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The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second installation in The Raven Cycle will not disappoint Maggie Stiefvater fans. Sometimes the second book in a series is something that needs to endured in order for the story to progress rather than something to be enjoyed. Maggie Stiefvater has overcome this with a really strong subplot that keeps the reader engaged while the search for Glendower continues.

The Dream Thieves focuses on Ronan rather than Gansey, as we learn more about where Chainsaw came from and the Lynch family. “There are three kinds of secrets”and we soon learn that “Ronan Lynch lives with every sort of secret”. In The Raven Boys I didn’t relate to Ronan at all. While he still doesn’t seem as lovable as Blue, Adam, Noah and Gansey; we start to understand the boy behind the angst. Adam’s sacrifice to waken the ley line is taking its toll as he becomes more alienated from his friends and the reader. With Neeve gone, life at 300 Fox Way starts to go back to normal – if there is such a thing as normal for these vivacious women. Blue’s relatives become more involved with helping the boys; even if Calla is still referring to them as ‘the pretty one’, ‘Coca-Cola shirt’ and ‘the snake’.

The Dream Thieves is written in a way that makes you forget that you’re reading as the hours slip away while you fall into the story. A must read for everyone who enjoyed The Raven Boys.

The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author 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 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…

From http://maggiestiefvater.com/the-raven-boys/the-dream-thieves/


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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio RacesThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After having just read Linger, Forever and The Raven Boys, The Scorpio Races was not what I expected from Maggie Stiefvater.

This is a dark novel based on the myth of the water horses. Unlike the amorous relationship of Sam and Grace in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, I kept wondering if these characters realised they were in love. This is a story of obligation, passion and risk.

The audiobook is really well narrated by Fiona Hardingham (Puck) and Steve West (Sean). The dual narrators really enhanced the dual perspectives and made the audiobook very easy to follow. When you get to end, there is further audio from Maggie Stiefvater explaining part of her journey in writing this novel. Having the author’s intention explained makes the story even more meaningful.

Well worth the read.

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Raven Boys stars an eclectic bunch of characters. Gansey has a real Gatsby feel about him – he is larger than life (at times) and handles his following with flourish. Blue is a physic amplifier who is doomed to kill her true love if she kisses him. The other Raven boys have their secret sides and quirks which begin to reveal themselves.
I knew very little about the concept of ley lines before reading the novel but it is an interesting premise for the novel. I’m really looking forward to the lease of the second in the series, The Dream Thieves, this year.

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