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Lazy Saturday Review: Dream a Little Dream of Me…

I borrowed this idea from Lipsyy @ Lipsyy Lost & Found. Here is what she has to say about it: lazy saturday review

I started doing ‘lazy Saturday reviews’ as a way of getting reviews done in just 30 mins, and they proved to be quite popular. They are quick and snappy, and concentrate less on the plot (or content) and writing and more on my overall feelings about said book. They generally end up being a bit of a rant. My fave!

the dream thieves

Title: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher:
Scholastic
Release date:
September 30th 2014
Format: Paperback
Rating: ⭐️⭐️ and a half

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.

If you never saw the stars, candles were enough.

Donna is not impressed.

This sentence perfectly sums up my impressions on The Dream Thieves.

Yes, the writing is still brilliant. Yes, the characters you fell in love with in the first book are still here. Yes, the place is the same. But something is off. While The Raven Boys engrossed me from the first page, The Dream Thieves failed to grab my attention for two third of the book. 2/3 of a 400 hundred pages book. Don’t ask me how many pages it equals to, I’m terrible at maths. You can think of it as twice the boredom you get when you’re stuck at the kids’ table during family reunions. I was bored, there is no other way to say it.

It surely has to do with the fact that Ronan Lynch is my least favorite character. I had a feeling the book would be about him (hint: that title does not leave room for imagination) but I was not expecting everyone else being reduced to secondary characters, or even appearances. Poor Noah. 400 pages surely left enough room for every character to get a bit of development. I’m gonna need so many chocolate bars to get over this disappointment.

All of us have secrets in our lives. We’re keepers or kept-from, players or played. Secrets and cockroaches —­­­ that’s what will be left at the end of it all.

Another issue I had with the second book in The Raven Cycle is the fast track used to solve a rather important issue regarding an essential point of the story (I can’t be more vague that this…!) I am always leery of romance and I roll my eyes a lot whenever love triangle drama happens. I did not have enough time to roll my eyes here. Everything was solved before I could say “of course!”. I would have liked to see things evolve more slowly and more naturally. It only felt as if the matter had to be done with in this part for the rest of the series to roll along.

The plot did not convince me either, despite the introduction of new characters. It did get better towards the end, as I could feel the vibe of the first book making its way back into the story, but it was too late for me to enjoy the story.

Bonus point: intriguing prologue (See, it happens!) and a few great quotes.

Verdict: Let’s forget about this and grab Blue Lily, Lily Blue soon.

Did you read The Dream Thieves? Is Ronan your book boyfriend? What did you think of the book?

39 thoughts on “Lazy Saturday Review: Dream a Little Dream of Me…

  1. Aw, sorry you didn’t enjoy this one! This is actually my favourite book in the series and I love Ronan 😅🙈 but I totally understand all the points you brought up! I really hope you enjoy the rest of your series. I feel like you’ll enjoy BLLB a lot more because the focus is back on Blue 😊

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    1. 😀 You must have been over the moon with this book then! We can’t help having favorites! Despite this bump in the road, I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series, I’ve grown so attached to the characters, it’s crazy!

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    1. The sentence was inspired by the famous “The Queen is not amused” line from a Docto Who episode, haha. Well, there’s a dead, just like our favorite thrillers or crime stories, but he’s been dead forever and there’s magic and trees that talk! Definitely a change from your usual genres 🙂

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  2. Your “lazy” review is in my opinion perfect. You said everything there was to say about the book and even if someone is in a hurry, they can just read bold letters and still get the idea of what you had to say.
    I like using bold letters in my reviews for that reason and it works.
    Ohh, reviews do take time to write. For me it takes around 1 hour to write a decent review, I thought that with time it will take less time, but I guess I’m still not there yet. But I enjoy it so I don’t mind. The moment it starts to feel like a torture, I’ll stop (at least that’s what I’m saying to myself).

    As for the book, too bad you didn’t enjoy it more, but I have heard that this series is not for everyone so I guess it just wasn’t for you.

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I really like the format, and it has helped me write a little faster. I wrote a regular review this morning and it took me an hour and a half! I’m pretty sure it will always take me forever to write reviews 🙂 I found that writing them with Pages or Word is easier, as I don’t have access to the Internet, I’m not tempted to check on twitter! I only started using bold letters recently and I see the difference, everything is clearer. I used to pressure myself so much that reviewing felt like a chore, now I’m waiting for the will to write to appear, and it’s okay if a review takes more time than planned to be published. After all, this is a hobby!
      I loved the first book in the series so much that I was surprised to be disappointed by the second book. I hope the third will make up for it.

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 Lazy reviews definitely work for me. I resisted a long time before giving it a go, and I was blown away by the first book that I was not expecting the second book to be such a letdown!

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  3. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this book Donna, but it’s great you kept reading it even though it didn’t grab your attention for so long, and great you’re carrying on with the series as well.
    Ronan is actually one of my favourite characters from this series so The Dream Thieves was one of my favourites, but overall I think the whole series just got better and better with each book so I hope you enjoy Blue Lily, Lily Blue a lot more, and then The Raven King even more than that! 😀
    Great review!

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I had loved the first book so much that I just had to keep reading even though it was not what I expected. Fingers crossed I get a better experience with Blue LIly, Lily Blue! 🙂

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  4. Ooh, girl, get your rant on! The Queen is very happy with your review! Love it! I couldn’t stand The Raven Boys. I tried to read it 4 times now and still can’t get through it. The characters just don’t do it for me and the story is way too slow. I’m glad I didn’t keep forcing myself to read it because the second one falling apart is no good. I don’t like when a series flips stories like that. I always feel cheated. I didn’t like Ronan either in the first book. I definitely wouldn’t have liked this one. You’ve confirmed my decision was a good one. 🙂

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    1. Donna is happy to have pleased the Queen 😀 Because everyone was saying the series goes better with every book, I was so sure to love The Dream Thieves. I fell hard! You did not like Ronan the bad guy? Wow, I’m surprised! I’ll give the rest of the series a chance because the writing itself is brilliant and I care about 80% of the characters, but this time, no high expectations!

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      1. I guess he’s just not the kind of bad guy I was looking for. 😂 I wanted to like the book I just couldn’t get into it. I don’t know if it’s because I have so many ARCs to read that I’m not enjoying certain books because of it. All I know is I’m reading My Lady Jane right now and it’s a must read. 🙌

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