Wow. I mean - I don't have thoughts figured out to describe what this book did to me. It was a surreal experience, and I'm still in a hangover from it. Where the Raven Boys was grim, The Dream Thieves got progressively darker, and I LOVED it. There is just something about Stiefvater's writing that is addictive, makes me come back for more. The biggest surprise for me myself was the fact that even for a leisurely paced book which I usually tire of, I wasn't bored for even one second of this book. The aura of mystery was so intense I couldn't even think anything else other than the plot and the subtext. There were layers onto sentences, and beautifully hidden plot points. It wasn't easy even guessing at events and I gave up soon enough, and just enjoyed the ride.
So, this book focuses on Ronan's and Adam's journey - Ronan delving into his ability to be a Greywaren and Adam figuring out the terms of his sacrifice. Meanwhile, Blue is figuring out her feelings, Gansey is trying hard to not lose his friends and Noah is, well, focusing on being here. The creepy element comes majorly from the psychics of the book - and the whole time is circular thing gave me chills. Actually, goosebumps was a constant companion to my reading. At times it was the quotes, at times it was the writing. Stiefvater turned mundane sentences into something magical - she doesn't write out certain things explicitly and figuring out what it really meant and what it meant for the story was quite fun. I could give examples but that would be too spoilery for this review and I don't do that.
Moments I loved in the book - the kiss that was shared, the unexpected change of heart, Ronan's secrets (each one of them). I particularly loved how the dreamscape was described, and Ronan's nightmares were so beautiful etched into the writing. Kavinsky - what to say about this complex character! You hate him and then you kind of understand where he comes from. Gansey was kind of right about him but I feel Ronan could very well be like him, if we go by Gansey's theory of 'rich in affection'. All the characters are going through so much, and the author does a wonderful job of weaving their struggles into the plot.
In the simplest words, all I can say is I adored this book and want to read it all over again. And that happens rarely for me, with my burgeoning pile of books to be read that threaten any such notion. But basically I am so eager for Blue Lily, Lily Blue!