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Book review: Maggie Stiefvater’s “The Dream Thieves”

When “The Raven Boys” came out two years, it was yet another feather added to the already crowded cap of young adult novel author Maggie Stiefvater.

Not only did “The Raven Boys” wow critics — who called it “compulsively readable” and a “compelling human drama” — it also hooked readers, who propelled it up the New York Times Bestseller list and the USA Today Bestseller list.

All this is in addition to all of the books in her “The Wolves of Mercy Falls” trilogy ending up on the New York Times Bestseller list and her standalone novel “The Scorpio Races” being awarded a 2012 Michael L. Printz Award Honor. The Michael L. Printz Award highlights works of literary excellence that are written for a young adult audience.

With so many accolades that came before it, it’s no wonder that “The Dream Thieves”, the second book in the planned for of Stiefvater’s “The Raven Cycle” series, has been so eagerly awaited by Stiefvater’s fans and readers. But will “The Dream Thieves” continue Stiefvater’s winning streak? Or will it spoil her so far perfect run?

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Book review: Maggie Stiefvater’s “The Raven Boys”

Young adult author Maggie Stiefvater has certainly had a winning streak when it comes to the critics and bestseller lists.

Her “The Wolves of Mercy Falls” trilogy all ended up on the New York Times Bestseller list, with the second book, “Linger”, debuting on the top spot. “Lament”, her debut novel, was named a best book for young adults by the American Library Association (ALA).

Her most recent work, “The Scorpio Races”, was not only named a best book of 2011 by Publisher’s Weekly, The School Library Journal, and the New York Times, but was also given a 2012 Michael L. Printz Award Honor. The Michael L. Printz Award highlights works of literary excellence that are written for a young adult audience.

With such a string of hits, there’s quite a lot of pressure on Stiefvater’s latest work, “The Raven Boys”, to live up to its successful predecessors. Will this new novel be the start of another successful young adult (YA) series? Or will “The Raven Boys” spoil Stiefvater’s so far perfect record?

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Book review: Maggie Stiefvater’s “The Scorpio Races”

Way back in 2009, Maggie Stiefvater came out with “Shiver”, a young adult supernatural romance that came with an interesting take on the werewolf mythos. Not only did it land on the New York Times Bestseller List, its momentum also propelled the next two books in “The Wolves of Mercy Falls” series – “Linger” and “Forever” – to become similar successes.

Stiefvater’s latest work couldn’t be more of a departure from her werewolf trilogy. In “The Scorpio Races”, Stiefvater takes us to the fictional island of Thisby, home to the capaill uisce – or water horses – and venue for the dangerous but crowd-pleasing Scorpio Races.

Will Stiefvater once again be ahead of the pack with this new story and new mythology? Or will “The Scorpio Races” be left in the dust of the success of “The Wolves of Mercy Falls” series?

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