If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?
Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.
One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.
And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.
Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.
Of The Raven Boys, Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Maggie Stiefvater’s can’t-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book two.” Now the second book is here, with the same wild imagination, dark romance, and heart-stopping twists that only Maggie Stiefvater can conjure. Goodreads.
About the book:
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Book length: 437 pages
Published: September 17, 2013
Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Magic, Fiction, Psychic
Rating: 5 out of 5 quills
Started reading: August 21
Finished reading: August 23
“While I’m gone,” Gansey said, pausing, “dream me the world. Something new for every night.”
What did I think about the book? [spoilers here and there]
I want to read Blue Lily, Lily Blue right this second!! But I have to finish my #ReadThemAllThon books first, I’m in it to win it!! Back to the point, this series is sooo good. So unlike anything else I’ve read. But that’s also because Maggie is not like anyone else I’ve met, read things of or seen… I love her way of thinking and her way of piecing together her stories. Her love for cars and her crazy goats, how she deals/dealt with anxiety and the way she responds to fans is so very interesting. She is a very interesting person!! I would love to meet her someday!!
The story building in this book was very good. How all the storylines intertwined to one major plotline was amazing. Where we see what the Gray Man’s intentions are, we see how he can be human too – in another storyline. This amazes me a lot, I like these kind of stories. Where the main goal of a character is not his only story. Every character has more to him/her than we often see in books. Maggie gives him a purpose, but a human side too, a heart, a family, feelings, something good inside the hit man. She excels in making her characters so complex they are very realistic. This aspect of her writing also adds to the story building and plot in her books. Not only are the characters complex, but everything is detailed and realistic, even if it can’t be real – like the night horrors. Over the last few months I’ve been following her every update on Tumblr. Here she explains her way of creating things, characters, settings, worlds and stories.. I love those explanations a lot, it truly gives us a look inside her complex, amazing mind. I can only dream of learning those abilities for my own writing.
Blue: I liked her character growth in this book. The struggle of the prophecy. When she will kiss her true love, he’ll die. She thinks more about the death premonition of Gansey, her relationship to Adam and Gansey. Maybe Gansey is her true love? Will she be the one responsible for his death? Will she find a way out of the premonition?
Gansey: His role in this book is slightly smaller than in The Raven Boys. Mostly because the main character here is Ronan. But he does have an important role still. I like how he acts around Blue and their dialogue. It’s sweet of him to offer Adam the opportunity to get himself notices in the crowd of business people. The people who believe in Misses Gansey as politician. The crowd of people Adam wants himself to belong someday. And even though Adam ran, Gansey still worried for his friend and tried to help him. Even though Adam sees Gansey as the rich boy who pities Adam, Gansey wants to help him. Not as the rich boy who pities Adam, but as his friend. And he thinks, if money can help why not? But I’m more than money, and I’m glad Gansey gets the chance to show that to Adam.
Adam: I find his part in this book troubled. He’s changes after Cabeswater. Don’t know yet how that will turn out, Adam doesn’t either here…. He does seem to see apparitions at random moments. what I find most likeable about Adam in this book, is the fact he can accept some gifts. He, for once, doesn’t let his pride be in his way. He knows the Gansey’s gave him gifts, even though their reasons were a cover-up. Okay, he could accept them after he ran away, again, because of his pride.
Noah: I’m glad Noah ‘survived’. He is a nice and easy character to have around. I like what he does for Blue, even though it may be a bit weird, as he is a ghost for that matter… lol
Ronan: Even from only having read the first two books, I can see how Maggie wants to write a trilogy about Ronan. He’s such an interesting character, so very complex – and complicated. A Greywaren he is – not a dream thief, he’s the real thing. Fighting the dream thief and the people who want to steal him, it’s a struggle. Not to mention the brotherly drama, breaking rules from the Will of his murdered father – Greywaren as well – to discover how it all works, finding his mother and all the other dream things. Trying to make Matthew happy, to go around Declan and finding who beat him up.. Burglars, yeah right!!
I love his growth in this book, I feel like getting to know the real Ronan here.
Matthew: I’m glad we’ve seen a bit more of him in this book. He seems like a sweet guy, charming his way through life. Always the optimistic and charismatic one, even with the family drama. Looks up to Ronan I believe. Had a tough role in the end of this book. Hope we will see the aftereffects of that in Blue Lily, Lily Blue.
Declan: Gets beaten by Gray Man, says it were burglars. Makes me think he does want to protect his brother, even though they always fight, like always… Don’t see the side of him where a girl is clinging to his arm all the time.
Maura: I feel like she’s more of a mother in this book than in The Raven Boys. I like that. I also liked the tiny storyline where she dan Gray Man are dating. It’s funny how witty she is around a hitman. And how she can sort of tame the hitman.
Orla: In the first book I thought she was a sister of Maura. I now read that she’s Blue’s cousin. So that makes her Maura’s niece I think. Still a flirt.
Jimi: Orla’s mother. Paranoid woman, loves to smudge all rooms, persons and things.
Neeve: Doesn’t appear in this book. But I know now she’s Blue’s half aunt….
Calla: She’s even more nosy in this book than before hahaha…. Her role here isn’t a big one, but she’s part of the story and the family. I don’t know if her role will ever get bigger, but she’s a nice addition to the eccentric family!!
Persephone: A new friend to Adam it seems. She wants to help him with his Cabeswater issues and does that. I like how she becomes more human in this book instead of crazy psychic. =]
Gray Man: Hit man. Drives a champagne rental – which he despises. Funny thing about the rental: Maggie calls it the Champagne [something] every time, because Gray Man despises it a lot. Monstrosity, monster, abomination, mutiny, travesty, pogrom, blight, disappointment, killjoy. He was hired to steal the Greywaren, thinking it’s an object, like the other hunters. He is somewhat eccentric himself, having a heart for Anglo-Saxon poetry. Wrote books about it, now loves it more as a hobby. Has an eye out for Maura, is being a gentleman, took her out to dinner. Has brotherly issues like the Lynch brothers. Despite having brotherly issues, loves brotherly things. Like two brothers working together in a band, fighting all the time, but sticking together for decades on.
Kavinsky: The tough boy from Aglionby… Always does the wrong stuff I guess. Uses drugs, blows stuff up, does illegal street racing. And is the ream dream thief. He figured out – with drugs – how to steal things from the dream world. He’s the reason the ley line is acting up, why Cabeswater disappeared. He always teases Ronan, but teaches him how to focus in the dreamworld. But in the end it comes to a battle between him and Ronan. I don’t like his character.
I’m very excited for Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I’m guessing it’s a lot about Blue? hahahaha
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