Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Review: Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2)
by Libba Bray
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 624
Format: Hardcover, Ebook
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities... Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

*Note: May contain spoilers for readers who have not read The Diviners by Libba Bray

A thrilling joy ride with head-turning murder mysteries and action. 
Positively unforgettable!

It's been three years since I've read The Diviners, the first book in Libba Bray's phenomenal historical thriller. Little did I know that on that day three years ago, reading The Diviners would completely change the way I see and read Libba's books forever.

The Diviners thrust readers off into 1920's New York, a high-energy and bustling city filled with speakeasies, jazz clubs, and where the flapper/dapper trend ruled. Couture was on point and murder was a foot, and in this tale of high stakes readers were introduced to an array of phenomenal characters. Evie O'Neill, a young girl and the main protagonist of The Diviners, was exiled from her boring hometown and sent to live with her uncle. Suddenly she finds herself thrust into a world of the occult and her secret supernatural abilities are revealed and put to great use. The Diviners, without a doubt, became my favourite release of 2012.

Now in Lair of Dreams, Evie's secret supernatural abilities have been brought to the public's attention. Some see her as "America's Sweetheart Seer" while others only see her Diviners abilities as an unwelcome phenomena. Once again, Evie finds herself in the middle of an epidemic. An unknown sleeping sickness begins to claim victims and the only way she can stop the killer is by descending deep into the dreamworld.

"The doorknob rattled, then fell silent. It was followed a few seconds later by the click of a key in the lock. Evie took in a deep breath." - p.346

Wow! Simply wow! Libba Bray's Lair of Dreams is positively my best read of the year. Readers will be pleased to discover that Libba quickly pulls the reader back into Evie's world,  introduces a new atmosphere completely different than that of The Diviners, and manages to have you holding on for dear life until the very last page. Libba's poignant and irresistibly captivating characters leave you wholly content with their growth. Evie is twice the person she was in The Diviners and has grown substantially from her old-spoiled demeanor. Greatly appreciated from someone who absolutely adores the protagonist!

Lair of Dreams was surprisingly fast paced despite it's 624 pages. Each page held my attention with it's strong and meaningful moments and it's creepy twists. Libba forever changed the way I now view historical mystery thrillers and now I can't help but expect more from my reading material. Libba was not afraid to bring up racism and discrimination. People are often mistaken by the era and see it as a glamorous period in American history.  The disgusting amount of discrimination and racism in the era is often overlooked and I'm glad Libba made it a point to bring this issue up several times in book one and book two.

Readers who read and loved The Diviners will positively adore it's sequel in Lair of Dreams. Book lovers who enjoy conspiracy theories, murder mysteries, and the hustle and bustle of 1920's New York are highly recommended to try the Diviners series by Libba Bray. It's a phenomenal thriller that is out of this world and perfect for readers over the age of 13.

Rating: 5 / 5 Cupcakes. Highly Recommended

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  1. Wonderful review!
    I haven't read the first book yet but I really really really really want to so bad. I saw the paperback the other day I think. It had a different cover. I'll have to read that one before this one.

    Libba Bray came to Toronto? How did I miss this!?

    1. Yes, she did! She was at Yorkdale in 2012 (I think November). She was amazing! Absolutely fangirled over her.

  2. i love the keep calm flapper on button. wish we could order those. great review cupcake queen.

  3. Oh yay 5 stars! I'm definitely excited for this guy, even though I need to re-read/recap The Diviners since it's been ages since I've read it, haha. Glad to see the sequel is just as awesome and that you loved it! Awesome review, Wendy!

  4. I do have this one on my reader and I enjoyed The Diviners, so I'm looking forward to reading it!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  5. So I didn't read your whole review, just the main first sentence about how awesome it was! I will be reading it next month, so didn't want any spoilers. :-) Very excited to hear it is just as good as the first one, and I'm very jealous you got to meet Libba Bray!