Reviews for Dream Thieves
Booklist Reviews 2013 September #1
*Starred Review* In this continuation of The Raven Boys (2012), Printz Honor Book recipient Stiefvater continues the compelling story, keeping the focus once again on the Raven Boys themselves: privileged Gansey, tortured Adam, spectral Noah, and darkly dangerous Ronan. This time, though, their quest for the legendary sleeping Welsh King, Owen Glendower, takes a backseat to a spate of secrets, dreams, and nightmares that appear to be sapping the ley line--an invisible channel of energy connecting sacred places--that runs beneath their small Virginia town. Could this be the reason that the mystical forest, Cabeswater, has inexplicably disappeared? Who is the mysterious Grey Man, and why is he searching for the Greywaren, a relic that enables its owner to steal objects from dreams? How does this involve secretive Ronan? Visceral suspense builds as the characters pursue answers to these and other questions, and a palpable sense of foreboding and danger increasingly permeates the novel. Richly written and filled with figurative language (buildings are "tidy as library books"; a "murmur of guests" attend a party; a woman looks "fresh as a newscaster"), this story of secrets and dreams, of brothers, and of all-too-real magic is an absolute marvel of imagination and an irresistible invitation to wonder. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Backed by a 150,000 print run and a marketing push that includes a college-campus campaign, this title should multiply Stiefvater's already vast fan base. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2014 #1
At the end of The Raven Boys (rev. 1/13), Ronan revealed to his friends Gansey, Blue, Adam, and Noah that he could pull things out of his dreams, and Adam offered a sacrifice to the mystical forest Cabeswater in order to awaken the ley line (an invisible energy line that connects "spiritually significant places") in Henrietta, Virginia; they need the ley line to find Glendower, a medieval Welsh king. Now the ley line is inexplicably surging and disappearing, and Adam discovers that his bargain with Cabeswater had unforeseen consequences. Ronan, meanwhile, struggles with the figurative and literal night horrors haunting his sleep until he learns to control what he brings back from his dreams. He also uncovers the connection between his abilities and his family's tragic past, while being tracked by a hit man with a conscience who begins dating Blue's psychic mother. Sound overly complex? It is, but in Stiefvater's capable hands the mysteries unravel authentically, with new questions invariably arising with every answer to continually ratchet up suspense. Her descriptive prose reveals a complicated plot, multiple viewpoints, and detailed character backstories that necessitate patient, thoughtful reading. In this darker second book, Gansey, Blue, their love-triangle-turned-square, and the search for Glendower take a backseat to the exploration of Ronan and Adam's tortured personalities. Many mysteries remain, but the (over-the-top) cliffhanger ending makes it clear that Glendower will resurface as the main focus of book three. cynthia k. ritte Copyright 2013 Horn Book Magazine.
Kirkus Reviews 2013 August #1
The second installment of Stiefvater's Raven Cycle is as mind-blowingly spectacular as the first. Now that the ley line near Henrietta, Va., has been woken, strange currents race through the town. There's too much electricity--or none at all. The four Raven Boys--Gansey, Adam, long-dead Noah and Ronan--continue to search for the grave of the Welsh king Glendower, but now Ronan is starting to pull objects out of his dreams. Small ones, like the keys to Gansey's Camaro, and larger, lethal nightmare creatures. But his greatest nightmare can't be grasped--how do you hold onto home? Not-quite-psychic Blue Sargent realizes that Gansey might really be her true love--and if she kisses him, he'll die--and meanwhile, her wholly psychic mother is dating the hit man come to steal Ronan. Stiefvater's careful exploration of class and wealth and their limitations and opportunities astounds with its sensitivity and sophistication. The pace is electric, the prose marvelously sure-footed and strong, but it's the complicated characters--particularly Ronan, violent, drunk, tender and tough--that meld magic and reality into an engrossing, believable whole. Remember this: Ronan never lies. How long until Book 3? (Fantasy. 12 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Library Journal Reviews Newsletter
In last year's The Raven Boys, readers met Blue, the hard-working, mostly ordinary daughter of a family of psychics, living near the exclusive Aglionby Academy. Her whole life, Blue has heard that after she kisses her true love, he will die, which makes her (very) determined not to fall for Gansey, the charismatic leader of a gang of four prep school boys who in their off hours follow ley lines in search of a legendary king. In this worthy sequel, we learn more about Gansey's friends--Adam, Noah, and especially Ronan--as they face a new threat, the enigmatic and de-termined Grey Man. Just what is he seeking? And are his intentions regarding Blue's mother honorable? Blue's longing for Gansey is all the more bittersweet for their class differences, which are more of a barrier than any cursed prophecy. Stiefvater holds this multilayered story together with a mastery painstakingly forged in her Shiver trilogy and the Printz Honor-winning Scorpio Races (Scholastic. 2011). (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 July #4
Book two of Stiefvater's Raven Cycle shifts from character-driven voyage of discovery to more of a paranormal thriller, ratcheting up the violence as the plot grows more complex. After the transformative events at Cabeswater in The Raven Boys, the context in which Gansey, Blue, Adam, Ronan, and Noah operate is further altered by the arrival of the Gray Man, a self-described hit man who replaces Barrington Whelk in providing occasional adult narrative perspective. The Gray Man brings with him the machinations of larger, previously unknown forces as he takes orders from a voice on the phone to hunt the Greywaren, the identity of which is revealed early on. But this book largely belongs to the loose cannon that is Ronan, as he works to better understand his supernatural abilities and their connection to his family. While Stiefvater's offbeat, acutely observed characters continue to grow, they have shifted from developing a group interaction to reacting against one another, making this installment more tense and foreboding than its predecessor--and every bit as gripping. Ages 14-up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC
School Library Journal Reviews 2013 October
Gr 9 Up--Beginning the same summer in which The Raven Boys (Scholastic, 2012) ended, The Dream Thieves is a little less about Blue Sargent and more about Gansey. Richard Campbell Gansey III (don't call him Dick), Ronan, Adam, ghostly Noah, and Joseph Kavinsky are (or were) raven boys-students at posh Aglionby Academy in the small Virginia town of Henrietta. The writing style maintains a dark and brooding tone as Gansey continues to investigate the existence of a ley line, an invisible channel of energy, recently awakened, that may lead them to the ancient Welsh king Glendower. The complicated relationships and plot points are difficult to follow without the background from The Raven Boys. Even with the background, new characters appear: the deadly (perhaps) Gray Man, Greenmantle, and the idea of a Greywaren. Blue comes from a family of women with psychic gifts, but her gift isn't "sight" itself but a talent for magnifying the presence of magic around her-a significant contribution where finding the ley line is concerned. Readers looking for answers won't find them in this book. Readers who want a moody chill and appreciate an atmospheric turn of phrase (keys hang from the ignition like "ripe fruit," a farm yard is populated with "deceased pick-up trucks") will want to spend more time in Henrietta. Purchase where the first book is popular, and suggest the series to fans of Holly Black's "Curse Workers" books (S & S) or to readers of grittier works such as Andrew Smith's The Marbury Lens (2010) and Passenger (2012, both Feiwel & Friends).--Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX [Page 130]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
VOYA Reviews 2013 October
Book two of The Raven Cycle series continues the story of Blue, her female family's only non-clairvoyant, and the eerie Raven Boys from Aglionby, the local private school. Affluent Gansey, ethereal Noah, anguished Adam, and brooding, troubled Ronan are still searching for Owen Glendower, a legendary sleeping Welsh king. They are depending upon a ley line, an invisible energy source, to locate him in Cabeswater, their mystical forest which has inexplicably disappeared, with the ley line's power fading. Soon the Gray Man, a hit man both mild and menacing, arrives, seeking the Greywaren, a relic enabling its owners to literally steal objects from their dreams. Ronan is somehow key to these events, with the story soon focusing on him as Glendower's search fades. Nearly consumed by his chilling dreams and nightmares, Ronan forces himself to use them for understanding and controlling his paranormal abilities The individual characters become more defined by reacting against one another, as Ronan's dreams reveal often-shocking connections among them, the King's search, and his menacingly disturbing family, producing an increasingly tense and foreboding atmosphere. The plot is violent and complex, full of startling twists and turns, but humor and sarcasm provide balance. Moreover, the Gray Man's narratives add adult perspective, as does his surprising, reserved romance with Blue's mother. There is little backstory, creating confusion in places, and Ronan's dreams are too numerous and similar, becoming monotonously repetitive. Still, series fans will not be disappointed, especially as its ending is satisfyingly intricate and tantalizing.--Lisa A. Hazlett. 4Q 4P J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.