Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I went into this book completely blind, so trust me when I say I utterly blown away by Taylor’s endless imagination and skill in creating a uniquely unexpected masterpiece that is filled with intricate descriptions and beautiful characterisation. This book was refreshingly unlike anything I’ve read before, the limitless scope of Taylor’s world and perfect strangeness of her characters makes this such a memorable and enchanting read that left me eager for more. Admittedly at times Taylor’s heavily detailed writing was a challenge to get through but it was worth it for that ending! Lazlo’s childlike optimism and desire to explore the world was adorable and was an attitude that I also shared when reading as Taylor’s world is one full of mysteries and unanswered questions. Again Sarai was such a heartbreakingly wonderful character who I couldn’t help but love as she searches for an escape from the claustrophobic isolation she’s been forced to endure. This was my first Laini Taylor read, and I’m sure it certainly won’t be the last.
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
I have a confession to make, I didn’t love this book as much as everyone else and I don’t know why? Taylor successfully crafts a beautifully unique world filled with wonderfully developed characters but for me there was something missing, but I can’t say what. Weird, right? Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable and captivating read that picks up right after the shocking events of book one, throwing us gracefully back into the magical and dark world of Weep. The fleeting moments between Lazlo and Sarai are small, precious and so lovely that they make my little heart flutter and I can’t praise Taylor enough for her well-paced and delicate development of all of her characters and storyline. I hated Mine throughout the first book, and slowly but surly my opinion of her began to change as we delved into her subconscious past, proving once again to never judge a book by its cover. Everything is handled with such care and intricate thought and it is clear that Taylor’s imagination is limitless.