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Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  31,397 Ratings  ·  7,391 Reviews
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 pers ...more
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Angela No, it's a new 2 book series.

And for anyone that hasn't read Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy - RUN don't walk. They're among my absolute favorite…more
No, it's a new 2 book series.

And for anyone that hasn't read Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy - RUN don't walk. They're among my absolute favorite books - the kind you miss from the moment of their last sentence until FOREVER!(less)
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I think this is aesthetic, it makes the page look lighter, less dense, more appealing.

Perhaps it also makes reading easier on the eye.(less)

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Have you ever loved a book so much that it completely fills your soul, warms your heart, and heals your broken pieces?

Because that's Strange the Dreamer.

“On the second Sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky. Her skin was blue, her blood was red.”

This is that rare type of book that, while reading, is a constant reminder of why you fell in love with reading in the first place. This book is perfection. This book is a tangible piece of joy. The feeling while readin
Emily May
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was impossible, of course.
But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming?

Oh hell, it was gorgeous perfection.

I've been away for a while because I'm on vacation, but I just had to step back in and review this completely strange, utterly beautiful book. I've been waiting so long for Laini Taylor to steal my heart once more, and Strange the Dreamer does not disappoint.

It's so tempting when reviewing Taylor's books to talk about the writing style and language. Because it's stunning. I do
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Blown. Away.

That was incredible.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Audio re-read was freaking awesome!

Had to get the UK Version & my bookmark from my favorite place on Etsy. Yay!

This book is amazing! That's just all there is to it. ❤ Laini Taylor is amaze balls!

When I got this beautiful book from UPS I about fell over. It is so freaking beautiful. The cover is so shiny and no amount of pictures can do it justice. You just have to see it for yourself.


This book is so full of everything. How do I even review a book that is all over and made me sad and took
Sabaa Tahir
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the DoSaB trilogy, which made me nervous to read STRANGE, because how could anything top DoSaB? Somehow, Laini manages it. Probably because she is really, really talented but also I think she might make blood sacrifices to the muses. STRANGE THE DREAMER is a beautiful, unusual, unexpected story which so many great characters that it's very hard for me to pick a favorite. Worldbuilding is intense and wholly original, but still very readable and organic.

The incredible prose made me want to
Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
*Reread Apr 2017
This time I actually finished it, I listened to the audiobook, and it was better but still lots of unnecessary filler that prevented me from really getting into the story. Really sad I didn't enjoy it more but oh well, I gave it a fair shot!

*DNF Jan 2017
I never, like literally never, DNF books but this is one that I just couldn't do. I was so incredibly confused the whole time I read it. It was so all over the place I couldn't even bring myself to read any further. DNFed @ pg 150
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads, favorites

boy do I feel like someone resurrected me from the dead badly

I wonder if anyone with bulky muscular arms is willing to hug me right now, I want to be compressed back to death because I’ve decided to abandon humanity to become an orb of energy and light instead and just live photogenically until The Muse of Nightmares is out.

“Beautiful and full of monsters?”
“All the best stories are.”

How much money do you think I should invest in the search for immortality for Laini Taylor to keep her as a stor
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
*Full Review Update*

I honestly still don't know what to rate this, so I'm going with 3.5 stars.

Wow, so it took me nearly two months to finish this book. Here's the thing. The writing quite literally slays, and so does the characterization. My struggle was this: Half the time, I was sitting there in awe, thinking 'This is the best book EVER WRITTEN' ahhh. The other half? It felt like wading through mud. Sparkly, very very pretty mud, but mud nonetheless. There would be pages and pages of descrip
C.G. Drews
I TRULY DO NOT HAVE WORDS FOR HOW MUCH BEAUTIFUL PERFECTION THIS BOOK IS. I need more stars to give it omg. I honestly feel like this is the most beautifully written book of ever....the words!??? The marvellous exquisite combination of words just!???? IT SLAYED ME. It's all gods and monsters and librarians and the most lush and gorgeous dream landscapes and I cannnnn't. I just can't with how wholly i loved it. I got to this point reading it and was just like "I never want this book to end thanks ...more
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best YA fantasy! what will happen?

laini taylor is a straight-up godsend. she’s masterful at writing characters you care about, at building worlds down to the dust in the corner of a room, at creating conflicts that are analogous to a reader’s experiences despite being set in imaginary realms populated by creatures not-quite-human, and she’ll rip your heart out with zero regrets.

this book opens with the death of a character you’ve never met, so your
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
“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.”

This quote is basically a short summary of the entire book because “Strange the Dreamer” is indeed a story about something beautiful and full of monsters. Well, actually some might even say it’s a story about “beautiful monsters" and you certainly would be more than just right to put it that way. ;-)

Those beautiful m
Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
mahal-A risk that will yield either tremendous reward or disastrous consequence.

That's really the heart of what every reader desires in a fantasy world, right? Where there is no great risk, there is nothing worth losing, and where there is nothing worth losing, there is nothing worth reading. Perhaps that is the pinnacle of this book's excellence, but it's certainly not it's only great feature. I knew from the moment I dove in that this story would be special; the three pages of prologue were mo
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing

You are in for a treat.

I mean, if you are a Laini Taylor fan and like her elaborate prose and rich worldbuilding and, let's be frank, romances with a whiff of instalove, I don't see how this book can disappoint you. It surely didn't disappoint me.

The story starts with a hungry orphan dreaming of a magic city beyond a vast desert where all kinds of wonders live. And ends... Well, I'll stop here because the biggest pleasure in reading Taylor's books is unspooling a wondrous ya
Hannah Greendale
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

Lazlo Strange, abandoned orphan and bibliophile librarian, has nurtured an interest in fairy tales and legends since he was a boy. His secret passion is studying the language and lore of the lost city of Weep. Lazlo believes he'll never be brave enough to search for the forgotten city, but when a heroic figure known as the Godslayer arrives at his village in search of aid, the opportunity to cross the world
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I liked the first half of the book. The world building was interesting, the magical powers of the children of the dead gods were interesting.... but then the second half was mostly a love story. A YA insta-love story... It ended up reducing my rating.

Overall I think this book is overhyped.
What a spectacular world Laini Taylor has crafted in this book! Every once in awhile I enjoy a paranormal/fantasy type of story, but it definitely isn't my go-to genre. Yet, Laini Taylor has managed to suck me in once again. The beauty of her words and the vivid imagery that she creates never ceases to amaze me.

This book centers on Lazlo Strange, aka "Strange the Dreamer". An orphan, he has never really had a home or felt like he fit in. The closest he's come to a sense of normalcy is during hi
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
***11/19/2017 GET IT HERE ON AUDIBLE DAILY DEAL $5.95 That is a freakin' steal oh my god***

Peculiar. Resplendent. Gripping.

These are just a couple of words that race through my mind when I consider Strange the Dreamer.

Laini Taylor has solidified her spot as one of my favorite authors with this release.

I am unapologetically in love with her style of writing. I am a shameless worshiper of her artistry for willing forth magnificent worlds & characters & scenarios from her pen.

I devour he
Lia Bonnibel  (pidgey)
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All the dreamers
Recommended to Lia Bonnibel by: Marceline
As a boy at the abbey, stories had been Lazlo's only wealth.
He was richer now.
Now he had books.

Those of you who’ve been following my reviews and rant-views for a while, already know that my first experience with Laini Taylor and her Daughter of.. was a complete failure.
I kind of enjoyed the writing, even if I found it a little pompous and confusing, and the plot was not bad either, but my main problems were the characters and their interactions.
I couldn’t be happier to admit that Strange the
MAGIC. It does exist.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All the stars. Never wanted this book to end.
Kaylin (The Hiatus Queen)
5 Stars

“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.”

Overview: Second Read

Upping my rating to a full 5-Stars, because even though this book wasn't perfect it still made me ugly cry--sitting in my car right before the end of my lunch break.

This is a beautifully written story with a unique and engrossing world. Do yourself a favor and go in with as little info

This is one of the most beautiful and creative books I've ever read, and I needed to try to get some of its gorgeous imagery onto paper.


I was extremely skeptical of the hype before reading this—I’d read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and didn’t care for it, and honestly expected this to go the same way. I could not have been more wrong. Strange the Dreamer is a beautiful story, but the word beautiful
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I’m going to try my very best to not kiss-ass to this book lol but you guys my mind is blown, okay?
I will, forever and always, be starstruck whenever I think of this masterpiece of a novel.

The plot has elements of:
awesome character development
political intrigue that heavily applies to our world today
healthy romantic relationship. my babies are so pure, they need to be protected at all costs.
friends and family
and ghosts.

Strange the Dreamer is a book that I believe can be it’s very own ge
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I need more stars.
This book was incredible and heartbreaking and magical and shattering and mystical and ruinous and absolutely everything I've ever wanted in my life.

Laini Taylor has to be one of the most talented writers I've ever read works from. Her ability to capture and create magic is just breath taking. Her characters, her worlds, her language, her story - everything about this book has wrapped itself around my heart and probably won't let go for a very long time.

YouTube Review to com
Simona Bartolotta
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
EDIT 11/05/2017: I'm reposting my review to share with you a funny thing related to this book that has been happening to me these past weeks. I read Strange the Dreamer a month ago, and just before I started it, an (abominably underestimated) Italian singer that I love, Ilaria Porceddu, released a new album. I listened to it over and over again mostly while I was reading Strange the Dreamer, and recently I've realised that whenever I think of this book, the thought comes, always, with its person ...more
What a great book! I had heard good things and it did not disappoint.

Taylor knows how to world build! She took me to a place we have never been, that has its own set of rules, its own history, its own mythology, etc. and in under 100 pages I was comfortable with the reality she had created. Also, while world building, she didn’t spend time stopping the story to set up the world for us. Instead, it was seamlessly integrated with the story so that as we got to know the characters and their actions
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am both needing and DREADING the next book because these feelings will only INTENSIFY.

Man. I LOVED this world and I love these characters so much. OMGGGG
It's been 3 months since I read this book and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since. Someone save me from my pain

HELLO FRIENDS I HAVE RETURNED BECAUSE WHY ISNT THERE MUCH HYPE AROUND SARAI?! I know Lazlo is fucking incredible but like CAN WE TALK ABOUT SARAI?! That chick is so damn cool. She's blue. She has the weirdest and most fascinating abilities and I am damn impressed by her. Can we get more hype around her please because THAT GIRL IS KILLIN IT AND NO ONE SEEMS TO BE APPRECIA
Mar 12, 2017 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, buddy-read
earlier i was feeling anxious and therefore couldn't fall asleep so i randomly picked this book up because i remembered that reading it felt like a magical bedtime story

now it's 3am and my mind's at ease and i feel warm and content and my heart is filled with pure joy??

i guess i'll be rereading the entirety of this book now; a little bit of it every time i can't sleep until i'm so swept up in this weird fantastical world that i won't even have one single bad thought left. i won't even partake in
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Hi! I write fantasy books. My latest is STRANGE THE DREAMER, about a young librarian, a mythic lost city, and the half-human children of murdered gods. Check it out :-) Before that I wrote the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE trilogy, which has been translated into 32 languages. It's about a blue-haired art student raised by monsters, a broken angel, and a war that has raged for 1000 years in another ...more
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“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.”
“It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming.” 311 likes
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