In this riveting sequel 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 cr...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
I'm trying to come up with trigger warnings and what even? (view spoiler)[Rape? Acts wit ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
Gone is the magic and mystery. What was a complex relationship between our main character, Delilah, and one of her former
I can hardly believe this book was written b ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
A resident of Oklahoma, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with ...more