Spectacle by Rachel Vincent

Spectacle

In this riveting sequel to New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's acclaimed novel Menagerie, Delilah Marlow will discover that there is no crueler cage than the confines of the human mind…When their coup of Metzger's Menagerie is discovered, Delilah and her fellow cryptids find their newly won freedom brutally stripped away as they are sold into The Savage Spec...

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Spectacle Reviews

  • karen
    Oct 16, 2015

    i am giving this four stars because of how much fun i had reading it. the objective critic in me acknowledges that the book has weaknesses, but she is easily drowned out by the WOO HOO FUN part of me (who is also drowning out the spiteful hurt feelings part of me with tiny shaking fist and outrage, peeping “one star only! for spurning me!!”)

    objective critic is going to take over the review for a bit because WOO HOO FUN part isn’t a particularly cogent reviewer.

    so, this picks up a bit after the

    i am giving this four stars because of how much fun i had reading it. the objective critic in me acknowledges that the book has weaknesses, but she is easily drowned out by the WOO HOO FUN part of me (who is also drowning out the spiteful hurt feelings part of me with tiny shaking fist and outrage, peeping “one star only! for spurning me!!”)

    objective critic is going to take over the review for a bit because WOO HOO FUN part isn’t a particularly cogent reviewer.

    so, this picks up a bit after the end of

    , a book which recounts the long and troubled relationship between humans and cryptids, who are dealt with in a variety of ways; one of which is to be rounded up and caged, displayed in traveling circuses, robbed of whatever humanity they have and paraded as freaks. delilah had always believed herself to be human until something ‘other’ surfaced in her, very publicly, and she was caged with the rest, suffering all the indignities cryptids had so long endured, experiencing the loss of her freedom and expectation of respect and basic courtesy while trying to figure out just what she

    and the extent of her powers or attributes. it’s a big old urban fantasy allegory about racism and genocide and dehumanization, and it’s a clever conceit couched in a bon bon of fantasy and adventure and empowerment.

    book one leaves off, not with a cliffhanger, but a change in circumstances (delicately evasive for spoilerphobes); it could have worked perfectly well as a standalone, but it’s much more satisfying to revisit these characters and see what comes next for them.

    even if what comes next is horrifying.

    is in many ways similar in content to

    , but it’s a definite escalation in peril as our cryptid friends experience one of the

    ways cryptids are exploited, one much worse than being a sideshow act, within the confines of The Savage Spectacle. this is a high-end ‘anything goes’ playground for the 1%, where wealthy perverts and sadists pay for the opportunity to abuse cryptids for sport or entertainment. fitted with collars that suppress their powers or shock them into compliance, which can paralyze them or even take away their voice entirely, the cryptids are reduced to the basest of beasts; hunted as sport with weapons of varying lethality, forced to participate in death matches against other cryptids, tarted-up in paint and skimpy outfits to serve canapés at parties, and led into private rooms for more intimate encounters.

    delilah and friends are so much more vulnerable here, despite the better accommodations and food and the fancier clientele

    it’s entitlement gone mad, and it is indeed a spectacle, of the most brutal kind.

    is a bigger book in many ways - bigger consequences, bigger allegorical reach scooping in reproductive control, suppression of communication or expression, and a much more pronounced objectification - when bodies can be paralyzed at the push of a button and moved around like dolls, they are easily dismissed as moneymaking playthings.

    but people easily dismissed have one advantage: being underestimated. and that can lead to some spectacles of its own.

    it’s a really entertaining follow up, and i’m glad to know there’s a third book coming, as this series is the only urban fantasy i’ve ever really enjoyed. having said that, the writing is not phenomenal. not painful, just basic a-to-b writing. but for a story like this, it’s not like you’re craving a challenging read full of subtext and linguistic curlicues. you know what you’re getting in to, and objective critic is just mentioning it because reportage.

    let’s check in with WOO HOO FUN part of karen:

    WOO HOO!! SO MANY DRAMATIC THINGS HAPPEN!! RAAARRRRR MONSTERS!!! WHAT A FUN AND HORRIBLE TIME I HAD READING THIS!

    and the tiny outraged part:

    i am still in a tiff! i am vexed!! recognize my umbrage!!!

    maybe i will not be denied book 3 when it becomes available??

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    hey, harlequin - remember when you wouldn’t let me have this book on netgalley? big mistake, because i just went out and BOUGHT it. suckaaaas!

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  • Shelley
    May 23, 2017

    *Source* NetGalley

    *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy

    *Rating* 4.0

    *My Thoughts*

    Spectacle is the second installment in author Rachel Vincent's Menagerie series. The story picks up (3) months after Delilah Marlow and the rest of the cryptids from Metzger's Menagerie freed themselves via a nearly bloodless coup. Remember I said nearly bloodless. It really doesn't take all that long for things to go sideways. Especially when Willem Vandekamp and his Savage Spectacle (SS) sycophants show up show up at Metzge

    *Source* NetGalley

    *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy

    *Rating* 4.0

    *My Thoughts*

    Spectacle is the second installment in author Rachel Vincent's Menagerie series. The story picks up (3) months after Delilah Marlow and the rest of the cryptids from Metzger's Menagerie freed themselves via a nearly bloodless coup. Remember I said nearly bloodless. It really doesn't take all that long for things to go sideways. Especially when Willem Vandekamp and his Savage Spectacle (SS) sycophants show up show up at Metzger's and captures Delilah, and nearly everyone else.

    *Full Review Posted @ Gizmos Reviews*

  • Carmel (Rabid Reads)
    Apr 30, 2017

    Delilah and the other cryptids of Metzger’s Menagerie are recaptured after their all too brief taste of freedom at the end of the last book. Originally, I’d thought that Rachel Vincent was going to take a completely different route in this sequel, but instead SPECTACLE showed us that not all cages have bars. The writing in this series is as exquisite as the horrors are abhorrent, and it’s this unlikely combination that makes the story so enthralling.

    On the outside, the S

    Delilah and the other cryptids of Metzger’s Menagerie are recaptured after their all too brief taste of freedom at the end of the last book. Originally, I’d thought that Rachel Vincent was going to take a completely different route in this sequel, but instead SPECTACLE showed us that not all cages have bars. The writing in this series is as exquisite as the horrors are abhorrent, and it’s this unlikely combination that makes the story so enthralling.

    On the outside, the Savage Spectacle appears to be a relatively humane way of running a freak show, or at least as close as one can come with regards to the barbaric practice of keeping society’s cast outs incarcerated for monetary gain. The occupants have mats to sleep on, healthy food to eat, and their basic personal hygiene requirements are met. However, a prison is still a prison, no matter how shiny it is, and the fact remains that the inhabitants are being held against their will.

    Vandekamp has set out to revolutionize the way that cryptids are kept with collars that can shock, paralyze, mute, and call their gifts. So, as uncivilized as their previous accommodations were at least the captives could still scream and fight. The owner has also come up with a bunch of different uses for his new technology including work detail, death matches, sport hunting, and engagements. The first three are pretty self-explanatory, but the last basically means that any detainee is available for hire, and as you can imagine, anything goes because cash is king.

    The plot is once again driven by the need to survive, except in this installment the focus is on the mind instead of the body. It’s one thing to physically beat someone into submission, and quite another to literally take away their free will. The author’s insights into the human psyche are truly haunting in their realism, and will make you side with the monsters much like Anne Bishop did with her THE OTHERS series. Vincent concludes this novel with yet another missile that’ll see the MENAGERIE trilogy drastically shift directions one last time for the finale to Delilah’s tale.

    Just when I thought that the Speculative Fiction genre has nothing left to give—BOOM—here’s SPECTACLE!

  • Emily May
    Apr 11, 2016

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series -

    - but with

    , I can't shake the feeling that I've

    .

    To be honest, I felt like

    could have been wrapped up as a standalone. The story arc follows Delilah Marlow's journey from discovering she is a "cryptid" (supernatural creatures who have no human rights and can be sold and kept as property) to her captivity in Metzger's Menagerie. Th

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series -

    - but with

    , I can't shake the feeling that I've

    .

    To be honest, I felt like

    could have been wrapped up as a standalone. The story arc follows Delilah Marlow's journey from discovering she is a "cryptid" (supernatural creatures who have no human rights and can be sold and kept as property) to her captivity in Metzger's Menagerie. The whole book is about the injustices done to cryptids in captivity, and Delilah's need to escape.

    SPOILER FOR THE PREVIOUS BOOK-- When, at the end, Delilah leads an uprising and takes over the carnival, things look relatively peachy. The cryptids are free from their cruel master and can choose to continue performing or leave as they wish.

    So what is the plot of this book?

    . Shortly after the book's opening, Delilah & Co. are captured once again. This time, instead of being imprisoned in Metzger's Menagerie, they are taken to Willem Vandekamp's Savage Spectacle (SS). They suffer similar mistreatment - being forced to perform for customers, treated violently if they don't comply, etc. And I, of course, won't tell you what happens at the end, but I think maybe you can guess.

    There is a third book on the way, but I think I'll hold off and await the reviews first because I cannot read the same story three times.

    Also, as a sidenote that I can't decide how I feel about -

    A world in which people who are "different" are taken, imprisoned, and mistreated by the SS and a guy with a distinctly German name - Rudolph Metzger. Is Dr Willem Vandekamp - who does experiments on cryptids - supposed to be Dr Josef Mengele? Does Metzger's Menagerie = Mengele's zoo? No one else seems to have mentioned it so maybe this is just something I imagined; a series of bizarre coincidences. I just wondered.

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  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    Mar 18, 2017

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    This book lived up to all of my expectations. That is saying a lot because I really set the bar pretty high for this one. Last year, I picked up the first book in the series, Menagerie, on a whim and completely fell in love with the story. I immediately started counting down the days until I would be able to see what happens next in the life of Delilah and everyone else from Metzger's Menagerie. I had a few guesses about where the st

    This review can also be found at

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    This book lived up to all of my expectations. That is saying a lot because I really set the bar pretty high for this one. Last year, I picked up the first book in the series, Menagerie, on a whim and completely fell in love with the story. I immediately started counting down the days until I would be able to see what happens next in the life of Delilah and everyone else from Metzger's Menagerie. I had a few guesses about where the story would go next and all of them ended up being wrong. I couldn't be happier about that because I love it when a book really surprises me as this one was able to do.

    This book picks up right after the events of Menagerie. This is a series that really should be read in order so I do recommend that readers new to the series go back and read Menagerie before starting this one. It is a great book so you wouldn't want to miss it anyway. Delilah and the gang are running the show and trying to make things work. Things are tough but they are enjoying their new found freedom until things go horribly wrong.

    They soon find themselves being added to Vandekamp's Spectacle. This is not a place you would want to be. It isn't a traveling show as Metzger's was. Vandekamp's serves a different kind of customer. The exhibits are subjected to pretty much anything the clients are willing to pay for and the owners find profitable. The captives are controlled through high tech means which seem impossible to overcome.

    This story proved to be incredibly exciting for me. Everything that Delilah goes through and sees in this story really got to me. I was as confused about what was happening at first as the characters were and my heart broke for them as we discovered more about what was going on. I kept wondering what was going to happen next and by the end of the book, I couldn't turn the pages nearly fast enough. Let's just say that this book definitely ends with a bang.

    I would highly recommend this series to others. It is the kind of story that really makes you think about the things that people do to each other. Even though this is set in a world full of cryptids, I think that the behavior of the humans really felt authentic which makes me very sad. This is a series that has earned a spot on my favorites list and I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment!

    This book was fantastic. I did like the first book just a bit more but I enjoyed every minute of this one. This book was pretty fast paced and I was never sure what would happen next. I couldn't put it down.

  • Beth
    Feb 09, 2017

    Talk about devastating, after being free for a short time the cryptids find themselves captive once again and even though it might seem the care and circumstances are more humane, when they scratch the surface of their confinement its much worse.

    Not for the faint of heart reader.

    Talk about out of the frying pan and right into the fire! You thought things where bad in the Menagerie, Delilah's and her fellow cryptids' situation just went from bad to way worse. Oh, the perceived civility is all th

    Talk about devastating, after being free for a short time the cryptids find themselves captive once again and even though it might seem the care and circumstances are more humane, when they scratch the surface of their confinement its much worse.

    Not for the faint of heart reader.

    Talk about out of the frying pan and right into the fire! You thought things where bad in the Menagerie, Delilah's and her fellow cryptids' situation just went from bad to way worse. Oh, the perceived civility is all there but where is PETA when you need them, because pets have more rights then they do. Disturbing and appalling yet utterly riveting, Spectacle is not for the light hearted. Don't get me wrong the situation are mostly implied and not described but nothing is light in Vincent's telling. Serious white knuckle reading at its best, with lots of heart wrenching moments in between. I can't wait to see where Vincent takes us next.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Harlequin (US & Canada) - MIRA. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication May 30, 2017.

    My Rating: 5 stars

    Written by: Rachel Vincent

    Series: The Menagerie Series (Book 2)

    Paperback: 400 pages

    Publisher: MIRA

    Publication Date: May 30, 2017

    ISBN-10: 0778318206

    ISBN-13: 978-0778318200

    Genre: DARK Urban Fantasy

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  • Marta Cox
    Apr 01, 2017

    Having being totally enamoured by the first book Menagerie I couldn't wait to get my hands on this follow up. I note the synopsis gives away the fact that Delilah and the Crpytids don't quite make their burst to freedom that we all hoped for and sadly end up being captured again . This new incarceration sees them split up and at the not so tender mercies of a man who uses them as a way to test his technology and a means to an end. There's a lot of money to be made utilising Crpytids and it's a b

    Having being totally enamoured by the first book Menagerie I couldn't wait to get my hands on this follow up. I note the synopsis gives away the fact that Delilah and the Crpytids don't quite make their burst to freedom that we all hoped for and sadly end up being captured again . This new incarceration sees them split up and at the not so tender mercies of a man who uses them as a way to test his technology and a means to an end. There's a lot of money to be made utilising Crpytids and it's a barbaric and inhumane place that Delilah finds herself. Yet those of Metzgers Menagerie are not the only captives within and soon the secrets and horrors of this private collection become all too real. This is no crazy scientist in charge no this is a cold hearted businessman utilising his assets to earn him accolades and huge financial rewards. This dark place they find themselves in seems never ending but Delilah and the secret she carries within will not go down without a fight!

    I'm so in awe of this authors imagination and this sequel was just as amazing as the first book. I'd thought it barbaric the way Delilah was treated originally but this story just amped up the horror. Although we know that Delilah is human because of the power she carries everyone views her the way they do Crpytids and that's a truly abysmal thing. It was so hard reading the way the humans around them viewed these amazing creatures as people without worth or feelings . They are stripped of their dignity , choices are taken away from them and left feeling powerless as they are treated worse then cattle in a truly merciless environment . I've no wish to spoil this book for others but there's an amazing range of abilities available to the Crpytids and one of those becomes a huge part of this story which although touched on isn't completely explored but perhaps the author felt going through that with Delilah would be a step too far. This is heartbreaking at times and yet I couldn't put it down . I couldn't see just how things could ever be rectified but fortunately the author had a plan and I'm left with my head spinning, questions running away with me and a huge hankering for more !

    So what is it that makes us human? I think that's the big question this series asks and it's done in such an entertaining way that I defy anyone to read this and not question their values , no not preachy just fabulous !

    This voluntary review is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts are my own honest opinion

  • Alyssa
    May 27, 2017

    ***Review to come***

    THIS BOOK IS NOT A BAD BOOK. It is well-written and a good story. But it is even more cruel and heartbreaking and awful (in terms of the disgusting things done to the characters) than

    . This book needed a trigger warning. Like, a dozen of them. I don't know how to treat this review because honestly right now I'm shaken by some of the things I read. AUTHORS/PUBLISHERS, PLEASE INCLUDE TRIGGER WARNINGS.

    I'm trying to come up with trigger warnings and what even?

    ***Review to come***

    THIS BOOK IS NOT A BAD BOOK. It is well-written and a good story. But it is even more cruel and heartbreaking and awful (in terms of the disgusting things done to the characters) than

    . This book needed a trigger warning. Like, a dozen of them. I don't know how to treat this review because honestly right now I'm shaken by some of the things I read. AUTHORS/PUBLISHERS, PLEASE INCLUDE TRIGGER WARNINGS.

    I'm trying to come up with trigger warnings and what even?

    You see why I don't know how to rate or review this book? It's not the author or the book that is "bad". It's how graphic the content is and how unsettled, disgusted, and shaken I am, after reading the book. Totally my reaction, and mine alone.

    I'm so disgusted and not with the story or the author - do you see the difference? I'm disgusted with what happened to the characters, which is the intended effect. I didn't enjoy reading this book so I can't give it more than three stars. It was painful and I really regret reading the book and its predecessor. I don't know if I can stomach book three.


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