Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1), by Laini Taylor 

Hello! Hope everybody is happy and healthy. I read Strange the Dreamer via Libby on my Kobo. Strange the Dreamer was published in 2017 by Little, Brown Books. It sits at around 544 pages (the hardcover does, at least).  

The protagonist of this story is Lazlo Strange, an orphan-turned-librarian. Since he was little, he’s been fascinated by a city, long lost in the desert, known only as Weep. He spends his days researching the city and daydreaming at the library, until an opportunity comes along which allows him to go to the city. 

9/10 stars

This book is without a doubt one of my favourite books I’ve ever read. I placed a hold for it on the Libby app based on booktuber Daryan Reads video (it’s from January but I’m obviously extremely behind on booktube because I didn’t end up watching it until July) which you can watch here. Not only is Lazlo Strange like my new top favourite fictional guy, but this is definitely one of my favourite worlds I’ve ever read about. The world building is sublime, the world building is beautiful, and the characters are all immediate favourites. I am eagerly awaiting getting the second book! If you like soft, whimsical, romantic books with good characters and wonderful world building, I highly recommend this book.

(To read my review with spoilers, please keep reading)

I didn’t give it a full 10 out of 10 stars, because although I absolutely adored this book, a full 10 out of 10 stars is reserved for a select few books. That being said, I truly don’t have anything negative to say about this book so it might as well be 10/10. The mysterious blue gods with their extravagant home above Weep and their fancy powers and fancy stone and Lazlo Strange were my favourite parts, of course. The love story between Lazlo and Sarai, one of the children of the gods, is extremely romantic and I loved it very much. I was extremely upset at the ending, but I’m hoping the next book will make me feel better. Really, all I have to say is this book is wonderful and you should read it. 

Started reading: October 21, 2020

Finished reading: October 27, 2020

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