Muse of Nightmares – ARC Review

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Strange the Dreamer, the first installment of this series, was pitched to me by a wonderfully enthusiastic indie bookstore clerk. I’m so thankful for her persuasion, as this is one of the most beautifully written stories I’ve ever read. (yet another reason to shop local- the booksellers always have the best recommendations!)

 

Strange the Dreamer was a bookworm’s dream come true, but Muse of Nightmares was even better.

 

This second installment was captivating from the first page until the last. It was bitter and sweet in all the right ways, with an engaging and unforgettable characters. I was left in such a slump after I finished this book because I honestly count on one hand the books that have had me so enthralled through the entire story. Though it was over 500 pages, I devoured this book in just over 24 hours.

 

I traded a fellow booklover my ARC copy of Four Dead Queens for this ARC, and it was so worth it. If you haven’t read Strange the Dreamer yet, please be sure to check it out before the release of Muse of Nightmares this October!

 

But whether you have read Strange the Dreamer yet or not, here are a few things you  can expect in this second installment of this magical series.

 

 

  • Beautiful romance

 

 

Lazlo and Sarai are two dreamers with hearts of gold. They are loveable by themselves, but together they deliver moments that will leave you in tears. The romance in this book is so well done, as it is not only cute, but heartbreaking and real.

 

 

  • Phenomenal character development

 

 

This book not only introduces new characters to an already phenomenal cast, but it develops characters from the first book you had no idea had more depth to be revealed. It is amazing- one character I very strongly disliked for most of the series became a favorite at the end. Taylor did such a flawless job at making these characters come to life, that you will be left missing them long after the book is over.

 

 

  • An amazing storyline

 

 

A bit unlike the first book, this book follows two storylines that at first seem unclear as to how they relate. This is not confusing, but expertly executed in such a way that it provides much more interest and depth to the story. It will leave you heartbroken, and smiling all at once.

 

 

  • Bittersweet Heartbreak

 

 

This is my favorite thing about this story. The book is both heartbreaking, bitter, and sweet all in one. It isn’t a perfect beginning, middle or end for any of the characters, but that just makes it so much more real. The characters have to go through so much, but some of the hardships only make the magical moments sweeter. It is hard to explain, but this aspect makes the book so much more of an experience.

 

 

  • An ending that will leave you in tears

 

 

I won’t tell you if they are happy or sad tears. You’ll just have to find out for yourself when this book releases on October 2nd. Be sure to pre-order it before then. Pre-orders help authors so much, and Laini Taylor definitely deserves all of our support for all of the amazing work she has put into this series!
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Happy reading, Creatives!

 

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