Thursday, June 1, 2017

Review: Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

Menagerie (Menagerie, #1)
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Title: Menagerie
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Menagerie #1
Version Reviewed: ARC, eBook
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.

GoodReads Synopsis:
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.
This was one of those books that appealed to me on a crazy level and the entire time that it was being marketed around, I knew that I had to read it. I ended up getting an advanced reader copy of the book, but because of life and other books, it took me forever to get around to it. With the release of Spectacle looming in the horizon (it's now been released) I knew I needed to get on this book and get it read.

As much as the book appealed to me, at the same time, I wasn't sure what to expect from it. After reading the Shifters series years ago, I knew that Rachel Vincent was great at weaving tales of creatures and worlds a little bit different than our own but I was nervous that my expectations wouldn't be met and I would end up being let down.

Menagerie met all of my expectations and then some. This book was absolutely amazing and I couldn't stop reading it. I've been in a sort of reading funk since I had my baby and this was only the second book I've read in almost two months. It definitely held my attention and I couldn't get enough of it. The characters were so interesting and the entire story just continuously made you more and more curious to find out what the heck was going on and who people really were underneath their facades.

The menagerie setting was extremely intriguing and made for a very unique story. I have never read anything similar to Menagerie and I loved that about it. I absolutely cannot wait to read Spectacle and find out what happens next!

Rating: 4 Stars

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