Book Review by Aarene Storms: The Dream Thieves

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
(book II of the Raven Cycle)

Continuing the story begun in The Raven Boys, the ley line has been awakened and now strange currents are racing through town. Electrical surges, astonishing secrets, and weird dreams and nightmares are becoming more common. In the middle of the magic are Blue, who is still not-quite-a-psychic, and the Raven Boys: Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah.

The hunt for the mysterious Welsh king continues, but the focus now is on Ronan's sudden strange ability to pull real objects out of dreams. And, perhaps, out of nightmares.

This book does not stand alone, and leaves readers gasping for the two final book...which don't even have release dates from the publisher yet! Ack.

The lush, imaginative writing should be no surprise to fans of this author. But the plot twists! If those don't surprise readers, there is truly no hope for redemption. I am eagerly awaiting the audiobook edition, which early reports call "suspenseful" and "murky."  

No sex, no kissing (there's a reason! not a lack of interest!) and only mild cussing, but plenty of action, magic and some scary violence and drug use. 

Recommended for readers who have already survived the first book, ages 14 to adult.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


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