This book captured me like a dream catcher would with a dream.
Sorry for my terrible puns or whatever that is up there BUT I DO NOT KNOW WHAT DO WITH MY LIFE. Where do I start? What are words? This book sucked all the life out of me. I can’t even breathe. Everything is a blur. Honestly, I don’t know WHAT this book did to me, but It did something fabulous or wretched. BLAME THE BOOK.
I will mark spoilers by writing VIEW SPOILER. You click on that and it should show you the spoiler. OBVIOUSLY DON’T CLICK ON IT if you haven’t read the book. Only if you have. *glares* Click on the cover to get to Goodreads!
AUTHOR: LAINI TAYLOR
RATING: 5 STARS
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 or lose his dream forever.
Maybe I’m ridden with awe and love, but the!!! writing!!! style!!!! I DROWNED IN IT’S BEAUTY. It was like quicksand. The more I read, the more I got lost between the words and pages.It’s not just BEAUTIFUL – it’s downright GORGEOUS.
The characters were so real, so fleshed out. Even the characters you hate, you secretly love.
Lazlo was and is my life: he’s so precious and AWESOME because he bumps into walls whilst reading and his nose is crooked because a fairy tale book fell on him. I NEED A SPIN OFF BOOK ABOUT HIS CROOKED NOSE. I WILL DIE FOR THIS PRECIOUS GEM AND HE IS RELATABLE AND DORKY AND ALL THE APPRECIATION PLEASE. Seriously there should be a Lazlo Strange Day dedicated to him. Look at his name? I am jealous. I LOVE HIM WITH ALL MY HEART.
Sarai was…*sigh* Well, where do I start? While I instantly fell in love with Lazlo, Sarai was a character you grew with, she stole your soul away PIECE BY PIECE. She was complex and beautiful, and so was all the other Godspawn.
SPARROW –> My heart goes out to her, the poor little MARSHMALLOW
Feral –> He’s so calm and oblivious and SUCH A SMOL LITTLE BEAN I WANT TO HUG HIM.
Ruby ->I FELT her, but she was too…I don’t know? She just left a bad taste in my mouth even though she was super cool and misunderstood.
Minya –> She’s evil and twisted but in the most rubbish and worst way. I LIVE FOR EVIL but not Minya’s kind? I sympathise with her A TINY BIT but she’s so annoying and stubborn
The story takes its own turns. The pace varies from quite fast paced, to lingering in Lazlo’s dreams for countless chapters. The time of this world becomes yours and I just LOVED it.
The plot is also so fleshed out. I never found myself bored, the two main stories intertwined, and It was beautiful to watch everything play out.
I liked the God spawns story A LOT AND IT MESSED WITH MY BRAIN (this going into someone else dream and sleeping and then dreaming inside the dream) but in a whole new way. I like that there’s mystery, romance and an actual plot all going on at the same time, and it’s all so perfectly balanced!
The ending has your heart aching and it’s SO HEART-BREAKING
- INSTA_LOVE I will say no more (though I ship it)
- THERE WERE INFO DUMPS near the beginning. Not cool. The beginning CONFUSED MY SOUL and it felt TOO FANTASY-ISH. Like there were LOADS OF NAMES and stuff and i was just a confused bean?
- WHEN’S THE NEXT BOOK COMING OUT? No, but seriously? Is there a release date?
I had my problems, but I loved it. Let me just die at the perfection and marvel at its beauty. I want to own this book on my shelf. Never have I read a book so live and zealous – a book so free, filled with imagination, hopes and dreams. Never have I read a book SO FILLED WITH LIFE. I might die to wait for the next book, if not for this book. Recommend it? IS THIS EVEN A QUESTION. OF COURSE, I DO.
And that concludes my first ever review on A Whisper Of Ink.
I actually buddy read this with May @ Forever and Everly which was really fun. It got a little messed up at the end but it was super cool, being the first time I had ever buddy read and well YES. What else to say? A good first impression for buddy reading. And May was so fantastically organised, not to mention this was A BIRTHDAY BUDDY READ, which made it 10X more awesome, right? Now, ice cream anyone because this was long. ICE CREAM.
Do you love books with a good writing style?Strangest dream you remember? Have you loved a character so much you want to die for them? Have you ever buddy read before – how was it and who with? Have you read Strange The Dreamer – THOUGHTS PLEASE.