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Menagerie - Book Review

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.

4 Stars;

I picked this book up on a whim and I'm glad I did.

The Metzger's Menagerie has come to town and Delilah's boyfriend has tickets for them. There she see's all sorts of hybrid and other animal/human/fae oddities. If is here that Delilah bares witness to a werewolf cub being shocked to perform for the humans. The anger rages thru Delilah, until she isn't herself any more. But something that belongs in the Menagerie. Shuffled away to the police station it is there that the owner of Metzger's, Rudy approaches with a financial offer. He'll take her, she is rare, so rare, he doesn't know what she is. *GASP*   

Gallagher is her handler, it's his job to bring her beast out.  Only she is stubborn and proud and won't cooperate with him.  He fears for her being.  If she doesn't cooperate she'll be sold off and hunted like an animal.  Which neither wants.  It doesn't take Delilah long to figure out her trigger and when she does she rides that wave.  She holds it in her chest and lets wave after wave roll over and bring the beast out.  But the beast isn't easily satisfied, she has a thirst for vengeance.  Once that is satisfied the beast calms and Delilah can return.  Gallagher tries to help Delilah, but she is on a reckless path of self destruction.  Can Gallagher save her in time?  Can he save himself?  

I will admit this book started out slow.  I kind of got bored with it, until she transformed and then I was sold, lock, stock, and barrel.  I couldn't put it down and needed to know what she was and then when I did find out I had to look it up.  Because I needed to see what she might look like.  Don't worry you'll do the same thing and no picture does her justice, but still look.  Because why?  Because you want too!!  And you need too.  Look them all up.  Ohh and awe over the world that Rachel Vincent has created.  This is an amazing fairy tale and I can't wait for book #2.  

Give this book a try.  Mull it around, let it seep in.  You will find redeeming qualities in the menagerie and shoddy handlers.  You will find love and sorrow.  Fear and hope.  They are all this book.


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