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 dreams17347389 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… –

I have to apologize for the book description – this is all Goodreads, NetGalley, and Amazon had.  Now for the good stuff.

I’d only heard good things about The Raven Boys and when it was the Nook Daily Find for just a few dollars last spring, I jumped on it – and promptly fell in love with those boys.  But not just them – all the characters in the book.  From the vastly different personalities of the boys, to individualist Blue, to the quirky bunch of psychics that inhabit Blue’s house – they were all wonderful and it was such a joy to read about them again.

One of the things I loved about this book was how the secrets were gradually revealed throughout the story, giving the reader a sense of mystery and anticipation.  I was also captivated by The Gray Man, possibly the best hit man character I’ve ever read.  You gotta love a hit man with a wicked sense of humor, right?

Ronan Lynch was the primary focus of this book, although the other characters definitely weren’t left out.  He’s such a complex character and I enjoyed learning more about him in this second book of the series.  As in many YA books, the spotlight could have been on the Gansey/Blue/Adam triangle, but thankfully, it wasn’t.  There are so many other things happening in this story and romance was not high of the list of priorities – and that was so refreshing.

This book is darker than the first, but that’s not to say there weren’t some lighter moments as well.  I laughed out loud more than once.  The relationship dynamics between Blue, her mother, Calla, and Persephone were comical at times, as well as those of the Lynch brothers.

The author’s writing style is outstanding and she has created truly memorable characters.  Naturally, the book ended with a cliffhanger, so I’ll be waiting in line for the third installment of The Raven Cycle.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

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