Thursday, August 1, 2013

Up and Coming: The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Release Date: September 2, 2013

The first book in this series, The Raven Boys was a top 10 pick for the High School TAB group this year and one of TATAL's favorite books of 2012. If you haven't read it yet, check out our review and then don't read the rest of this one until you're finished!

The boys of Aglionby are back. Gansey, Ronan, Adam, Noah and Blue are all stilll looking for mythical kings and avoiding first kisses. Henrietta, VA might think that it's the middle of nowhere, but the Ley Lines have been awakened and now, for a growing number of people, Henrietta is where all roads lead to. But, will Blue and her friends be able to solve the mysteries of Cabsewater before the wrong people do?

That's the big question, but Dream Thieves also asks a lot of other important questions of its characters: Will Ronan will be able to stop his dreams from taking over his reality? What effects will Adam's sacrifice have on the rest of his life? Will the prophecy about Blue's first love keep her from having the connections that she so wants? There's a lot to be answered and a lot at stake.

This series is legitimately an ensemble cast. You care and are curious about everyone involved. In Dream Thieves Stiefvater let's the reader slip behind almost everyone's eyes. Ronan in particular was a brooding, rough mystery in Raven Boys, while here you get to find out what makes him tick. The more you know though (if you're me) the more you worry. These books are tightly written and tense, there is the possibility of violence around most of the turns and even the trees might turn against the characters.

The world building is part of what makes these books so compelling. Henrietta is a small Southern town and most everyone living there would say that it's nothing special. But Blue's family home, full of midnight tarot reading, aerial yoga practicing, psychic hotline answering aunts is far from ordinary. And neither is the Forrest of Cabeswater or the land that Ronan keeps visiting in his sleep. There's definitely more to this town than meets the eye. There are so many details that fit together beautifully into one very cinematic world that you won't want to leave.

If you are looking for a series to get totally sucked in to, get ready to meet The Raven Boys. It will get under your skin and leave you wishing that the third book was here already.

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