Strange the Dreamer - Taylor, Laini

Hey y’all! I’m back again, and this time I’ll be reviewing Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.

I first opened this book a year ago, but I couldn’t get past the first chapter. This week, I finally gave it a second try, and what do you know? I finished it in 3 days.

The story is told from two alternating perspectives from two very different people: Lazlo Strange and Sarai.

Lazlo is a junior librarian at The Great Library of Zosma, where he reads 24/7, trying to solve the mystery of a city whose name had been stolen from his mind when he was five. One minute, he knew its name, and the next, the only word that came to mind was Weep. He dislikes this reminder of the name he lost, so instead he knows the city as the Unseen city. Years pass by, and he learns more and more about this mystical place and falls more in love with it every single day, but he is starting to lose faith in its existence. Then, one day, “Godslayer,” a General of Weep pays his city a visit, searching for people to bring back with him…

Sarai, on the other hand, lives “in” the city. She is half-human, half-god, hidden away in a citadel that hangs over the Unseen City. The people of Weep hate her kind, so she must hide, for that is the key to her survival.

Obviously, they meet, but that’s all I can say without spoiling some amaaazing parts of the book, so make sure to read it!!

My Thoughts: Honestly, the writing was incredible, there’s no other word for it. Another thing, the whole book was VERY well planned, and Laini Taylor sort of pulled a Book Thief, and you’ll know what I mean if you read it 🙂

I sort of fell in love with the world of Weep along with Lazlo, and I really liked seeing the different sides of each character. I haven’t read real fantasy in a long while, and this was a perfect re-introduction for me. Laini is incredibly creative and everything was just so well crafted, so deliberate. My only criticism would be… I didn’t vibe with the romance as much. LOL I know what you’re all thinking, like what’s up with this girl and her romance hating?? But seriously guys, I appreciate a good romance, I just haven’t read one of those in a loooong time. As much as I loved Strange the Dreamer, its romance was way too rushed for me, and I live for good build-up.

My final rating would be a 9/10. Laini Taylor is an amazing writer, there’s no doubt about that, and her plots are an A+ as well. I definitely didn’t expect the ending even though I really really should’ve but then again, that makes it all the better. Go grab a copy! I know you have time right now so no excuses ://