Book Review: Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray


After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities...

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

Release Date: August 25, 2015
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kelli

I've been a fan of Libba Bray since I read her Gemma Doyle series (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, The Sweet Far Thing).  The Gemma Doyle books were beautifully written and intense, and I can say the same for Lair of Dreams.  Once I started this book, I knew I was in for a treat.

I started Lair of Dreams without realizing that it is actually the second book in The Diviners series.  I have not read book one, The Diviners, but that didn't hinder my reading.  I was able to follow the story without incident, although I would have preferred to read The Diviners first, since the characters referenced events from book one quite frequently in this story.  

Bray has a deliberate pace to her writing, which can sometimes lend her books a slow start.  I found this to be true for Lair of Dreams.  However, once the story was set up and the world-building was complete (about halfway through the book), I could hardly put this book down.  The second half of Lair of Dreams was just thrilling and surprising.  I loved it.

Some of my favorite things about Libba Bray's writing are her excellent characterization and her imagery.  I loved feeling like I knew her characters inside and out and I also felt like I was in both New York and the dream world right along with everyone else.  

I am not a fan of ghost stories, not at all, so I'm surprised that I actually read this book.  There is a ghost in it, along with some other very creepy things.  I couldn't read this book at night because I was scared it would keep me up (I'm a ninny, I know!).  But, all of this to say that I didn't have any trouble feeling spooked or nightmares after reading Lair of Dreams.  And that is really quite surprising, but I'm glad because now I know I can finish the series.  

I really loved Lair of Dreams.  I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next installment in the series! 


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