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The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle #2)

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ISBN13: 9780545424943
ISBN10: 0545424941
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Staff Pick

The second book in Stiefvater's Raven Cycle, The Dream Thieves take us deeper into the mystery that is Glendower and the town of Henrietta. School's out and summer's begun, and we soon learn that everything has changed for Gansey, Blue, Adam, and especially Ronan. As he falls further and further into his dreams, Ronan finds his dreams falling into his waking life. Of course, waking the ley lines also means that other, more sinister people may be looking for Glendower. Stiefvater spins a tale full of magic and mystery that will leave you gasping for more.
Recommended by Azalea M., Powells.com

How often is the second book in a series even better than the first? (Never?) Dream Thieves is the exception. Blue begins to discover which Raven boy she really loves, Adam finds his true vocation, and Ronin brings his dreams to actual physical life. I've barely touched the surface of all that happens in this book! My only question: How can book three possibly manage to keep up?
Recommended by Kathy H, Powell's Books at PDX

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Publisher Comments:

The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

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....

Review:

"Book two of Stiefvater's Raven Cycle shifts from character-driven voyage of discovery to more of a paranormal thriller, ratcheting up the violence as the plot grows more complex. After the transformative events at Cabeswater in The Raven Boys, the context in which Gansey, Blue, Adam, Ronan, and Noah operate is further altered by the arrival of the Gray Man, a self-described hit man who replaces Barrington Whelk in providing occasional adult narrative perspective. The Gray Man brings with him the machinations of larger, previously unknown forces as he takes orders from a voice on the phone to hunt the Greywaren, the identity of which is revealed early on. But this book largely belongs to the loose cannon that is Ronan, as he works to better understand his supernatural abilities and their connection to his family. While Stiefvater's offbeat, acutely observed characters continue to grow, they have shifted from developing a group interaction to reacting against one another, making this installment more tense and foreboding than its predecessor — and every bit as gripping. Ages 14–up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"Beginning the same summer in which The Raven Boys (Scholastic, 2012) ended, The Dream Thieves is a little less about Blue Sargent and more about Gansey. Richard Campbell Gansey III (don't call him Dick), Ronan, Adam, ghostly Noah, and Joseph Kavinsky are (or were) raven boys — students at posh Aglionby Academy in the small Virginia town of Henrietta. The writing style maintains a dark and brooding tone as Gansey continues to investigate the existence of a ley line, an invisible channel of energy, recently awakened, that may lead them to the ancient Welsh king Glendower....Readers who want a moody chill and appreciate an atmospheric turn of phrase (keys hang from the ignition like "ripe fruit," a farm yard is populated with "deceased pick-up trucks") will want to spend more time in Henrietta." School Library Journal (starred review)

Review:

"The second installment of Stiefvater's Raven Cycle is as mind-blowingly spectacular as the first. Now that the ley line near Henrietta, Va., has been woken, strange currents race through the town. There's too much electricity — or none at all. The four Raven Boys — Gansey, Adam, long-dead Noah and Ronan — continue to search for the grave of the Welsh king Glendower, but now Ronan is starting to pull objects out of his dreams. Small ones, like the keys to Gansey's Camaro, and larger, lethal nightmare creatures. But his greatest nightmare can't be grasped — how do you hold onto home? Not-quite-psychic Blue Sargent realizes that Gansey might really be her true love — and if she kisses him, he'll die — and meanwhile, her wholly psychic mother is dating the hit man come to steal Ronan. Stiefvater's careful exploration of class and wealth and their limitations and opportunities astounds with its sensitivity and sophistication. The pace is electric, the prose marvelously sure-footed and strong, but it's the complicated characters — particularly Ronan, violent, drunk, tender and tough — that meld magic and reality into an engrossing, believable whole. Remember this: Ronan never lies. How long until Book 3?" Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Richly written and filled with figurative language (buildings are 'tidy as library books;' a 'murmur of guests' attend a party; a woman looks 'fresh as a newscaster'), this story of secrets and dreams, of brothers and of all-too-real magic is an absolute marvel of imagination and an irresistible invitation to wonder." Booklist (starred review)

Synopsis:

The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

About the Author

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and The Scorpio Races. She is also the author of Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.

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universalmusiq, October 6, 2013 (view all comments by universalmusiq)
There's heartbreak, a cliffhanger, and a bunch of revelations. This is primarily Ronan's book though a new character, Adam, and Blue have POVs we follow there's only a tad bit from Gansey's perspective this time around. We're on Ronan's psychological and physical journey. Even Blue was a bit less annoying to me and while she's still not my fave character in this series I feel for her more in this book.

Things readers were primed for in book 1 are starting to come to fruition and some things you did not expect happen as well. Going back to book 1 after I finished book 2 I saw the subtleties that Stiefvater planted when you get to the end of book 2. So I'd suggest rereading book 1 and seeing how deftly she handled her characters.

Stiefvater did a great job of building Ronan's character, his inner loathing of himself, his love for others and his growth so he's not just the angry guy he's got a lot going on that no one knows about but he has integrity and loyalty as well which makes him more than just a side character. You understand that brusqueness and see a tender side to him as well. And Adam, who is my fave, gets to grow a bit more towards the end though it seems his own changes may lead to bad times. We'll see.

I'm in for the long haul with this series. Stiefvater's style remains her own with a literary and fantastic feel and a big old crescendo at the end.
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Reader Eternal, September 29, 2013 (view all comments by Reader Eternal)
If you have not yet experienced the wonder that is a Maggie Stiefvater novel, you can't imagine what you're missing. I have been thinking about "The Dream Thieves" constantly since finishing the last page, searching for hidden meanings, re-reading favorite parts, and Googling obscure Latin phrases. This second installment of Stiefvater's series is as complex and wondrous and unpredictable as the first. This is an author who knows the nature of humans right down to the core. I felt so much for each of the characters and their triumphs and tragedies. Though the story has many elements of fantasy, it is the very human connections between the characters that makes it truly stunning. Goodness knows how I will wait a year to read more!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780545424943
Author:
Stiefvater, Maggie
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Fables
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20130917
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 14

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"Staff Pick" by ,

The second book in Stiefvater's Raven Cycle, The Dream Thieves take us deeper into the mystery that is Glendower and the town of Henrietta. School's out and summer's begun, and we soon learn that everything has changed for Gansey, Blue, Adam, and especially Ronan. As he falls further and further into his dreams, Ronan finds his dreams falling into his waking life. Of course, waking the ley lines also means that other, more sinister people may be looking for Glendower. Stiefvater spins a tale full of magic and mystery that will leave you gasping for more.

"Staff Pick" by ,

How often is the second book in a series even better than the first? (Never?) Dream Thieves is the exception. Blue begins to discover which Raven boy she really loves, Adam finds his true vocation, and Ronin brings his dreams to actual physical life. I've barely touched the surface of all that happens in this book! My only question: How can book three possibly manage to keep up?

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Book two of Stiefvater's Raven Cycle shifts from character-driven voyage of discovery to more of a paranormal thriller, ratcheting up the violence as the plot grows more complex. After the transformative events at Cabeswater in The Raven Boys, the context in which Gansey, Blue, Adam, Ronan, and Noah operate is further altered by the arrival of the Gray Man, a self-described hit man who replaces Barrington Whelk in providing occasional adult narrative perspective. The Gray Man brings with him the machinations of larger, previously unknown forces as he takes orders from a voice on the phone to hunt the Greywaren, the identity of which is revealed early on. But this book largely belongs to the loose cannon that is Ronan, as he works to better understand his supernatural abilities and their connection to his family. While Stiefvater's offbeat, acutely observed characters continue to grow, they have shifted from developing a group interaction to reacting against one another, making this installment more tense and foreboding than its predecessor — and every bit as gripping. Ages 14–up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Beginning the same summer in which The Raven Boys (Scholastic, 2012) ended, The Dream Thieves is a little less about Blue Sargent and more about Gansey. Richard Campbell Gansey III (don't call him Dick), Ronan, Adam, ghostly Noah, and Joseph Kavinsky are (or were) raven boys — students at posh Aglionby Academy in the small Virginia town of Henrietta. The writing style maintains a dark and brooding tone as Gansey continues to investigate the existence of a ley line, an invisible channel of energy, recently awakened, that may lead them to the ancient Welsh king Glendower....Readers who want a moody chill and appreciate an atmospheric turn of phrase (keys hang from the ignition like "ripe fruit," a farm yard is populated with "deceased pick-up trucks") will want to spend more time in Henrietta."
"Review" by , "The second installment of Stiefvater's Raven Cycle is as mind-blowingly spectacular as the first. Now that the ley line near Henrietta, Va., has been woken, strange currents race through the town. There's too much electricity — or none at all. The four Raven Boys — Gansey, Adam, long-dead Noah and Ronan — continue to search for the grave of the Welsh king Glendower, but now Ronan is starting to pull objects out of his dreams. Small ones, like the keys to Gansey's Camaro, and larger, lethal nightmare creatures. But his greatest nightmare can't be grasped — how do you hold onto home? Not-quite-psychic Blue Sargent realizes that Gansey might really be her true love — and if she kisses him, he'll die — and meanwhile, her wholly psychic mother is dating the hit man come to steal Ronan. Stiefvater's careful exploration of class and wealth and their limitations and opportunities astounds with its sensitivity and sophistication. The pace is electric, the prose marvelously sure-footed and strong, but it's the complicated characters — particularly Ronan, violent, drunk, tender and tough — that meld magic and reality into an engrossing, believable whole. Remember this: Ronan never lies. How long until Book 3?"
"Review" by , "Richly written and filled with figurative language (buildings are 'tidy as library books;' a 'murmur of guests' attend a party; a woman looks 'fresh as a newscaster'), this story of secrets and dreams, of brothers and of all-too-real magic is an absolute marvel of imagination and an irresistible invitation to wonder."
"Synopsis" by , The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!
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