THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater
(The Raven Cycle #2)
I think I may have to throw in the towel with this series. In my weirdly negative 4 star review of The Raven Boys I more or less said ‘I didn’t love this, but I think it has the potential to grow on me as I get more invested in the characters.’ Instead, the exact opposite happened when I finally picked up the sequel: I became even less invested, and the characters became even less interesting to me.
To be fair, I was always going to struggle with The Dream Thieves (which I’ve seen widely hailed as the strongest book in this series) because its very premise hinges on something I can’t stand: fictional dreams. But honestly, I didn’t care for a single one of the subplots, dreams or no dreams. And something else that surprised me is how much I’m disliking Maggie Stiefvater’s prose in this series, given how strong I thought it was in her standalone novel The Scorpio Races. Maybe I should stop trying to make YA happen for me?