Book Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the DreamerThe 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. (Goodreads Synopsis)

This is the story of Lazlo Strange, an orphan librarian who is obsessed with an unseen city known only as Weep. When people from Weep show up in his country and ask for people to help with a project in the unseen city, Lazlo jumps at the chance to see the city he is completely obsessed with.

The way the Laini Taylor writes is beautiful. There’s a succinctness to her descriptive language that I can totally get behind. Every word is intentional and well thought out. I am not a huge fan of “purple prose” but when it is done this well, I love it. I could see Weep and hear the sounds and smell the smells. I felt like I was there while I was reading.

Lazlo Strange is just too pure for this world. I felt like I really knew him  and I cared so deeply for him. I liked that he wasn’t immediately awesome at everything that he did and I love rooting for the underdog. There is another character perspective in the book and she was such a complex and conflicted character that I also felt like was very fleshed out and I got to know so well. The romance was fine, not my favorite, but I felt like it did add to the story.

There was a plot twist that I did see coming, however, what I didn’t guess was exactly how it all fit together. Taylor took an obvious plot twist and turned it into so much more. Because of this, my enjoyment was not taken away while reading.

Overall, I highly recommend Strange the Dreamer for young adult readers and also, for readers who read mostly adult books. This is a good transition book for people who “don’t read YA.”

Parental Warning: violence, mild language, heavy petting

Much Love,

Tasha

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