by Maggie Stiefvater
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Format: Kindle, ARC
Published: Sept. 17th 2013 by Scholastic Press
Genre: YA, paranormal/fantasy
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"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 dreams 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
“‘When I’m gone,’ Gansey said, pausing, ‘dream me the world. Something new for every night.’” (loc. 2356)
A lot of changes are happening in Henrietta, and it’s time for the crew to get to the bottom of it. The ley lines have awoken but something’s happening that Gansey has no control over. With the Ley Line waning and Cabeswater disappearing, what solution is there to set things right? I love how this book seems to focus more on Ronan and delves more into his past and his psyche. A Greywaren is one who can take things out of dreams, but we must remember that nightmares are dreams too.
“‘Coincidence,’ Gansey said, because it wasn’t, and because it had to be said.” (loc. 425)
On a whole, this book felt a lot different than The Raven Boys. To me, it felt more dark and enchanting, and that’s how I like my books. I love how Ronan must learn to control his actions, and himself, as well as how he learns more about himself and his power. He must learn that to battle his demons, he must learn to stop battling himself. Meanwhile, we’re introduced to several other new characters who have decided to involve themselves into the affairs of the crew; Kavinsky and the Gray Man. These two, in their own little way, are threatening Cabeswater and everything the crew has worked so hard to find and upkeep. Also played out The Dream Thieves, is Adam and how he’s transforming since he awoke the line. I thought his attitude and persona annoyed me in the first book, but his character was brought even further down in this book. I just can’t find anything to really like about Adam, and I believe Blue is feeling the same way. This book works wonderfully with displaying character developments and their relationships towards one another.
“Time had no meaning. Days were irrelevant. They marked time with dreams.” (loc. 3275)
Dreams. Everyone has them. Gansey dreams of Glendower, Adam dreams of being a self-made man, Blue dreams of preventing her prophecy, and Ronan dreams of control; control of his life, his past, and his future. If you liked The Raven Boys, you will absolutely love this second installment, without a doubt. It’s more in depth, more mysterious, and more philosophical. Be forewarned, there is a cliffhanger and it will demand you to stick around for the third book! I can’t wait!
First Line: “A secret is a strange thing.” (loc. 24)
Last Line: “So am I.” (loc. 4577)
“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys.” (loc. 134)
“If Adam was stupid about his pride, Gansey was stupid about Adam.” (loc. 815)
“When you’d found impossible things before, it made the location of another impossible thing more predictable.” (loc. 1999)
“Everyone had their disappointment and their baggage; only, some people carried it in their inside pockets and not on their backs.” (loc. 2380)
“Kissing’s a lot like laughing. If the joke’s funny, it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you last heard one.” (loc. 2413)
Galley provided by NetGalley via Scholastic Press
*Quotes are from uncorrected advanced galleys and may change before going to press. Please refer to the final printed book for official quotes.