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Reader’s Advisory: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Did you read Raven Boys?

If yes, all you need to know is that The Dream Thieves is every bit as creative, funny, insightful, and inspired as Raven Boys, and even more magical and action-filled.

If no, WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH YOU?! Why are you on the Internet when you could be reading Raven Boys? If you don’t read Raven Boys, you will be totally lost when you read The Dream Thieves, which you have to do or I will hunt you down and maim you. I won’t kill you because that would keep you from reading the book, but maiming is definitely in your future.

The Dream Thieves

by Maggie Stiefvater

Scholastic Press, $18.99 hardcover, ISBN-10 0545424941, September 2013

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…

I don’t know how to review this one without fangirling to the point that no one wants to read it or spoiling the plot, which is filled with twists, turns, and secrets, so here are some vague statements:

That thing Ronan said at the end of the first book is more fully explored.

Noah is still having problems being corporeal.

Adam either has PTSD from life with his father or his sacrifice is coming back to haunt him. Or both? Maybe both.

Bad guys are two for the price of one! Do you like super-controlled bad guys with many skills and a quick wit? Do you like off-the-rails bad guys who just want to watch the world burn? Either way, you’ll be happy.

Blue’s feelings for Adam and Gansey become clear to her.

Stuff blows up! Monsters attack! Mysteries unravel! Someone turns out to be homosexual and I won’t say who it is! But wait, there’s more! But I said I wouldn’t spoil the plot!

Everything is awesome. The only thing about this series that I don’t like is that as long as Stiefvater is writing it, we’re not going to get more of her awesome Faerie books.

To buy or not to buy: Are you KIDDING me? If you’re a librarian, you already have this on pre-order. Right? RIGHT?

Recommend to: People who read book one. If they didn’t, recommend book one to fantasy lovers and then they’ll want to read book 2.

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