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REVIEW TIME: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Release Date: 28th March 2017
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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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.


Here was my initial review on Goodreads:

Screen Shot 2017-07-08 at 14.44.37Definitely, definitely, definitely, a must read for YA Fantasy lovers. Seriously, why haven’t I read any Laini Taylor yet?! I have only just read Strange the Dreamer and I want book 2, Muse of Nightmares right now!

First, let’s talk about the mystery of Weep. This town in the middle of the desert surrounded by myths and a changed name. You cannot help your curiosity when Laszlo mentions the city and delves into the history of it. It’s so geeky but so cool at the same time, like long lost history.

Talking of Laszlo, the characters in this book are so well rounded and perfectly flawed. My favourite bit of Laszlo is his broken nose, broken by a book of fairytales. A true librarian, taking injuries from books and loving it.

I can’t even talk about Sarai because I actually want to be her…kind of. She has blue skin and red hair and controls moths that put dreams/nightmares into people’s minds. She is amazingly scary but also so gentle.

As for her company, Minya is a serious piece of work to say the least. Sparrow is so kind and fair and awww. I feel like I didn’t get to know Feral enough to form an opinion of him. Ruby is another person I just really wanna be because she is so fiesty and takes what she wants unfortuately, she doesn’t think of consequences though.

I feel like I can’t even say much about the plotline of this book except for that there is a mission to help the city of Weep, if it is real or just a dream?

This gif perfectly explains my reaction at the end of Strange the Dreamer. Screams, excitement and sheer insanity.


Please, please, please read this book. You won’t regret it and if you do, have every right to come back here and give me a telling off. But believe me, you won’t cos it is seriously amazing.




Agony Aunt Mel

8 thoughts on “REVIEW TIME: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

  1. You’re review is so cute!! It made me want to read Strange the Dreamer all over again! I didn’t love it as much as you but I am NOT a hater either!! I agree that I really liked both characters… Taylor is good at that!! The language was a bit of a slog… and it was quite predictable… anyway I’m reviewing later in the month but I still loved this review!!! I hope you convert many more readers to giving it a go!!

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