Review: Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on February 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Review: Call Down the Hawk by Maggie StiefvaterCall Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Dreamer Trilogy #1
Published by Scholastic Press (11.5.2019)
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 472 pages
Source: I own it

4.5 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. . . .

My thoughts

You are made of dreams and this world is not for you.

Okay, so I loved the Raven Boys series, and Ronan was my FAVORITE character out of the whole series. So imagine my elation when I found out that he had his own series coming out!!!!! I was kinda worried going in that this wouldn’t amount to the very tall pedestal of hype that I had raised it on in my head, but IT DID. OH, it did.

RONAN MY FAVORITE PRICKLY SARCASTIC CINNAMON ROLL. I seriously love him so much!! Seeing more of him just made me love him that much more! Also, I just want to say, I’m not usually a fan of romance (and can’t usually connect to M/M romance because I can’t relate) but hooboyyy. I love Pynch so muuuuuch. (Also my boyfriend is an Adam so Adam = win automatically.) I NEED THEM TO BE TOGETHER. They’re so beautiful as a couple! I loved the scenes between them, they gave me all the feels! View Spoiler »

I’m not sure how I felt about the introduction of the new characters. At first, I honestly hated their chapters. I just wanted them to be over so I could get back to Ronan. Farooq-Lane was boring and I didn’t care for the vibe I got from Jordan/Hennessy. But, as the book progressed, I found myself getting attached to them, and enjoying their chapters more. Farooq-Lane earned my grudging respect (she’s kind of a mercenary, but has morals) and Jordan was easy to like. I even warmed to Hennessy, who at first seemed to be a cold, selfish bitch; but I realized later she actually cared about her girls and just wanted to protect them.

I really enjoyed reading more about Declan, though! I adored his interactions with Ronan, which typically consisted of just a lot of Ronan being sarcastic and Declan being in a constant state of exasperation with Ronan and I am 100% here for it! But the brotherly love they shared was clear. Besides the Pynch dynamic, the brothers Lynch held my fave dynamic!

Which brings me to my favorite part of this book, other than Ronan: The beautiful writing. The prose is lyrical and magical, and just reading it feels like a dream. It’s absolutely perfect for bringing the world of dreaming to life. It was so easy to get lost in! It was borderline magical realism, but because it’s a story about dreaming, it felt believable and not weird at all (like magical realism is, which is why I don’t like it). Maggie’s writing is so whimsical! It really drew me in. And because it’s about dreaming, it feels like anything is possible. You never knew what was going to happen next. It was positively magical from start to finish!

Favorite quotes

“I would have no problem with you driving my car if you would keep it under ninety.”
“And I’d have no problem with riding in your car if you’d keep it over geriatric,” Ronan replied.

If you’ve ever looked into a fire and been unable to look away, it’s that. If you’ve ever looked at the mountain and found you’re not breathing, it’s that. If you’ve ever looked at the moon and felt tears in your eyes, it’s that. It’s the stuff between stars, the space between roots, the thing that makes electricity get up in the morning.

Ronan sounded furious, which told Declan little about what he was really feeling. Every emotion that wasn’t happiness in Ronan usually presented itself as anger.

Overall Assessment

Plot: 4/5
Premise: 5/5
Writing style: 5/5
Originality: 4.5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
World-building: 4.5/5
Pace: 4/5
Feels: 3.5/5
Cover: 3.5/5
Overall rating: 4.5/5

Jessi (Geo)

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