Book two, Spectacle, in The Menagerie Series by Rachel Vincent does not disappoint. Picking up a short time after the first book, Menagerie, ended, Delilah and her fellow cryptid friends are discovered by Williem Vandekamp, owner of Savage Spectacle. At the Savage Spectacle, freedom is no longer an option. Back in a cage and stripped of all her rights once again, Delilah Marlow is forced to do things that she never would could have dreamed of doing. Williem Vanderamp is in the midst of perfecting a collar that allows his handlers to control everything a cryptid can or can not do. The situation is far worse than it ever was in Metzer’s Menagerie, if you can believe that were even possible. Even though the cryptids are eating better and living in bigger cages, Williem can control other aspects of their lives that only a real monster would consider acceptable.
I have been waiting over a year an a half to read the second book in Rachel Vincent’s Menagerie series. It was worth the wait. I never read Harry Potter, (I am one of those “watch the movies” people) but I can imagine this is how readers felt after binge reading one of J.K. Rowling’s books. I can only hope that there will be more than one more book in this series. Yes, people, I just compared The Menagerie Series to Harry Potter. You all need to jump on the Rachel Vincent train as soon as possible. Spectacle ended in such an incredible way making me want the next book even more than I wanted this one.
Rachel Vincent’s imagination is unbelievable. Her creativity kept my mind turning throughout the entire book. The world that Delilah and the other cryptids live in is so unreal, yet she is able to make me believe that this could happen right under my nose at a factory down the street. I remember when I read Menagerie and how I wanted to make everyone I knew read the book. I now want to give both of these books to everyone I know. I must admit, Spectacle is a little more colorful than Menagerie. There are a few sexual scenes that are disturbing and graphic, but they are also necessary to move the story along. I guess the disturbing part is how real she paints the picture with these creatures that are so unreal. I can’t imagine what a movie series would be like, but I would definitely be a midnight showing.
I like how the relationship between Delilah and Gallagher continues in Spectacle. Their friendship is so pure and honest, he will do anything to protect her because it is his sole duty in life. There are a lot of other returning characters in Spectacle, Rommily, Claudio, Genevieve, Eyrx, just to name a few. There are also new cryptids to discover. I wish I had reread Menagerie before starting Spectacle but it didn’t take long to remember who everyone was. I would not recommend reading Spectacle without reading Menagerie first.
Spectacle will be available for purchase on May 30, 2017. You can preorder is now. If you haven’t read the first book in this series, you still have time; Menagerie is, by far, one of my favorite books.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.