Book Review: Menagerie

Menagerie (Menagerie #1)
by Rachel Vincent

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.

Lori's thoughts: ***ARC graciously provided by NetGalley and the Publisher, Harlequin (US & Canada) in exchange for an honest review***

This was a refreshing change from some of the things I've tried to read lately. I really liked this book and look forward to continuing with the series to see where the traveling menagerie winds up next. If your looking for romance or hot and steamy sex ... this is definitely not the book for you! Delilah is an amazing leading lady. She's tough, she's resilient, and she's not wishy-washy. There are stories within the story that I'm anxious to read about in the next books. A few things threw me a curve ball, in a good way and kept me flipping pages all the way through. Some books sag here and there, but I didn't find that with Menagerie. An entertaining read with an unusual cast of characters.

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