strange.jpgName: Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)
Author: Laini Taylor
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★

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?

KEY WORDS: Gods, adventure, magic.

I read Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series three years ago and devoured them all in less than three day so when I heard of the release of Strange the Dreamer, I was beyond excited. Sadly, due to the last few months at university being crazy hectic, it wasn’t until the end of term that I started reading it.

Gods, magic, libraries and adventure. That is Strange in a nutshell. It’s a fantasy in the purest form, transporting you to worlds more wonderful and magical than you could ever imagine, allowing you to escape the mundane everyday for the hours in which you are attached to the novel.

Laini’s writing is beautifully formed, flowing smoothly with the most fantastic similes and comparisons that not only bring everything within Weep to life, but also occasionally make you laugh out loud.

As much as I love a good female heroine, I felt like it had been a while since I had got my teeth stuck into a new, male protagonist and Lazlo Strange was exactly who I was looking for. A dreamer, a doofus and my lil cinnamon rol who I would love to bundle up and carry away. He sees the mysteries of Weep and his world with the wonder of a child which I wish I still had for ours.

The day after I finished Strange, I was lucky enough to meet Laini herself in all her pink-haired glory. She was the most inspiring woman and will definitely be smiling while she breaks your heart.

If you read one book this year, read this one.

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