Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves is the second book in the Raven Cycle and therefore this review may contain spoilers for The Raven Boys.

These books are real slow burners, I would usually expect to get into the second book in a series so much quicker, but it takes a fair while to get to the gist of what The Dream Thieves is all about. I think this is partly because there are a lot of characters and there doesn't appear to be a single protagonist.

In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys.

There is more focus on Ronan and his ability to bring objects out of dreams, hence the title, and there's some moments of genuine kindness creeping through Ronan's persona. Nefarious types are hunting for the Greywaren, an object that can do just what he can...so maybe they are looking for a person not a thing? One of these is the Grey Man who has taken a romantic interest in Blue's mum.

I think it's a lot less of a romance than the first. Blue is starting to think there probably wouldn't be much risk to kissing Adam, he just isn't the one. Her refusal to kiss him is becoming a real sticking point. Maybe, just maybe, she is starting to like Gansey, which is a real problem. Remember in The Raven Boys she saw his ghost, which means he'll die before the year is up. But there is some weird time stuff happening as well so it's all up in the air. This is why I feel the need to hurry up and get the third book.

Just her and the pink switchblade. They were a good pair. Both incapable of opening up without cutting someone.

Adam is still just as obsessed with finding Glendower and his relationships are starting to suffer, not just with Blue but things are also strained with Gansey. There is clearly something going on here. The contrast between him and Gansey isn't just class and money, but Adam is doing everything to escape Henrietta, whilst Gansey would rather leave his life behind and stay in Henrietta forever. Adam feels like he has to be like the Gansey he doesn't even like to succeed.

I wasn't too keen on all the street racing parts and Kavinsky, but later on it's revealed why this is important to the rest of the story. I'm really starting to like Gansey and Ronan's turning into a better person too, so yeah, I'll be carrying on with this series.

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