Book Review: Lair of Dreams

16060716Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Published by Little, Brown and Company on August 25, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Historical, Mystery

Pages: 624 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

3.5/5 Stars

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.

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray is the second installment in The Diviners saga. A sleeping sickness has taken over the city with no cause to be found and our slew of characters are right in the middle of it. Larger forces are at play, mysterious organizations are watching, and the King of Crows is coming…

It had been quite a while since I had read The Diviners and it took me a while to remember what happened and how everyone fit together. Once I got my bearings back, I really enjoyed this book. It was a slow start but Lair of Dreams is beautifully written. Libba Bray’s storytelling is so descript and I connect so well with it. These books are a haunting type of beauty and I felt the same about her Gemma Doyle series. I was hoping for more in this novel but it seems the overarching storyline is being drawn out.

There were quite a lot of characters introduced in The Diviners and Lair of Dreams adds on to the group. There are characters that I love like Henry Dubois, Theta Knight, Memphis, and Jericho. I also loved the edition of Ling in this one. Henry and Ling’s journeys were my favorite parts of this book! Sam grew on me from the first book and by the end of Dreams I was definitely a fan. On the other hand Evie is a character that just grates on my nerves. A part of me wants to like her but she is a consistently awful person.

Overall I enjoyed Lair of Dreams a whole lot. The writing was fantastic but I was hoping for a little more story and a little more closure. I’m definitely hooked though and will be awaiting the release of the next book in the series. I would definitely recommend this to people who love young adult or paranormal and supernatural stories. It’s a really great read and hope everyone gives it a shot!

Favorite Quotes

  1. Every city is a ghost. New buildings rise upon the bones of the old so that each shiny steel beam, each tower of brick carries within it the memories of what has gone before, an architectural haunting. Sometimes you can catch a glimpse of these former incarnations in the awkward angle of a street or a filigreed gate, an old oak door peeking out from a new façade, the plaque commemorating the spot that was once a battleground, which became a saloon and is now a park. Underground it’s no different.
  2. But dreams can’t be contained for long. Their natural trajectory is forward. Out. Up. Away. Past all barriers and borders. Into the world. This is true of nightmares, too.
  3. “We are a democracy, sir, and Diviners are evidence of that democracy and of the proof that all men and women are created equal. For these gifts have been given in equal measure to people of all races and creeds, regardless of sex, whether rich or poor.”
  4. Above his head, laundry danced from lines stretched between tenement windows like pennants decorating Yankee Stadium, where, come spring, Babe Ruth hoped to swing his way into the record books. He reached the wide sidewalks and winter-stripped trees of Columbus Park, where a man ranted from the steps of the park’s steeple-roofed pavilion.
  5. The land has a memory. Every stream and river runs with a confession of sorts, history whispered over rocks, lifted in the beaks of birds at a stream, carried out to the sea. Buffalo thunder across plains whose soil  was watered with the blood of battles long since relegated to musty books on forgotten shelves. Fields once strewn with blue and gray now flower with uneasy buds. The slave master snaps the lash, and generations later, the ancestral scars remain. Under it all, the dead lie, remembering.

Have you read Lair of Dreams? Going to check it out? Tell me what you thought in the comments!

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