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Spectacle (Menagerie #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,253 Ratings  ·  225 Reviews
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 Spec
ebook, 400 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by MIRA
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Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
i am giving this four stars because of how much fun i had reading it. the objective critic in me acknowledges that the book has weaknesses, but she is easily drowned out by the WOO HOO FUN part of me (who is also drowning out the spiteful hurt feelings part of me with tiny shaking fist and outrage, peeping “one star only! for spurning me!!”)

objective critic is going to take over the review for a bit because WOO HOO FUN part isn’t a particularly cogent reviewer.

so, this picks up a bit after the
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
So, I didn't love this one as much as the first book. As a matter of fact the first book was my first favorite book of 2016. You can see my crazy review here --> MY BOOK ONE REVIEW

But, the ending on this one. OMG! I need the next one to see and I hope every thing goes good ♥

I love this whole cryptid world. I love them so much and having books about them is awesome!

Well, in this book you're thinking, well Delilah did it and they are all having a good life. Not a perfect life, but their own li
Emily May
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal-uf, arc, 2017
My thoughts were a storm of escape plans and revenge plots

I really enjoyed the first book in this series - Menagerie - but with Spectacle, I can't shake the feeling that I've just read the same book twice.

To be honest, I felt like Menagerie could have been wrapped up as a standalone. The story arc follows Delilah Marlow's journey from discovering she is a "cryptid" (supernatural creatures who have no human rights and can be sold and kept as property) to her captivity in Metzger's Menagerie. Th
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This book lived up to all of my expectations. That is saying a lot because I really set the bar pretty high for this one. Last year, I picked up the first book in the series, Menagerie, on a whim and completely fell in love with the story. I immediately started counting down the days until I would be able to see what happens next in the life of Delilah and everyone else from Metzger's Menagerie. I had a few guesses about where the st
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
THIS BOOK IS NOT A BAD BOOK. It is well-written and a good story. But it is even more cruel and heartbreaking and awful (in terms of the disgusting things done to the characters) than Menagerie. This book needed a trigger warning. Like, a dozen of them. I don't know how to treat this review because honestly right now I'm shaken by some of the things I read. AUTHORS/PUBLISHERS, PLEASE INCLUDE TRIGGER WARNINGS.

I'm trying to come up with trigger warnings and what even? (view spoiler)
Scott  Hitchcock
If you read book one of this series Menagerie and were on the fence about continuing I would say your faith will be rewarded by doing so. Book one was a round up to a 3* and this one a round down to a 4*.

Where book one seemed contrived and lacked pacing of any kind this book was dark and had consequences. The difference in settings, a traveling circus vs a hybrid lab, prison, arena, sex club and hunting safari had a lot to do with this.

I often struggle with urban fantasy but this was easy to r
Talk about devastating, after being free for a short time the cryptids find themselves captive once again and even though it might seem the care and circumstances are more humane, when they scratch the surface of their confinement its much worse.

Not for the faint of heart reader.

Talk about out of the frying pan and right into the fire! You thought things where bad in the Menagerie, Delilah's and her fellow cryptids' situation just went from bad to way worse. Oh, the perceived civility is all th
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

Delilah and the other cryptids of Metzger’s Menagerie are recaptured after their all too brief taste of freedom at the end of the last book. Originally, I’d thought that Rachel Vincent was going to take a completely different route in this sequel, but instead SPECTACLE showed us that not all cages have bars. The writing in this series is as exquisite as the horrors are abhorrent, and it’s this unlikely combination that makes the story so enthralling.

On the outside, the S
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This series has been spellbinding from the very first chapter. From a menagerie of beasts and exotic creatures for all and everyone to gawk at. To a private collection, locked away and controlled by a mastermind. Delilah’s journey was far from over.

After their coup, Delilah and the rest of the survivors of Metzger’s Menagerie had barely time to enjoy their freedom, when it was taken again.

At The Savage Spectacle, survival was more important than ever before. Not being able to talk, move, or thin
3.5 stars. I enjoyed the first book so much but this one kind of let me down, I wish it would have had a bit of a different plot than being abused in custody. About 3/4 of the way through the story got better but it was a little to late to warrant a better rating. The characters were still interesting and inventive. If there is a next in the series I hope the plot changes.
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

Spectacle is the second installment in author Rachel Vincent's Menagerie series. The story picks up (3) months after Delilah Marlow and the rest of the cryptids from Metzger's Menagerie freed themselves via a nearly bloodless coup. Remember I said nearly bloodless. It really doesn't take all that long for things to go sideways. Especially when Willem Vandekamp and his Savage Spectacle (SS) sycophants show up show up at Metzge
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
I’m not sure how I feel about this book. First Delilah acts a dense as day old bread. Everything out of her mouth is a clear mistake. Thus at the end I’m hard pressed to believe when she actually makes good thought out decisions. As Book flaws go, this isn’t the worst offender in this installment. Delilah, in one sound decision early in the book, does not let them know her one weakness is that she cannot avenge herself. Though many times she’s has open conversations knowing they are being monito ...more
Marta Cox
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
Having being totally enamoured by the first book Menagerie I couldn't wait to get my hands on this follow up. I note the synopsis gives away the fact that Delilah and the Crpytids don't quite make their burst to freedom that we all hoped for and sadly end up being captured again . This new incarceration sees them split up and at the not so tender mercies of a man who uses them as a way to test his technology and a means to an end. There's a lot of money to be made utilising Crpytids and it's a b ...more
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews
Spectacle was a dark, yet beautiful story. Where the cryptids were taken from relative freedom to a prison more horrible than even their worst nightmares could conjure.

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Spectacle was even darker than Menagerie, because Delilah and her companions had managed to live for a while in relative freedom only to be caught by someone far worse than Metzger. At first, Gallagher is taken to a human prison, but this only makes Delilah's anxiety
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it

The problem with liking a firts book in a series SO MUCH as I liked "Menagerie" is that the following ones are going to have it tough being as loved. And this is what happened with this one. After much deliveration I decided to give it a rating of 3'5 ★. Why? See my review.

After the events of the previous book, I kinda expected to see more of the cryptids in a free life. So, when they were held captives again, albeit in a much more adverse and abusive conditions, I somehow felt as if I was r
Hannah ◇Reader in the Rough◇
3.5 stars.

"You can't help people who dont want to be helped."

But the Furiae inside me disagreed.

"It's not that they don't want to be helped. It's that they truly think this is the best life has to offer." If I couldn't help them, why the hell had fate saddled me with the vengeful beast already stirring restlessly inside me? "They just need to see someone stand up to these remote-wielding bastards. Once they know it's possible, they'll fight for themselves. For each other. Humanity doesn't have
Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
After really enjoying Menagerie, I was really excited to read this book. I thought Menagerie was a standout book for me, and I was DYING to read more about this world. While I liked this book, I didn't like it as much as the first book. What bothered me about this book was I felt like I was reading the first book all over again.

This book's main plot dealt with the same things that were presented in the first book: captivity, basic human rights, and the desire to escape. Even though this book ha
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Original Review @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

I must say, this book had my adrenaline pumping! Right from the first page I could feel that it was going to be an action packed read! I was on the edge of my seat as the story built and my jaw kept hitting the floor as twist after twist was thrown in. I'm going to say it, but I think that Spectacle was better than the first book and I am DYING for more.

Delilah and the rest of the Metzger's Menagerie cryptids only experienced their freedom for a little whi
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Вторую я ждала с нетерпением и все же приступила к чтению не сразу, ибо поняла, что еще морально не готова. В итоге не уверена, что в конце концов подготовилась, но больничка-скука-планшет, и вот она я, вновь проливающая слезы над судьбой криптидов.

Эта книга столь же напряженная и душераздирающая, как и первая, но все же часть накала спала - исключительно из-за повтора сюжетного рисунка. Когда герои выгрызают себе свободную жизнь, ждешь каких-то новых витков, новых сражений... а не того, что он
My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at

Where to start with this review?? I guess first, if you haven’t read Menagerie, you need to start with it. This is a series that must be read in order or you will be missing some stuff when you tackle this book. Second, if you haven’t started this series, it is a dark series. There isn’t a lot of laughter or joy in these books. Some pretty horrible things happen to these cryptids (creatures that aren’t human; like wer
Carina Olsen
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second time reading this book, second time having my heart broken. Gosh. This sequel is painful. But so good too. I once more loved it a whole bunch. Still a five star. I love Menagerie a little more, but oh, Spectacle is an amazing read. And I am so thrilled I decided to re-read these before reading the final one.

This series is all kinds of painful to read. Yet I cannot help but love every moment of them. Painful, yet hopeful too. This world that Rachel has created is the worst kind. And it hur
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing just like the first book. So glad to see there is at least a 3rd book planned. Can't wait.
The Bibliophile Babe (Amanda Nola)
4.5 stars!

Wow, that definitely did not go the way I expected. At all. Still, it was completely addictive, vivid, wild and so intense. Vincent is a truly gifted author, and I'm eagerly awaiting the next book.

Also, have to give props to this book! I haven't been able to finish a book in a couple weeks, yet Spectacle was devoured in less than a day.
Mar 09, 2018 marked it as to-read
ok but if she doesn't bang the dude whose like, sole purpose in life is to protect her why am i reading these books
Nancy The book junkie
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.75/5

Review to come!
Last year I was surprised by how much I loved Menagerie. Now I’m surprised by how much I hated book two in this series.

Gone is the magic and mystery. What was a complex relationship between our main character, Delilah, and one of her former captors handlers, Gallagher, has dissolved into a stereotypical co-dependent YA relationship. The storylines of all the great secondary characters from book one are virtually nonexistent in this book. I could go on.

I can hardly believe this book was written b
Laura Basaldua
It was great BUT ..... I expected something different to come considering the ending of Menagerie ... It was still a great story , sad and a heartbreakingly cruel. Hopefully the next book will really be better.
Amy A
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Originally posted at Vampire Book Club

Those in captivity with Metzger’s Menagerie were no strangers to the daily atrocities regular humans could inflict upon cryptids. With Delilah Marlowe’s furiae, basically a being that is the embodiment of Justice, she started the coup that gave the cryptids control of the Menagerie.

But it’s not long before someone finds out their secret and all the cryptids are once again taken hostage, this time by Willem Vandekamp’s Savage Spectacle. The Spectacle makes Me
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
When I spotted Spectacle on NetGalley I knew I had to read it, and I had every intention on picking this up as soon as I finished my then current read, but life got in the way and my time for reading suddenly dwindled away along with my concentration, and the more I tried to read the more I struggled. When I did eventually get around to reading Spectacle I found it hard to pick up. I struggled trying to remember which character was which cryptid and what their ability was.

Spectacle picks up with
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I personally think that Menagerie was a stronger, more coherent read. Spectacle delivers a powerful emotional impact, but the continuity of the plot was compromised and the ending - definitely rushed.

After the coup Delilah finds herself in charge of the menagerie, however the freedom is short-termed, and the cryptids are captured to find themselves in even worse situation than before. The Savage Spectacle exists for the private amusement of the rich, and they live or die by their regard.

Rachel V
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