Series: Menagerie #1
Published by Harlequin on 2015-10-01
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction, General, Literary, Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Psychological, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thrillers
From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent comes a richly imagined, provocative new series set in the dark mythology of the Menagerie…
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.
Renowned author Rachel Vincent weaves an intoxicating blend of carnival magic and startling humanity in this intricately woven and powerful tale.
I adore Rachel Vincent! I read all her books, the Young Adult ones, but also her Adult series, so I was more than excited when i heard about Menagerie, a new Adult Paranormal Series! And, even though her Adult books are always a little darker I wasn’t prepared by how dark this new series would be…
Imagine being stripped of all your rights, everything that makes you human and then being thrown in a cave, a circus to be displayed like an animal …
In Menagerie we are introduced to a world where there is a deep, cruel mistrust to everything that is paranormal or magical. Something very bad happened in the 80s and ever since paranormals are hunted down and stripped of all their rights.
We get introduced into this world in a very very smart way, by following Delilah who always though she is human. But then, when she visits a menagerie where paranormals are displayed – an incident happens and suddenly everyone (including Delilah) knows that she is indeed not human, but paranormal.
Now, she is stripped of all her rights, her friends are scared and she is sold into the very same Menagerie she visited just a day before. And here, the cruelty just begins.
Put into a cage, treated like an animal with an intense hate and cruelty that will make you tear up!
You can’t imagine the horrors Delilah has to endure after being captured, it’s a horrific scenario with so much cruel abuse that it’s atrocious. She’s beaten, left with no real food and her handler is been told “to brake her in” so that she can perform in front of a crowed.
I have no words what I felt when reading about Delilah’s terrible journey!
But there is hope.. we need hope to survive this story as much as Delilah needs hope to survive!
And hope comes from her fellow caged paranormals, with whom she slowly begins to bond. But more importantly, there is Gallagher – her handler who shows already in the beginning that there is more to him that meets the eye. He is not as cruel as the other ones and treats Delilah differently than the others.
And .. a part of his mystery is revealed towards the end of the story and it was an amazing twist! Something you wouldn’t see coming and just adds the perfect “wohoo” effect to an already outstanding story!
Menagerie by Rachel Vincent is dark, twisted and full of abuse. It introduces us to a horrific world where people (well, paranormals) have no rights and are treated like animals. Delilah is an amazingly strong heroine, which guides us through this world and story. Managerie is without doubt an outstanding novel that you should not miss!!
Have you read Menagerie? Have you read Rachel Vincent other books? Are you excited about it now?
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Menagerie seems so much darker than any of Rachel Vincent’s other books – not a bad thing, but definitely interesting. I’m a bit wary about the abuse aspect but I’m still excited to read it. I’m glad you thought this lived up to your standards! Great review, Danny 🙂
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