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October 8, 2015

Loved It: Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

Series: Menagerie 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy

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.



What if mythical creatures were real and they're on display in a zoo or a circus? What if their existence meant that millions of children died and/or were taken away from their parents so they can live? What if the person you grew up with, your lover, best friend, or relative is of the otherworldly lot, would you still love them? Or would you condemn them with disgust and hatred? 

This is basically the plot of MENAGERIE, Rachel Vincent's fantasy novel, slightly dystopic, can be metaphorical, extremely captivating. The novel is told in various perspectives from characters inside, outside, and Delilah, the main character who all her life believed she was human up until she visited the MENAGERIE and witnessed the atrocities done to the attractions inside. The experience unleashed her other form and it was pretty gruesome after that. What Delilah exactly is, I'll leave it to you to discover. Just know that you'll be pumping your fist in the air with glee and anticipation.

Born of blood and wrath!

Anomalies aside, what I found utterly disturbing about MENAGERIE is how the others were treated. It's completely horrific and a full demonstration of how man be viciously evil when faced with someone and something they don't understand. I understand the concept of survival, annihilation to save your species or race. But to go beyond that and subject your threats to despicable torture is beyond evil IMO.

Perhaps the most striking quality of MENAGERIE is how human the story is. Juxtaposed with the monstrous creatures is how much better they are than the humans who are holding them captive. The moral of the story being ones form or appearance doesn't dictate ones character. Are you starting to get the metaphor here? MENAGERIE is striking on two counts: as a fantasy it's utterly compelling, you'll be rapt in attention as soon as you crack the book open; at the same time, it feels a lot like a fable, a cautionary tale tailored to remind us that the real monsters are not those who have deformities or proclivities that are not the same as ours. The real monsters are those who fail to respect the existence of others simply because they don't meet the status quo.

Violent, dark, and provoking series debut, MENAGERIE will stir all sorts of feelings from you and I can almost guarantee RVincent will leave you with lingering thoughts long after you've finished the novel.











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71 comments:

  1. The plot intrigued me and your review sold me. This sounds dark and I am putting this on my want to read list on goodreads

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    1. It grabbed me from the get go. Creepy prologue

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  2. Oh great I'm glad you had a good time with the book. I heard so many great thigs about it and I confess that I'm now really curious to discover the story as well!

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    1. I think you will love this very much

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  3. It's funny how not too long ago I had no interest in this book, but every review I read gets me more and more excited for it.

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    1. Download the sample, if the prologue doesn't grab you then feel free to skip it

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  4. I just received a copy of this audio for review. I'm going to start it as soon as I finish White Trash Zombie Gone Wild. I just skimmed your review, but I'm glad to see that you liked it. I keep hearing about how dark it is. This makes me very happy. :-)

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    1. I know you enjoy dark reads so I'm confident you will appreciate this one very much

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  5. Circuses freak me out, so I typically stay away from books and films about them. This sounds like a well-imagined book. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  6. You have me more excited than ever to read this now! On my way to nab my copy!

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  7. Dang. I don't usually spend that much for an ebook so I ordered the print copy! I'll have to wait a few days to get it. LOL

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    1. I feel you. Ebook prices are ridiculous sometimes which is weird since it should cost less production wise right?

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  8. Awe those poor mystical creatures! Every time I visit talk supe you guys make me regret passing up egalleys on Netgalley. I knew I should have requested Menagerie!

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    1. Lol, I feel like that everytime I visit y'all's blogs

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  9. I need to read this one. The blurb had me really intrigued but your review made it a must read :D

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  10. This one looks intriguing. I'm always looking for a dark read.

    Simply Angela

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  11. SOLD! I'm a fan of her shifter series but this one I've been on the fence about. After reading your review I've changed my mind. This sounds AMAZING! I had no idea it would be so dark.

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    1. I have to check out her shifter books... I think you'll appreciate this one. I know you can read dark stuff

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  12. I don't always like Vincent's books but this one sounds perfect for me!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. This might be the book that turns you into a fan

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  13. So glad you loved this, I really want to read it as well so it is nice to see so many positive reviews for it.

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    1. I'm always in the mood for dark reads, this don't disappoint

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  14. I don't have a great history with regard to the author's writing, but I'm not going to lie... This new series sounds pretty darn good! Dark, violent, and provoking? Yup, melikes indeed!

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    1. Her shifter books? This is my first RVincent

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  15. I am hesitating on this one because I am not thrilled about reading the abuse of the creatures. Still I keep reading good reviews so maybe I will have to cave and try it.

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    1. Oh boy, it's horrid! I have to admit, i had difficulty reading those parts

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  16. You mean those creatures I saw at the circus weren't real? LOL
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  17. I've been seeing a bit about this one lately and I'm super curious. I'm thinking this one I'll definitely need to read!

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    1. I got hooked from the beginning, this had a creepy start

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  18. My copy of Menagerie just arrived today, I am looking forward to reading it! I love rachel Vincet her writing style. I think the plot for this book sounds very interesting, although from the reviews I read it also sounds like it will be very dark and thoughtfull at times, so I am glad I know that before reading it. I hope I'll enjoy this one as much as you did. Great review!

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    1. Enjoy, although it's more of a Halloween read because of the nature of the story

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  19. Interesting story. I'd embrace my otherworldly family and friends. LOL!

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  20. Sounds kinda dark but I can do dark and I do like the premise for the story.

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    1. I'm sure... Dark Thoughts blog, Menagerie would be perfect!

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  21. Ooh, this sounds intense. I've never read anything by her, so I might have to make this my first Rachel Vincent read.

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    1. I think you'll get along with this book just fine

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  22. The way you responded to this reminds me of how I responded to Phantom of the Opera when I read it the first time. Being human doesn't make one humane. I love books that remind me of that. This one sounds good.

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    1. I just responded differently to the metaphor, if there was. I guess I've been watching the news too much

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  23. Yes, you're right, it is like a fable. It was utterly addicting! I cannot wait for more!

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  24. Man, I thought Vincen't Shifter and Unbound series were dark but this one seems to have gone much deeper in to the dark. I can't wait to get my hands on this one, Braine!

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    1. I better check those out. From the comments here alone the feedback is mixed. Now I'm curious!

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  25. I've been wanting to try this as I'm pretty new to Rachel Vicent, but I love the sound of this menagerie circus, though its dark - I like the message you mentioned and the "fist pumping" I will be doing!! :)

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    1. With all the brouhaha about same sex marriage and pressures on physical appearance, looking and choosing different is almost similar to how these people in the Menagerie are treated. Struck a chord with me

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  26. Awesome review for this great story, Braine! I loved Menagerie as well, especially the aspect you mentioned, about 'protecting' ourselves from 'others'... Being afraid of what we don't know, and possibly being cruel because of that.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  27. gah I feel like everyone has loved this one recently, that's awesome.

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  28. I wonder if this is one audio...fantastic,tempting review Braine!

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    1. It is! I hope the narrator does the book justice

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  29. Lots of great reviews for this one...sounds like the perfect time of year to read it too!

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    1. Very. Horror novel but very thoughtful and meaningful

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  30. Great review Braine, and I totally agree as you can see from my own review of Menagerie. Great Review
    Sorry I wasn't here yesterday but had a small family emergency

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  31. I'm sort of scared and intrigued at the same time. Very positive reviews I've been seeing. Oh, I might have to check this on audio. Thanks, Braine!

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  33. I'm so glad to hear you loved this one! I'm quite curious. I've never read anything by Vincent, but this is one I KNOW I need to check out. And hopefully soon. :)

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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  34. Oh this does sounds so good! :D Thanks for sharing about it.

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  35. I've seen so many good reviews of this book, I'm glad you enjoyed it too! :) I should definitely add this to my tbr pile.

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  36. I loved this one as well! It was great that Vincent managed to show the racism and discrimination and how wrong they are.

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