Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor deserves the mantle of most hyped books of 2017.

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Synopsis: 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.

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?

Welcome to Weep.

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Review of This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1) by Victoria Schwab

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Synopsis: There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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The Night Circus is a dream that I would hate to wake up from.A must read!

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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—an intense, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Review: The Night Circus is unlike any book I have ever read. The book is about two ancient magicians who have set their protégés against each other in an unusual contest. The venue of the contest is the circus itself. The contestants are unaware of each other, of the rules of the contest or how the victor will be determined.

While reading the book, it was as if I had stepped into their world, as if I was a rêveur myself. Erin Morgenstern has incorporated imagery, a handful of sporadically placed second person point-of-view scenes. She leaves the reader wondering about the circus performers, engages all the five senses beautifully.

The Night Circus leaves you wondering about the circus itself. Is the Circus even real? What does everyone do when the circus is closed? Do the performers even exist in reality or are they a figment of imagination? Are they vulnerable to natural ailments like death, sickness?

“You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque des Rêves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus. You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.”

The secrets are all methodically revealed at the end. Beware, readers of romance genres, this book is a fantasy but has the element of romance. The romance between the two protagonists-Celia and Marco- is slow burning but the writer does justice.

“The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.”

I am confused as to whether I should call Celia and Marco the protagonists of this book because there are thirteen other characters namely:

  1. Tara Burgess
  2. Lanie Burgess
  3. Poppet
  4. Widget
  5. Prospero
  6. Mr. Barris
  7. Isobel
  8. Bailey
  9. Chandresh
  10. Mr. Murray
  11. Friedrick Thiessen
  12. Tante Padva
  13. Tsukiko

Most of these characters have their own chapters told in their point of view. However, the first time you’ll read the book it’ll seem very confusing and overwhelming, almost like the circus itself. When you get to the end of the book, you’ll make sense of all the characters and the plot itself.

My verdict is to read the book and cherish the dreamy writing. It is exemplary. I would advise you to not read The Night Circus with preconceived expectations, this is the only way you’ll be able to get a good grasp of the story. I highly recommend this book and would give it 4 out of 5 stars. Happy reading!

“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”

About Author: Erin Morgenstern is a writer and multimedia artist who describes all her work as “fairy tales in one way or another.” She grew up in Marshfield, Massachusetts and currently lives in Boston.

Note: I bought the vintage edition ,and I want to give credit to some awesome people.

    1. Vania Zouravliov (Cover illustration)
    2. Suzanne Dean(design)

**Publisher: Vintage books

Below are the links if you want to buy the book on Amazon.

                                                       

Dumplin’ is a downer with great writing

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Synopsis:  Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

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Caraval is unlike any carnival I’ve been to …

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber(Hardcover)

Synopsis: Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show. Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father. When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over and her sister disappears forever.

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