Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Series: Strange the Dreamer #1
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Published March 28th, 2017
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
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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 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.
BEST. BOOK. EVER.
I FREAKING LOVED THIS SO MUCH!! There’s literally nothing I didn’t like about this book. I loved the plot, the world, the characters, the writing, … Every single thing.
Strange the Dreamer is about Lazlo Strange. He is a forgotten orphan librarian, who has books as a passion, and as a dream, the Unseen City (a magical and mythical city). For which, when he was younger the name disappeared from everyone’s minds, including his, and was replaced with Weep. After that, he was more obsessed than ever in discovering what happened to its name. He passes all his adolescence inside books, trying to get as much information as possible about it since going there seems impossible. But, one day, it turns possible. His dream comes closer to him than ever before and he will not let that chance go away. And so, his adventure begins.
Lazlo is an absolutely amazing character. He has such a pure and beautiful heart! He would never hurt anyone, even tho everyone seems to not mind stepping over him. I also love how positive, hopeful and dreamy he is. Well, I just love everything about him, okay? But if that wasn’t enough, all the other characters are as good! This story is filled with amazing characters such as gods, goddesses, ghosts, and more. There’s everything in here. I don’t wanna say too much here, but believe me, the characters are truly amazing!
The POV is switched between Lazlo and Sarai, which made it incredibly interesting. I loved to see how different they were, and yet how similar. It was just fantastic. It was just like being in a dream. So intense, captivating and utterly beautiful… Plus, it’s full of emotions! I cried HARD with this book and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one. I need it, it’s not that I just want it, I truly need it. This book is the best thing I’ve ever read and it will completely blow your mind.
The world is gorgeous, unique, creative and… and real. I felt like I was inside it. That’s how magical it is! It’s complex, full of magical aspects, mysteries, and BOOKS! So many books, so many stories! It’s beautiful. Seeing Weep felt like a completely new world. I’ve never seen a world I loved more than this one. It stole my heart.
And lastly, another perfect thing about this book is the writing, which was a first for me. I’ve been meaning to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone for ages now, one of the reasons being the writing. I heard it’s beautiful and unique and so I wanted to try it. And now I did, although with a different book. And I can say with all my heart that Laini Taylor’s writing is the most magical thing I ever read. It’s so poetic and beautiful and… Ahhh. It’s perfection and it’s full of meaning and amazing quotes.
This is by far one of my favorite books ever and I highly, highly, highly recommend it. It’s magical, intense, emotional and full of meaning and beautifulness. Plus the second book is soon-ish coming out since I was so late reading this.
“It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming.”
“I turned my nightmares into fireflies and caught them in a jar.”
“He read while he walked. He read while he ate. The other librarians suspected he somehow read while he slept, or perhaps didn’t sleep at all.”
“Life won’t just happen to you boy, he said. You have to happen to it.”
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