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 LIKE ALL THE UNIVERSES dancing around in my brain. It’s like ice cream melting and becoming a sea of flavours. It’s not just BEAUTIFUL – it’s downright GORGEOUS.
The beginning may have just been a normal average case, but this book didn’t just steal my heart away, it stole every feeling I have and made them dance around and party.
I don’t know If I’ve made it clear enough.
This. book. was. perfection. It. Was. Beautiful.
I can’t even with this book. It’s magical and fantastical and JUST BRIMMING WITH EVERY COLOUR ON THE RAINBOW. I can’t even…begin to describe.
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 and ugh…please.
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. THE STORY GOT ME, I GOT THE STORY. The plot was so much more than a plot, it was a being of its own, complex and twisted and DETAILED.
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’m not confused, I AM JUST IN AWE of the concepts. 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 plot twists? Laini Taylor hinted at them purposely for you WHILE YOU SAT IN DESPAIR!?
VIEW SPOILER BY CLICKING THIS
BASICALLY, Lazlo becomes all special and he is Gospawn which I basically knew from the beginning and like he takes forever to find out while I’m just like LAZLO HURRY UP. And then we already know Sarai is going to die from the preface or whatever but we don’t know for sure and basically, it was so sad.
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. It’s more than a fantasy book, it’s A FREAKING WONDERFUL BOOK. Let me just die at the perfection and marvel at its beauty. I want to own this book on my shelf. You know how they say good things come in small packages, this book WAS ONE BIG PACKAGE.
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. Honestly, I’m so scared to post reviews because apparently everybody ‘skips’ over these posts so my poor little STATS (which I just realised are pretty cool) I don’t even check my stats that often, it’s more that no-one visits my blog and then no…comments and ALL THE EFFORT. Because this review was draining.
But hey…my comments shouldn’t be too bad because you guys wanted this. SEE PROOF
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.