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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor


Published: March 28, 2017

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 544

“But dreaming is like the garden. You can step out of prison and feel the sky around you. In a dream you can be anywhere. You can be free.”


The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way aroundโ€”and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old heโ€™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 mysteriesโ€”including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazloโ€™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.


If you are looking for a story that transports you to another world full of magic, mystery, and whimsy then this book is for you.

Laini Taylor is so good at creating another world and weaving in bits and pieces of something ordinary into something magical, and using dreams and nightmares to tell a story. We are thrust into this mysterious city that even the characters have no way of knowing about its history since it was wiped out.

Another thing that I love about Laini Taylor’s writing style is how good she is at creating star-crossed lovers. Lazlo and Sarai cannot be more different, yet the same at the same time. The more they get to know each other, the more I get invested with them. A human and a god. Someone hated and someone loved.

In addition to Lazlo and Sarai, the other side characters all have their own stories to tell. Each would make you love them and sympathized with them. Not only that, Laini Taylor is good at making you feel the way the characters felt about one another. You would feel hatred, sympathy, pain, friendship, and many more with each and every one of them.

Furthermore, even though the story has a love story in it, it doesn’t overshadow the bigger plot of the mystery and the horror that the mysterious city is going through. I am really trying to be as vague as I can be since it is best to dive into the book without knowing anything. You just have to read it to experience the mystery and the greatness of Laini Taylor unfolds.

I love it. And if this raved review is not yet enough to convince you to pick this book up, I don’t know what will. Please pick this book up even if you are not a fantasy lover. I am sure you would enjoy it, too.

That is all for this review. Please pick this book right now!

Until next time!



A reader who becomes a villain, a queen, a princess, a heroine, and a warrior depends on the story that she reads. A dreamer who wishes to dwell in the world that she visited through the pages of her book. A frustrated blogger who wishes to put into words the frustration, boredom, and excitement that she felt throughout her many journeys outside the real world.

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