Book Reviews

Strange the Dreamer: Book Review

*This is my first official attempt at a long-form book review. I’ve been trying to stay away from these because I don’t really care to read them. But, I know that a lot of people look to reviews to help them decide if they should read a book or not. My goal is to write honest, spoiler free, reviews of books that I really liked. I’m just trying to spread the book love and I thought the best way to do that is through a review.

Strange the Dreamer book review.

Strange the Dreamer Synopsis

Lazlo Strange has spent his entire life dreaming about the mystical city of Weep. For two hundred years the world has heard nothing from the Unseen City. Many people believe it never existed. As the city has passed into legend, Lazlo has been gathering every scrap of knowledge he can about the lost city. He always wanted to travel there, but it always felt out of reach. That is until travelers arrive in Zosma. Warriors from a long dead time. Their arrival changes everything for Lazlo.

My thoughts.

I picked up Strange the Dreamer because of @book_roast’s enthusiasm about it. If a book can get someone that excited then I’m either going to love it or hate it. In this case, I absolutely loved it.

Laini Taylor is a goddess with words. Her stories are magical and imaginative. Her characters are complex and I loved most of them. It was actually hard not to love them all because they were so human. Their circumstances may not have been very relatable, but their emotions and feelings were really relatable. I felt all of the feels while reading this masterpiece. It was beautiful and heartbreaking.

One bad thing.

There was one aspect of this book that you may not like and that was the instalove between the two main characters. When I read the book I didn’t even notice it until after I finished reading it. And even now, looking back, I can see why they fell in love so quickly.

Both of them lived lives where people tolerated them and used them, but no one took the time to really know them. It wasn’t until they met one another that they really felt seen and accepted. This was a highly emotional encounter. And for two young people I can see why they fell in love so fast. I mean, people do it in real life all the time. So, it seems fitting for Laini to have included it in this book.

Overall reaction.

This book was much more than I anticipated and expected. It was an experience from front to back. If you love whimsical and magical tales of dreamers and stories then you should check out Strange the Dreamer.

Let me know what you thought about this review. Was it helpful? What books would you like to see me review?

Happy reading,

Alicen

P.S. You can get in touch with me here in the comments or @thecozyshelf on Instagram.

P.P.S. Want to know what I’m reading this month? Check out my April TBR + everything you need to know about the O.W.L.s Readathon!

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