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Spectacle by Rachel Vincent

Posted May 26, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of one or more of the following: sexual abuse, violence against women/children, drug use, trigger issues such as rape or simulated rape.
Spectacle by Rachel VincentSpctacle by Rachel Vincent
Series: Menagerie #2
Published by Mira on May 30, 2017
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars

When their coup of Metzger's Menagerie is discovered, Delilah and her fellow cryptids find their newly won freedom brutally stripped away as they are sold into The Savage Spectacle, a private collection of "exotic wildlife." Specializing in ruthless cryptid cage matches, safari-style creature hunts and living party favors, the Spectacle's owner, Willem Vandekamp, caters to the forbidden fetishes of the wealthy and powerful. At the Spectacle, any wish can be granted—for the right price.

But Vandekamp's closely guarded client list isn't the only secret being kept at the Spectacle. Beneath the beauty and brutality of life in the collection lie much darker truths, and no one is more determined than Delilah to strip the masks from the human monsters and drag all dark things into the light.

           

 

I listened to Menagerie on audio last year and loved it. It gutted me. I became very attached to the characters and the world. So I definitely wanted to read more. Once I had it, it was hard to start reading, knowing the emotional toll it would take. The paranormal creatures of the Menagerie had broken free but it was clear their lives would not be easy and they would be captured again.

Maybe since I knew the world and parameters, this wasn’t as difficult as expected. It was still heart wrenching. This shows clearly discrimination and what amounts to slavery of sentient beings. The story gives us insight into the feelings, relationships, plans, hopes and dreams of those so caged. The new environment has technology which makes things even worse. In the private collection, they can be made to perform, rented out for private purposes, hunted or made to battle each other.

Delilah, as before, works to give them all freedom and a life. Her education allows her to make more knowledgeable efforts. She tries to make it so no one suffers or dies. But Delilah is being controlled and used, too. Things build throughout and finally come to a head, leaving me wanting the next book to find out the next phase of the journey for them in the Menagerie series.

About Rachel Vincent

Rachel Vincent is the author of more than twenty books in several different series, for adults and for young adults. All of her books are currently available in the US, Canada, and the UK. Select books are also being published in Australia, Turkey, Norway, Sweden, Finland, India, France, Hungary, and Italy, Brazil, Germany, Vietnam, Thailand, and Spain.

Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy–but social media is a close second. She loves books, TV, video games, movies, cats, and the serial comma. She is fairly fanatical about grammar and has been known to send critiques to CNN along with screenshots of poorly edited articles. (That’s not even a joke.)

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