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Strange the Dreamer

Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Weep Duology
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Release Date: 28/03/2017
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 536
Links: Goodreads, Author's Website
Purchase: Booktopia, Book Depository, Angus & Robertson

On the second Sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.

Her skin was blue, her blood was red.

You know all those reviewers that say to go into Strange the Dreamer with as little knowledge about it as possible? Well, I’m one of those reviewers.

I’d initially dismissed Strange the Dreamer as something I wouldn’t be interested in – the blurb and reviews were too vague to catch my attention, and I hadn’t read anything by Laini Taylor so she wasn’t on my ‘instant read’ list. I only added it to my shelf because I was buying some books from Target and it was cheap.  Then, the only reason I picked it up to read was because I was in a hurry and needed a book to read.

The moment I started reading, I was kicking myself for not picking it up sooner.

“On the second Sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.

Her skin was blue, her blood was red.”

That is one of those opening paragraphs that I aspire to as a writer. It is magical and engaging and perfect.

I don’t want to give too much away, because knowing too much will destroy the glorious mystery of Weep. And trust me, it’s a mystery you will want to uncover along with the main character Lazlo.

One thing I really love about Strange the Dreamer was how easy it was to visualize everything and everyone. Laini Taylor has a very poetic way of writing that seeps into your brain to paint a masterpiece. The characters, too, were brought to life by her subtle weavings through my mind. I loved Lazlo and many of the other characters, and loathed others – just as was intended.

Again, I don’t want to give too much away. Plus, it’s hard to put into words how I feel about this book. I cannot wait for the sequel – 2018 couldn’t come soon enough. I adored it so much that I’ve picked up Taylor’s ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ – another book I hadn’t given much thought too, but I’m head over heels for this author now.

So again, don’t go looking for more information on this book. Just know that if you love fantasy, magic, and beautiful writing, this is the book for you.

P.S. If you’ve read Strange the Dreamer and would like a spoilery discussion, shoot me an email at sarah@literarywombat.com

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