I’m not happy with the title of this book. I just want to make my biased feelings clear before jumping into this review because how did we go from Call Down The Hawk to Mister Impossible? With Mister being spelled out like that…?
The stakes have never been higher as it seems like either the end of the world or the end of dreamers approaches.
Do the dreamers need the ley lines to save the world . . . or will their actions end up dooming the world? As Ronan, Hennessy, and Bryde try to make dreamers more powerful, the Moderators are closing in, sure that this power will bring about disaster. In the remarkable second book of The Dreamer Trilogy, Maggie Stiefvater pushes her characters to their limits – and shows what happens to them and others when they start to break.
For some strange reason, I continue to read Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle books despite knowing that they’ll never get a higher rating than four stars, and usually end up being closer to three. Still, I was loosely excited at continuing this story. Someone remind me to avoid excitement in the near future.
first of all, what the heck happened to ronan lynch???
The Ronan in this book is a far cry from every other book he’s ever appeared in. He’s ignoring his family, blindly trusting in the mysterious Bryde, and losing the very core of his character. Heck, he doesn’t even want to talk to Adam. One of the things I most hated about this book was that Ronan Lynch* felt as if he was being regulated to a side character, in his own book. Sure, he got plenty of page time. But where did his brain cells go? His moral principles? Where was his sense of loyalty, of curiosity, of wonder? Even when Ronan was throwing his ghostly friends out of windows and attempting to jump out of moving cars, he still exuded complexity. This Ronan is growing, yes, but he’s also presented in a manner that reminds me of a rock. We’re told he’s changing, we can see his innermost thoughts, but he’s so incredibly different it’s unreal.
*it’s quite impossible to write ronan’s name without a lynch following soon after. especially since we share the same last name.
Hennessy. This might seem a bit cruel but if anyone dies in this series, goodness knows I hope it will be her. She’s mouthy, annoying, talks too much, thinks too little, and has minuscule respect for anyone other than herself. Is Jordan finally showing signs of happiness? Well well well, let’s leave it to Hennessy to make her feel bad! Is Ronan struggling with following Bryde? Fear not, Hennessy is here with a deep monologue on the farmlands of Pennsylvania! I’m not happy about her, in case you couldn’t tell.
I still don’t quite understand why Carmen Farooq-Lane was considered one of the main characters in the description of the first book. Here, in this sequel, her chapters are few and far in-between. It’s clear that both she, Liliana, and the organization they belong to play a large role in this story. The problem is, any personality regarding Carmen’s character is hidden underneath the rare chapter meant to further the plot, not her arc.
let’s switch up the negativity for a bit, shall we?
One of the things I do love about Stiefvater’s books is that they tend to take place in Virginia and the East Coast. It really is a shock to the system to realize that America in YA books isn’t just composed of NYC and LA and the occasional dip into Chicago. Who knew?
I’ll be honest here: the best parts of this book were the domestic parts. AKA the Matthew, Jordan, and Declan parts. They’re slow, and the relevant events of the plot meander slowly around. But these were the chapters that deepened Matthew’s personality, and showed just how much he was struggling in the wake of finding out that he was Ronan’s dream. These chapters gave so much weight to art and artists and the power of the visual medium, with Stiefvater very clearly taking great care to pour her own personal love of art into the book. And Jordan and Declan? Help???
“By the time we’re married,” Declan said eventually, “I want you to have applied for a different studio in this place because this man’s paintings are very ugly.”
Her pulse gently skipped two beats before continuing on as before. “I don’t have a social security number of my own, Pozzi.” “I’ll buy you one,” Declan said. “You can wear it in place of a ring.”
BE STILL MY HEART. Their banter was perfection. Their character arcs were so, so well-done. Declan Lynch has so much going on underneath the surface that we never would have seen if not for Jordan, and vice versa. So while I’m (extraordinarily) salty about the lack of Gansey and Blue, and whatever’s going on with Adam and Ronan, these snippets kept me going like it was the oxygen I needed.
alright back to our scheduled programming aka negativity!
The plot twists were pretty good, I’m not going to lie. Except, there wasn’t really much of a plot. Bryde and Ronan and Hennessy ran around trying to find dreamers, Carmen and her organization ran around trying to find the Ronan gang, and Jordan and Declan and Matthew ran around until they settled down. It was all very unsatisfying to be honest. Fortunately, the writing was poetic and the audiobook narrator did a great job. Unfortunately, plot apparently just doesn’t exist anymore until the end. Far too much did too much hiding and not enough seeking.
So that’s it! Mister Impossible was definitely a disappointment in most aspects, but I really enjoyed Matthew, Jordan, and Declan’s chapters. And of course, the rare moment when the old Ronan Lynch came raging back full of wit and banter. So overall, that’s 3/5 stars!