The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves

Book - 2013 | 1st ed.
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Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater are awake, magic is swirling around Blue and The Raven boys and Ronan Lynch's ability to pull objects from his dreams is almost out of control but worst of all, the mysterious Gray Man is stalking the Lynch family, looking for something called the Greywaren.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780545424943
Branch Call Number: STIEF
Characteristics: 439 p.

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Alirox02
Apr 26, 2017

I read this months after the first book when I ran out of things to read. Unlike most sequels, this not only is a worthy companion of the first book, it's actually far better.

If you were REMOTELY interested in the first book, give it a read.

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mightyminnie
Feb 24, 2017

These books are awesomeness!

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Nymeria23
Dec 02, 2016

I'm not sure what was different about this book than others I read, but I felt as if I were literally on the adventures with Blue and the gang. I felt myself living in the moments with them as they travel to Cabeswater, practically felt the sunshine and heat on my skin from the summer, like I could smell the mint leaves. It was a strange and intoxicating experience and made this book completely stand out. I loved it. It explored the power Ronan has to create things from dreams, it dipped it's toe in the water of Blue and Gansey's relationship, and it began climbing the mountain of explaining Adam's sacrifice and what it means. I love the new character addition (the Gray Man) even though at first I thought he was a nuisance, and I like the direction the story is going. Great read

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fantasyqueen
Oct 15, 2016

Outstanding!

kirstd31 Aug 08, 2016

I liked this book. I enjoyed seeing the world from Ronan's point of view. My favorite part of the book was when they visited his family home.

coeurses Jul 09, 2016

Maybe it's because I'm bias and I love Ronan Lynch, but this book was great and the character development in the book was beautiful to read.

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Joyce_Ng
Jun 24, 2016

It has been awhile since I read a book. And this was the best start to my summer reading. I look forward to reading the series.

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Palomino
May 25, 2016

Fantastic! I lovelovelove Ronan. The writing has some good elements of Terry Pratchett, Dorothy Dunnett, Neil Gaiman, SE Hinton, and the plot is insane in a good way. You must read Book One first. Kisses to whoever pencilled in grammar correction in MPL's copy - you'd think a publisher called "scholastic" would hire a proofreader. Book One was not as good, Book Three was worse, but Book Two here is everything I ever wanted. If it was standalone and this good, I'd award 5 stars meaning I recommend it to ANYBODY dead or alive, and judge them an idiot if they don't appreciate.

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MicaelaMuldoon
Jan 15, 2016

Woot! It was good to get back into this world. It wasn’t quite as mystical as before, but character development, new complications, and different magic make up for it.

Character development: I didn’t like Ronan before, but I like him now. Once you start to hang out with him more, as it were, he’s not such a bad guy, after all. I can see that there is so much more to him, so much that is haunting him, what with the loss of both of his parents, his hatred for his older brother and his need to protect his younger one. Also, his strange blessing/curse of an ability, which leads me to

Different magic: The cliffhanger from The Raven Boys continues here. He can pull things out of his dreams, but he can’t always control this ability. Some of the things that come out are alive, and not all of them are friendly. In this way, the tone of the story falls more in line with The Raven Boys’ climax. Very visceral and physical. I didn’t mind that so much this time around -- it raised the stakes a bit.

New complications: Oh, boy. Where to begin? Adam’s composure is slowly slipping, and it has a lot to do with his ongoing struggle to make ends meet, but it’s also because of the taxing effects of Adam’s new relationship with Cabeswater and his anger that his relationship with Blue is going nowhere. Blue is starting to realize her feelings for Gansey, which is problematic because of that dreaded prophecy. And new villains, since the last one was ever-so-conveniently killed off. What I like about them is that they’re both sort of morally ambiguous. One is a highly intelligent and charismatic hitman with a childhood trauma. His decisions always teeter on the brink of good and evil, and his life is inextricably connected to Ronan’s. The other villain is fellow student asshole who is competitive with Ronan but begins to teach him how to hone his ability.

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Once again, the villain is conveniently killed off my supernatural events near the end of the book. Stiefvater is a great storyteller, but I don’t think she should make a pattern of this. It seems sort of careless. This death in particular didn’t make much sense, as the character let it happen (and didn’t seem like the sort of person who would do that).

My other issue, as I mentioned with TRB, is occasional vague language. Oh, well.

New dream magic and mysteries abound, and that, plus those likeable and eccentric characters, make this worth the read.

bhmwortman Jan 15, 2016

I finally picked up the second book in this series over a year after having read the first one and I was pleased with how easily I was able to pick up all the various plot threads. This book has a lot of different plot lines going on but they're deftly woven together for a compelling whole. With a novel that has multiple central characters it's inevitable to have favourites, but even when the narrative shifted to my less favourite characters I was still highly interested. I'll definitely be picking up the next book and I don't plan on letting as much time elapse between them as I did this time around.

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Golden_Goddess
Aug 09, 2016

“He threw me out the window!”

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Joyce_Ng
Jun 24, 2016

“The inside of the old Camaro smelled like asphalt and desire, gasoline and dreams.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves

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kn1226
Jun 25, 2015

It was funny…how humorous she always appeared, how that smile was always just a moment away from her lips. You really didn’t see the sadness or the longing unless you already knew it was there. But that was the trick, wasn’t it? Everyone had their disappointment and their baggage; only, some people carried it in their inside pockets and not on their backs.

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kn1226
Jun 25, 2015

I'm sorry no one saved you.

white_cat_504 Jan 01, 2014

Noah slouched in. In a wounded tone, he said, "He threw me out the window!"

JewelMcLatchy Dec 05, 2013

The Gray Man hated his current rental car. He got the distinct impression it hadn't been handled enough by humans when it was young, and now would never be pleasant to be around. Since he'd picked it up, it had already tried to bite him several times and had spent a considerable amount of time resisting his efforts to achieve the speed limit.

JewelMcLatchy Dec 05, 2013

"So what you're saying is you can't explain it." / "I did explain it." / "No, you used nouns and verbs together in a pleasing but illogical format."

JewelMcLatchy Dec 05, 2013

I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves. - August Strindberg

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VV12
Aug 23, 2015

VV12 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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mvkramer Oct 21, 2013

This book focuses its attention a little more on Ronan, who, like his father, can pull things out of his dreams and make them real. The team seems mysteriously stalled on its way to finding Glendower, and soon start to break apart under their own pressures. Adam and Blue's tentative relationship is floundering. Ronan is trying to understand and control his abilities -- as well as come to terms with his father's death. A mysterious hit man stalks the team, looking for Ronan even though he doesn't know what he can do.

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VV12
Aug 23, 2015

Other: drug and alcohol abuse

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