Strange The Dreamer

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

my rating : ★★★☆☆

genre : fantasy

goodreads rating : 4.43

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)


I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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 or 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?

Welcome to Weep. 


Part 1: Atlantis + The Name of The Wind = Strange The Dreamer

Part 2: Introduction of clear love interest

Part 3: meet cute

Everything else: I hate myself, why is this happening?

-Also I just realised the acronym for this book is STD and now I feel weird

-Lazlo is actually a special snowflake


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

Honestly, this started out so strong, I was thinking 4.5 or 5 stars and then bam the romance. No thank you, please leave, this is not what I signed up for.

Strange The Dreamer had the best start to a book that I had read in a long time, it gave me hope as I hadn’t particularly enjoyed the last two books in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series.

I LOVED the first half of this novel, we focused on Lazlo and his librarian life, yes, that’s right, I said librarian! We discover how he learnt about Weed and learn that he’s a bit of a smartie pants – he really reminded me of the dude (Milo??) from the Atlantis films, which is probably why I liked him so much. Unfortunately, however as the novel went on and the more he got infatuated with his love interest I sort of discovered that the dude’s a bit wet. There’s nothing to him – he’s a pile of books without a memorable personality. He made some really dumbass decisions, especially towards the end (in fact, what the hell was he thinking with that ending, uggghhhh).

This book was just over 400, 500 for some people pages. And for the most part I liked Lazlo, but somewhere in that mess of prose and slow pacing I began to lose my respect for him. He went from being this boy who was a tad obsessed with a place no one else believed in, a boy who read until his eyes were dry or he walked into a wall. To being a man who was sick with love for a girl he’d met maybe twice, willing to risk anything for her. Like, I’m sorry, but any reader knows that is never a good idea – we’ve read every possible outcome and there is only ever a very small chance it will ever go well.

“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.”

However, as the story went on we started to drift from Lazlo and his special snowflake brain and were introduced to the love interest, whose name I cannot even remember,

I had quite  few problemswith this book, while the writing was awesome, the plot was as slow as a wet week and the romance was disgustingly instant.

Kiki over on Goodreads said this and I’m inclined to agree with her.: “There was no plot, only a series of situations that were eventually overwhelmed with a mass of cloying, sickly romance.”

Anyway, so what I’m trying to get across is that there isn’t really a plot it’s just a really diabetes-inducing romance. A romance that I just can’t get myself to back up.

“I turned my nightmares into fireflies and caught them in a jar.”

I had high hopes for this novel but I think Laini Taylor’s books just aren’t for me. I’ll miss her stunning writing and intriguing synopses but I won’t miss the formulaic girl meets boy, everything is now irrelevant plots.


  • Totally quotable
  • Fantastic writing, as per usual
  • I really enjoyed Lazlo
  • The romance overpowered the story


I honestly don’t know if I will continue this duology? trilogy?

If I get sent an arc I will of course pick up the next book but I wouldn’t buy it in store. I hope that the second instalment is better than this was but right now, no, I doubt I’ll pick up book 2.


Have you read Strange The Dreamer? What did you think?



10 thoughts on “Strange The Dreamer

  1. Yeah this was a hard read! I think it fascinating that you enjoyed the writing style but not the plotting or characterization. i tolerated the writing for the plotting though that end was just plain stupid, especially Sarai wanting that knowing her sister as well as she does! Great review!

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  2. Wonderfully written review – I definitely agree with you, this book was NOT easy in any measure of the imagination. At times I even found myself having to pause and backtrack to make sure I was following everything. I really liked Lazlo Strange , he was such a relatable character, especially for those of us whose life revolves almost 100% around reading. II’m looking forward to the second, but I read the first quite a while ago that I’m pretty sure some of the nitty gritty details are gone from my memory now – lol.
    Anyway, I look forward to more of your posts in the future… Happy Reading! 🙂

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    1. The writing was amazing, but holy crap I felt myself slowly not caring at all for the plot. I mostly only cared about Lazlo’s arc, but then the love interest happened and I knew I wasn’t going to like it from then on. I certainly had those moments too but I really didn’t care enough for the story to actually go back and re-read sections. The more that I think about it, I honestly think this should have been a standalone, it should’ve ended with the chick dying and Lazlo finding out who he was. It would’ve been longer, but it would’ve been better.
      Thank you, you too! 😍

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  3. The prose is a little hard to get through, but I did learn to love the writing style. It works well, and I thought the world building was wonderful.

    But yes, I feel the same about forced romance… I can’t even call it a sub-plot here, can I? It was full-on, and pushed the main plot to the side? Come on, I was totally enraptured with the characters and how the situation was going down, and then we get a literal overnight romance! I ignored it for the sake of plot to be honest, and I think the characters work so much better without being paired off.

    I wanted more of Tyron, his story and how the situation called for him. I wanted more banter between Lazlo and the other characters in his company. I wanted more about Eril-Fane. I wanted more of Minya’s anger, her family falling apart as they choose their fates.
    Not kissing and stuff the quite frankly grosses me out. Not romance that forms within a chapter and its “true love”. Not half a story built on something as thin as rice paper.

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    1. Exactly, I couldn’t have said it better myself! Everyone said the romance was so beautiful and I just couldn’t get into it. I felt like the author was trying too hard to force me to enjoy them together. I much would’ve preferred to read about the other character interacting with Lazlo, and be learning about them, rather than wasting pages on a love story I don’t believe in.


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