Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer Trilogy #1) by Maggie Stiefvater #YA #fantasy #TuesdayBookBlog

The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.

And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.

Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.

Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed. . . . 

This book.  I waited so long for it.  Ronan Lynch is one of my favorite characters – ever.  When I heard he got his own trilogy?  Ecstatic doesn’t even begin to cover it.

I loved being in Ronan’s world again (Chainsaw, Opal, the farm).  What surprised me was how much I enjoyed Declan.  Make no mistake – Ronan is still my favorite Lynch brother, but Declan made an impression.  There’s more to him than I believed – he has some secrets.  And how can you not love Matthew?

The new characters are complex, flawed, and add so much to the story.  Jordan is probably my favorite for reasons I can’t reveal (spoilers).  The only thing I missed was more of Adam, but the scenes he’s in are powerful and revealing, and I’m feeling like he’ll play a bigger part in the next book.  Tamquam, Alter Idem had my heart dancing.

That ending!  I have so many questions.  Luckily, there are two more books in the series to answer them.  As always, Stiefvater’s writing is like prose, and her imagination astounding.  If you’re not familiar with her Raven Cycle series, run, don’t walk, and get started on the first book.  I strongly recommend reading that series before the Dreamer series.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.17378508

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

I can always count on the books in The Raven Cycle series to take me on an exciting adventure, spend some time with wonderful characters that feel like friends, have some laughs, and be completely enchanted by the writing.  As I finished this book I was beyond excited to realize there would be another!  Guess I got so used to trilogies, I just expected The Raven Cycle would be also, but as long as Ms. Stiefvater keeps wring these books, I’ll be there to read them because I’m totally enamored with every character in this series, not just the Raven Boys.

Our characters are still continuing their quest for Glendower, with the help of Gansey’s friend, Malory,  and dealing with the disappearance of Blue’s mother, while Ronan and Adam learn more about their ‘abilities’.  Mr. Gray, easily the most charming hit man I’ve ever come across, is also there to lend a hand when needed and provide Blue with some emotional support.  Gansey’s fate is still uncertain, as is his relationship with Blue, and the two share some intense moments, but that wasn’t the primary focus of this story.

As always, the newest book in this magical series completely captivated me and The Raven Cycle is something I’m sure I’ll eventually go back and reread because with at least a year between books, I forget some things; however, I know there will always be an emphasis on friendship, family, loyalty, mystery and wonder – but also a car named Pig, a raven named Chainsaw, and now, a dog named Dog.

This review was based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

 

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… – Goodreads.com

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.