Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)

Stiefvater, Maggie. The Dream Thieves. New York: Scholastic Press, 09/17/2013. Print.

3 Word Booktalk* -- Dark Dream Magic

Annotation: Ronan's dad had a secret, and now he's dead. But Ronan has the same secret; he's a dream thief.

What if you could steal something from your dreams? Would that be a dream come true? So what happens when something follows you out of your nightmares? Ronan's going to find out.


Love Letter to Maggie,

Well, you just keep getting better and better, don't you? Not only an incredible weaver of intersecting plot lines, but ones that seem to develop straight from the conflict between these incredibly nuanced, deep and delightfully complicated characters who, as a reader, I fall in love with, hate with, or I'm loving hating them. The sheer electric tension between some of these characters crackles off the page in a such a tangible way it makes me almost recoil with the shock of it. Who are these people, Maggie? Did you know them? Are they modeled after people you know? They play so completely off each other, and while I am reading them, I see you perform the omniscient third person point of view so flawlessly I am feeling their emotions -- how they feel about each other, their hopes, fears and deepest desires -- as if I am a virtual body snatcher. If ever I thought you were a good, solid writer before, I have to say, you have grown so far beyond solid you've become a word magician of character, chemistry and plot creation. Go Maggie!

I can honestly say that book two is even better than the first book, and I can't possibly wait until the third book comes out. 

Whoever's not reading this right now is seriously missing out on the sweet spot of YA today.

Maggie, you have proven that truly great writing takes place firmly outside any genre labels. YA may be all the rage right now, but it is largely because writers like you have chosen to embrace that very unique period of life when all of us humans must decide just who we are going to be. Plumbing the depth of possibilities there -- with all the choices arrayed before us, opportunities shunned or seized, and pitfalls largely inevitable --- is what makes the metamorphosis from child to adulthood such a mesmerizing and memorable event. 

And what makes readers of YA so addicted to it.

Genre: paranormal / ghosts / fantasy / urban fantasy / supernatural / romance / mystery / contemporary / coming-of-age / YA lit

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*From the 3 Word Booktalk by
Karen Jensen MLS
Teen Librarian Toolbox
Youth Services Librarian, Betty Warmack Branch Library
Reviewer for VOYA magazine since 2001

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