Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Published on October 2nd 2018
Darlings, if you haven’t read Strange the Dreamer – turn back now.
Seriously I’m warning you to just go… find another post to read, this one isn’t for you.
At the beginning of this month I purchased Strange the Dreamer … intending to read it BEFORE Laini Taylor made her way to a book signing near me. And then something INCREDIBLE happened:
Muse of Nightmares showed up in my mailbox.
So of course that means I had TWO monster books (no pun intended) to read before October 1st. Seriously, thank you Little Brown Books for Young Readers for sending me an advanced reader copy of this book. With that said, this review is my honest opinion.
Okay so first thing…Strange the Dreamer…that ending. I. Was. Not. Ready. Wait, have I said this before? The first chapter of Muse does not start out with Lazlo and Sarai and for a moment I was worried. I needed it to pick up immediately where Strange had left off. However, Laini Taylor did not disappoint and soon brought the story back around. And after some time, the beginning and the occasionally alternating chapters made complete sense.
So much happened within the pages of this book and sometimes it was hard to really absorb it all. Taylor packs so much into her stories, I feel I could read them a dozen times and still catch something new. The world she built when she introduced Weep (in Strange) and her extremely diverse cast of characters…they just spilled out of the pages of Muse.
Not only do we get more Lazlo and Sarai, we get more Eril-Fane, more Thyon, and more Calixte. We even get introduced to KoraandNova. Muse gives us more history into the seraphim, the godspawn, the mesarthim and so freaking much more. I love the additional time we get with Calixte and Tzara. I love how certain characters grow into new ones. We have new people to love and new people to hate. I say people lightly, some are monsters, some are ghosts and some…might not even really be there.
I could gush on and on about this book but if you’ve read and loved Strange, you will love this even more. I was shipping a couple of characters so hard at the end…can I beg Laini Taylor to make this happen? I won’t give it away, but if you read it…come find me so we can discuss!
As always darlings and until next time,
xx Lena May