Blog Tour- Review for Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Welcome to the Strange the Dreamer blog tour! I’m the first stop and I’ll be sharing my attempt at a review. There are some books that seep into your veins and you aren’t the same after reading them- Strange the Dreamer is one of these books. I don’t feel I’m fully adequate to express myself in a review but below is my attempt. But first, let’s take a look at the book and author…

About the Book

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By: Laini Taylor
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary:
A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.

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.

Welcome to Weep.

LINKS: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound

ABOUT LAINI TAYLOR:

Laini Taylor_Author Photo_AliSmith creditLaini Taylor is the New York Times bestselling author of the global sensation the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy: Daughter of Smoke & BoneDays of Blood & Starlight, and Dreams of Gods & Monsters, and the companion e-novella, Night of Cake & Puppets. She is also the author of the Dreamdark books Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the highly acclaimed Lips Touch: Three Times, a National Book Award finalist. Her newest book, Strange the Dreamer, is the first in a stunning new epic duology. Laini lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter Clementine.

LINKS: Website | Twitter

My Review

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I am a long time fan of Laini Taylor’s work and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Strange the Dreamer. It lived up to every single expectation I had for it. Beautifully written, magical and a story that left me breathless. I don’t know how Taylor creates such detailed and exquisite worlds. And her characters! Just wow- Lazlo is real to me now as are all the population of Weep.

We follow Lazlo on his journey from junior librarian to Weep. He’s had a lifelong obsession with Weep and the idea of magic. To watch him realize that dream and get to experience what he’s wanted to for so long was wonderful. He also has such character growth as the story progressed. I loved reading from his view point and seeing this intricate world from his eyes.

The mystery around the city of Weep kept me completely mesmerized. I became just as enamored with it as Lazlo. I needed to know what all had happened in Weep’s past just as he did. The characters we meet in Weep are so well developed and detailed. I love the mix of dreamers, gods and myths in this book. It all ties so beautifully together.

Beyond just how intoxicating the characters and story are the writing itself is something else entirely. I can’t think of any other author that can write like Taylor can. Her words are literally magic. And because of this magical writing this book will cast a spell on you. It’s a long one- with a lot of characters and world building and you’ll want to savor it. Don’t go into this thinking it’ll be a quick read. You’ll want to take your time and really bask in the words and world.

In short- read this book as soon as possible.

Tour Schedule:

Week 1:
3/20: My Friends Are Fiction – Review
3/21: Alexa Loves Reading – Bookish Style Files
3/22: Mundie Moms – Review
3/23: What Sarah Read – Review
3/24: Reading Teen – Review

Week 2:
3/27: No BS Book Reviews – Makeup Collage
3/28: YA Bibliophile – Review
3/29: The Irish Banana Review – Review
3/30: Quite the Novel Idea – Review
3/31: Fiction Fare – Review

 

Giveaway for Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Hi guys! I wanted to give you a chance to win a copy of Dreams of Gods and Monsters or any one book from the trilogy. This is just a random giveaway because I’m that excited about this book. I hope we all love it.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #3)

This giveaway is International. The winner can choose any one book of this series as their prize. Not responsible for lost packages and must be 13 to enter.
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Waiting on Wednesday #21

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are highly anticipating. This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait to-read” selection is: Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)Summary (via Goodreads):
By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

Why Am I Waiting?
Have you read Laini Taylor’s work? Her stories are intricate with exceptional world building and character development. I’ve read everything I’ve found of hers and she is on my ‘must read’ list no matter what she writes.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor releases April 1st 2014 by Little, Brown & Company

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Review

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By: Laini Taylor
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

My rating:
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Laini Taylor is an amazing story teller, she builds up a world so detailed and creative you just don’t want to leave. I first read her series about your not so typical fairies the Dreamdark series (Blackbringer and Silksinger). Then I read her short story book, Lips Touch: Three Times. All just beautifully done. I see her name and I know I’ll be reading it sooner than later no matter what the subject matter is.

Summary (via Goodreads):
Around the world, black handprints 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 grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly 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 one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored 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?

The Story:
The most basic description of this book that I’ve seen is that its about a forbidden love between an angel and a demon, which brings to mind a lot of other series out there. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is not at all like the the vast majority of those. Laini Taylor weaves together a world original and detailed that takes age-old ideas (angels, demons, forbidden love, monsters etc) and makes them fresh and new again. The story has an elaborate mythological feel that will keep you riveted. The story moves at a wonderful pace once past the first few chapters (I got a tad bogged down with the art class scenes). Its a very complex story yet you are not confused as you read. Parts of the overall arc are slowly revealed to you letting you get a grasp of the overall story being developed in small bursts. I guess the best way to describe all of Laini Taylor’s books are that they are multi-leveled. You can tell so much thought and attention was given to small details that strengthen the characters and world.

The Characters:
These characters are so unique and drawn so clear, you rejoice at their triumphs and cry when they fail. Brimstone…lets just talk about how awesome he is. His entire being is just so interesting to me, a monster creature collecting teeth (from all over the world) for his mysterious work. This creature is as close to a father figure as our heroine, Karou has. Here’s her description of him in chapter 5,

Brimstone’s arms and massive torso were the only human parts of him, though the tough flesh that covered them was more hide than skin. His square pectorals were riven with ancient scar tissue, one nipple entirely obliterated by it, and his shoulders and back were etched in more scars: a network of puckered white cross-hatchings. Below the waist he became else-thing. His haunches, covered in faded, off-gold fur, rippled with leonine muscle, but instead of the padded paws of a lion, they tapered to wicked, clawed feet that could have been either raptor or lizard– or perhaps, Karou fancied, dragon.

The inner dialog of Karou is incredibly thoughtful and funny too. Its a treat to be residing in her thoughts and experiences. Laini Taylor creates characters that ‘are’ as they are described to be. You know, you’ve read the books where the love interest is just a list of adjectives but you really never see any of it in him or his actions? Well, Akiva, Karou, Brimstone, all of them are as they are described. Your mind creates such a clear view of who they are its really amazing.

Final Thoughts:
I don’t think you necessarily need to be a fan of books about angels to get intrigued in Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the world is crafted so well. Of course, if you are a fan of that genre (Angelfall by Susan Ee anyone?) you’ll love this too, or at least I do. Oh, and if you are a Twilight fan Stephenie Meyer has recommended the series.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone trailer:

The second in the series Days of Blood and Starlight is also available.

To buy this book:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Favorite Books of 2012

Under the Never Sky is missing from my stack; I originally read it from the library. My very own copy is on its way–Christmas gift to myself.

The year draws to a close and I’m thinking back to all the books I’ve loved this year. Here are five…not in order but these stuck with me the most.

The list could keep going and going because 2012 was a great year in books. Lucky for us 2013 has so much to be excited about…the City of Bones movie (YAY! Can NOT wait), Clockwork Princess, Apollyon (book 4 in the Covenant series), Through the Ever Night and on and on. Never a problem having more and more books on the ‘to read’ list.