Double Review: Warcross & Strange The Dreamer

I’ve read a couple of really good books lately and these are two of them! I’ve read Warcross by Marie Lu together with Ilsen, and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor was actually the first book I started in 2018.


29385546For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.


Warcross was so much fun to read! It’s set in this futuristic world where they use augmented reality and virtual reality in such a fun way. I loved the way that was shown and all the gaming aspects of the world. It was almost entirely built around the Warcross game. There were some minor things that just made me raise an eyebrow, like how the creator of this incredibly complex thing was 13-year-old when he created it and how there were no other applications of this virtual reality and neurolink technology except for Warcross, which seemed a little odd to me. Anyway, that all aside, I really liked the world and the complexity of it, and yet it was not too complex not to grasp.

The characters were great! I loved Emika and the side characters. They were all complex and diverse and had distinct personalities. I loved reading their interactions, which were fun and engaging. I loved how most characters were not simply good or bad, they had skewed morals, weren’t always the kindest people and sometimes did bad things for good reasons. This was one of my favourite things about the book!

I’m giving this book 4,5 stars because it was so intense and fun to read! There were so many plot twists and turns and in the end, I just could no longer put it down! The ending left me wanting more and wanting answers!! I definitely recommend this book!

“Everything’s science fiction until someone makes it science fact”

goodreads – bookdepository


gkflsgdgdfThe 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.


Strange the Dreamer is such a different story from most of what I read. It’s high-fantasy, for one, but it’s also so original. I’ve read The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor, and fell in love with her writing and her originality. Again she has managed to develop this entirely different, beautiful world and story. I don’t want to tell you too much about it, because I think to go into it not knowing it, is the best way to read this book.

A few other things I loved most about this book were the writing style and the characters. From everything in this book, you can see how good Laini Taylor is at her skill. She is such a magnificent writer, her sentences are beautiful, her wording stunning, it’s just such a pleasure to read. There were a lot of characters in this book and there are definitely some I can barely tell apart, but for the most part, they were all very distinct and I loved reading their interactions. The dialogue was so fun and there was so much sass, I loved it!

I’m giving this book 5 stars, despite that it has quite a bit of insta-love. I went into it knowing it was going to happen, because that’s just a very Laini Taylor thing to do haha. Either way, I really loved the way the relationship developed, though it went a bit too fast. Anyway, I would highly recommend this book if you like fantasy, and if you don’t know whether you’re going to like the writing style I suggest trying to read a few pages before getting the book!

“It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming?”


30 thoughts on “Double Review: Warcross & Strange The Dreamer

  1. Loved your review for Warcross! Yea the instalove for Strange the Dreamer surprisingly didn’t bother me but I did think it was so slow in the beginning. But I can’t wait for the next one!

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  2. Ah two books that I really MUST read. I’ve been wanting to read Strange the Dreamer for a LONGGGG time, ever since I decided I want to read something a little different and unique. And I need to read Warcross because I LOVE the Legend series and so I must support Marie Lu. Great review!

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  3. I am really interested in reading both of these, glad to see you’ve enjoyed them. I loved Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, she is such a fantastic writer but I found that that one ALSO had a bit of a insta love going on.

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    1. Haha yeah, I guess insta-love is just a very Laini Taylor thing? I’d be surprised if she wrote a new book/series without insta-love haha
      I don’t really mind it in her books though.

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  4. Lovely reviews, Lia 🙂 I loved Warcross so much, the world building was fascinating and the main character was really great. Unlike some people, I didn’t see the plot twist coming and was shocked haha, but I loved it. Can’t wait to read the sequel! 🙂
    I haven’t read Strange The Dreamer just yet, but I’m planning to. I liked DoSaB, even if I didn’t fall in love with it, I’m curious to read more from the author 🙂

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    1. I didn’t really see it coming either but I did have a few suspicions! I loved the plot twist though, especially how morally grey everyone turned out to be! I hope you love Strange the Dreamer!

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  5. I nomrally HATTTEEE insta-love but Laini Taylor can do no wrong and she made something i hate into something i ship WILDLY. and the ending is CRUEL. absolutely CRUEL. I am practicallY DYING for the next book. Warcross was really good as well, I want more coders in books and EMIKA IS FABULOUS!!

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  6. Although I didn’t like Strange the Dreamer as much as you did I can’t deny the wonderful uniqueness of Laini Taylor’s world. That aspect truly blew me away.

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