Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray Review

Title: Lair of Dreams
Author: Libba Bray
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Series: The Diviners, book two
Star Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Stars

This book was given to me by the publisher, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review--thank you so much!

Me, after finishing this huge, epic, heartbreaking, terrifying book:






Libba Bray. My God, woman. What in the world have you done to me? First the Gemma Doyle trilogy, and now this? What have you done? There better be a sequel! You can't do this to me and not write a sequel! I can't do this!

This book. If only every sequel could end like this one. I'm going to die if I don't get that sequel. Right now. It gave me everything I ever wanted in a sequel: background on characters, a new plot that kept in the vein of the first book, new, relatable characters, beautiful prose, and witty banter?

I. Can't. Do. This.

This book has slayed me entirely, in the best kind of way. The sleeping sickness has taken over New York, mysterious, silent, and deadly, where the most enticing dreams unfold in the minds of slumbering New Yorkers, only to turn into brutal, gruesome nightmares, and after the end of The Diviners, Evie is basking in the glow of her newfound fame, the 'Sweetheart Seer', when all the while, yet another evil is lurking in the night..

This book was a complete knockout. Honestly. I'd heard good things about it before reading it, but Libba Bray has done nothing less than stepped up her game. If I wasn't sold before, I definitely am now. New characters, new plots, new villains, a new backdrop, the glittering streets of New York City, the city that never sleeps, an enticing siren's song for anyone trying to make a name for themselves, and of course, new emotional knockouts and blows to the soul.

I loved this novel--a worthy, fitting sequel even more fabulous and exciting than the one before! There were times where the characters got caught up in the shuffle, and the dream sickness was hard to follow at times, but nonetheless, a beautiful, meaty sequel worth savoring (all six hundred three pages of it..). Amazing! The bottom line: The sequel to the smash hit of 2012, Lair of Dreams is a treat for all Bray's fans--the one thing wrong with it was that I need the sequel immediately! Next on deck: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma!

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