Series: The Raven Cycle

Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted September 15, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 0 Comments

Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie StiefvaterThe Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Published by Scholastic Press on September 17th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 437
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars
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If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?
Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.
One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.
And sometimes he's not the only one who wants those things.
Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan's secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.
Of The Raven Boys, Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Maggie Stiefvater's can't-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book two." Now the second book is here, with the same wild imagination, dark romance, and heart-stopping twists that only Maggie Stiefvater can conjure.

This book was amazing.

For a book two in a series, this was perfect. The action escalated, the characters got deeper, the magic more complex – just everything you want in a sequel. Book one was a little on the slow side, but this didn’t have that problem at all. I think it was because the magic was now familiar and the characters had a home in my heart. They gained a whole new depth, one that leaves me STILL thinking about it, and it added to the story arch every step of the way. The romance kept its usual simmer as well, and by simmer I mean simmer simmer BOOM GIVE ME MORE PLS. The overall conflict of this series still has me guessing, and I love that I have no clue where it will end. The strings were tied up nicely in parts and left me wanting exactly where I wanted them. I’m buying book three as you read this post, and I completely understand the hype around this series. The fantasy is like coming home after a long day, and the Southern atmosphere has me wanting sweet tea and fresh buttered biscuits every. dang. time. Hustle through book one my darlings! Book two just got better, and I’m betting this trend will stay the same.

four-stars
Lizzie
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Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted September 8, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Published by Scholastic Press on September 18th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 409
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
three-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars
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Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.
His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

I didn’t quite know what to expect from this one.

I find that with series that get so much hype, I fear reading them. I want to love what other people love, I have serious FOMO with hyped series. Did this live up to it?

Kind of.

I LOVED the chemistry of the characters in this novel. I loved the writing style, the setting, the magic, the humor – practically everything. Yet, this still felt a bit lack luster for me, and I’m not sure why. I think it could have been the complexity of the magic and the quirkiness of the characters. I found their antics boring at times, and really had to force myself to drag through the slower parts in the middle. YET! YEEEET! The last seventy-five pages or so zoomed by. The action picked up so fast, the characters became so much more intriguing – it was like Ms. Stiefvater knew I was losing interest. I would have given this read four stars if the middle hadn’t dragged for quite so long. The ending definitely has me wanting more (in fact I already started book 2) and it was a perfect choice for my Fall reading kick off. Pick this one up if you’re curious, and give it an open mind. I loved so much, and disliked so little. Maybe you will feel the same!

three-half-stars
Lizzie
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