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Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

“The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around” – and this much is true for Lazlo Strange, a junior librarian obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, a fallen world whose very name disappeared from the world, the city along with it. Filled with dreams and monsters, gods and magic, Laini Taylor’s new fantasy is just as fairy-tale-esque as it sounds.

I was hooked from the start. Lazlo Strange is a sweet and likable protagonist who I enjoyed following. He suffers a bit from Laini Taylor’s typical protagonist blandness (they’re all just so nice!), but really it was the plot I was there for. Intriguing from page one, Laini Taylor presents us with so many fantastic ideas and interesting questions to be answered, all written with a prose so purple I should have hated it, but when it’s Laini Taylor I just lap it up.

“There were two mysteries, actually: one old, one new. The old one opened his mind, but it was the new one that climbed inside, turned several circles, and settled in with a grunt – like a satisfied dragon in a cosy new lair. And there it would remain – the mystery, in his mind – exhaling enigma for years to come.”

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Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Review: The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon


Prequel to The Bone Season, this e-novella is a perfect introduction to the series if you haven’t experienced it yet. It’s a future world in which clairvoyants of various sorts are hunted and terminated by the government, spirits are used in combat, and mysterious forces from another world intervene at will. Continue reading

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Review: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

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**If you haven’t read The Bone Season or The Mime Order, beware of spoilers!**

The Song Rising, I am very sad to say, has given me serious doubts about how much I’m going to enjoy the rest of this seven book series. The first book had me proclaiming it was my favourite series since Harry Potter, the second disappointed but left me optimistic for the third, and…now…honestly, I’m worried. Continue reading

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