New favourite series alert! The Raven Boys books are trippy, violent and very, very cool. You have to let go of logic a little to enjoy them…
Name: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Blue and Gansey will be the same. Ronan is falling more and more deeply into his dreams … and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Gansey is needed at home, and is struggling to stay in Aglionby. And Adam? He’s made some new friends. Friends that are looking for some of the same pieces of the puzzle that Gansey, Blue, and Ronan are after. Great power is at stake, and someone must be willing to wield it.
Last summer, I listened to the audiobook of the first Raven Boys book. I decided to read the second book in the series, The Dream Thieves, in physical book form and I noticed lots of differences in the way I experienced the books. I can see the series as a whole becoming one of my favourites – the books are trippy, violent and very, very cool. It’s… a weird series. Some scenes feel like they’ve happened already or alternatively, characters will reference situations that I have no recollection of happening. I’d love to crossreference everything and work it all out but I think the confusion is purposeful. You have to let go of logic a little to fully enjoy the series. The narrator is pretty unreliable (or there’s just a lot of metaphors). I’d love to explain the plot to someone because it would just sound ridiculous. Incredibly enjoyable books!
So here are the differences I found between listening to The Raven Boys in audiobook and reading its sequel The Dream Thieves in physical form. Which form (or book) do you prefer? Let me know in the comments!
Will Patton, the audiobook narrator, had the most gorgeous Southern accent that really brought the characters to life. I’ve never experienced an American West Summer but I feel like I have now, and I missed him doing all the speech in the physical book. I sometimes still heard his voice as the characters spoke. However, some of the spellings came as a bit of a shock – Aglionby? Cabeswater? I genuinely thought that Gansey was called Candy for half of the audiobook because of his accent!
You actually have time to think with a physical book. You can go back and reread sections without your finger slipping on the time bar, skipping a chapter and catching a plot twist (I thought it sounded impossible too…). You also have more time to enjoy the writing – I’m a sucker for poetic writing and Maggie Stiefvater has the rhythm of words down perfectly. It creates this gorgeous, emotional fantasy world. The writing is abrupt and addictive; I love it.
This is more comparing the two books rather than the media, but I think that there was so much more character development in The Dream Thieves. The group dynamic is so interesting. I could ship them all – every combination works! I hope that they continue to focus on one character per book; while book one was more about Blue, this was Ronan’s time in to shine and he was heartbreaking.
Also, I want more information on Noah! He’s such an interesting and unique character but never gets much page time. In the middle, when it dragged a little, page time could have easily been taken from the Rich Boys™ and given to him. That being said, the ending was electric.
This book is the culmination of The Dark Is Rising Sequence, The Power Of Five series and a black comedy romance film I can’t name. If you’re a fan of any of those, this is for you. I can’t wait to read the other books – although the cover feels very 2013 YA, I believe this series is timeless.