die, that gets pulled into the group of friends because curious about Gansey after meeting his ghost while she normally can’t see them.

All in all was Raven Boys an interesting and enjoyable read, but its plot is incredibly confusing and not fully explained in just the first book of the series. Recommended if you like paranormal stories, but be ready to be hit with an incredibly confusing plot.