Can Strange the Dreamer be anymore dreamier???

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Title & Author: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Genre: Fantasy & Young Adult

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Publication Date: March 28th 2017

Pages: 544

Format: Paperback


Strange the Dreamer really is all about dreaming…. and gods.

Laini Taylor is obviously a goddess of writing fantasy because it seriously felt like dreaming while reading the book. The world that she created will probably always be one of my favourites from now on, it was so detailed and I just loved reading about Weep and how real Lazlo’s dream felt. I also enjoyed how much we learned about the world and how the different characters had such different inputs to the story.

I’m super glad I picked this book up as I’d heard so many good things about it and its SUPER pretty, I love a pretty book but not as much as a good story.

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I didn’t know much about this book going into it, but as I learned more about Lazlo I was definitely sold on him. He’s such a nice character, I couldn’t help but like him and I hated everyone who was mean to him, I literally wanted to slap anyone who made Lazlo upset.

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The first chapter of the book, really the prologue didn’t exactly faze me while reading the first 100 pages or so because I had no idea what it was about but as I came to the end of the book I started dreading what it really meant and I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t say anything more. Sarai was definitely a character that gets sprung on you all of a sudden but I’m so glad that I actually liked her because if I didn’t then…. anyway Sarai and her friends really bought a new element to the story and I really liked how the story unfolded and every little twist and turn because it really got me thinking.

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I can’t really believe I’m saying this because I LOVE romance but I kind of didn’t enjoy it in this book, of course I loved there first kiss and the little things but it felt sort of generic to me and it definitely wasn’t my favourite aspect of the book.

Strange the Dreamer was definitely dreamy, but the stranger the better.

I definitely loved the world and the story line and I loved Lazlo, I never got bored while reading about him and even though I hated the ending, (in a good way) I’m still nervous about the next book because of where Laini left the first one.

I don’t want to read the second book but then I do at the same time! There’s a lot to love about this book and there’s also a lot of characters to hate and despise and wish were never born! You’ll get what I mean with the moths when you read it which you definitely should!!

4/5 Moths!!

So if the gorgeous cover doesn’t make you read this then I’m sure the picture of a moth will!! Though if I’m being honest I thought it was a butterfly when I saw it….

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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 Strange the Dreamerobsessed 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 to 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?

Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage. – Goodreads Summary

Frogkisser is not like Princess & the Frog….

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Title & Author: Frogkisser by Garth Nix

Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade & Young Adult

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Publication Date: March 2017

Pages: 336

Format: Paperback


Frogkisser really does have a lot of frog kissing….

Though all that lovely frogkissing comes later on in the book. Let’s talk about Anya and her really annoying sister. Like seriously one of my least favourite characters in the book, maybe even more then the evil stepstepfather. Morven was like a vacant child who could only be happy when she was either in love or had all the attention in the room. I’m glad that this wasn’t the same for Anya because then I wouldn’t have gotten through this book AT ALL.

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Moving on from Morven and on to her sister, I really liked Anya’s take on things whether it be the quest, her sister or the talking dogs. At times throughout this book it was a bit childish for me, but obviously that would happen considering this is a middle grade book with mixture of young adult in there too. Often at times I didn’t like Anya, she seemed a bit selfish at times and although it was to be expected as she was a princess I still thought she would see things a little differently to her sister. Anya did grow throughout the book and I really liked seeing her react to the different animals and people she collected during her quest but each person she met had a real impact on the story. Nearly every character you meet along the way has a magical aspect to them which was so so awesome to read about. The magical part of this book definitely kept me reading and Anya’s little quest group was definitely another thing that kept me going.

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I especially loved Ardent, he was the adorable little puppy who tried to be protective and manly all the time but then he couldn’t help himself if the puppy tendencies came out at the wrong times. It was one of the cute and funny parts of the book, Ardent was definitely one of my favourite characters as well as the good wizard. I won’t go into spoilery detail about the Good Wizard but that part of the book was definitely my favourite bit in the book apart from the ending.

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I definitely got into this book quite quickly, almost straightaway it was all about the quest and what Anya was going to do and I was glad that it wasn’t a gradual build up to the problem. The problem was there straight away and Anya had to find a way to fix it, not just for her sister but as she goes on her quest she learns things that she could never have learned while she was at the castle.

Better than Princess & the Frog or just as good??

I’m really glad I picked Frogkisser up when I was book shopping because it was such a nice princess book to read. I really enjoyed the story because there were so many problems along the way and all the characters, even Morven, really added to the story and made me enjoy it even more!!

I love the Princess & the Frog but I can definitely say I really like Frogkisser too and I would even read it again if I was in the mood for frog kissing!!

3.5/5 Frog Kisses!

So if you like frogs as much as I do then go read it!!

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Talking dogs. Mischievous wizards. An evil stepstepfather. Loads and loads of toads. Such is the life of a Frogkisser.

Frogkisser!Princess Anya needs to see a wizard about a frog. It’s not her frog, it’s her sister’s. And it’s not a frog, it’s actually a prince. A prince who was once in love with Anya’s sister, but has now been turned into a frog by their evil stepstepfather. And Anya has made a ‘sister promise’ that she will find a way to return Prince Denholm to human form…

So begins an exciting, hilarious, irreverent quest through the Kingdom of Trallonia and out the other side, in a fantastical tale for all ages, full of laughs and danger, surprises and delights, and an immense population of frogs. – Goodreads Summary


 

February’s Mishaps & March Plans

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I did quite a bit of reading in February which I’m SO SO happy about, I think part of the reason I wasn’t reading was because my library card had quite a hefty debt on it, not too much but enough that I couldn’t get any books out and as soon as that was payed I went to the library nearly three times in three consecutive days. I’ve definitely missed the library a lot and even though I have plenty of books on my shelves at home that I haven’t read I like having the option of the library because they’ve got some more options for me and what I read usually depends on my mood plus sometimes I’m just like no to my bookshelf and yes to the library.

Feb Wrap Up….

Image result for lux seriesThere’s 5 books in this series with another 2 that I just skipped through because they weren’t vital to the main story but I LOVED this series a lot. Like I want to get my own copies love which I plan on doing very very soon hopefully.

Image result for the problem with forever I just picked this one up because I’d seen around online and it was by Jennifer L Armentrout, it was nothing like the Lux series which I absolutely loved but I did like the whole plot of the story, I read it over a few days and I enjoyed it. Not the top of my list but I can say that I did like reading it.

Image result for black ice becca fitzpatrick I’ve enjoyed every single book that I’ve read by Becca Fitzpatrick, which turns out to be all of them now. In a way all of her books are creepily good, I’ve loved every single one of them and even if I didn’t like the start of one of her books I would always love it by the end of it.

 

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I actually saw this a couple of days ago with a friend, I’d been wanting to go ever since I saw the trailer and was super excited to watch it, sadly I haven’t read the book and I’m kind of glad I didn’t because it probably would’ve changed my view on the movie, I do plan on reading it as soon as I get my hands on a copy of it but I really enjoyed the movie and hopefully I’ll be doing a book and movie review on it soon.

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Β I plan on going to an Advanced Screening of this one if I can, I loved the original movie and I can’t wait for this one. Hopefully I love it even more because I love Emma Watson and I’m super excited to see if they’ve changed anything about the story or what they’ve added!!

Image result for divide ed sheeran album coverI just got the album a day or two ago and I plan to do some writing and just listen to the whole album, hopefully I can pick out some favourites. I loved his other albums so I’m pegging I’ll like this one just as much!!

 

I want to get some reading done this month obviously but I’ve been doing quite well with my reading lately so I also want to do some writing, and I have SO many TV shows to catch up on it’s crazy!! So apart from all that hopefully some other exciting things will happen this month, I would like to do some book shopping if I can but also want to do some crafting. I’ll be doing some blogging if I can and I’ll probably be experimenting with my bookstagram in terms of book photos and photo shoots!!

What didΒ  you read in February?? Got any awesome plans for March? Let me know!

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