(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Published by Scholastic Inc. on September 17th 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Other, Young Adult
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.
I’m late to the game discovering Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle, but better late than never, right? Since I’ve been checking out the audiobooks from the library, I had to wait a bit before The Dream Thieves became available, but it was so worth the wait. As I’ve said in my other reviews of any of Stiefvater’s audiobooks, they’re wonderful to listen to. The prose is magnificent, and it was easy to get lost in the story. If you haven’t started this series, or you’ve picked the books up a few times and thought about it, try the audiobooks—they won’t disappoint.
Ronan made me laugh multiple times. Since I listened to the audiobook either while running or driving, the random outbursts of laughter probably made me look slightly insane. Ronan had more of a presence in this book. I learned more about his family and the secrets that they kept hidden in their farmhouse. The Lynch family added another layer to the story—their secrets, each person, and the intrigue that festered in the small town of Henrietta.
Blue Sargent always knew that she would kill her true love if she kissed him. Although she and Adam Parrish had a quasi relationship, and Blue knew that he most likely was not her true love, she still refused to kiss him. Adam’s connection to Cabeswater made him slightly unstable at times, and it projected though his relationship with Blue. However, the almost kisses that made me sit on the edge of my seat were between Blue and Gansey.
I didn’t know that an almost kiss could be better than some actual kisses. Richard Campbell Gansey III had two sides to him: The Richard Campell Gansey III side and Gansey—“’That’s all there is.’” The what if was almost worse than the inevitable—what if they kissed? Would anything happen? I’m terrified to finish this series, as it seems everyone else who has gotten attached to these books, for the fear that the boy I met on St. Mark’s Eve will finally become a reality.
If you haven’t read The Raven Boys, you should. I don’t know anything about Welsh mythology, but I doubt it has ever been this exciting. Blue and her raven boys will latch onto your soul and dig their way into your mind. With peculiarity around every bend and a plethora of mysticism to coerce you to turn the next page, Blue Lily, Lily Blue will land in you hands before you can say the words.