Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Book Review: Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Goodreads Summary: The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.
After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners.

Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.

As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?

In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz Award-winning, and New York Times, bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City.

Goodreads Rating: 4.41 stars with over 7,700 ratings
Genre Listing: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Historical, Mystery
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Book Challenge: Modern Mrs. Darcy's Book challenge, 3 out of 12, A book you've meant to read.

Other Reviews for of the author's work: A Great and Terrible Beauty

Book Review:

Edited 12/1/2016
I've lost track of how long I've had this on my kindle. I was supposed to read it with my friend Leslie, but I'm awful at reading with other people. Life got in the way, and I couldn't get into it at first. Sorry, Leslie! Around Halloween, it was begging me to read it, though, which seems fitting given the subject.
As I said, it took me a very long time to get into this book. I kept putting it down and would have to start over because I was lost. I'm not sure if it was the book or me, most likely it was me since I had a lot going on at the time. It just seemed very slow going for me. It introduced a new character right off of the bat, which was strange. It left me wondering if the other Diviners were going to come in at all.
The book grew on me. I ended up liking Ling. I felt like she was a strong character. She has a lot of adversity to face and is very strong-willed, and I love her scientific approach to things. She ends up becoming good friends with Henry, who ends up being a significant focus of Lair of Dreams. I'm happy about this because he's probably my favorite of the Diviners. He's very charismatic and has a great sense of humor. He comes across as incredibly witty. Plus he has that Southern Gentleman charm.
Evie annoyed me to no end in this book, which I think was on purpose. She is so incredibly selfish and spoiled, but at the same time, you see how incredibly vulnerable she is and how it's all a mask. I feel like Libba Bray develops solid characters. Each of the Diviners has their backstories, and you get a sense of who they are and what they're going through. I feel like each of the characters brings something different to the table, and that's going beyond their individual powers.
I was a little nervous about where the plot was going to go from the Diviners. I was a bit worried that it'd just be a continuation where the same Evil Ghost makes his way back. I was delighted to see this wasn't the case, and it was a whole new plot. Once I got sufficiently interested in it, I was hooked! It's very creepy and left me wondering what happened. Some aspects were a little predictable, but it there was still some surprises along the way.
I like the amount of history that Libba Bray put into this. It feels like she did her research on 1927 New York. Apparently, some of it was fictitious for the purpose of the story, but I felt like I was in the 1920s. The dream world that was created was incredibly well done. I like how some of it stayed the same, some of it was changeable, and some of it was closed off. I especially love how all of this detail had a purpose to the actual story. It was incredibly well done.
The language in this book is lovely, even in the funny parts. Here are some of my favorite quotes.


"For dreams, too, are ghosts, desires chased in sleep, gone by morning." - Page 8

"We are made by what we are asked to bear"- page 130

"Turn away from loose morals; from those dens of iniquity, the speakeasy; from the Devil's Music, jazz; and from the untold evils of the bootlegger's liquor!"
"Gee, if I do that, I won't have any hobbies left," Henry Quipped." - Page 163. (I love the word quipped!)

"The dead do not frighten me. Takes the living to do that." Page 215

"Haunted trousers. It always comes back to the Haunted trousers." Page 396

"No. Not again. Can I tell you a secret? I don't like ghosts very much. They are terrible people." page 551

I'm incredibly happy with this book. It's a definite five for me.

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