Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Page Count: 532
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?
I had no idea what to expect going into this book besides pure awesomeness. I’ve heard that Laini Taylor has a flowery, descriptive writing style (thus, this book being over 500 pages) and that’s just about it.
So when I began reading it felt like walking into a blinding smoke. I was okay with this at first – the prologue was mind-blowing and had me wanting more – but then I began to ask myself what exactly had been going on once I reached the 100 page mark.
I get it, this is the first book in a new epic fantasy series so there’s bound to be world-building. I am completely okay with this, but at times it honestly began to drag on and – dare I say – bore me.
Before you point your swords at my throat, let me explain that I wasn’t bored the entire time. And this review won’t be a 1 star hit and run.
There were just a few things I didn’t like. The writing was beautiful and the only time I didn’t like it was when I got bored from the *cough* two page kissing scene *cough*. Besides that, I fell absolutely head over heels with Laini’s writing even if it did sometimes seem like she got payed for every word she typed.
If you don’t want shade, go somewhere else. I’d be happy to have this umbrella to myself.
I absolutely LOVED the characters!! Every. single. character. is. different. from. one. another.
It’s SO refreshing!
Lazlo is my new book boyfriend. He’s probably all of ours. He broke his nose while trying to reach a book on the shelf and once ran into a wall because he was walking while he read. I don’t know about you, but I honestly find that adorable.
My absolute love for Lazlo aside, I found myself having conflicted feelings about Sarai. I don’t know why but I just couldn’t bring myself to love her like I loved Lazlo. Hell, I found myself wanting more Thyon! A character you’re supposed to loath – or at least switch between loath and possible like.
Don’t even get me started on me shipping Lazlo and Thyon.
That’s right, guys. I started shipping the wrong two people! I don’t know how it happened if I’m being completely honest but I want it to happen so bad?? I’m confused with myself, okay?
While we’re on the topic of shipping and whatnot, let me just say that the insta-love was the absolute WORST part of this book! Y’all should know by now that I hate insta-love with a fiery passion and although the 20 page long descriptions (slight exaggeration) of how someone’s lips tasted of honey and ‘oh so blue her skin was’ were beautiful at first – it all became over-used and boring.
I don’t care about how many different shades of blue you can name! Go back to The Godslayer and his crew of kick butt anti-heroes with mixed intentions! That’s what I want to read about.
That leads me to Weep and the world this book is set in.
OH. MY. GOD.
I want to live in this world. To make up for the overly long descriptions and insta-love, Laini birthed this beautiful world and I oddly forgive her for it. Usually I’m not one for forgiving an author who has wronged me by forsaking my eyes with insta-love but this time I’ve made a tiny compromise.
I can’t wait to see even more of this world explored in the future novels because it honestly wasn’t explored that much. I mean, there was a 6 month long trip Lazlo went on in order to get to Weep, but it was brushed over and vaguely described.
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Overall I did have some issues with this book, but I also loved the book as a whole. I can’t wait to see what Laini Taylor has in store for the second installment! And that ending absolutely blew my mind.
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