I promise to keep this review completely spoiler-free, not only for this book but for book one, Menagerie, a book that I loved wholeheartedly. You can read my review for that book here.
“To fire and blood.”
Spectacle is an absolutely brilliant follow-up to Menagerie, picking up shortly after where we left off. It was so wonderful to be reunited with the characters that I grew to love and, while I didn’t think it possible, came to love even more during Spectacle. This amazing group of cryptids had already been in a horrible place in Menagerie; but just as my love grew for them in Spectacle, so did the horror they faced. So many things that happened in these pages hurt my heart, but also gave me hope. Delilah is a fantastic, fearless heroine; and I rooted for her and ached for her and her plight. If I was ever given the chance to choose a fictional character to have on my side – it would be Delilah. Gallagher and Eryx continue to steal every scene they are in, and they make my heart soar; but their dilemma also kept me on the edge of my seat with fear for them. Rommily is as cryptic as ever and so oddly fascinating and endearing. Those are the only characters I will mention, as to keep the other characters’ secrets and the plot of book two a mystery. Rachel Vincent is an absolute talent; and though I have loved her writing for years, she continues to surprise and impress me. Her beautiful passages have even more beautiful, deeper meanings.
“People are different just like cryptids are different.
Some are kind, and some are cruel. This isn’t a one-species-fits-all world.”
This book is full of symbolism, and it is so thought-provoking that it lodges in my brain and shelters in my heart. There are no awful cliffhangers in either of the first two books, only promises of more to come. The only thing I can lament about this sequel is that I have to wait a year until the next book. Highly enthralling and utterly captivating, this series is one I cannot recommend enough.
“To vengeance and death. May they all get what they deserve.”
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Quotes used in this review are from an ARC and are subject to change.