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The Dream Thieves: The Raven Cycle, Book 2

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Slow, lyrical prose builds to a thrilling, bloody sequel.

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age 14+

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age 14+

Ronan centered sequel

The Dream Thieves is the second book in the Raven Cycle series. Ronan plays a bigger role in this book but the greater story and mystery continues…

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Maggie Stiefvater is not a zippy writer; her prose is lush and filled with detailed imagery and descriptive scenes. Combine her poetic writing style with the complicated plot line of a four-book series, and it's easy to imagine that some readers won't get past the first 50 pages. That's a shame for impatient readers, because once you're fully immersed in the story, it has a glorious, meticulously planned payoff that will simultaneously break your heart, give you hope, and make you demand the next installment.

Although Dream Thieves, as with all of Stiefvater's books, switches points of view among multiple characters, the main focus is the titular "Dream Thief," Ronan Lynch, a troubled soul who can't get over the death of his father. Adam continues to struggle with a mountainous "trailer trash" chip on his shoulder (he's a genius but has no money, no family, and too much pride), but, like all of the Raven Boys, there's more to him, and you ache for him to find love. Blue and Gansey's friendship teeters dangerously on the verge of something more. And Mr. Gray is the most perfectly named, morally ambiguous new character to the already crowded story. Keep reading, because however big the fireworks are in Dream Thieves, it's clear this series is only going to keep getting better and better.

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