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Strange the Dreamer
Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
A breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor Strange the Dreamer is the story of: the aftermath of a war between gods and men.a mysterious city stripped of its name.a mythic hero with blood on his hands.a young librarian with a singular dream.a girl every bit as dangerous as she is in danger.alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage. Welcome to Weep.
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PageShifter
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Lazlo is so adorable, I really loved this Strange the Dreamer 😃 Every characters were nicely fleshed out and felt alive.

This was beautiful, pure, mysterious and intriguing read. I loved the atmosphere and setting.

Story went forward super smoothly and things were revealed slowly. Pacing was faster at the end but didn't feel too slow even before that part. This managed to surprise me, and I really loved the last twist.

#SeriesLove23

Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 2mo
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PageShifter

“I admit, I prefer an open mind to a closed one.”

dabbe 🧡🎃🧡 2mo
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PageShifter

“The spirit grows sluggish when you neglect the passions.”

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Gryffleclaw95
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“Good people do all the things bad people do, Lazlo. It‘s just that when they do them, they call it justice.”

- Sarai

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Gryffleclaw95
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Laini Taylor gave us an absolute gift when she wrote “Strange the Dreamer”. Her storytelling is lush with incredible world building and the plot is captivating with unique and flawed characters that will steal your heart. There are heavy themes of good vs. evil, however each side is morally gray with its own broken past. I still feel like the romance was a bit too insta-love for me, but the connection that Laini wrote was beautiful.

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RaeLovesToRead
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Strange the Dreamer booksleeve!!!

@Branwen

Meshell1313 Sooo pretty!! 😍😍😍😍 5mo
Branwen OMG! 😍 IT'S ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! 📚💕📚💕📚 5mo
julesG 😍😍😍😍 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @Meshell1313 @Branwen @julesG I love it. It came with a banner too (I think from daughter of smoke & bone)... I love ebay 🥰 5mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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This super-fluffy Strange the Dreamer blanket deserves its own post. Probably my fave bookish item from a crate yet 💙💕💙💕💙💕💙💕

julesG Wow! I cannot show this to my daughter. 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @julesG If you're quick, I think they are still available from the Illumicrate website. The box is "From Beyond Death" ? 5mo
julesG Don't! Just don't tempt me. The credit card is still hot to touch from today's overuse. 5mo
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RaeLovesToRead @julesG I am such a bad influence 😅 Apologies. However, if you need advice on LOOT... you know where to find me 🕵🏼‍♀️😇 5mo
Meshell1313 Love that series and love this blanket! 😍😍😍 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @Meshell1313 it's so fluffy, but the weather is so warm that I can't snuggle in it yet 😅 5mo
Branwen One of my favorite YA duologies ever! 🥰 That blanket is absolutely gorgeous! 5mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs
Thanks for tagging me! 💕 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @The_Penniless_Author

1) I would gift younger Rae some fantasy with a good romance! The tagged, or maybe Priory.

2) The Bad Doctor by Ian Williams. It gives a really good idea of what rural general practice is like, & depicts OCD well too.

3) Robin Hobb!!!! (Although I'm sure I'd be so starstruck that I'd just mumble something incoherent and then scuttle off 🤣)

TrishB I‘ve met Robin (more than once!) I have pretended to speak like a normal to her too ❤️ 6mo
RaeLovesToRead @TrishB Oh I am so jealous!!! I need to find out where I can _stalk_ *cough* I mean VISIT her. She is amazing. 6mo
Eggs 🌸🩷🌺 6mo
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Liatrek
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❤️❤️❤️

5feet.of.fury So pretty! 9mo
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Liatrek
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Sigh 😍😍😍 just me swooning over these gorgeous editions from owlcrate 📚📚📚

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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Forgot to post yesterday, it‘s been a busy weekend 😬

#Explosion 🧨💥💛🧡❤️ #InQuotes “🗣️💕”

#BookNerd 🤓📚💙

Eggs Beautiful 🤩 💫 9mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👍🏻🎆 ⭐️ 9mo
Eggs 💫🧡✨ 9mo
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Susanita You win! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
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Lizpixie
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Some more recent #BookMail is these gorgeous editions of Strange The Dreamer & it‘s sequel Muse Of Nightmares from OwlCrate. With not just gorgeous dust jackets but also embossing on the hardcovers themselves. They came with two wooden bookmarks of Lazlo & Sarai with quotes on the other side. The tagged book comes with a signature plus a bound in letter from the author. They also have sprayed edges and a reversible dust jacket which aren‘t shown.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💙 10mo
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Weisubei
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😍🤩🥳

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Booksblanketsandahotbeverage
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My weekend is booked! I have Monday off for the holiday and I‘m taking Friday off because, why not?

Current plans: I want to make a dent in Strange the Dreamer and She Who Rides the Storm. The other books are just for fun.

Strategy: I have the StD audiobook queued up from Libby in case I want to take a knitting break.

There must be a #readathon somewhere around here, right?

TheSpineView Enjoy your long weekend! 11mo
ravenlee @Andrew65 hosts the #JoyousJanuary readathon starting on Saturday! 11mo
Andrew65 Be great to have you with us. 😁 (edited) 11mo
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reading_rainbow
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My best reads of 2022 ⭐️🥂✨💛
Happy New Years Litsy

Booksblanketsandahotbeverage I need to read the Strange the Dreamer duology this year ❤️ 11mo
reading_rainbow @BookHoarder32 I hope you get around to them, I thought they were fantastic! I actually liked them more then Smoke & Bone 11mo
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Liatrek
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I can‘t believe I let this amazing book sit on my shelf for three years! I loved everything about the characters, story and world building. Eril-Fane and Azareen story was so heartbreaking. Lazlo is one of my new favorite MC. The ending had me in tears. I can‘t wait to start the next book.

KathyWheeler My husband got me this book and it‘s sequel when they came out because I said I wanted them. I haven‘t read them yet. It‘s probably time to change that. 11mo
wanderinglynn Ooh, I just got this set. I might need to make it the first read of 2023. 11mo
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Liatrek
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I might already be in love with this book and I‘m only on page 21 ❤️❤️ If I ever setup up a dating profile it might have to say Looking for a Romantic Troglodyte 😂

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ItsAnotherJen
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Easily the best book I've read this year. That ENDING! Oh my goodness!
I can't give it 5 stars because of how long it took me to get into it. Still a 4.5 star rating because wow. The most amazing reading experience I've had in a long time..it more than made up for how long it took me to get used to such a complicated world.
I neeeeed to know what happens. I might put off getting the next book. So many things not working out in this storyline. 😱

KathyWheeler My husband got me this book for Christmas when it first came out because I said I wanted it. I really need to read it. 1y
ItsAnotherJen @KathyWheeler It's so worth reading! Just have patience. It took me much longer than I thought it would to really get into it. 1y
KathyWheeler Thanks for the heads up. I‘m going to read it this year. 1y
BookBelle84 The second book is even better! One of my favourites 1y
ItsAnotherJen @BookBelle84 Since I can't stop thinking about this book, I'll have to read the second one as soon as I can. It has great reviews! 1y
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reading_rainbow
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That ending. I am seething.

Also my first 5 star ⭐️ of 2022! Loved it so much, beautiful story telling as always from Laini, I think I liked this one even more then Smoke & Bone

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reading_rainbow
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Starting this chunky chunkster ✨⭐️

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Eggbeater
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#MarvellousMarch #Readathon
Book2 @Andrew65

The imagery conjured up by this author's world building is fantastic. The characters stick with you because they are complex. It's great for fantasy lovers and romance fans. I recommend the audiobook narrated by Steve West-- it's fantastic!

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2y
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ImperfectCJ
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I have this thing where, if someone recommends a book to me, I tend to avoid reading it. I think this is because I'm afraid I won't like it and then the other person's attempt to connect through literature will fall flat and disappointment will be had all around. My elder child has been wanting me to read this one for ages, and I dragged my feet as usual. But once I finally read it, I quite enjoyed it, despite its being a bit "damsel-in-distress."

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ImperfectCJ
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Audiowalking to the tagged book on this strangely summery (and achingly arid) winter day.

Christine This weather today in San Diego caught me by surprise! 2y
ImperfectCJ @Christine Me, too! I mean, I saw it in the forecast, but it's been so chilly, I didn't really believe it would be shorts weather. I don't remember so many Santa Anas in the winter...is this from La Niña, do you think? 2y
sprainedbrain That book is narrated by one of my favorite narrators. ❤️ 2y
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Christine I don‘t know re: cause! So warm and dry already this morning. My already-revving-up allergies are in overdrive now! 🤧 2y
ImperfectCJ @Christine Tell me about it. Eyes, nose, throat, sinuses...my mucous membranes are not amused by this weather! 2y
Christine Ugh! Solidarity. 2y
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RaeLovesToRead
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#two4tuesday @TheSpineView

1. To all those secret admirers out there who can't decide what gifts to shower me with... Waterstones vouchers will do nicely 😉😉😉

2. This is a tricky one, because every time I get invested in a love story SOMEONE ALWAYS DIES!!!! I've gone through about 6 or 7 in my head and none of them end well 😬😬

I'll tag the last book that made my mushy heart soar... I prefer romance when it's not the only plot point 💙

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 💜📚📘 2y
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lumbricuslibri
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... and that's beautiful.

#strangethedreamer #lainitaylor

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lumbricuslibri
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Like I'm a beautiful book you're about to open and plunder with your greedy mad eyes.

#strangethedreamer #lainitaylor

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lumbricuslibri
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What's a horizon? Is it like the end of an aisle of books?

#strangethedreamer #lainitaylor

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lumbricuslibri
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First book of the month!

#strangethedreamer #lainitaylor

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Nutmegnc
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These are the books I talk about and recommend most. Thanks for the tag @Kenyazero and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for the prompt!!

Nutmegnc @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m loving the posts from this prompt! 👏🎉😍 (edited) 2y
Kenyazero Good picks! The soul of an octopus sounds interesting 😮 2y
Nutmegnc @Kenyazero it‘s a pretty quick read, but the implications are deep. 2y
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Nessavamusic
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My #September pick for #12Booksin2021

I know I‘m very late to the game on this one but it is a wow of a book!

charl08 Yes, loved this one. Makes me smile just seeing the cover. 2y
Andrew65 Not read this yet. 2y
Nessavamusic @Andrew65 it‘s a beautiful duology! 2y
thelastmabelcorn So good😭 2y
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Ast_Arslan
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Eggs Nicely done ✅ 2y
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RaeLovesToRead
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Aaaand back to being positive! 😁💕

Next in my #12booksof2021 is May's choice Strange the Dreamer. This isn't my usual sort of fantasy novel. Usually, I like my fantasy to be gritty and excessively long-winded and about a million pages long. This was sweet and whimsical and romance-driven.

I absolutely loved it 💖💖💖

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Branwen
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At the library last night we asked the teens to take pictures of some of the books and authors they are thankful for! I had to join in, of course, and this is the one I chose! I love Laini Taylor, and especially her Strange the Dreamer duology! What are some books you're thankful for? 💕📚

TrishB I have these on the pile- maybe I need to read! 2y
RaeLovesToRead I also really loved this duology! The books I am grateful for are all of Agatha Christie's mysteries and the adaptations they inspired (still buzzing after seeing David Suchet in the flesh! 😅😅) Also all of the fantasy series that I am yet to finish but that I know are going to blow my mind 😊 2y
Branwen @TrishB Yes! You totally should! They're soooo good! 😁📚💕 @RaeLovesToRead Good choices! Omg, don't you just love being in the middle of a book and knowing it's going to blow your mind?! I love that feeling! 2y
RaeLovesToRead Yes!! The feeling I got when I finished Assassin's Quest and realised there were MORE FITZ BOOKS to come 😍😍... I'm going to read the Liveships first, but it's awesome knowing I have more Fitz & the Fool to look forward to 😄 2y
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BookBelle84
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For 2022 after seeing everyone else's lists, I want to try some of the reading challenges. I've never really planned out my reading year before but I thought it might be an interesting goal. I'll probably try the #pop22 and then either the #booked2022 , #bookedreadingchallenge or #52booksin52weeks. My added goal is going to be to see if I can do most of the prompts with my existing tbr on my shelves. Excited to make my lists! #bookshelves

Texreader I‘m looking forward to planning my 2022 reading list too! 2y
KristiAhlers I LOVE everything about this picture! 2y
Twainy Bookshelf envy 🖤 2y
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“The library knows its own mind,” old Master Hyrrokkin told him, leading him back up the secret stairs. “When it steals a boy, we let it keep him.“

#QuotsyOCT21 day 31: loot

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TiffanyMichele
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Mehso-so

This was an amazing book at the beginning but the further along we went the lower my rating became. Overall I read this book in a matter of hours, fell in love with Lazlo, and got super duper upset to where the sequel was heading off too. I won‘t be continuing this series 😝

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JillsBookshelf
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September reading wrap up! This was a month of highs and lows. I had a five star rating and a one star rating all in one month.

Books read: 📖 📖 📖 📖
Average rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5

#wrapup #readingwrapup #september #ya #fantasy #romance #fivestars

Kenyazero Looks like a good month! Of these, I've only read Strange the Dreamer, but it was such a fun read that I feel justified in feeling like your other books were probably fun too ;) (other than the one star 😆) (edited) 2y
JillsBookshelf @Kenyazero I‘m so glad you think so! I hope your reading month was just as good 😄 2y
Kenyazero @JillsBookshelf Thanks! It wasn't Strange the Dreamer good, but I still had a good time. 2y
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Nessavamusic
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1. Teaching band again after over a year absence due to Covid.
2. Tagged was just beautiful.
3. Just mentioned this in a previous post today, Lothaire from the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole.
4. Beautiful Fall weather!
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs #1 how lovely 🎶👍🏼🥰 2y
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Nessavamusic
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Wow, this book is just beautiful and heartbreaking and I look forward to book 2 in the duology very much. A truly original fairy tale. 5⭐️ This is my #doublespin pick and another #bookspinbingo

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Nessavamusic
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Today‘s #LittensDressedinBlood prompt:
Strange Magic

I‘m reading this right now and it fit perfectly. Enjoying it so far! Beautiful prose.

MidnightBookGirl Love this book! 2y
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Nessavamusic
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“On the second Sabbath of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.”

#firstlinefridays
I‘ve just started this book, going to dive in this weekend.

BookishBelle It‘s so good! A five star read for me! 2y
behudd Love this duology!! 2y
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ImperfectCJ
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Thank you so much for the lovely #fffs package, @Hazel2019 It's perfect! Can't wait to snuggle under the soooo soft blanket and immerse myself in the books while sipping some coffee and munching on smokehouse almonds (which I have hidden from my family...I might share them eventually, but I want first dibs!). @Avanders #FallingForFallSwap

Hazel2019 Hope you enjoy! 🍁 2y
TheLudicReader The Marrow Thieves is excellent 2y
catiewithac We have matching blankets!!! It‘s so comfy!! 2y
ImperfectCJ @catiewithac It is! Now to wait until SoCal gets the memo that it's autumn... 2y
Avanders I love that blanket! 😍🍁🍂🧡 2y
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JillsBookshelf
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I am speechless. This book was absolutely incredible from start to end. The characters were enticing, the plot was so unique, and the writing was absolutely gorgeous! ❤️

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

#fivestars #fantasy #romance #ya #yafantasy #strangethedreamer #lainitaylor

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Lizpixie
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#LittensDressedInBlood #Day9 #Creep I‘ve interpreted this prompt from the lines “I‘m a weirdo, what the hell am I doing here? I don‘t belong here” Lazlo Strange definitely fits that, as a librarian obsessed with the city of Weep, abandoned as a baby & raised in an orphanage, he sets out to find Weep & its mysteries because he feels like he doesn‘t belong. Absolutely loved this duology & highly recommend it🙌

Nutmegnc One of my most favorite books ever!! 2y
MidnightBookGirl This is such an amazing book! The audio is fantastic too! 2y
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Ast_Arslan
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@Eggs
#ConflictedWorlds

Day 29 - #Nightmares

If you're having a bad dream, it's Sarai's fault 🦋

Eggs Beautiful 🦋📚👏🏻 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💙 2y
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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I loved The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and so was looking forward to this. It did not disappoint! The plot was complex and I didn‘t see the twists and turns coming; it comes together in a realistic (for this world) way. The characters are likable and well-developed. The fates of the characters we hate are a little fluffy at the end, but this is YA.🤷‍♀️ Events in the book do have gritty realism. The writing is beautifully lyrical!! ❤️

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alecia3dixie
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The only negative I can say about this book was it could have been shortened immensely. It could have been shortened and not taken away from the story, and I think make it better because it would have been more fast paced. But over all I really did enjoy the story, it gave me Avatar feels. 3.7/5