While I am not new to the brilliance of Maggie Steifvater (I’m a huge fan of her Mercy Falls series), it was only recently that I discovered and fell in love with The Raven Boys. The first book was pure magic, and my daughter and I read and swooned over it together. I could hardly wait to read the next installment, The Dream Thieves, and see what Blue and the Raven Boys would do next. While my kiddo was in fictional head-over-heels love with Gansey, my heart belonged to Ronan very early on in book one. It comes as no surprise that book two would delight me since Ronan plays a much bigger part in this story, and I truly loved every moment spent with him and Chainsaw.
“Neither could really help the other find sleep.
But sometimes it was better just to know you weren’t the only one awake.”
For the most part, book two is every bit as adventurous and exciting as the first; and while we discover some answers along the way, we end up being left with several more! I loved the addition of the Gray Man as well as becoming better acquainted with Blue’s eccentric family. I worried and fretted over Adam, and the tumultuous ending was the best kind of book-panic-induced stress. While I don’t normally mind cliffhangers, I truly wish the ending hadn’t been left quite so open.
I just can’t not include a paragraph devoted to Matthew, younger brother to Ronan and Declan. This kid is too adorable for words. I’d adopt him in a second. He’s so laid-back and wants the best for everybody. He’s the peace keeper in the family and just so darn sweet. When Ronan and Declan are arguing in church, of all places, it is Matthew who pleads: “Guys… Be holy.” I love him.
There is a bit of colorful language, and there are occasional innuendos used at times in this sequel that will keep me from handing this one over to my daughter just for the time being; and while this won’t be an issue with older readers, it is something younger readers and moms of younger YA readers might want to be aware of.
I very much look forward to the next installment and wish I didn’t have such a long wait before being reunited with this endearing gang. Fans of The Raven Boys will most definitely want to read The Dream Thieves and will be pleased with the continuation of this fascinating story.
“Kissing’s a lot like laughing. If the joke’s funny,
it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you last heard one.”
My Rating: ★★★★