The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle book 2) by Maggie Stiefvater 439 pages
Ronan Lynch is the darkest of the Raven Boys. He’s mean to Blue. He’s cranky all the time. He refuses to get along with his brothers. He hates school. He won’t follow the rules — anyone’s rules. And sometimes he’s a little too attracted to danger. Most people chalk it up to the loss of his parents when he was younger — his mother is in a vegetative state, kept alive by machines, and Ronan himself discovered the grisly scene of his father’s murder. But the truth is far more disturbing: Ronan can bring things — and people — out of dreams, and sometimes this includes nightmares. What will this mean for Ronan and his friends and their quest for the legendary sleeping king?
I almost hate to admit how drawn to the character of Ronan Lynch I am, but admit it I will — his dark brooding ways and badass good looks have suckered me in, for better or worse. He was a bit flat and “one note” in the first book so I was pleased for this chance to get to know him better (Yeah, I bet you were. — Editor). There is a lot going on in this second book of the series, but swirling around all of it is Ronan’s mysterious ability to steal things from his dreams and how this will affect the ley line and Cabeswater. The main attraction, though, is Ronan’s relationship with his two brothers and what their family history has cost them. The other big attraction is Ronan’s battle with a rival dream thief, whose intentions for Cabeswater and the ley line are not as noble as those of Ronan and his friends. We still have plenty of Gansey, Blue, Adam and Noah to see us through Ronan’s darkness. But in the end, Ronan Lynch was exactly the kind of mysterious creature Maggie Stiefvater usually writes about that I had been missing in the first book.