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Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Dream Thieves by 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..

A lot happened in this book, it definitely was not a short read. There where so many twists and turns that I actually had to take notes so i wouldn't forget anything and even with those notes I still don't know where to start.

This time the author focused on Ronan and the important role he plays with the ley line and the magic that surrounds it. More then that though, we learn more about Ronan in general. It turns out he isn't the jerk he likes to pretend to be. He is actually a young man that cares for his brothers, yearns for the home he has been banned from and worries over his mother who appears to be in a never waking sleep like everything else on the property. Though when the twist surrounding his mother's ailment comes to light my heart actually broke a little for him as he learns about it. 

Ronan also learns more about his ability to take thing's out of his dreams and make them into reality. He learns how to hone his natural born gift, what it really is and the consequences of stealing things from the woods and that he is not the only one with his power, but he may be the only one who will be using the gift responsibly. A fact that becomes apparent as an epic battle between dream monsters commence thanks to the other with Ronan's ability. 

Taking a step back from Ronan there was also some interesting developments with this books supporting character's, Blue in particular seemed to be flip flopping all around. She is starting to develop a crush on Gansey, one that he finds himself returning but neither is willing to admit out loud to one another let alone to themselves as they struggle with what they are doing to Adam through the entire book.  Adam himself seems to be having his own problems this time around, including loosing time and wondering off and violent outbursts as he looses himself. 

Out of the entire book however, my favorite scene would have to be with Noah and Blue alone in Gansey and Ronan's house. Just a heads up reader's the next little paragraph will include a small spoiler. 

As Noah questions Blue about her kissing curse the opportunity arises that he is already dead so kissing him can't hurt. After a couple disastrous yet humorous attempts, where Blue actually relates it to kissing a dishwasher, they finally get it right and Blue realizes what she has been missing all along by playing it safe. That soft sweet sigh of getting a kiss just right, the kind that melts your heart and curls your toes as you beg for more because of how sweet and gentle it is.  It was so sad when Noah looks at her and says softly that if he where alive he would ask her out, and how Blue's reply would be that she might say yes right before he disappears. It seriously is just one of those scenes that reminds you of missed opportunities in life and to cherish  the life you do have. 

Another relationship comes to light in the book between Mr. Gray, who I can't decide even in the end if he is going to be a good guy or a bad guy who changes because he falls in love on accident, and Maura, Blue's eccentric mother. 

The worst part of the book would have to be the last page, and that was only because the book literally ends in a cliff hanger that left me wanting to tear my hair out. I both love and hate cliffhangers because they are so frustrating but they are pretty much a guarantee that I will tune into the next book to find out what happens. As well as to figure out who this Orphan Girl in Ronan's dream world is. 

Interesting Quote:
Spoken between Blue and Calla.
"You're being creepy," Blue said "Maybe you mean to be but in case you're just being accidentally creepy, I thought I'd let you know." 

Favorite character:
Hands down would have to be Noah, he is just so sweet and lost it seems like. 

4 out of 5 Raven's!   

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