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GIVEAWAY-Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini TaylorStrange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)
by Laini Taylor
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Synopsis:

A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around--and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries--including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo's dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

Dreams are crazy things; Most tend to be obscure, unearthly images that leave you baffled upon waking. Or, you know, you simply forget the moment you wake. The star(s) of my dreams tend to be random instances from years ago, drawing upon old relationships that have long since been terminated and I have no desire to rekindle-old friendships where it ended badly, yet you have no clue what you did wrong. I dream about old best friends so much it’s unsettling. I tend to let dead horses lie, so why do these old friends pop in my head so  much? Is that a saying? I probably phrased it wrong. My point is-dreams are odd and they come from your subconscious out of absolutely nowhere…and leave you a bit disturbed after, no matter how realistic they may seem. And then there are those dreams where you are in a totally normal-ish situation, yet in a totally unexpected, ODD, creepy place. Those are my most common dreams-these dreams? I’m more than happy to leave behind.  

But I think dreams more often refer to what you want out of your life, what you wish and pine for-what you work so hard for. And I’ll admit, I’ve had plenty of dreams-Too many to count. But, until recently, they haven’t come to fruition. 

Just last month my biggest dream (after being married to my high school sweetheart) came true-I had a little baby girl and she is literally the light of my life. My husband and I are over the moon. And it’s crazy…because this was my dream-not his. He always agreed to my dream, but he dragged his feet-but come last July, he finally agreed and we were so happy to begin trying…except, you know…we got pregnant literally the first try. 

I was shocked, elated. There are no words for the amount of happiness I felt. But I was equally terrified to tell my husband-after all, it was literally the first attempt and I couldn’t be sure how he’d take the news. Turns out? He was beyond words ecstatic-we stayed up all night talking about it. He guessed it was a girl, I guessed a boy. Wouldn’t you know it, he was right. 

So here we are, 10 months later-and it’s not nearly as terrifying as I had imagined it would be (9 months is a looooong time to fret about being a bad mother). She sleeps through the night, eats great, and is one of the strongest babies ever-she lifted her head right after being born! And she has a beautiful, full head of brown hair. Did I mention that literally all I do is brag about her? Yeah. Well, I imagine that won’t end any time soon! 

My dream came true….but there are so many more now. I think that’s how dreams work. My dreams kept being fulfilled (husband, house…now baby), yet I always want more. Now I dream of our next baby (a sister or brother) and  everything I plan to do for our current baby girl. Nothing will ever be good enough for our girl-and God help the boy(s) that tries to win her heart-Dad will have NO part of that. 

My dreams may not be in line with everyone else’s, nor would I say they are conventional for this day and age where career comes before self…but that’s me and it has always been me-I refuse to change. I have everything I’ve ever dreamed for-and more.

What are your dreams? What do you dream about? Are they odd, crazy, weird….do they make you wonder where in the world they came from? Or, have any of your real life dreams come true? Sound off below in the comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts! 

 

ONCE UPON A DREAM: Keep the nightmares at bay with this dreamy prize pack! (Re-tweet and follow to enter giveaway! here )

One (1) winner receives:

  • copy of Strange the Dreamer
  • sleep-mask and aromatherapy pillow sleep mist
  • and a luna moth enamel pin to watch over your dreams!

Giveaway open to US addresses only.

Prizing and samples provided by Little, Brown & Co.

 

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Hashtag #StrangetheDreamer

 

Check out a sneak peek here:

Read the Prologue on EW

Read Chapter 1 on Mashable

Read an Excerpt on TheNovl

Bonus Content!

Which Godspawn are you? Take the quiz!

Download a variety of quote-art here.

 

About the Author

Laini Taylor is a New York Times bestselling author and a National Book Award finalist. She is the author of the global sensation the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy: Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Days of Blood & Starlight, andDreams of Gods & Monsters, and the companion e-novella, Night of Cake & Puppets. She is also the author of the Dreamdark books Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the highly acclaimed Lips Touch: Three Times. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter Clementine.

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW – Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

BOOK REVIEW – Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1)
by Laini Taylor
Purchase on: AmazoniBooks
Book Depository
Add to: Goodreads

3.5 Odd, not sure why stars

This is such a hard book to review for SO MANY different reasons. On the one hand, we have a fantasy novel. My GR friends and I who chose to buddy read this had, as Tasha said, “our paranormal hats on,” and had no idea we were going to be reading something so…out there. On the other hand, we have a strong romantic sub-plot that becomes, ultimately, the main plot in the last fourth of the story. I, for one, loved the romance aspect. There have been so many romances that have been labeled ‘epic’ recently, that when an actual ‘epic’ love story comes around we don’t know what to do with it. So many people didn’t like the strong romantic turn in the story, whereas I thought it saved the story.

We start with Karou, a chick from Prague who helps her otherworldy friends with weird “errands.” They are her family, but no one around her knows anything of them. This is where that explanation stops for me, because as I said before, there were some things in this story I wasn’t prepared to be reading, and the names of LITERALLY EVERYONE were one of those things. I could hardly pronounce (in my head) half the names presented, let alone the origin of what they were. I like to think I am an intelligent person, so don’t take my pronunciation issues into account with my overall knowledge and intelligence. This was an entirely made up world and the breed of what these things are/were, whatever, hard to decipher. SO. Anyway, this leads to my next point.

The world building was…not my favorite, to say the least. I like stories that are different. I do. Ask any of my closest GR friends, I have read some doozies in the past few months-but on the weirdness scale? This one takes the cake. I just couldn’t immerse myself in the world this author was building or make myself care about Karou..that much. Based on how much this book has been talked about here on GR, I was expecting some pretty amazing story telling and kickass battle scenes, but it was honestly just more of a weird world with a girl doing errands and trying to get to her family in, yes, another world.

Now, I can’t hate on that “other” world too much, because frankly, this other world contained the best part of the story. Oh yes. The best part comes with a name-Akiva. This is where other reviewers rejoiced or parted with the story. I rejoiced. He was the only thing that made this start even close to a 3 star rating. Without this male lead, I would have maybe, maybe given this two stars. Doesn’t say much about the storyline from my perspective, does it? Akiva’s passion, loyalty, and sweetness drew me in from the moment he stepped into the story. Some might cry insta-love, but there is more to it than meets the eye. I have to say I ‘hate’ insta-love normally, but in this instance, there was just something different about it. Also, and everyone can note this, I don’t care if it’s insa-love, forbidden love, unrequited love…if it’s
WELL-WRITTEN
(idc if that’s how you say it or not, it gets my point across) then I will give anything a chance, and I have to say I’m glad I did on this one.

This review is getting long so I’ll wrap it up. The emotions conveyed in this story from, you guessed it, Akiva captivated me. His story was just so HEART-WRENCHING that I couldn’t help but to love him and add some points to the board. And the ending. Wow. Maybe the end didn’t touch others like it touched me, but that last page or two swayed my rating from like a 2.5 to a 3.5. The end was what I wanted to see the whole book, instead, there was a whole lot of nothing. So when we finally get a badass final line/cliffhanger, I was ecstatic. It didn’t truly change the GR rating, but it gained that half star of repect in my eyes, and that means the world to me. To those who like an offbeat story with a difficult or different world to grasp onto, you will love it. Honestly. It was good writing and a decent concept, it just was not a win for me.

Thanks to Tarra and Tasha (my two T’s :P) for buddy reading this with me! When I doubted about finishing I dredged on ONLY because of you both. I would probably not have gotten to my main man Akiva otherwise 🙂

*****

Ok….initial thoughts after finishing: I told myself that the end would define whether I kept my rating at three stars (which it was clear the whole time it was at most three star worthy IMO). There were 3 PAGES left, 3! and I was like “meh, I might rate this 2.5.” And then…and then, the ending. Those last two pages (epilogue not included) literally raised it from a 3 to a 3.5. Seriously. Just those last few measly sentences of this odd, ooodddd book made me like it almost a whole star better. It was such a strong ending-it was what I was waiting for the whole book, honestly.
*review to come tomorrow*

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