Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

So, if you've checked out my review of the first book, The Raven Boys, you'd know that I was a little iffy on that book. Don't get me wrong- it was good, I just couldn't get into it for some reason. However, after I picked up a copy of this book, I couldn't stop reading. If you are the same way, I definitely recommend checking it out anyway.

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....

First things first, let's talk about those characters. I feel like this story is 70% characters 30% plot. The characters, though, are fantastic! Each and every one has their own motives, their own reason to be there at that exact moment. There is nothing that isn't thought through. 
The way the author writes really allowed me to not remember much about the first book, and still become deeply enraptured in this book. I felt like they were definitely two separate entities, the way it should be. It wasn't Book 1: We're looking for a dead king. Book 2: ...still looking...  It made everything important within the novel. 
I've heard many complaints about Maggie Stiefvater's writer style, however, having met her, I can say that her personality very much so reflects her writing style. Everything is paid attention to, which is how the characters so easily flow into one another and transition easily. Her personality is very sporadic and what I'd classify as a 'theatre kid' (AKA the ones in school who were the most bizarre and theatrical. Honestly, she didn't strike me as a writer when I met her, but reading her books really awes me at her talent. 
Another thing is that I read most of this book whilst not at home, so I would often get distracted and not really pay attention. One nice thing about her writing style is that you can drift off and come back a few pages later and not miss anything too important. There were a lot of snippets that I felt like they were just there, but I'm sure they had some purpose...
Anyway, I could blab on for ages, but basically, I really enjoyed this book. I definitely recommend sticking with it if it is a bit boring in the beginning. 
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Over and out,
P.S. I'm pretty bad at taking pictures so I promise she looks better than this in real life, but this is her when I got to meet her!

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