Book Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor


Title: Strange the Dreamer

Author: Laini Taylor

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Release Date: March 28, 2017


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?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Timesbestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.


I now understand the hype around this book! The world-building, plot, and characters were amazing!

I must admit that the story progressed slowly. It was about halfway through the book that made me really interested and wanted to know more about the “unseen city” aka Weep.

I loved that the protagonist, Lazlo Strange, is a bookworm. It’s rare for me to read books that have a bookworm as their MC, so Lazlo early on is very relatable.

The five godspawn children also made me want to read more because of their tragic backstory; it’s also the reason why it’s easy to root for them. While Sarai may be the MC for these five godspawn children, my favorite would have to be Ruby. I think that she’s not afraid to say what’s on her mind and she’s not afraid at taking risks (especially with Feral!) I know that there’s still a lot to know more about them especially with Minya which is a character that I would love to understand more.

This book will let you feel all kinds of emotions (especially with that ending!) This is such a beautiful book and I’m so excited to read the sequel!

Favorite Quotes:

“It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming.”

“And that’s how you go on. You lay laughter over the dark parts. The more dark parts, the more you have to laugh. With defiance, with abandon, with hysteria, any way you can.”

“Was it mercy or betrayal? Salvation or doom? Maybe it was all of these things flashing like a flipped coin, end over end–mercy betrayal salvation doom. And how would it come down? How would it all end?”

Soundtrack: Dreamers by Oh Gravity

Rating: Purple-FullPurple-FullPurple-FullPurple-FullPurple-Half

Buy Links: Goodreads || Amazon || Kobo || Book Depository || National Bookstore (Philippines only)
*Strange the Dreamer magnetic bookmarks in this photo are made by @bibliofriends. Check their Instagram account to see more designs!

324620About the Author:

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I’m Laini Taylor.
I am a writer-artist-daydreamer-nerd-person,
and simultaneously a mom-wife-sister-daughter-person.
I can do a lot of things at once, like for example: I can sleep and dream and also lie very still,
all while also breathing and ever-so-slowly growing ten distinct toenails.
* * *
I write books for youngish people,
but they can also be read and enjoyed by oldish people, aka grown-ups.
You know grown-ups? They tend to be a little bigger and hairier than kids.
But not always.
* * *
I live in Portland, Oregon, USA
with my husband Jim Di Bartolo, who is an amazing illustrator and who I’m
always begging to draw me things,
and with our wee droll genius, Clementine Pie.
* * *
Some of my favorite things are books and bookstores
and breakfast food and mangoes and chocolate,
and cake stands and table cloths and old houses,
and going places (like libraries and other countries),
and dreaming up stories,
and making stuff (like cupcakes or peculiar dolls),
and playing with Jim and Clementine,
and taking pictures,
and falling asleep (so cozy)
and waking up (exciting!).



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