Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | Review

Title: Strange The Dreamer

Author: Laini Taylor

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Published: 2018

ISBN: 9781444788952

Series: Strange the Dreamer 1/2

Pages: 532

Edition: Paperback/audiobook

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Disclaimer: I bought this book myself, all opinions are my own.

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

I read and listened to this book, switching between both.

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

I’VE FINALLY FINISHED IT!!!! This has technically been a book that I’ve been reading for months.. I never really got drawn into it but with Hodder emailing and asking if I’d like to review Muse of Nightmares as it seemed my type of book I thought ‘Okay, if you think I’d like it, I’d better give this a proper go!’

I know how hyped this book is and that’s partially what’s been putting me off of this book but I decided to mainly listen to the audiobook of this so that I could get it done as I’ve had to go to work and I needed to get so much of this done! I really liked the narrator (may just be the US version of the audiobook) for this book, I thought that he was perfect for the book, he even did all different voices for everyone!

Like I said, the hype was so high for this book that I couldn’t actually understand why and I still kind of don’t.. I didn’t hate this book or anything I found it quite an interesting and unique read, I’ve not actually read anything like this, so lyrical and beautifully written with so many good quotes within. I don’t think I really got into this book until part three as that’s when the story got more exciting.

Throughout most of the book I enjoyed Sarai’s chapters more, I didn’t mind Lazlo’s chapters but I just enjoyed Sarai’s story and I loved the other characters in her point of view. I ended up liking Lazlo’s chapters a lot more in part four of the book!

I can’t say that this book was overly gripping or anything for me which is partially why it took me so long to read/listen to it. I thought I was only going to be giving this book 3 stars when I was half way through the book but part three got better and then part four was just OMG, the ending wasn’t what I had expected so I’m really glad I’m able to dive straight into Muse of Nightmares straight away!

What are your opinions on this book? Are you all for this one or not as fussed about it? Let me know!

4 thoughts on “Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | Review

  1. I love Strange the Dreamer and I really like the audiobook too (narrated by Steve West), however I enjoy them more when I’m re-reading and that can be said for all of Laini Taylor’s books. Due to the detail and complexity of her stories as well as her lyrical prose, I have to physically read them at first otherwise I will tune out and miss what’s happening. I completely get where you’re coming from though. It isn’t overly gripping and the book is quite slow, but I think it has to be for this kind of story. We’re learning about Weep alongside everyone else there and it’s not something that can be accomplished quickly. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how the story and all the characters develop in Muse of Nightmares, although I don’t want it to end!

    1. I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone ages ago and really want to reread that as I don’t remember a single thing about it? I had such a time limit to get this one done alongside work that I had to listen to most of it instead of reading but it was read so well. Yes, I totally get that for the story that it’s going to be it has to be slow I think but it’s so different from my usual reads that it was a tiny bit difficult to get used to straight away! Muse of Nightmares is definitely going to be an interesting read considering how Strange ended!

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