Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: November 5th, 2019
Genres: Horror, Fantasy, LGBTQ+, YA
My Rating: 5 Stars
The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.
And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.
Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.
Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.
Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed. . . .
Over the summer, because of peer pressure, I read a book I thought would be silly. I was correct. It was extremely silly, but also incredibly engaging and well written and I loved The Raven Boy more that I thought I was capable of loving three extremely weird teenage boys and one extremely weird teenage boy ghost. These books are so weird and I’m so happy that when I read them it was for the Harry Potter Alliance book club because if I didn’t have someone to talk to about these books and how weird they were while I was reading them, I don’t think I would have survived.
Whilst I was reading I think Blue Lily. Lily Blue, a punch of stuff started to come out about Call Down the Hawk. The biggest one being the same voice actor, Will Patton, would be reading this book, the 60-page sneak peek, and about 3 thousand spoilers about Ronan and Adam.
I was incredibly excited to listen to this book, I could not wait to re-enter this weird world and this time learn more about Ronan and his brothers. I did not expect to come out of the book liking Ronan’s older brother Declan, and yet, here we are.
I loved that this book was so separate from the other series. There was going to be callbacks and overlapping characters, but this book is about Ronan. Gansey and Blue are mentioned and Ronan texts them, Adam shows up to kiss Ronan (which was extremely important and I’m glad it was there.) but besides that, this is a story about Ronan and the dreamers.
I wasn’t too sure how I felt about new characters, especially Hennessy, at the start of the book, but all of them grew on me. I really liked Farooq-Lane’s arc and discovering her motivations as the book progressed. I hope we get some more of her. The more I got to know Hennessy, the more I understood why she was how she was and I think I’m pretty neutral about her at this point, but I’m excited to see where the second book takes her. I think there is a lot more to discover there and I look forward to reading it.
Walking into this book knowing it’s the first of a trilogy, I was ready for loose ends, and I do still have questions. I’m worried this Bryde character isn’t exactly how he appears at the end of the book. I have multiple questions for the man Declan and Jordan met at the fountain, and I need to know if Adam replied to Ronan’s text message. Unfortunately, I have to wait a year to know.
How Maggie is able to create this whole world or magical realism blows my mind. I should not read a scene that features a literal cow turned into a balloon and walk away thinking “yeah, that’s just how it is some times.”
This book is just plan good. I highly recommend it. These are the only Stiefvater books I’ve read, but I do have two other ones (that aren’t Dreamer Trilogy books) in my TBR pile and I hope to get to them early next year. I think she’s one of those special authors each reader hopes to stumble across; one that writes everything they didn’t think they needed. I’m so happy I was given the gift of getting read more books about Ronan Lynch, I can’t wait to read more.
Until next time Internet,