Rating: 5/5 stars
Title: Strange The Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Format: UK Hardback
Source: Bought from Amazon.co.uk
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Date published: March 28th, 2017
“The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
Welcome to Weep.”
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This was so freaking fantastic. There were twists and turns and amazing stories throughout this book. Laini really painted a picture in my head. Picasso… who’s that?
“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.”
“Beautiful and full of monsters?”
“All the best stories are.”
I loved every second I spent reading this book. I loved how she really set the scene with her writing. though I may have predicted some things, I wasn’t bothered by it because she made up for it with amazing writing. What I love about Laini’s writing is that it doesn’t blend in with other authors. It really stands out, just like her hair.
I was reading this book in the living room like this:
and just like in this gif, I did get strange looks. But, it was so worth it. because I’ve fallen in love with this book so, so much. I seriously can’t wait for book two! I need it. like, now. Please, thank you.
Seriously, I need it.
Dude, tell me what this book is about.
Well, this story follows Lazlo Strange, and from a very young age, Lazlo has been obsessed with this lost city called weep. Though, it’s not actually called weep. Nobody knows what happened to the city, or how it lost its name. It’s been Lazlo’s life mission to discover what happened. Doing so, he became a librarian and gradually learnt the language of these people by reading books. SO many people doubted him, saying his head was in the clouds and such.
BUT BISH, DOES HE PROVE THEM WRONG!
We also get to meet some other characters. and learn about the political side of this world as well. Which is pretty rad, if you ask me.
Now, let’s get into character.
The characters were so different but at the same time, I felt like someone was telling me this story, rather than being in their heads. I LOVED IT!
Lazlo was such an interesting character from the beginning. The story follows him from childhood to adulthood. He was very smart and naive at the same time. and it was so interesting to grow up with him. At the end, it hurt me so much. I actually cried.
He’s so fascinated with everything. Like a Labrador seeing snow for the first time. He’s made his sole purpose in life finding this lost city. He’s so invested in his work and he’s so intuitive about how things work and how life just clicks together. He’s magical in every way possible. He’s like that kid who knows everything and you’re like, “how?” but, also like, “holy crap you’re amazing.”
Basically, I’ve fallen in love with Lazlo.
Oh, and did I mention that he’s a librarian AKA A READER!? Yeah, me too. I was so happy when I found this out. I mean, he broke his nose for the books. He could push me off a cliff for the books I wouldn’t care.
Okay, so this goddess of everything is amazing. I loved her. So, she’s half goddess. and her power is basically dream-walking. She has these moths that are a part of her and they’re basically her eyes. But, she doesn’t like her power as much as we do. It sucks. The reason she hates her power is that her mother wasn’t the best and that’s not really great, is it?
Reading from Sarai’s point of view was interesting because it was the opposite of how Lazlo thought. He never wanted to give up. He carried on, and on, always looking for new ways of looking at things. Whereas Sarai was rather closed off. But, I can’t blame her since she had been so worried about what would happen in the future. She felt like it was her responsibility to keep people safe. But she slowly opened up and it was wonderful to evolve with her.
There are other characters and things that happen that I don’t really want to talk about, as It may reveal a spoiler and I really, really don’t want to do that.
What Laini did was amazing. She created a world filled with so much and yet she kept it really simple at the same time. I don’t know how she did it, but she did. She depicted, so well, a world dealing with the aftermath of war. Also, if you’re into quotes (who isn’t?), this book is filled with them. I swear, I’ve tabbed almost every single page highlighting her amazing words!
And that ending will leave you hanging. I need book two! You will be stabbed with words hundreds of times, and I’m okay with that, it’s so worth it. I’m just a ghost typing on a computer because I died several times.
I feel like Laini Taylor is just sitting on her computer plotting to stab me in new and excruciating ways.
This book is amazing, it’s so worth your time. Laini will take you to Weep and you won’t ever want to come back!
About The Author
“Hi! I write fantasy books. My latest is STRANGE THE DREAMER, about a young librarian, a mythic lost city, and the half-human children of murdered gods. Check it out 🙂 Before that I wrote the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE trilogy, which has been translated into 32 languages. It’s about a blue-haired art student raised by monsters, a broken angel, and a war that has raged for 1000 years in another world. I also wrote LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES, which was a National Book Award finalist, and the DREAMDARK books. As well as various short stories and novellas.”
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