October 2018

Muse of Nightmares by Laini TaylorMuse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer, #2) by Laini Taylor
on October 2, 2018
Genres: fantasy, young adult
Pages: 528
Format: eBook, ARC
Source: Edelweiss

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Strange the Dreamer (#1): ★★★

Always and forever: the children. Each face was seared into her mind, two versions of them, side by side: alive and terrified next to dead and glassy-eyed, because she had failed to save them.

They were all I could carry.

If Strange the Dreamer was a story about clutching to hope while searching for yourself and a place of belonging, Muse of Nightmares is about trauma: attempts to bury it, the horrible fear and rage and emotional damage it causes, and the slow and difficult process of healing from it. Yeah, it’s also about magical young blue people and colonialism and Tizerkane warriors and a city named Weep which is itself traumatized from brutal oppression. But as I said, to me, while the other elements are all vital to it, the overarching story is ultimately about trauma and healing.

♦ Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by thatartsyreadergirl! ♦

Hi, folks!

I missed last week’s T10T, and unfortunately, it was due to the death of my grandma, my mother’s mother who us grandkids called Nanny. She lived for 90 years, and I count myself as lucky to have shared 26 of those years with her. She had been in ill health for a long time and told us she was “ready to go,” but saying goodbye was still hard. The funeral service, while beautiful, was emotionally and mentally exhausting. I’ve tried to keep blogging, reading, and reviewing somewhat normally, but I also felt that it was best for me to take what small breaks I could so that I could reserve mental space for myself to remember her and be there for my family.

Okay, that was heavy. How about I talk about some stuff that brings me joy? The week’s post is about some authors I’d love to meet and why. Some of them I would never be able to meet in real life, as they’ve already passed away. This list is much more of a “Top Ten Authors I’d Wish to Meet in A Cozy Cafe Contained In a Strange Rift Within the Space-Time Continuum” than a realistic list of authors I would physically go to a meet and greet for (though plenty of them are alive in meatspace and do author events). Let’s get to listing!