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New Review!- Strange the Dreamer


Teen Advisory Board Member Emily Reviews Strange the Dreamer

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor follows Lazlo Strange’s journey to complete his dream: to see the lost city of Weep. Starting at a young age, Lazlo’s fascination with the lost city supported him through his lonely childhood, and continued even after becoming a librarian as an adult. Unfortunately, Weep is located across the world and hasn’t been heard from in centuries. Lazlo is not like the warriors and heroes in his stories; he cannot possibly make the journey on his own. Fortune strikes when Eril Fane, a warrior known as the Godslayer, comes into Lazlo’s town in search of anyone who can help him fix the history that shadows Weep. Little do they know, five of the godspawn, the offspring of the same gods Eril Fane slew, survived and live in the giant seraph that continues to haunt the city. One of them, Sarai, visits Lazlo through his dreams, and the pair eventually develops a relationship. As their relationship blossoms, conflict ensues between the godspawn and the inhabitants of Weep, and secrets begin to surface.

Throughout the book, Laini Taylor maintains her fantastical imagery and magnificent setting. The characters were all intriguing, even when they weren’t always the most likable. Lazlo remains endearing and almost overwhelmingly good throughout the book, and Sarai was such an interesting character to read. While their romance did develop rather quickly, I found myself rooting for the two of them all the same. The conflict between the two sides is realistic, and each side has a valid motive. Although there is a clear good side and bad side, I felt empathetic towards the bad side. However, although the plot sounded really interesting, the pacing was so slow I stayed slightly detached from the story while reading. That being said, I was easily able to read the entire book in one sitting due to the amazing world building and unique cast of characters. All in all, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor has a slower start, but its immersive world and fascinating set of characters more than compensate for its pacing.

-Review written by Emily, Age 14

Did you enjoy Strange the Dreamer too? The sequel, Muse of Nightmares, is available in stores now! 

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Dear Readers,
One of the first questions people ask me when they learn I’m a Children’s Book Buyer is do you really read all of the books you buy? Sadly the answer is NO. It’s impossible but I’m excited to introduce you to a group of people who give me a first look at everything being published each season, our publisher sales reps! I rely on them to help me discover debut gems, identify new trends and tell me what I should put on top of my never ending need to read pile. Each month a publisher rep will share one of their personal favorites with us. Happy Reading!
Shannon
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Senior Children’s Buyer

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The Train to Impossible Places by P. G. Bell

The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell is an exciting middle grade debut that young readers will not be able to put down. Suzy loves physics because there are rules for everything and everything follows the rules. One night Suzy is awoken to strange sounds and she finds tracks going through her house. These are the tracks for The Train to Impossible Places, before Suzy knows it she hops aboard and is now a deputy postmaster. Now Suzy has been introduced to the fuzzics, like Physics but fuzzier. Suzy meets Prince Frederick on her first delivery, transformed into a frog and trapped in a snow globe. One the Run from Lady Crepuscula with Frederick who holds valuable information that could lead to the takeover of The Union of Impossible places. Young readers will love exploring all the Impossible Places with Suzy and with more books coming readers are going to be excited for the next installment. The Train to Impossible Places is available now! 

Publisher's Rep Kelly

About Amanda: I have been in the book industry for 18 years starting in a bookstore at 15 and now with Macmillan for 2 years. In my free time I enjoy traveling, playing on my pool team and training for half marathons.

 

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