A lost city, a storyteller and blue-skinned gods.
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?
Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication: March 28, 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Target audience: Young Adult
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I just read this book for the second time and there’s nothing I’d like to do more right now than read the sequel Muse of Nightmares, which is laying next to me. Unfortunately, I read Strange the Dreamer back then when I didn’t write reviews yet, but this book deserves one, no matter how much it tortures me inside.
“Don’t look at me like that,” said Ruza.
“Like I’m a beautiful book you’re about to open and plunder with your greedy mad eyes.”
(Yes, that’s how I’m looking at Muse of Nightmares right now.)
I gotta admit, I’m not quite sure how to review this book. I don’t want to say too much and ruin the experience. I put the synopsis above as always, but even that reveals a little too much in my opinion.
Because this book is a journey.
You’re thrust into this world with few explanations and you never stop learning its history along the way. You have questions over questions gathering in your head and they make you sit at the edge of your chair, gripping your book tightly.
So yeah, you won’t get any details out of me. Except perhaps for one thing:
This is a beautiful story full of monsters.
“Beautiful and full of monsters?”
“All the best stories are.”
There’s only one thing that bothered me personally, and one that could bother others.
My problem (and the reason for only 4 stars and not 5):
That damned romance.
I actually feel personally attacked by this romance.
This book is going so fanastically and then BAM– one horibble case of insta-love.
That hurt. That hurt so much. Because I like the characters that are concerned. I like them very much. Not when they’re together though.
First of all, because they fell in love like… immediately? I’m talking Undying Devotion here, guys.
And secondly, they are so fucking mushy. I just can’t. Laini Talyor’s writing is so beautiful and descriptive and poetic, which is great usually, but when she starts writing about a couple I don’t like, I just want to throw up.
So yeah, that wasn’t great, but the rest of the book is and I enjoyed it so much, even this romance can’t make me give less than 4 stars.
Now the other possible problem, which wasn’t a problem for me but could be to others:
The story is slow. Really slow. Laini Taylor takes a lot of time to introduce us to the world and characters. And I’ve seen people complain about that. So, I’m just warning you.
For me though, it was perfect. True, the actual plot starts preeetty late but I was ok with that. Because the world and the characters that Laini Talyor created are so lovely and real and ughh. Just indescribable. I’m just someone who loves books focused on characters and their developements. And when there’s also good worldbuilding, I am sold. So yes, this was a perfect read for me (well, almost).
That’s also why you shouldn’t know too much about the plot. Laini Taylor takes her time to tell us her story and halfway through the book we still don’t know everything. So if you do know too much, then yes, this could become slow and drawn-out.
In short, this is a slow burn but at the same time it’s not (lol ok this is fucking hilarious, I am hilarious).
Otherwise, as I said, this book is great.
You have lovely side characters that you can still care about, even though they don’t appear much.
Our main character Lazlo… I don’t know how to convey the love I feel for him. He’s so adorable and sad and dreamy and he just deserves the whole world.
I may not be able to convey my feelings for Lazlo to you, but Laini Taylor sure knows how to convey his feelings to the reader. There are a few scenes in the beginning where Lazlo feels shame and shattered hope (you’ll recognize them when you read them), and my heart literally ached when I read them. I felt what Lazlo felt and I wanted to murder everyone who hurt my little baby. So yes, Lazlo.
Have you read this book? If yes, how did you like it? If not, do you want to read it? Let me know down below in the comments!