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Friday, February 26, 2016

Review: Menagerie

Title: Menagerie
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Menagerie #1
Format: Hardback
Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Length: Novel (429 pages)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5-stars

Melissa's Review:

Delilah Marlow is out celebrating her birthday with her friends and boyfriend when her life changed. Her boyfriend knows of her fascination with the cryptid so he got tickets for Metzger's Menagerie, which is basically a carnival/circus with cryptid beings. Cryptids are the mythological beings we've all heard of ranging from phoenixes, mermaids, centaurs, and sirens to name just a few. While her boyfriend was right, Delilah is fascinated with the cryptids, he didn't think about the fact that our leading lady is sympathetic towards them. So when she sees one of the handlers mistreating a little wolf girl, something changes inside her. She snaps and somehow unleashes a power that she's never had before and kills the handler. That seals Delilah's fate, and she winds up being stripped of all her humane rights. She's sold to Metzger's Menagerie and expected to sit in a cage and give performances of her newfound abilities in each little town they stop at.

Menagerie is dark, gritty and mesmerizing. I really didn't want to put the book down because I just kept hoping that things would somehow work out. As I said, this book is dark, do not read this if you aren't a fan of darker stories. The cryptids are pretty much slaves, they're sometimes tortured, starved or even sexually coerced. It's not a pretty story and it does address how people treat others. I'll be interested in seeing what happens in book two, hopefully, Delilah manages to get a happy ending. I recommend this for Urban Fantasy fans that enjoy darker reads.


  1. Great review Melissa. I loved this book. I remember seeing people posting about this book before it was released and they were DNFing because it was so dark. I'm guessing that they were fans of her YA and didn't realize that she can write such dark stuff. That's the problem with writing dark stuff along with YA. Her Bound series is pretty dark too, but not this dark. I'm really excited for the next book.

    1. I can see people DNF'ing it because they didn't expect it being so dark. I'm betting you're right and it was (mostly) the YA fans of her work thinking it was another YA.

  2. YAY! I was waiting to read some reviews from the bloggers I love the most and here's yours! :D It's great that you loved it so much, you know I love dark reads and this one piqued my curiosity as soon as I read the blurb. I'll definitely read it, hopefully sooner rather than later ;) Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    1. Oh yes, I think you'll love this one Silvia <3

  3. I heard so many great things about this one! I need to try!

  4. Is this ur first dark read? I can get with this kind of a book. Of course, its off my radar but I will look it up ;D

    1. Nope! I've read a few, but not too many. This one was really good!