Oooooooo boy where does one start when writing a review of Strange the Dreamer??? I just finished it last night and I currently don’t even know how to feel…. I have a lot of emotions right now.
If you don’t want to read my review – (although it is short so just do it) – the gist is read this book! Stick with it and you wont be disappointed.
I will first say that I have only read A Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I never finished the series (and probably never will) so I wanted to read this one but wasn’t dying to – but it was The Ya Room book of the month and people were raving and I am SO GLAD I picked it up.
First I will start with the blurb:
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?
Ok if you’re like me the blurb probably didn’t help you find out what this book is about at all, but it does draw you in, I am forever curious and it made me want to read it so I could find out what the hell is going on.
To start off with no one can deny that Laini Taylor has an absolutely beautiful way with words. Her style is so different from many YA authors and while lovely it won’t be for everyone. I very much enjoyed it, BUT couldn’t have all of my books written like this, I would get bored – I have the attention span of a goldfish. It does make for a slower plot, I felt at times I had read so much but nothing had really progressed or happened in the story. It takes some getting used to and if you are a reader who really needs lots of action and movement then it’s going to be a bit more difficult for you to get into the story. Just stick with it – the action happens TRUST ME!
I really truly loved all of the characters – beautiful Lazlo I both want to be your best friend and marry you. Taylor is very good at writing a character that has both good and bad sides. While some of the characters had done terrible things I really felt for them, she made you see that every terrible action often was a reaction to something that had first happened to them. It made me spend the book not knowing what I wanted to happen or who to go for –
That was me literally the whole book – I just love you all and want to be a big happy family!!! Although I will say there are certain characters by the end that I was like ok horrific things have happened to you but now you’re just being plain nasty.
I think the world Taylor created is really beautiful and unique. I really hope you we get to see more of it in the sequel, I am sure we will because there is A LOT that needs to happen hahaha #myemotionsmaynotcope
I guess my only real criticism would be that it takes a bit to get into – but I think that’s more my fault and what I enjoy rather than the book itself. I also wish there had been more time where Lazlo and Sarai are actually interacting, it takes till pretty close to the end for things to get moving.
100% give this book a go! It can be slow but the ending is worth it, and if you are like me you will be DYING for the next one!
A solid 4/5 Avocados – the story was like waiting for an avocado to go from unripe to ready – a bit to get into but PERFECT when you get there.
Also dear Laini Taylor, HOW DARE you give us that ending and then make us wait a whole year for the next book – I don’t know if I can make it!!!!
Love you all – may we all survive to read the sequel.