[BOOK REVIEW] Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
Title: Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)
Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: March 28th, 2017
Pages: 536 pages
ISBN: 1444788981 (ISBN13: 9781444788983)
Format: English version – Hardback
Start date: May 27th, 2017
Finish date: June 5th, 2017
Where to buy: The Book Depository – Hardback or The Book Depository – Paperback
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’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 mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’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.
Disclaimer: This review may contain spoiler!
~ My Rating ~
~ Goodreads Rating ~
~ Favorite Quotes ~
He read while he walked. He read while he ate. The other librarians suspected he somehow read while he slept, or perhaps didn’t sleep at all.
Life won’t just happen to you boy, he said. You have to happen to it.
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.
~ My Thoughts ~
What I like about this book:
- What really got me of this book is its cute cover. At first I saw the US cover with its combination Yellow and Blue color with so many cute moths on it. Then after searching and wanted to pre-order, I saw the all blue cover with a golden emboss (as the picture above). I admit that I didn’t think the picture below the title is a moth. I thought it was like a strange ship :p. After I received my copy I just know that the edge of the book is also all blue which makes it superrrr cuuutteee plus there is the author’s small sign in it. This book will definitely not be unhauled.
- Although I still do not like moth but I love how Laini put moth in this story. Well, the description of how the moths can come out from Sarai’s mouth made goosebumps to me (those silent scream and hundreds of moths came out really frightened me at first). But in the end I try to imagine that the moths are gold cute butterflies. It made me easier to get through the rest of the story :D.
- I am not a fan of a poetic work, even I hate poems. But the sentences that were strung together was very beautiful to read. This is the first time I read this kind of writing style. Thumbs up for Laini Taylor.
- Sometimes I hate a too descriptive piece of story. It turned out not good enough even stiff and feels unnatural. But this book is different. The description is very specific. I can imagine clearly well the city of weep, the citadel, each characters, the ghosts, etc. Moreover, the overall plot of the story is very interesting ❤️. Isn’t it our dream to feel a real dream? Although looks unreal but it was real in Weep.
What I don’t like about this book:
- Although I said the plot was interesting but it was a bit slow. I thought it was only in the beginning but it took almost 80% of the book to reach the climax. I guess it is because of the detail description of each chapter. Laini portrait a place too deep that can make a long paragraphs for it. But then I remember the first book of A Court of Thorns and Roses. To me it ha the same slow-paced plot in the beginning, but then the tense came out after reading around 60%. The rest 40% in ACoTaR hit well with a very tensing chapters. As for Strange the Dreamer the rest 20% was not climax enough even left hanging that made the reader had to wait to the second book.
- Since this book is poetically well-written, I got bored here and there because I need to slowly read to understand. Okey this is my problem not the book. I said before that I hate poem. It took me some times to understand a hard and long sentence. I am a bit slow thinker with hard sentences 😁, sometimes I feel sleepy.
- I love blue, but I didn’t like the blue characters inside this book. It doesn’t mean I do not love Sarai and her friend. Since they were the children of god, they were definitely very good looking. But I don’t know. Every time I read Sarai part I remember Mystique from X-Men with her blue skin, and I didn’t like appearance. It was hard for me to imagine a blue and godly face of Sarai and her friends. More over for Lazlo Strange himself, I didn’t feel how “godly” his overall look was although he turned out half-human half-god.
~ Conclusion ~
Those likes and dislikes above that made me those 3.5 stars out of what the community hype and what it mostly gave. As the conclusions:
- I will not re-read this book. I don’t like its slow pace. Once is enough.
- Although like that, I am curious of the sequel. I will definitely buy the sequel until it reaches the end.
- I also do not want to unhaul this book. Definitely will collect this one (since also it is a hardback version).
- In consideration to buy future works of this book’s author. If the community star rating is 4 and above maybe I will buy and read it (well yeah, currently I only buy a four-stars rating books to eliminate high piles).
All and all, this is my honest opinion only. Every person may have a different perception and taste. Maybe you have different opinions. If you would like to share feel free to leave your comment below. 🙂