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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. "Blood Bound offers a little something for everyone: a convincing magical system for urban fantasy fans; for romance readers, a love that time and distance can't break; and a twist-and-turn plot for mystery buffs. Readers looking for a light and fluffy ride should go elsewhere." –Shelf Awareness

Brillant. Mitreißend, spannend, atemberaubend.

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    Menagerie (The Menagerie Series, Book 1)
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    02. May 2016 um 09:38

     In the Menagerie we don´t hide "horrible" behind code words. We put sequins on "horrible", drape ribbons around it, shine lights on it, and charge admission.This Ode to Freedom kept my pulse on a constant high and although its grip loosened a bit towards the end. Menagerie unites a modern day setting, that threw me off at first, with a dark Tim Burton atmosphere that makes it hard to breathe, but also makes the whole carnival comes to life. Never before did I feel this oppressed by a book. The prospect, the simple imagination of lost freedom was so very real in this story I kept picturing myself in Delilah´s situation. Panic attacks included. While I thought the modern time wouldn´t suit a story about a 19th century concept of an exotic circus, the story proved me wrong immediately. It was an overall brilliant draft to show how easily a person can be stripped of everything they took for granted just by laws and the power of money. Delilah embodies the type of a modern, emancipated woman who won´t accept her fate and yet can´t really do anything about it. I loved her. The story turns into the direction of The Evil Within after the fantastic start. Yet again, we´re confronted with the fact that while some people may look monstrous on the outside, real monsters live inside. Vincent convinces with a richly imagined, perfectly worked out world that features the fantastic as well as the human beings and is full of beauty and ugliness, love and hate, hope and frustration. Her characters are complex enough and though wholly pitiful, I refused to pity them. Because each of them is stronger than they should be. Every one of them is different and Vincent does not forget that feelings like jealousy don´t disappear while being in the same hopeless situation. Unfortunately the ending is way too rushed, a tad unorganized and not as awesome as the rest of the book. Don´t get me wrong, I´m dying to know how the story´ll go on, but I could´ve lived with a big cliffhanger. Or 50 pages more. Either way it would´ve left some room for a slower build-up and therefore more excitement.Still, I´m positively surprised and loved the story.  

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    Menagerie (The Menagerie Series, Book 1)
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    Nicks

    31. January 2016 um 09:09

    In the Menagerie we don´t hide "horrible" behind code words. We put sequins on "horrible", drape ribbons around it, shine lights on it, and charge admission. This Ode to Freedom kept my pulse on a constant high and although its grip loosened a bit towards the end. Menagerie unites a modern day setting, that threw me off at first, with a dark Tim Burton atmosphere that makes it hard to breathe, but also makes the whole carnival comes to life. Never before did I feel this oppressed by a book. The prospect, the simple imagination of lost freedom was so very real in this story I kept picturing myself in Delilah´s situation. Panic attacks included. While I thought the modern time wouldn´t suit a story about a 19th century concept of an exotic circus, the story proved me wrong immediately. It was an overall brilliant draft to show how easily a person can be stripped of everything they took for granted just by laws and the power of money. Delilah embodies the type of a modern, emancipated woman who won´t accept her fate and yet can´t really do anything about it. I loved her. The story turns into the direction of The Evil Within after the fantastic start. Yet again, we´re confronted with the fact that while some people may look monstrous on the outside, real monsters live inside. Vincent convinces with a richly imagined, perfectly worked out world that features the fantastic as well as the human beings and is full of beauty and ugliness, love and hate, hope and frustration. Her characters are complex enough and though wholly pitiful, I refused to pity them. Because each of them is stronger than they should be. Every one of them is different and Vincent does not forget that feelings like jealousy don´t disappear while being in the same hopeless situation. Unfortunately the ending is way too rushed, a tad unorganized and not as awesome as the rest of the book. Don´t get me wrong, I´m dying to know how the story´ll go on, but I could´ve lived with a big cliffhanger. Or 50 pages more. Either way it would´ve left some room for a slower build-up and therefore more excitement. Still, I´m positively surprised and loved the story.  

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