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#BookReview | Strange the Dreamer 

“He was Strange the dreamer, and this was his dream.”

This book was filled with beautiful writing and beautiful moments. It was imaginative, and the world building was incredible.

However, I have to admit I was not blown away by this book. There were moments when I was bored and contemplated setting it down. It seemed to me that Laini Taylor was so focused on making the writing beautiful, that she forgot to make the story interesting. There were sections of the story that I felt could have been cut out. What most frustrated me though was my dreaded trope: insta-love. This is pet peeve of mine in literature; Sarai (godspawn who lives in Weep) and Lazlo (the Dreamer) meet briefly in a dream, and suddenly, they are declaring their love for each other. I have a hard time taking them seriously when they’ve known one another for all of two seconds. This is not to say I didn’t like the pairing—I did—but I wish it had been more realistic.

I liked the characters of the story, which is what kept me reading. I liked Lazlo and his innocent, kind view of the world. I loved Sarai’s character; she is filled with darkness, and yet she is also filled with goodness. I even liked and felt sympathy for the Godslayer. Every character in the story was well thought out and had a good character arc. I just wish the pacing had been better. Would I read the second book in the series? I don’t know; maybe.

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars


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