Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.”

Strange the Dreamer is a fantasy duology novel that follows Lazlo, a junior librarian and orphan who’s obsessed with the lost city of Weep. He is a dreamer. A boy who spends years researching about this lost city. This book is surrounded by Lazlo’s epic adventures as he ventures out to find the mysteries of Weep and finding the blue goddess who appears in his dreams.

Strange is the word that could describe this book. It is unique compared to other young adult fantasy books I’ve read. It reminds me of mythology because it deals with epic heroes which was are godspawn. They have this individual strength and power that makes them unique.

The world building and character development is incredible. Her prose like writing style makes this book even more magical. I was hooked with her words and sentences written in the pages. I finished this for 2 days. The only this I’ve noticed is that, the first few chapters are not that compelling. But when you get to 20% you’ll be hooked!

I was too focused on the fantasy aspect of this book that I found the romance an okay read for me. The characters are beautiful and unique. Apparently the romance aspect is not that compelling unlike other YA books. It was slow-paced and a bit lacking. I’m hoping it will change by the second book.

Laini Taylor is well-known for her dark fantasy books and I’ve set high expectations for this one. Considering a lot of Youtubers have been raving about this. I’ve read A Daughter of Smoke and Bones before but sadly, it’s not my cup of tea. Luckily, I found Strange the Dreamer on sale for 99 pesos. No regrets, I love this book! I’ve noticed with the reviews, It’s either you’ll love it or you’ll hate it (DNF). I’m glad it satisfied my longing for a good fantasy read. 

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