My Thoughts on Strange the Dreamer

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Title: Strange the Dreamer

Author: Laini Taylor

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Blurb:

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 to 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?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

– From Goodreads

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My Thoughts

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)

Rating: 5/5 stars!

Laini Taylor is one of my favourite authors. I loved Daughter of Smoke And Bone, and Lips Touch (which you have to read, if you haven’t). And I knew I was going to love this, but Strange the Dreamer exceeded my expectations. Like, I knew it was going to be amazing, but it was that and more. It’s the kind of book that feeds your soul.

Reasons you should definitely read Strange the Dreamer:

  • The Beautiful Writing:

Laini Taylor’s prose is really pretty, and one of the best lyrical writing I’ve read. It hooks you from the first line. I kept rereading entire paragraphs because it was just so beautiful.

  • The World-Building

Strange the Dreamer is only about 500 pages, but Laini Taylor builds such an intricate world, and blends Science-Fiction and Fantasy seamlessly. You’re given just enough information to know what’s happening, so there’s this big air of mystery and you desperately want to know more. And it’s a talent-keeping your reader dying to know more.

  • The Characters

Strange the Dreamer had a LOT of characters and I loved how each character was given enough backstory and development (My favourite was Lazlo Strange, he’s so precious).


Now, even though I LOVED Strange the Dreamer, I did have problems:

  • The Romance

I had the same problem with Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the love story in both the books was a bit rushed. The romance between Lazlo and Sarai was actually really(really) cute and adorable for a few chapters. After that, I felt it was a bit too fast. But again, this was not a big issue for me, just this tiny nit-picky thing.

  • The Last Part

I had issues with the last few chapters, especially with the pacing. For the most part, the book is pretty slow-paced, right? And I loved it. Weep’s mystery and other details of this world was described extensively. But everything felt rushed towards the end.


However, Strange the Dreamer was one of the best books I’ve read this year. It was AMAZING and you should definitely pick it up, if you haven’t already!

5 stars


My Favourite Lines

“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.” 

“Without his books, his room felt like a body with its hearts cut out.”

“The library knows its own mind… When it steals a boy, we let it keep him.”

“The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around”

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

“Beautiful and full of monsters?”

“All the best stories are.” 


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Have you read Strange the Dreamer? Did you like it? Do you plan to read it? Have you read any other Laini Taylor books? Tell me in the comments!

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My Thoughts on Catwoman: Soulstealer

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Title: Catwoman: Soulstealer

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Blurb:

When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .
Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.

-From Goodreads

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My Thoughts

Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons, #3)

Disclaimer: I haven’t read any of the comics, so I have absolutely no idea how accurate Catwoman’s portrayal is.

Rating: 3.5 stars!

I hadn’t actually planned to read Catwoman. I’m not a big Sarah J Mass fan, her Court of Thorns and Roses series was not for me ( but I did love the first 2/3rd of Mist and Fury). A Court of Wings and Ruin was a horrible mess and I didn’t really feel like picking up any of  her other books. But I was curious and my library had it and now we’re here.

Surprisingly, I enjoyed Catwoman. It was not a great book, but it kept me entertained and I ended up loving it anyway. It was nothing extraordinary, felt like a typical action hero book, but I loved it.

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My Thoughts On Along For The Ride

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Title: Along for the Ride

Author: Sarah Dessen

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Blurb: 

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.

– From Goodreads

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My Thoughts

Along for the Ride

Rating: 4/5 stars!

The thing about Sarah Dessen is that her books are so addictive. You basically inhale them.

I read Along for the Ride just after Just Listen, which was strange because I almost never read two contemporaries in a row (unless it’s a series). But that’s what I love about these books: It’s so easy to read and you end up feeling so happy.

Like all Sarah Dessen books (at least the three I’ve read), Along for the Ride is about the protagonists journey towards self discovery (and the friends she makes along the way and blah blah blah).

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My Thoughts on Just Listen

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Title: Just Listen

Author: Sarah Dessen

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

About The Book

Just Listen

Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.

This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

– From Goodreads


My Thoughts

My Rating: 4/5 stars!

My second Sarah Dessen book and I almost loved it as much as I did the first one. The Truth About Forever is one of my favourites and I’ve always wanted to read more from her.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone Reread

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Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: September 2011

About The Book

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

– Summary from Goodreads

My Thoughts

I reread Daughter of Smoke and Bone (henceforth referred to as DOSB) with the lovely @orangutan librarian. It was so fun, mainly because she’s so amazing! (Go give her a follow here).

I first read DoSB 2 year ago. I loved it so much then. I remember being drunk on the lyrical prose. I remember wanting to be like Karou, get my hair dyed blue and eye tattoos on my palms (In fact, I used to draw them on my palms with pen and pretend they had real magic).

For some crazy reason, I didn’t continue with the series.

A few months ago, I was going through my Goodreads list, looking for books to reread. When DoSaB came up, I was shocked to find that I remembered nothing! NOTHING! I didn’t even remember the character’s names! Appalling, I know!

I love rereads because I feel I’m able to relax and enjoy the books more. I’m not rushing through it, dying to know what happens.

So I was able to enjoy DoSaB more this time.

My favourite is of course the writing. It’s so, so pretty! Taylor’s world of Angels and Demons is vibrant and alive because of her beautiful prose.

I really want to visit Prague after this (@orangutanlibrarian has and I’m so jealous). I remember this kid from my class got to go to Prague as part of this student exchange program. I was dying from envy lol.

My favourite part was the back story, the flashbacks surprisingly. I enjoyed it more, while the last time it was my least favourite part.

My only problem was that the romance was a bit rushed. I was annoyed and it put me off. But after all the flashbacks and stuff (Madrigal and Akiva’s story), I fell in love with it.

Again, Madrigal and Akiva’s romance is instalove. But the way it is told makes all the difference. Like, you don’t question why the prince needed Cinderella’s shoe to find her. Hadn’t he seen her face? (or am I missing some part of the story?). Taylor’s writing makes Madrigal and Akiva’s story seem like a fairytale.

I LOVED this book so much! I’ll be picking up the rest of the series soon!

My Rating-

5 stars

Quotes

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”

“It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry ‘Monster!’ and looked behind him.”

“Happiness. It was the place where passion, with all its dazzle and drumbeat, met something softer: homecoming and safety and pure sunbeam comfort. It was all those things, intertwined with the heat and the thrill, and it was as bright within her as a swallowed star.”

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Have you read Daughter of Smoke and Bone? What did you think of it? Do you plan to read it?

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