Rating: 5 OWLS
WOW! Just WOW WOW WOW!!! Strange the Dreamer is truly a work of art. Laini Taylor is an extraordinary storyteller with outstanding world building skills and an astonishing ability to develop unforgettable characters. I am writing this review a few weeks after I finished reading the book because I was absolutely speechless when I finished and felt that I needed a few weeks to fully digest and process what I had read. I am in awe of the story Laini Taylor wrote and I am still thinking of it. Since finishing it I have gone back and flipped through some of my favorite parts and I have a feeling this will be a re-read for me sometime in the future.
At its core Strange the Dreamer is one of the most beautifully written love stories of all time; it’s a magnificently beautiful love story, but extremely painful at times. Even though the love story is central to the tale it doesn’t take over the story. Rather it is beautifully woven into the main story that focuses around the city of Weep, a mythical city that was cut off from the rest of the world 200 years ago.
The story has two main characters and Laini Taylor managed to develop both equally well. Lazlo, is an orphan turned junior librarian, an expert in fairytales. His obsession is the city of Weep takes him on an awesome adventure. I liked that Lazlo is described as a shy introvert, didn’t possess any fighting skills, and is a dreamer. His strength is his intellect and his compassion.
Sarai, the Godspawn blue haired girl, is struggling with her conflicting emotions. She has every right to hate all humans, but yet she finds it in herself to understand and forgive what was done to her and her kind. Her compassion and pure heart is what drew me in to fully love her.
The world building was so amazing; Taylor created a wonderfully complex world with meticulous details that allowed me to imagine myself in the world she created. I really can’t say anything else about this without spoiling the book, but just know that it completely goes above all expectations you had entering this beautiful masterpiece.
All in all Strange the Dreamer was pretty much perfect. The lyrical writing style that I have come to expect when picking up a book by Laini Taylor still manages to blow my mind. I believe that if someone would give me one of her books without listing her name I would be able to say who wrote the book because I can’t think of anyone else writing quite like her; she is unique in the best way possible.
A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.
After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.
The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister's. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval...the games have only just begun.
Why I Can’t Wait:
Caraval, the first book in this series, was one of my most anticipated and favorite books of 2017. So it would only make sense that Legendary is one of my most anticipated sequels for 2018. Based on the synopsis above, it would seem that the events will follow Scarlett’s sister Donatella as she plays the game. The entire concept for this series is fascinating and I can’t wait to see what Stephanie Garber has in store for us. While the book release is still a few weeks away, there is still time to enter the pre-order campaign on Stephanie Garber’s website.
VICTORY COMES AT A PRICE.
Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all . . . starting with the crown on Maven’s head.
But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolish everything—and everyone—in his path.
War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?
In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power . . . for all will be tested, but not all will survive.
Why I Can’t Wait:
War Storm is the fourth and final book in the Red Queen series. I first read Red Queen when it was originally released and really loved it. Since then however I didn’t get a chance to read the other two books in the series, Glass Sword and King’s Cage even though I own both. Now with the conclusion of the series on the horizon, I picked up Glass Sword and am loving it. Needless to say, I am beyond excited about War Storm. I love being able to marathon series so now I have one week left to catch up. Also, next week I will get the chance to meet Victoria Aveyard in one of her tour stops. YAY!!! Can’t wait to see how this incredible series concludes!
Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.
When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.
A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other.
Why I Can’t Wait:
Furyborn is the first in the Empirium trilogy by author Claire Legrand. I am super curious to see how Rielle and Eliana’s stories are connected; based on the synopsis I would think that we would alternate between the two timelines since Rielle and Eliana are born centuries apart. Furyborn captured my attention last year and I’ve been desperately trying to get an ARC, but never got a chance to. I’ve already pre-ordered this and participated in the preorder campaign (details here).
Hello, Booknerds!!! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books I’d Love to Get Early. This is a great topic since there are quite a few books that I am sooooooo ready to get my hands on and I wish and dream for ARCs of all of these. I am splitting my books between books that had cover reveals and books that did not.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – January 29, 2019
The Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – October 2, 2018
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch – August 7, 2018
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas—August 7, 2018
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera – October 9, 2018
Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco – September 18, 2018
No Covers Yet
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas – October 23, 2018
Wildcard by Marie Lu – September 18, 2018
The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross – February 2019
New YA Novel by Rainbow Rowell – totally unknown book by Rainbow Rowell, but she said that it’s happening, a new YA novel—and basically I will get it no matter what because she is one of my favorite authors.
I am very excited for all of these books, but my most anticipated book from this list would have to be King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo because Nikolai was one of my favorite characters in the Grisha Trilogy, second only to The Darkling, and I’ve been dreaming and wishing for him to get his own story pretty much since I first read the trilogy in 2014. My dreams are finally coming true!!!!
What books are you most looking forward to?