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

“Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, 18039177Blue, 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 Summary

I am inhaling this series like I will die without it. I’ve eyeballed this series for quite awhile, especially when I was working with teens at the public library. And you know, I don’t think I even had a reason for not picking it up. I just never did. But holy cannoli am I glad I finally did.

So let’s start with Adam. I’ve been so flip-floppy on how I feel about him as a person. I pity him, sympathize with him, love him, and hate him. He’s so incredibly complex and you almost aren’t sure how to approach him. Even the others in the group aren’t sure how to talk to him. Heck, I don’t think Adam even knows how to approach himself.

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As much as the story ended revolving around Adam, this next book both did and didn’t focus on him. This was definitely Ronan’s story.

 Lifting his hand, he pressed the tiny body to his cheek so that he could feel the flutter of its rapid heartbeat against his skin. Blue was staring at him, so he offered it to her. “You can feel its heart that way.”
She looked suspicious. “Are you for real? Are you messing with me?”
“How do you figure?”
“You’re a bastard, and this doesn’t seem like a typical bastard activity.”
He smiled thinly. “Don’t get used to it.”

Awwww guys. We all knew deep down there was something softer to him. His love for his brother Matthew and his poor mom. Throughout this book we learn so much more about him emotionally. His relationship with Kavinsky is slowly revealed and isn’t overly broadcast. When you think about it, both Ronan and Kavinsky are seriously damaged, angry people. Kavinsky just takes things too far and goes about everything completely backwards. Who knows, maybe in another life they could have been together and happy.

“Ronan stretched out his arms. “What’s here, K? Nothing! No one!”
“Just us.”
There was a heavy understanding in that statement, amplified by the dream. I know what you are, Kavinsky had said.
“That’s not enough,” Ronan replied.
“Don’t say Dick Gansey, man. Do not say it. He is never going to be with you. And don’t tell me you don’t swing that way, man. I’m in your head.”

Can we just reflect for a moment on the scene with Blue and Noah? Oh my poor heart couldn’t take it…

He shrugged, eyes doleful, shoulders curled in on themselves. He was fading. It wasn’t that she could see through him. It was that it was hard to remember what he looked like, even while she was looking at him. When he turned his head, she saw him swallow. He mumbled, “I’d ask you out, if I was alive.”
Nothing was fair.
“I’d say okay,” she replied.”

BRB. Crying.

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One last thing before I wrap this up, Blue and Gansey’s love tension is going TO KILL ME. I absolutely ADORE books that string on the tension like this. It’s a slow burn and it hurts so good guys.

Definitely 5 out of 5 cats.

I’m already book three.

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