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Book Review: Strange the Dreamer

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

Strange the Dreamer #1 by Laini Taylor

Genres/Themes: Fantasy, YA, Romance, Adventure, Man v. Gods

★★★★★

AMAZING!

I honestly don’t feel qualified to review this book haha.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.


This book is so whimsical and captivating; every page was literally a treasure. Something on mostly every page was intriguing and beautiful.

The world-building was done so well that I could see the cities in my mind and wow do I wish I could visit ^_^
The characters all had different personalities, goals, and fears– it was truly interesting to dig into them.
The plot OH THE PLOT!! I loved it. This book was an onion, if you will excuse the analogy stolen from Shrek, with each chapter opening up more and more. More of the mystery is told–some times more questions, sometimes more answers, you learn more about the characters which tells you about the mystery, you learn more about Weep’s history which IS AMAZING.

What else can I say about this beautiful book except I wish everyone who enjoys fantasy and magical realism–loves the whimsy with some depth, will read this book. I’m sooooo glad I read this– but so frustrated because we have to wait for the sequel!!! ^_^

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10 thoughts on “Book Review: Strange the Dreamer

  1. I love magical realism, but I don’t think I can start this book until the sequel is out! I’m one of those people who just can’t stand the frustration of WAITING for the next book in a series.

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  2. Wonderfully written review! I’m about halfway into Strange the Dreamer and I totally agree with you! This book is absolutely brilliant. Taylor’s imagination just blows me away.
    I look forward to reading more from you in the future… Happy Reading! 😀

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