The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater….what to say, what to say?
Oh just that it is awesome, even better than the first book in the series (or at least just as strong) and if you haven’t picked up these books yet, you without a doubt should do so as soon as possible. Somehow, Stiefvater manages to balance the story of the ley lines and Glendower from the previous novel with wicked new twists. This book still picks up the burgeoning love triangle between Gansey/Blue/Adam, but focuses on Ronan (who has discovered a new talent for making items from dreams corporeal) and a hit man with a heart who has unknowingly come to “collect” Ronan (who he thinks is an object rather than a person): Mr. Gray. And Stiefvater balances all of this with such grace. Everything from the tension between Ronan and Kavinsky to the vivid scene of Blue finally telling Adam the truth, to the descriptions of Henrietta (Virginia), to the trees that speak Latin, to the hit man who is obsessed with Anglo-Saxon poetry (and recites it in the original language) is written flawlessly. Every sentence packs a punch. The writing is so tight, memorable, and complex (but in a good way). With the second book, Stiefvater has solidified this as one of my favorite new series of books and I will be eagerly awaiting the next!
I would also like to throw this out there: this is not an easy reading, run-of-the-mill dystopian-mixed-with-something-else, rushed-plot YA novel that often seems to be the stereotype of YA that I encounter when speaking to adult readers who won’t read YA. But this is exactly the sort of novel that proves that YA can display the same sort of mastery and deliver the same sort of enjoyment as engaging in a novel marketed towards adults. Perhaps it is even above the level of mastery that I see in some novels I have read marketed towards my age group (twentysomethings). It is just my personal pet peeve to see this sort of prejudice applied to YA Lit. Especially when books like The Dream Thieves exist and prove it so, so wrong.