Strange the Dreamer: so Beautifully Written it Will Make You “Weep”

Laini Taylor’s writing is so beautiful I could quite literally “Weep.” This is one of, if not the, most gorgeously-written book I have ever read.


Wine Pairing

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

 

In honor of my new book boyfriend, Lazlo Strange, I chose to pair Strange the Dreamer with this Dreamer Sauvignon Blanc. This wine has a very refreshing flavor, just like Lazlo has a very refreshing outlook on his beautiful world.

*All wine recommendations are strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*


The Nitty Gritty

  • Title: Strange the Dreamer
  • Author: Laini Taylor
  • Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Pub Date: March 28, 2017

Goodreads Description

28449207The 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.
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My Review

five-stars

I am at a complete loss to describe the wonder that is Laini’s prose. I feel like only Laini Taylor herself could put together sentences exquisite enough to accurately describe her own writing. Laini has written a book that is about a dreamer and then made the entire reading experience feel like being immersed inside an actual dream. That kind of writing ability is beyond comprehension.

I adored everything about this world and the characters within it. The details of the world are intricate and poetically described. The city of Weep was enchanting, even when it was overshadowed by the citadel. And the citadel itself was a place of such wonder. I would love nothing more than to wander it’s hallways and gardens.

Sarai and Lazlo were perfection. Sarai with her loving heart, so tormented by her dark gift, is a character who your heart will absolutely break over. And Lazlo with his dreams, his books, and his kindness is a character that you’ll fall in love with from the very beginning.

There are so many amazing characters in this book, I simply can’t list them all in this review, but I do want to mention the Godspawn. I loved each and every one of them. I adored the provocative Ruby, the studious Feral, the romantic Sparrow, and even Minya. Minya is actually such a complex anti-heroine, whose motivations are so perfectly detailed, that she might actually be my favorite of them all.

One thing that Laini Taylor seems to do really well in all of her books is explore the definition of the word “monster.” She so wonderfully demonstrates how society labels certain people, or groups of people, as bad. She also uses multiple POVs to show the side of those accused of being the “monsters.” If there is one thing that readers should contemplate after reading this book, I definitely feel that it should be how that applies to our world today.

This book is utter perfection. I cannot wait for the second book in this duology to be released, and in all honesty, I just cannot wait to read this book again.

 


Cover Rating

five-stars

This cover is almost as lovely as the book is itself. I love the color scheme, particularly the shade of blue that they’ve incorporated. I love that the moths have such a presence, as they play such a vital role in the story. And I also love that the cover is so shiny.


Swoon Rating

five-stars

The romance in this book is absolutely breathtaking. I adored how it took place within and outside of the characters’ dreams. Laini is an expert of taking the star-crossed lovers trope and truly making it her own, and she certainly did so here. Lazlo Strange is such a sweet, intelligent, and interesting character. I absolutely adored everything about him. He is a booknerd’s dream book boyfriend!


Audio Rating

five-stars

This audiobook is narrated by Steve West, and he absolutely NAILED it. His tone of voice throughout really lends itself to the dreamlike tone of the text. The character voices are so well-done and really brought their personalities to life for me.


About Laini Taylor

From Goodreads:


324620Hi there! I’m a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My ‘Dreamdark’ books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries — not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It’s creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing. I am also an artist with a licensed gift product line called “Laini’s Ladies.”


Have you read Strange the Dreamer yet? What did you think of it? Have you read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series? Which is your favorite of Laini’s books?

32 Comments Add yours

  1. I love Laini Taylor writing style❤, in fact the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is one of my favorites, so I have to read this book😃. Plus it’s totally beautiful 😍😍

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    1. Oh, me too!!! It’s beyond beautiful! That’s one of my favorites as well. You DEFINITELY need to read this book! The plot is a little slower moving, but the imagery and prose is even better than in DOSAB. 💙💛💙💛💙

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  2. TeacherofYA says:

    I finally scored a copy! Just waiting on it to come! (I didn’t get to open all my book mail before my mom got home, but I got a good chunk done!)

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    1. Woohoo! Yay for you! I love that you are getting so much book mail it takes you that long to open it! ❤️ You deserve it!

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      1. TeacherofYA says:

        Aww you’re so sweet. I got fortunate with a trade so I’m very excited. Need to open some more actually as I was on a roll and then my mom came home, lol.

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  3. I’m taking my time reading this at the moment and I’m loving it. 💜💕

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    1. It’s definitely one to take your time with and savor! So glad you’re loving it! 💙💛💙💛💙

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  4. I’m just about to starts this Krysti! Now I’m really Excited!

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    1. Oh, yay! Can’t wait to chat with you about it, Kim! ❤️

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  5. ravenblake99 says:

    I’m looking forward to read this book! 🙂

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    1. I hope you love it as much as I did. Such beautiful writing. 😍😍😍

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  6. Angela JC says:

    I keep hearing good things about this book and I’m dying to read it!! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it! Great review 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much! I absolutely adored it. If you’re a fan of pretty, prosy writing, definitely pick this one up! 😀

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  7. This book had me absolutely obsessed! I read it back in February and still haven’t stopped thinking about it! I’m not a book quote person, but throughout reading this book I had PAGES of quotes that had me stunned with their beauty. Her writing is beyond compare!

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    1. Oh, my gosh! I’m not surprised. This is definitely the kind of book that sticks with you. I agree. The quotes in this book are just on another level. We read this for our book club this month and several people hated it. I SOOOO don’t understand.

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  8. I am so hoping to read this! It has been on my radar forever. Your review is stellar and I absolutely love this feature ❤ I cannot believe I am just now finding your blog!

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you get to read it soon. It really is indescribably beautiful. I’m so glad that you did! ❤

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  9. I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS. I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about STRANGE THE DREAMER especially the writing – well, it’s Laini Taylor so it’s bound to be beautiful. Great review!

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    1. Thanks so much! I hope you get to read it soon. The writing is truly on another level! Like you said, it’s Laini Taylor. 😀

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  10. Nicole @aDanceBeteweenPages says:

    I’m currently reading this book and although the story is fantastic, the description is too much for me 😦

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    1. Laini Taylor’s writing is very descriptive. I think her writing style is usually one that people either love or just don’t connect with.

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  11. Oooh this looks so interesting! I keep hearing great things about Laini Taylor and haven’t read any of her books yet… Ugh.
    Lazlo sounds like such a cutie and I’m totally sold on the star crossed lovers concept! Can’t say no to some cheesy romance 😄
    Great review, Krysti ^^

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    1. Thanks, Sophie! I really, REALLY loved this book. If I had time for a book hangover right now, I would totally have one. LOL. 😀

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  12. janninchou says:

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book. Plus look at that cover! It is just so beautiful. 😀 Great review Krysti! 😀

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    1. It is such a beautiful book, and the cover is absolutely perfect for the story. Thanks so much!

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  13. ignitedmoth says:

    I love Laini Taylor’s writing. ❤ Great review and pairing. I really, really want to read this one soon! 😀

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    1. Thanks so much! Her writing truly is just on it’s own level. I hope you get to read this soon! 🙂

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  14. Beware Of The Reader says:

    I had already liked your review on Goodreads Krysti. Fabulous review!

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    1. I saw that! Thank you so much, Sophie!

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      1. Beware Of The Reader says:

        You’re more than welcome Krysti 😉 I love reading your reviews.

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  15. Kath says:

    I have this book on the way, hopefully it will get here soon because I absolutely can’t wait to read it! It sounds amazing!

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    1. Oh, awesome! I hope you get to read it soon, and I hope you love it as much as I did.

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