Genre: Fantasy

Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

Posted May 26, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 1 Comment

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

Menagerie by Rachel VincentMenagerie by Rachel Vincent
Series: Menagerie #1
Narrator: Gabra Zackman
Published by Recorded Books on September 29, 2015
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hours and 57 minutes
Source: Publisher
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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 in her black swan burlesque costume 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.


WHY did I wait so long to listen to Menagerie?!?!

I love how Vincent took creatures from all kinds of folklore like Greek mythology (centaur, satyrs, sirens, etc), fairy lore from Ireland (changelings), Islamic mythology (ifirt/jinn) and some fantastic mixing of other supernaturals (werewolf, phoenix, chimera). All these non-humans are called cryptids. Which is actually a real term.

Menagerie is about a girl Delilah, who finds out the hard way that she is not a human after an incident where she defends a little girl. The little girl just happens to be a werewolf. In Vincent’s world these creatures are monsters and have no rights. Humans fear them because of the Reaping that happened in the 1980s.

Vincent has out did herself with her extraordinarily world building in Menageries. She took all the legendary mythologies from around the world and set them on their ears. Fans of Anne Bishops The Others series will revel in this series with similar lines drawn between humans and creatures.

Gabra Zackman delivers a stunning performance. In favor of reading the second novel, Spectacle from my Netgalley account I preordered the audio instead. I can’t wait to dig into Delilah’s story for more details, twists and turns. I have my ticket for the next show in the Menagerie series, do you?!


About Gabra Zackman

Gabra Zackman is a New York based actress, writer, and audiobook narrator. She is the author of The Bod Squad series published by Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Books starting in April 2015.

As an actress, Gabra has been seen in classics, new plays, and everything in between. She has been on TV in “Law and Order”, “Law and Order: SVU” and “All My Children” and in the film “Law Abiding Citizen”.

The foundation of Gabra’s work is her ten plus years of employment in the audio book industry, having recorded over 300 audio books to date.

Gabra is known for her versatility as an artist, and is currently working equally in three artistic fields. She loves how the crafts of acting, writing and narration all inform and influence each other. She feels profoundly lucky to get to tell stories in so many different ways.

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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Overall: five-stars

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