Title & Author: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Genre: Fantasy & Young Adult
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: March 28th 2017
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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….
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 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