The Dream Thieves Review

by Maggie Stiefvater (Published September 27, 2013)



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 have not read the book yet, do not continue. Spoilers ahead.

What I Liked:

Ronan and Matthew’s relationship.
They were so close to each other. Its really cute how Ronan took care of his baby brother they way he does. If it had been Declan that Kavinsky had taken, I feel like Ronan wouldn’t care about wheter Declan survived or not.
The Gray Man.

The decision he made! He’s actually a good person even though he’s a hit man. He chose to not take Ronan to be killed and used by Greenmantle. He chose to do what was right because even though his life is based on killing, he understands life and actually has feelings.

The hint of Gansey and Blue liking each other.
If only, if only, they could be together. And if only they could kiss. That would make my life 10 times easier. But no, Blue is sort of with Adam (?) and if she were to kiss Gansey, she’d kill him. That scene with them on the mountain was the cutest thing ever, my heart was exploding when I read it. It was also crying.

What I Didn’t Like:

Who wouldn’t hate this a**hole. He is slightly the reason 90% of the things in this book happened. The only good thing about Kavinsky is, he taught Ronan how to better his being a Greywarren. But he inappropriately used his power and almost ruined the world.

He was a brat. The whole time until he saved Ronan and everyone by fixing the ley line. He was angry at everything and changed so much due to sacrificing himself to Cabeswater. It may not have been his choice but he seemed to avoid a lot of things. Then when he came to the thing, he went haywire! I didn’t get his behavior through most of the book. And he still hasn’t apologized to Gansey for being so bad to him in D.C.

Adam and Blue’s relationship.
It was never a real relationship. Let’s be real. Adam could never commit to anything, so how is he going to commit to a relationship. He’s to problematic right now for anyone really.

Overall Thoughts:

Such a beautiful and edge-of-your-seat book. I couldn’t let go sometimes because I need to know that all would be okay. I was scared that something wouldn’t go the right way. I honestly thought Ronan was going to die. It kept me wrapped in its pages and it still does, with that ending.


5/5 stars. 10/10 stars. (Quite a perfect read in my opinion).

Favorite Quote(s):

“‘Don’t feminists have big muscles?'” -(Gansey) page 7
“‘He threw me out the window!'” -(Noah) page 79
“‘Afraid you’ll catch fire if you come in?'” -(Ronan to Ashley) page 94
“‘You were born in hell, you’re used to [the heat].'” -(Ronan to Adam) page 188
“I have a crush on Richard Gansey.” -(Blue) page 240

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