I have no idea what I just read. I just… didn’t get it. Like, at all. Did I read the same thing that everyone was gushing about and praising? I wasn’t sure I should read The Dream Thieves, since I was still a bit confused from what happened on The Raven Boys, but since it got so many great reviews I thought maybe it would explain everything that I had been confused about in the first book. I was hoping, praying, that all my questions would be answered. Did that happen? No. Did I get even more confused? Yes.
The Dream Thieves was slow. Really, really slow. I wanted to put it down even before I fully remembered the characters and everything that was going in the first book. I usually remember pretty fast, but after about 30 minutes of reading, I was getting worried that I wasn’t remember as much as I thought I should. WITH GOOD REASON. This book is freaking confusing, even more so than The Raven Boys.
The most confusing part about this was that the plot split into a bunch of little sub-plots. I didn’t get the “main” plot OR any of the sub-plots. I guess, everything was going to come together at some point and I was going to understand what was going on, but it just didn’t happen. Every new sub-plot that was introduced threw me off even more. I went into this wanting to know what happened to the ley line and if they were going to find it, but my focus was thrown in a bunch of different directions with the chapters alternating between different characters’ stories. I wanted to just skip to the end to find out if they found the fudging ley lines or the king, or whatever/whoever they were looking for. I don’t even know.
The only, only good thing about this book were the characters. Actually, not even all of them, just the ones that I was already familiar with from the first book. I loved learning more about them. I thought their personalities and their interactions were very real and they were all so distinct. I loved Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam, Noah, and Blue’s entire crazy family! I really, really did. I wasn’t that fond of the new characters, I didn’t really get their point in the story, though that probably had more to do with the plot than the characters themselves.
If I was basing my rating on the characters alone I would give The Dream Thieves a 4. The plot and story line, however, would earn a 1. I really struggled with what to give this book, because I didn’t HATE it, but I didn’t really like it either. I was confused about too many things to even enjoy it. I found myself just rushing to get to the end and be done with it. I’m glad it’s over.