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Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Spoiler Alert: If you have not read The Raven Boys, turn around. Do not read this review. Also, why the heck not? That book is wicked awesome.

The Excerpt:

That night, Niall Lynch came home in the blackness, and when he woke, he found Ronan standing above him in the small white master bedroom. The morning sun made them both snowy as angels, which was the better part of a lie already. Niall’s face was smeared with blood and blue petals.

“I was just dreaming of the day you were born,” Niall said, “Ronan.”

He wiped the blood on his forehead to show Ronan that there was no wound beneath it. The petals snared in the blood were shaped like tiny stars. Ronan was struck with how sure he was that they had come from his father’s mind. He’d never been more sure of anything.

The world gaped and stretched, suddenly infinite.

Ronan told him, “I know where the money comes from.”
“Don’t tell anyone,” his father said.

That was the first secret.

The second secret was perfect in its concealment. Ronan did not say it. Ronan did not think it. He never put lyrics to the second secret, the one he kept from himself.

But it still played in the background.

And then there was this: three years later, Ronan dreaming of his friend Richard C. Gansey III’s car. Gansey trusted him with all things, except for weapons. Never with weapons and never with this, not Gansey’s hell-tinged ’73 Camaro slicked with black stripes. In his waking hours, Ronan never got any farther than the passenger seat. When Gansey left town, he took the keys with him.

But in Ronan’s dream, Gansey was not there and the Camaro was. The car was poised on the sloped corner of an abandoned parking lot, mountains ghosted blue in the distance. Ronan’s hand closed around the driver’s side door handle. He tried his grip. It was a dream strength, only substantial enough to cling to the idea of opening the door. That was all right. Ronan sank into the driver’s seat. The mountains and the parking lot were a dream, but the smell of the interior was a memory: gasoline and vinyl and carpet and years whirring against one another.

The keys are in it, Ronan thought.

And they were.

The keys dangled from the ignition like metallic fruit, and Ronan spent a long moment holding them in his mind. He shuffled the keys from dream to memory and back again, and then he closed his palm around them. He felt the soft leather and the worn edge of the fob; the cold metal of the ring and the trunk key; the thin, sharp promise of the ignition key between his fingers.

Then he woke up.

When he opened his hand, the keys lay in his palm. Dream to reality.

This was his third secret.

The Review:


In the second book of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle, readers pick up exactly where they left off with The Raven Boys. Adam has made a sacrifice to awaken the ley lines around Cabeswater, and Ronan is showcasing his talents by pulling more than ravens from dreams. Blue, still working with the prophecy of kissing then killing her love, is falling deeper in with her “boys,” while Gansey is pulling himself apart trying to keep everyone together while still questing for Glendower. Darker forces are at work, however, when a mysterious Grey Man appears with orders to take out the Greywaren, and everyone is in danger if the ley lines are compromised.

Stiefvater’s writing is evocative and poetic, and blends in the supernatural with discussions of class and opportunities (or lack thereof). The Dream Thieves focuses more on the characters themselves rather than on the hunt for Glendower, which is both powerful and haunting. Ronan can pull things out of his dreams- but how much can he pull before he loses himself? And what about the consequences of Adam’s sacrifice? Or Blue’s prophecy when she’s starting to fall for one of the boys? The Dream Thieves builds with exquisite pacing, with a thudding danger surrounding everything, and the book ends on a cliffhanger that leaves readers crying out for the next book- everything that you want in a story. 5 out of 5 stars. I’d recommend pairing it with books similar to Jeff Hirsch’s Magisterium or the Lynburn Legacy series for the paranormal factor.

SPOILER SPACE




This was me reading this (warning, I read it in ONE LONG SITTING):

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I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. Or to be more accurate, I could not turn it off because it was an eARC. I was SO drawn into Ronan’s and Adam’s struggles with all the paranormal and family struggles that it was just insane. We find out ALL about Ronan’s family (AND OMG, you will FREAK), and WHY none of the Lynch boys can go back to the estate. Adam is having problems seeing things and battling with controlling the powers he’s gained from merging with Cabeswater. The creepy aunt has disappeared, but her scrying stuff is still in the attic, and someone has been using it- but we don’t know who or why. We start to learn more about Blue’s dad. Noah starts to disappear. And Gansey is trying to hold everything together…..
Oh, yeah, and there’s this hit man that’s moved into town, and has started falling in love with Blue’s mom. And trying to kill Ronan. Even though Ronan isn’t the only one who call pull stuff from dreams. And remember, Ronan’s dreams aren’t pretty, happy, fluffy things….
And then BOOM! It ends. And I have to wait another year or so for the next?!?!?!?!?!??!

Book Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

“Who are you trying to fool? People are food . . . You’re not any less of a monster then I am.”
The Eternity Cure, July Kagawa

In The Immortal Rules, book 1 in the Blood of Eden series, Allison Sekemoto made a life changing decision, technically both a life saving and a life ending choice: she choose to become a vampire rather than die.  She traveled with a group of humans, fought an evil vampire prince, and learned more about the vampire world she was living in – and about herself.  In The Eternity Cure, Allison joins forces with the one vampire she hates most, Jackal, to try and find a cure for the rabids and to save her sire, Kanin.  In this new world, the lines between human and monster continue to blur and the stakes become higher than anyone could ever have imagined.

“I hope I’m not disturbing you.”
“Not at all. At this point, I’m so disturbed that anything else will seem tame compared to the week I’ve had.”
The Eternity Cure, Julie Kagawa

The Blood of Eden series has the perfect mix of science gone bad, the world gone crazy, true love, and epic battles.  The Eternity Cure has betrayal, intrigue, and all that you can ask from a series about a dystopian world ruled by vampires who declare themselves Princes and keep humans as pets.  And Ezekiel, the potential human love interest, is a shining example of why the human race is worth saving and the perfect antidote to all those surly, questionable love interests out there in YA today.  Even in the face of gruesome deaths, plagues and the struggle for power among men disguised as monsters, The Blood of Eden series is full of stand up characters who remind us all that the choices that we make define who are. 
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is a previous TLT Rec of the Week

 
” . . . a demon barely restrained.”

– The Eternity Cure, Julie Kagawa

This is hands down one of my favorite vampire series out there.  As a Buffy fan, I see this as a twist on the Buffy lore: What would Buffy do if she were turned into a vampire?  To be clear, Allison is not Buffy, she does not begin as a vampire slayer but as a regular, every day human.  But she is a strong, confident young lady living in a broken world.  And when she becomes a vampire she struggles hard to maintain some resemblance of her humanity while being forced to feed on people to stay alive.  Allison forces us to think about what it means to be a monster and what it means to choose love, even if it comes as such a high price.  There is a stunning conclusion that sets us up for quite an emotional thrill ride in the next installment.  The potential romance between Allison and Zeke sizzles.  Highly recommended.  This sequel does not disappoint.

The Blood of Eden series is on my Great Reads for Buffy fans list and is a great addition to those who like to read about plagues and epidemicsThe Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa will be released in May of 2013 by Harlequin Teen.  ISBN: 978-0-373-21069-5.

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