This was the book in the April Mark The Page book box, but I also got a copy for Easter from my mum. Oops! Oh well, it did mean it was already near the top of my TBR when I got the book, so here is the first Book Box Book I have actually finished, though my March book is next. I posted the picture below on my Instagram Easter Sunday, which has the book, Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor, with most of the chocolate I got for Easter (gosh I love those little chocolate eggs!). I took this picture in a hurry because my two little brothers were on the hunt for my stash and there is no way I was sharing, but I love how it turned out. Okay enough about the picture Amy, these people want to know what you thought of the book.
Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Age Classification: Young Adult
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release: March 28, 2017
So what did I think of this beautiful looking book? Well, it includes five stages; getting started, boredom, intrigue, excitement, and heartbreak.
The first part, and sort of also part two, was not overly exciting, but it was all necessary for the second half to make sense. We learn a lot about Lazlo Strange; he seems to be the most decent character in the story but has experienced a few rather odd things in his life, including the loss of Weep’s true name. Thyon Nero is a nasty son of a well-off family. Yes, I wanted to say something else but it is not really appropriate. Anyway, because of his high social status, he is considered the golden boy. Actually, there is another reason for that, but you can read the book to find out. So, yeah, he is top dog and treats Lazlo like scum, which is horrible because Lazlo does nothing but help the sod. Bleh, Thyon bad.
Part two is where we get to know the blue-skinned goddess mentioned on the back cover. This is actually rather interesting and well thought out, though I did think here that a specific blue-skinned girl would become a problem. Oh, and you know that gorgeous gold moth on the cover? That starts to get explained here too and I think it is fascinating. Seriously, Laini knows how to make interestingly complex characters and how to mix that with a somewhat complex backstory all in a fantasy world. Go Laini! We also start to get to know some of the other key characters in this story during part two, as well as some not so key characters, though more so in part three.
Speaking of part three, this was where it started to get exciting, a little bit more active so to speak. This is where I feel the story really began to move forward and where I began to really like the book. Gosh, trying to keep this spoiler-free is hard. Basically, here is where the conflict of the book really comes out to play and the characters begin to show their true colours, and I mean true colours in more ways than one. Yep, that was a teaser; I will let those who have not yet read it wonder what I am on about while those who have can smirk and nod at my little double-entendre.
Part four is where the book really gets down to business and it is like BAM! One shocker after another; some I sort of saw coming but not entirely, others were so out of the blue it was like a smack in the face with a wet fish. The biggest shock came at the end, and this is where my heartbreak occurred. I totally saw it coming but I had been crossing every part of me that could be crossed hoping it would not. Well, every part except my eyes; I can go cross-eyed but that would have made reading difficult.
And as if my aching heart was not enough, this book shattered it with the worst words a book could ever have; ‘to be continued’. I have mixed emotions. Yes, we get another book, and yes, the story gets to continue, but no, I do not know if my tender little heart will survive the wait for book two. It is books like this one that has me believing that reading is a form of self-inflicted torture that us bibliophiles willing go back for more of.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Overall, this book was a slow starter but turned out to be a great story, one I cannot wait to continue. Over on Goodreads, this lovely book got 4 stars from me because it was a great book, especially the ending, it just lacked a little something in the first two parts for my liking. I think this book would be good for fans of fantasy and maybe mythology, so if you are into those topics, I recommend you give this book a read.
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Until next time bibliophiles!