Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
My copy came from: I borrowed this book from my local library, and loved the book so much I had to run out and purchase a copy from my local bookstore, Copperfield’s.
Review: I loved this book! So, so, so much. It is my favorite read of the year so far, and is truly unique and beautiful. Strange the Dreamer was the Book of the Month for Hype or Like Friday, and I really wasn’t drawn to this book when I first heard about it. And then I read a couple of glowing, raving reviews from fellow bloggers, and thought I’d give it a chance, but I still was hesitant. And then I read that stunning prologue. WOW! Am I glad that I read this book!
But…this was his story.
He was Strange the dreamer, and this was his dream.
I don’t have all that much to say, as the book deserves to be read with as little knowledge about it going in. Just let the author weave her story around you, and reveal it the way she intended.
There are some extremely dark themes within this story, but it is handled very delicately. As much as I wanted to devour this book, I forced myself to read it slowly, savoring the writing, the world, and the characters. I enjoyed the main character, Lazlo Strange, and also the character Eril-Fane (the Godslayer). I could feel Azareen’s pain, and also Minya’s anger, but my favorite character is the tormented Sarai.
“My darlings, my vipers,” Great Ellen had called them. Well, they were darlings and vipers, all of them. Or, perhaps Minya was all viper and Sparrow was all darling, but the rest of them were just…they were just flesh and spirit and youth and magic and hunger and yes, saliva, all bottled up with nowhere to go. Carnage behind them, carnage ahead, and ghosts everywhere.
There are just a few tiny issues I had with the end of the book: I thought there was a bit too much romance, and it ended in a predictable way, but, oh my word, I NEED BOOK TWO NOW. AAAgghhh. So if cliffhanger endings aren’t your thing, you may want to wait to read this until book two is out. Or at least has a publication date.
Strange the Dreamer is a must-read for those who enjoy fantasy, actually it’s a must read for anyone who enjoys reading anything. This is a book that transcends genre, and I loved it. And please, someone make a gorgeous movie of this book!
He was used to hiding behind books or in the shadows. It was midsummer, midmorning, in the full light of day. There were no books to hide behind, and no shadows—only Lazlo Strange in his worn gray robes, with his nose that had been broken by fairy tales, looking like the hero of no story ever told.
Or. No story yet told.
Bottom Line: Loved it! So far it’s my favorite read of the year and I can’t wait to read this book again! So this month’s Hype or Like Friday choice absolutely gets a LIKE from me!