September 17, 2013

ARC Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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Title: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholactic Press
Publication Date: September 17th 2013
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback ARC

Blurb:
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...

***My Review***
Maggie Stiefvater is a genius. The Dream Thieves, to put it simply, BLEW MY MIND! I loved The Raven Boys(My Review), but at that time, I didn't fully appreciate the sheer brilliance of Stiefvater's writing. I wanted to be thrown into the action right away, but she takes her time and slowly lets us into the lives of each of her characters. The time she took to develop the characters in The Raven Boys allowed for a seamless transition into book two. This is part of what made The Dream Thieves that much more incredible.
Sometimes when I read a sequel, it takes me a while to remember what had happened in the first book. Stiefvater writes in such a way that, as soon as I finished chapter one, I felt like I was reading the books back to back. This is an extremely rare occurance which truly showcases just how deep her character development is. Since I felt as though the first third of The Raven Boys was spent on character building, when I started The Dream Thieves, I felt as if I were visiting old friends whom I had dearly missed. 
The prologue to The Dream Thieves is one of the most meaningful, engaging, and honest prologues I have ever read. It sucked me right in, and I just knew I would be in for one hell of a journey. This is where I talk about the writing. Maggie Stiefvater's writing has this unique and magical quality to it unlike ANY author I have ever read. Her writing is so captivating and real. Her sentences do not just tell the story, but each one is a piece of art all on its own. While reading The Dream Thieves, there were countless times where I would read a sentence, and go right back and read it again. Now, this was not because I didn't understand said sentence, but because Steifvater's way with words had me in such awe of her talent. There is soo much depth and meaning behind every line in this book. It was truly mesmerizing. 
The characters are some of my favorite in all of YA fiction. I love how broken they are. Each one has their own demons to battle. They are nowhere near perfect, but that's what makes them soo relatable. The Aglionby boys and Blue feel like dear friends to me, and I am planning on re-reading The Dream Thieves soon just to feel their presence again. We are introduced to some new characters, and the mysterious Gray Man is one of my favorites. I feel like he was written so perfectly because he could have quite easily become a hated character. It is only through Stiefvater's writing that he is understood, and thus we are given the ability to connect with him on a human level. 
I would say that The Dream Thieves could be considered Ronan's book. One reason is because he experiences such emotional highs and lows thoughout the novel which cause him to change as a person. Another reason is that much of the plot is based upon his secrets; his newfound ability to manifest(or steal) objects from his dreams, and a few other big game changers. That being said, every other main character(Blue, Gansey, Adam, Blue's awesome family) is given the perfect amount of "screen time". I felt that this was the natural progression of the story, and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. 
The pacing is perfect and that is all I will say on that.
Is there romance? Well if you have read the first book, you know it's not so easy as "romance? or not?". I guess you will just have to read the book and see what happens...
All in all, this was my favorite Maggie Stiefvater book that I have read so far. Screw it!...This is the best book I have read in 2013 so far. Everything was pitch-perfect. My only complaint would be that the book ended at page 438, because I never wanted to stop reading. When I finally turned that last page, I literally hugged the book to my chest for like 15 minutes, just thinking. At that moment, I realized that I had not just finished a book, but I had experienced something tryly profound. I had fully realized how amazingly talented Maggie Stiefvater is. I have read almost everything she had ever written, and to me, she just keeps getting better and better with every book! I never re-read books, no, not a single one! I could re-read this book over and over again and find something new every single time. There is just that much depth and meaning behind each beautiful word. I am soo incredibly happy to know there are two more books still to come in the series!
Everyone should read this! I mean EVERYONE! If your a fan of The Raven Boys, then I know you must be dying to read The Dream Thieves. If you haven't started the series yet, then I highly recommend you do so. Fans of every genre will find something here, and I guarentee you will come back for more Maggie Stiefvater! 

***My Rating***
5/5 STARS + 

(NOTE: This is something new I am adding to my rating system. I am calling it a 5 stars +  rating. This means that a book not only rates 5 stars, but it made me feel something extra special inside as well, hence the .)

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9 comments:

  1. Sounds like an amazing book :) I like the plot line. I love the new rating system, sometimes you have to adapt lol.

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  2. If its one of the best book this year, I really have to get sated on the series soon. Great review and loved your extra rating!

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  3. I have this one on preorder and it shipped yesterday! Yay!

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  4. Maggie is an author that can absolutely do NO WRONG in my mind. I haven't had the chance to read The Raven Boys yet, but I cannot wait! It will be soon, cause I must read The Dream Thieves. RIGHT NOW. It sounds fabulous!

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  5. Your review of The dream Thieves is excellent, I actually had seen it and passed it over on two sites, After reading your review I took a second look and started reading!!! It's not often that someones words have that big of an influence on me and what I might read. Thanks!!!

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  6. SO glad you loved this one! I LOVED (to the nth degree) The Raven Boys and have been dying for this sequel! Maggie Stiefvater is a master of characterization :D

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  7. Wow awesome review I heard a lot of great reviews about this book must check it out ASAP thanks for sharing!

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  8. I love Maggie Steifvater's writing! She is brilliant! The Raven Boys was so good and fantastic and I cannot wait to read The Dream Thieves!

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  9. I love this! Glad you liked it! :)

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