The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Book Two of Raven Cycle
Bookologist Analysis: Ley lines need pruning just as some parts of the book due, but alike they are wonderful and magical just by themselves.
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...
If you have ever read one of the 19th century English/American classic novels, you know what I mean when I say long descriptions. The descriptions can go on for pages. These descriptions are beautiful and eloquent, but are sometimes just very annoying. Maggie seems to have this same tendency as Washington Irving and Jane Austen. Maggie does a wonderful job mirroring these greats in the same lengthy description. It reminded me of free verse poetry in paragraph and sentence form. One beautiful example would be:
"He would have noticed it sooner if he hadn't been overcome by gray days-days where morning seemed to bled of color and getting up unimportant. The Gray Man often didn't eat during them; he certainly didn't keep track of time. He was at once sleeping and awake, both of them the same, dreamless, listless. And then one morning he would open his eyes and find the sky had become blue again." (The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater)
Unlike in Raven Boys, Blue is honest in how she feels about Gansey in this book she finds herself having more fights and overall not getting along with Adam. I never saw the chemistry between Adam and Blue despite them getting into a relationshhip. You can feel the romantic tension everywhere between Blue and Gansey though. Halfway through the book Blue admits she has a crush on Gansey not Adam. When I read this I started jumping up and down on the balls of my feet with a grin on my face. After this though the romanticism just goes down hill. It disappears except for one phone call between Gansey and Blue.
I felt that character development in this book expanded exponentially We see Adam become more withdrawn, but stronger by himself when he understands the sacrifice he made. Ronan is starting to embrace his party boy side and is losing control as he squanders his gift in the beginning. Through the book you feel him come to terms with his gift and family. Gansey starts feeling comfortable in his skin. Blue just starts wanting to be herself and realizing she has to stop being a person she isn't. Though the book you see Glendower the main focus of the group take a back seat as the ley line start being endangered. The group is starting to break up and this saddens me because they work so well together.
I'm a big fan of using near death experience and mythology. My favorite seen is where Gansey explains shy he has made his life goal to find Glendower and revive him. It involves dead kings, whispered words, and bee stings. Mythology is a classic form of literature. When you combine the classic legends and new ideas you get a whole new specimen of book. I could go on and on about the dimensions of this book, but I won't. It's great. Simple now scurry off and read it.
Maggie wrote this book a lot better. I was able to keep up what was happening and the action was placed in the right order. This time unlike the first book Maggie nailed ma writing it was just the perfect amount and kaboom. Differently then other authors Maggie stepped up her game in this book. This series is going to be better than I expected.