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Review: Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

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Lair of Dreams
Lair of Dreams
by Libba Bray
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Synopsis
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.

What I thought
Liar of Dreams is the second book in the Diviners Series. I have also reviewed the first book if you want to go and check it out here. Evie Americas Sweetheart Seer now has her own radio show where she divines for any who attend.  Needless to say being a diviner is ‘In” and now many are claiming to be one. There are still some that are trying to keep their abilities a secret. 

Henry our beloved piano player friend from the first book has a secret, he can walk in dreams. On one of these dreamwalks he meets Ling another dreamwalker.  But as a Sleeping sickness begins to take hold of New York City it is now up to our friends to find and stop what is causing this sickness.

I absolutely love these books!  They are so atmospheric it just pulls you right in. Libba Bray’s writing is wonderful she is able to weave so many storylines together and not miss a beat. She balances the continuation of the first book with this new line and it just all flows together perfectly.  You get backstories for Sam and Henry in this book and you can’t help but to feel for them and understand why they act the way they do. I can’t wait to continue on with the third book.

My Rating: /55 Stars

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Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

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The Diviners
The Diviners by Libba Bray
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Synopsis
Evangeline O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.

When the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfurl in the city that never sleeps. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened…

What I thought
The Diviners is the first book in a young adult paranormal historical fiction series. This story is set in New York City during the 1920s. Evie (one of the main players) gets into trouble at home in Ohio, for performing parlor tricks. Her mother’s solution is to send her away to her brother in New York. Evie is then sent to stay with her Uncle Will (Unc) in New York City for a few months while everything blows over at home. Will owns the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, which leads them to be asked to be consultants on a case.

When a Serial Killer terrorizes the city with ritualistic killings Detective Malloy reached out to Will for help. Will and Evie dive into this case to discover who the killer is.  Will soon learn that Evie was not just merely doing parlor tricks that got her in trouble in Ohio. She is a Diviner.

I loved this book it was so atmospheric. I found it so hard to put down. I couldn’t help to find myself liking Evie no matter how flawed she was. this book sets up the series so well. You have multiple storylines that all intertwine so well. All of the characters are so well balanced. The story is just woven so well it kept me interested the whole way through.  This is another book I have owned for a while and I have no idea why I was waiting to read it. If this book is just sitting on your shelf unread do yourself a favor and pick it up.  You will not regret it.

My Rating: /55 Stars

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