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(Menagerie #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,910 ratings  ·  291 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
Emily May
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, paranormal-uf, arc
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.
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 lives
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
Thoughts on the Audio
I liked this book just as much the second time around. This book really makes you think about what makes a real monster. Spending time in Delilah's mind as she deals with everything that is happening to her in this new situation was very powerful. Gabra Zackman does a fantastic job with the narration.
Briar's Reviews
Is it possible to rate over five stars? Because I totally would with this book!

Many eons ago, I was OBSESSED with Rachel Vincent's books. I was a high-schooler with a minimum wage job and and money to spend. So, I hoarded books and rammed through most of Ms. Rachel V's bibliography. Soul Screamers, Shifters, Unbound, Menagerie and little old Wildcat topped my reading list! I loved all of them. Then, one day, I went off to school and couldn't afford books that weren't at discount stores so I lost
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
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
Sonja Arlow
3.5 stars

I am sure everyone has heard of the marshmallow test. You know that experiment that tested children’s self-restraint and the ones that could wait for the reward went off to become super adults that are married to Brad Pitt lookalikes, make millions and look like supermodels.

Well I am not one of those people.

When it comes to books, I would eat the proverbial 2nd marshmallow even before the researcher has left the room and demand more in a loud voice. So as soon as I finished Menagerie I
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.
Marta Cox
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
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
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
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
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 ◇ReaderintheRough◇
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
Linda (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 anxie
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
Bambi Unbridled

Spectacle is the second installment of Rachel Vincent's dark fantasy series, Menagerie. This series has been a unique breath of fresh air, and totally different from what I was expecting at the outset of first book. This is a dark fantasy series, with some horror elements thrown in, so don't go into this series expecting a warm fuzzy read. It's gritty and shows the worst of human nature at times. But it's sure to draw you in and hold your interest whether you are reading in print, or listening b
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
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.
S.J. Higbee
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vincent delivers yet another engrossing slice of Delilah's dark adventure - and again, I can't get away from the disturbing parallel of all those who are being trafficked in our current society as I read this one. Highly recommended for fans of dark fantasy and paranormal adventure... ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book 2 in the Menagerie series. This falls into the Fantasy genre with some Paranormal thrown in. I really enjoyed this one. I think it was what I needed today. Plus, the audio narrator did a fantastic job. That is always appreciated.

I loved the first book in this series, and this one was almost as good as the first one. What I love the most are two things. One is that there is depth to her stories with some interesting twists. The other is the world building. She gives up creatures of all kind
After Delilah and her cryptid friends finally managed to take back their freedom at the end of Menagerie I honestly expected Spectacle to be about them travelling the country and rescuing other cryptids along the way so the direction this story took really surprised me. They do manage to run Metzger's Menagerie for a couple of months but then they're captured by Willem Vandekamp, owner of The Savage Spectacle. No matter how brutal and humiliating the Menagerie was the Savage Spectacle somehow ma ...more
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
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
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
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. ...more
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