Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: YA Fantasy
Type: Book 1 of 2 from Strange the Dreamer duology
POV: Third Person
Lazlo Strange was an insignificant orphan who dreamed big. He had been enchanted by the mythical city of Weep since he was young. His fascination earned him ridicule and the nickname Strange the Dreamer.
When an opportunity came to prove himself, he took it in a heartbeat. Thus began a new adventure where dream and reality converged and a beautiful stranger named Sarai helping him seeing the world a way he never imagined.
It was a different life out here, but make no mistake: Lazlo was every bit the dreamer he had always been, if not more.
I have to admit, Lazlo did not make a good first impression to me. He was as plain and flavorless as white rice. But once he broke a certain boundary, I can’t help but to root for him. He was kind and gentle, never petty no matter how others treated him.
She hadn’t meant to choose. In her hearts, she had never and could never make that choice.
For years Sarai grew up to stories of her people. Even knowing her purpose in life, she still nurtured her heart and kept herself grounded. I love that juxtaposition of her role.
“But I am godspawn, and you must see that there’s a difference between being alive and having a life.”
When I first started this book, I had hard time keeping up with the characters and places because there were many details. But once I got it down, I was able to truly enjoy the richness of the characters and their world. Even though some aspects of the story was predictable to me, it was highly engaging. I love the dreamy (and some parts even sensual) feel and the ambiguity between good and evil.
Strange the Dreamer is a tale of hope and freedom. It would appeal to readers who enjoy an amply built fantasy.
I love Minya. I even use her as my phone lock screen 😆.
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