Malin’s #CBR5 Review #124: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

This is the second book in The Raven Cycle, which according to Stiefvater’s homepage is going to be four books in total. This is not a series where the books stand alone, so if you haven’t already read The Raven Boys, you should probably start there. My review of it is nice and non-spoilery, if you want to read why you should really give it a chance. If you haven’t yet read it, you may want to give this review a miss, as I can’t actually review The Dream Thieves without referring to some pretty spoilery things that happen during the course of the first book. So somewhere else – say a library, to find a copy of book one.

Still here? Then I’m not to blame if you get stuff spoiled. Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle has a bit of an ensemble cast, really, and given the way this book was structured, I suspect that each book in the series is going to focus more on one or a couple of the characters, with the rest taking a backseat for a while. Let’s recap – in The Raven Boys we were introduced to Blue Sargent, an independent teenager raised in a household full of psychic women, yet her only ability is to amplify their visions. She’s known since she was little that if she kisses her true love, he will die. Not that she had anything to worry about, until she met the four boys from the preppy Aglionby Academy who have now become her good friends.

Full review on my blog. 

taralovesbooks’ #CBR4 Review #11: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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Cannonball Read V: Book #11/52
Published: 2011
Pages: 409
Genre: Young Adult

2 stars: Meh. Struggled to get through it/wasn’t for me.

This books follows two main characters: Puck Connolly and Sean Kendrick. They are both teens from a small island somewhere near Great Britain that is home to the water horses. The water horses rise from the ocean and are blood-thirsty and dangerous. Every year, the island holds the Scorpio Races where the water horses are caught and raced for a cash prize. Puck signs up to try and save her house from being taken away and Sean has won the race for four years due to his close relationship with his slightly-more-tame water horse.

This book was so disappointing for me. I really thought I would like it, but was pretty let down. The book was pretty long, but the water horses were never really explained that well. Why do they only come to the island? Why do they kill? Who came up with the Scorpio Races and why? There were just way too many questions that weren’t explained.

Read the rest in my blog.