Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Release Day Review: Spectacle (Menagerie, #2) by Rachel Vincent

Title: Spectacle (Menagerie, #2) 
Author: Rachel Vincent 
Publisher: MIRA 
Published: May 30th, 2017 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 
Summary: In this riveting sequel to New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's acclaimed novel Menagerie, Delilah Marlow will discover that there is no crueler cage than the confines of the human mind…

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 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. 


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  1. I have got to get going on this series! You know I love me some Rachel Vincent and this series just sounds so so wonderful. Great review Wifey cakes!

    1. You're absolutely going to love it! I have no doubt. Can't wait to discuss these books with you *smoosh*

  2. I'm so glad I saw this review! I was really curious about Menagerie and now Spectacle is out and I'm doubly curious. But I had heard it's very dark too... so I'm torn a bit. I don't mind a little dark but I saw a review yesterday for this that said it was kinda disturbing at points. Still I'm leaning towards giving them a try... the premise has me so interested. I like the sound of the characters and the effect they had on you tells me she is doing something really great w/ the characters. Thanks for a great spoiler- free review!

    1. I really hope you will give these books a chance, Greg! Everyone has different boundaries, and this is definitely an adult book; but yes, there are things that are unsettling and heart-breaking, but there are also beautiful and empowering moments, as well. And the characters are absolutely fantastic! Thank you :)

  3. I think I've told you that I own the first book, "Menagerie". To be honest, I'm a bit scared of reading it.... The publisher sent it to me, just out of the blue! Can you believe it? Lol. Well, I guess I should get to it sometime this year....lol.

    I don't have the time right now to write a proper comment on your review, but will DEFINITELY come back later today to do so!! I'm getting ready to go to work now. My "work day" starts at 3:30 PM, and ends at 9:30 PM! Thankfully, this is only Monday to Thursday! YAAAAAAAY!!!! Three-day weekends EVERY week!!!! Lol. :) :) :)

    So.....I'll be back!! (As Arnold loves to say!) SUPER SMOOOOOSHY TACKLE HUGS!!!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

    1. I remember that! I'm looking forward to the rest of your comment, Arnold ;) Lol you are so adorable. I'm really glad that you have had a shorter week this week -- and goodness yes to three-day weekends every week! *SUPER SMOOSHY TACKLE HUGS* <3 <3 <3

  4. I have been so curious about this one, but I am still chicken about the dark stuff. I just don't know if my heart can handle it.

    1. There is so much about this book that I know you would love; and based on books we have in common that have a dark side, I believe you will enjoy this series. However, I know you're just beginning to get back into books with heavier subject matters so timing is everything, and a bit longer of a wait might be wise. *hugs*

  5. Well, to start off, I LOVE those covers!! The copy of "Menagerie" I own (the one unexpectedly sent to me by this publisher) does not have such an AWESOME cover. I LOVE how well this one matches with the cover of the sequel, "Spectacle"! :) :) :)

    BRAVO on actually writing a spoiler-free review!! You've managed to pique my curiosity without giving ANYTHING away!! I must admit to feeling some apprehension, though, by your comments regarding how the events in this novel made you feel. However, I'm also getting this nagging feeling that I HAVE to read these two novels!

    Thanks for your well-expressed thoughts!! I always enjoy reading your reviews, as well s Mckenzie's, and this one has been no exception!!


    1. I have the original cover as well, and I absolutely adore it -- but of course it doesn't match Spectacle, so I'm probably going to get the newer cover of Menagerie because, well... I have a problem, clearly. Lol.

      Aww, thank you so much, Maria! I try hard to not spoil anything; it makes for a shorter review because it's extra tricky when you're reviewing a sequel. When you do get around to this series, I can't wait to hear your thoughts :) Thank you so much for those sweet words, and Mckenzie thanks you, too. It means so much to us <3 Love you, sweet friend! *TACKLE HUGS*

  6. I love both of these covers. This sounds like an amazing book/series. Thanks for sharing your review. You made me want to start these asap. Thanks for keeping the review spoiler free! :)


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