It's time for another Reading Challenge!
This month I chose~
8. A book with non humans (can be paranormal or a book with dogs or cats or animals part of the plot line)
From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent comes a richly imagined, provocative new series set in the dark mythology of the Menagerie…
When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger's Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she's forced to "perform" in town after town.
But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other "attractions"—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she'll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.
Renowned author Rachel Vincent weaves an intoxicating blend of carnival magic and startling humanity in this intricately woven and powerful tale.
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MY TWO CENTS~
ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Many many many thanks~
Review has very light spoilers, I don't give anything away per se...
Do not start this book unless you have the time to finish it! In fact, why don't you pre-order it now and plan your sick/vacation day.
Can you tell how much I loved this book?
There's quite a it going on in this kick off series novel. Once in the past,(in the USA) supernatural creatures lived among "humans" and all was good. Until an event occurred that changed it all, stripping the "non-humans" of everything and forcing them to live in (basically prison)camps, or be send to testing facilities, or sold into carnivals, private collectors and the like.
Told mainly from the 1st person point of view of Delilah, the novel also has 3rd person views from other characters, and news paragraphs from the past that shed some insight into current day of the book. This style really works here and moves the novel along at a great pace.
Menagerie is both dark and yet light. Wonderfully and richly imagined. The supernatural characters, which include werewolves, minotaurs and centaurs just to name a few, are well described and developed in such a smart way that I want to know more about them. Two of them- Claudio and Eryx have stories begging to be explored more in the future. In fact, Eryx nearly steals the show at the end of the book in a certain scene I found to be very moving...sigh.
There's also more than meets the eye concerning several other of the characters, including Gallagher. Which makes me wonder if he and Delilah will ever take their already pretty magical relationship to another level.
Although I have other questions and found some things went unanswered, Ms. Vincent has created enough mystery to have me hooked. She was smart to leave so much unanswered because the potential is there to continue series on and on. I truly hope book 2(Masquerade) isn't too far behind.
Finally there are some pretty deep lessons here in this book, but I think you're best off learning them for yourself.
Much love for this book.
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Ann@Romancing the Readers
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