RELEASE DATES: March 8th 2018, April 4th 2019
AUTHOR: Laini Taylor
GENRE: Young–Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Hodder Paperbacks
THE DREAM CHOOSES THE DREAMER
Since he was five years old, Lazlo Strange has been obsessed with the mythical lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to go in search of it. Then a stunning opporunity presents itself – in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legandary warriors – and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
“I think you’re a fairy tale. I think you’re magical, and brave, and exquisite. And I hope you’ll let me be in your story.”
Strange The Dreamer is one of the top hyped series in the YA lit world. So far, I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it. So did it meet my expectations? My answer would be both YES and NO, but I did enjoyed the duology. It was a captivating read and the world building was just incredible. Although I’ve struggled with some aspects, it was overall an extraordinary ride. The romance in this book was a bit mature so I would recommend this to the older teens.
Lazlo strange is a war orphan, junior Librarian, and a dreamer. He literally lives in the library, and there’s always a book in his hand. He has an extraordinary imagination and people often make fun of him for his weird fascination with mythical beings and magic. Since he was five, he was obsessed with the mythic lost city Weep and the mystery behind its disappearance from the world. Exploring the world is one of his great dreams. Suddenly a great opportunity presents itself in the form of Godslayer who has arrived at his village recruiting people with skills. Lazlo has great knowledge when it comes to Weep and he joins the team. When the crew finally arrives at the Weep, he was stunned by the mysterious huge monument named Citadel which is hanging on the air above the city. On the first day, he dreams about a blue skinned girl that takes his breath away and when he finally meets her in real world, he can’t believe his own eyes.
Above the Citadel, Sarai is hiding with her fellow godspawn siblings. She’s a nightmare who can fill nightmares into the minds of human via her moths that literally comes out of her mouth. When Sarai meets Lazlo for the first time, sparks fly between them. They soon develop feelings for each other, but they couldn’t be together because they’re from different worlds and she can’t risk her siblings life. The gods are believed to be dead, If people down below discovers their existence, they’ll be hunted down. Can Lazlo and Sarai ever be together or does fate have other plans for them?
Lazlo Strange was an adorable nerd with a heart of gold. His selflessness, and innocent personality was really heart warming. He’s pretty much a likeable character. Sarai was both incredible and Complex character. She’s struggling with her inner demons and she feels that her power is pretty much useless which brings nothing but sorrow and pain. Despite her siblings company, she always felt alone and yearned for love. It was easy to connect with her character and feel her sorrow. The romance between Lazlo and Sarai was a bit insta-lovey. I didn’t mind it much in the first book but it was a bit annoying in the second book when there’s too many lovey dovey scenes which slowed down the plot in the middle.
The secondary characters were pretty good especially Minya, the little devil. She looks like a little girl, but she’s older than everyone. She has a dangerous ability to manipulate dead souls. I hated her in the first book, but after finishing the second book, she ended up as my favorite in the entire duology. The other siblings are Feral, Sparrow, and Ruby. They also have unique abilities. I liked Thyon Nero, Ruza, and the Godslayer Eric. Thyon was introduced as a rich snob who believed that he’s above others, but Lazlo’s selfless personality slowly changes him into someone kinder in the second book. His character development was well done. Eric is sort of a morally grey character who’s seeking for redemption. He’s done a cruel action in the past in order to save his people, but the guilt still haunts him. I quite enjoyed the side story of Kora and Nova in Muse of Nightmares. They have a strong bond and their story was heart breaking.
The plot was very intriguing but it wasn’t really a fast paced read. I’ve already been warned about its slow pacing, but I’m glad that I still gave it a shot. Even though I had minor issues, It was overall a wonderful experience. The first book felt like an introduction, but the second book has so many surprises and we get all the info about the existence of the gods and where they came from. I can’t mention more because I don’t want to spoil things for you guys. The author’s writing was very much engaging and captivating. Despite the slow pacing, I flew through the pages. The book was written in alternating POVS. The world building was simply amazing. There’re gods, monsters, magic, and so much more.
Overall, I loved this duology! It’s a wonderful story about love, family, sisterhood, redemption, revenge, and healing. It wasn’t very much action packed, but still worth a read. The ending was satisfying enough, and I can’t wait to know what the author has in store for us next.
I would highly recommend this duology to all the YA fantasy lovers!
MY RATING: [4/5 stars!]
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