5 Things About Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

April 12, 2017 Review 31 ★★★★½

5 Things About Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
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Source: Netgalley
Pages: 432
Release Date: March 28th, 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy & Magic
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?

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I forgot how gorgeous Laini Taylor’s writing is

I remembered Laini Taylor’s writing was amazing, but I forgot exactly how beautiful it is! Nothing I say could possible do it justice but it’s the most well written thing I’ve read in a long time. I’m in awe of her talent with words.


What makes a monster?

One of the main discussions I really enjoyed in STRANGE THE DREAMER was the theme of heroes and monsters. What makes someone a hero, and what is a monster? It’s not as clear cut as people want to believe. After the events at the end of the book I’m really looking forward to how the citizens of the world change their perspective in MUSE OF NIGHTMARES.

This world is amazing

I was in love with this world when Lazlo was still in Zosma, but then we went to Weep and it became even more fascinating. Weep is like Atlantis, a hidden civilization lost to a curse. It’s crumbling, falling apart, but there’s still some magic to it. It sounds absolutely gorgeous. And all the mythical creatures that call it home make it even better!

don't want to go

I’m ready for more

STRANGE THE DREAMER is an introductory book. Lots of things are set up. While it’s entertaining to read, not all that much happened really, not until the very end. Something big is going to happen in MUSE OF NIGHTMARES and I cannot wait to find out how it all unfolds.

It’s a book that will be hard to beat

Though STRANGE THE DREAMER had some flaws (mostly I wasn’t completely sold on the romane, and the end was predictable, though I was still hoping That Specific Sad Thing wouldn’t happen even as it was unfolding), it was still an incredible book. The writing, the world, and the characters alone have put this on my favourites list. It has set a high bar for other books to meet.



From the very first chapter of STRANGE THE DREAMER, I was very quickly reminded of why I loved the DOSAB trilogy so much. Laini Taylor is an amazing author, and STRANGE THE DREAMER is hands down my favourite book of hers I’ve read. I never wanted to leave this world, with its monsters and magic and feels. I’m really looking forward to continuing this legend she’s begun.

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Rating Report
Overall: 4.6

31 Responses to “5 Things About Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor”

  1. Sophie

    Exceptional review Bec!! And I love when authors make us wonder what’s a hero and what’s a monster. I move nothing more than characters with nuances. Well done!

    • Bec

      Thanks! Those morally grey characters with lots of depth are always a lot more interesting to read about

    • Bec

      It’s so good. Good luck writing a review! It’s hard to put the amazing qualities of this book into words

    • Bec

      I know write! Her worlds are not only gorgeous but so unique and magical. I hope you love the rest of it :D

  2. Ali

    Goodness I am hearing nothing but fantastic things about this book! I’m almost inclined to pick it up (though right now I’m on a buying-YA-ban after reading too many poopy ones in a row…)!
    Ali recently posted…5 Things I loved About Matilda

    • Bec

      It’s so good!! You know, Lazlo is 20 so it could be classified as New Adult ;D Sairai is 17 which is close enough to adulthood haha

    • Bec

      It’s some of the best writing I’ve ever read. I wish I had half that talent.

      I hope you get to read it soon!

    • Bec

      It’s so good! I didn’t mind it was introductory because the world is AMAZING and I appreciate some good world building.

  3. Anisha @ Sprinkled Pages

    This book really is awesome! It’s so well written and the characters are so freaking amazing! I love Lazlo and the world is so unique and I can’t wait for the next book to find out what happens! Thanks for this lovely review! <3

    • Bec

      It’s brilliant! Hopefully we get our hands on the next book ASAP! The wait is going to be so hard.

    • Bec

      Hopefully Muse of Nightmares is more surprising and suspenseful (though still brings the emotional connection to destroy us)

    • Bec

      Audio is great for speeding things up haha, though I worry about confusing names of things (I’m not much or an audio learner so I tend to forget lots of those when listening haha). I hope the narrator does it justice!

  4. Megan @ Ginger Mom

    I read/listened to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, absolutely loved it, but haven’t continued for some reason. I do love her style of writing, though! And this book is definitely on my TBR great post!

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