I was sooooo excited that I could pick up an ARC of The Dream Thieves at the BEA. I was thrilled to crack this bad boy open because I was dealing with serious Gansey and Blue banter withdrawal. So, imagine my shock when the first 200 pages just seemed to drag. Oh there was some Gansey and Blue banter but not enough. My favorite of which is:
“Do you eat all the men in the family? Where do they go? Does this house have a basement?”
Blue shoved out of her chair and stood up. “It’s like boot camp. They can’t hack it. Poor things.”
While reading the first 200 pages, I kept flipping to the back to try to see if it was worth reading to the end of this. Of course that never works. I think part of my upset with the beginning of the book is because it deals so much with Ronan. Not that there is anything wrong with Ronan. It just seems as if the main plot of The Raven Boys, the hunt to find Glendower, a vanished Welsh king, isn’t a main plot of this book. Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam are all back in this book. I just assume with the life changing decisions at the end of The Raven Boys, oh I don’t know, I thought there would be some consequences for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam to deal with. The only ‘real’ consequence was that due to a ‘glitch’ of sorts, the hunt for Glendower got put on the back burner and thus forcing the reader to deal with 200 pages of set up to this ‘new’ plot.
But oh boy, once that set up is done, this book takes off. I couldn’t read it fast enough. Once all the pieces came together, I really enjoyed it. The last 200 pages more than made up for the first 200. (I don’t want to give anything away.)
However, I am unsure how any of it relates back to the hunt to find Glendower and to book 1. Hopefully, book 3 will bring everything together.