Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on August 25th 2015
Genres: Historical, Mystery, Paranormal, YA
Source: ARC obtained at BEA, Owned Audible Book
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.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
I loved Diviners. A lot. And while Lair of Dreams was my top must get at BEA in 2015, I didn’t crack it open. Because, seriously, it’s a big, huge book, and it’s an arc so it’s all soft and tender and signed by Libba Bray, so there’s just no way I’m damaging that baby. Plus I loved the audio version of the first book, and knew I wanted to listen to the second book too.
I picked Lair of Dreams to be my first official read of 2016 because I knew it would be great- not just good or okay, but an absolute great way to start off my new year of reading- and I was not let down! I loved the plot, with the dreams and the sickness (think of a 1920’s Freddy Kruger). It’s got shades of Gemma Doyle series in it, but for such a long book, I was never bored. I loved that the focus was on Henry and Ling, who I thought made for fantastic leads- although we still get Evie, Memphis, Theta, Jericho (sigh, swoon, sigh), Mabel and Sam. I had a sense of dread while reading this book, as if any character could be snatched away at any time (like they’d suddenly found themselves in King’s Landing), and the peril was real.
The plot of the series only thickens, because while Henry and Ling and the Scooby gang deal with the major issue in Lair of Dreams, secrets from past and shady government (or possible government) men are lurking everywhere, and Blind Bill is awfully determined to get his power back at any cost.
And, despite myself, and despite the awesome quote that won my Awesome Quote of the Month Award, I still care about who Evie ends up with (I’m a Jericho girl, even if I do think Sam is a more… appropriate match and even if in my heart of hearts I am much more a Mabel than an Evie). Here’s the quote:
“Evil, I know you- you’ll sort out this boy trouble. Frankly, it’s the least interesting thing about you. And right now, we got bigger problems.”
~ Theta laying down the law to Evie.
Isn’t that great? Because yes, I am programmed to have my ears prick up at the least little sign of romance (seriously, I’m reading Throne of Glass right now, and my heart is torn between 3 guys, and one is dead), but Henry is dreamwalking and making himself sick, people are dying, Will’s museum is in danger of closing, Ling’s community is under suspicion of causing the sleeping sickness, Sam is looking for his mother, Memphis is trying to figure out the limits of his re-emerged talent, and Theta is burning with her power- quite literally. I love that Evie is sometimes hard to like, that she’s selfish, that she runs away from reality by running to parties, and that she has managed to turn her Diviner gift into a radio career, and that while she might be a bad friend at times, she can also be a great friend. Her love life really is the least interesting thing about her… yup, still Team Jericho over here. Sigh.
There are so many twists and turns (although I did catch on to a few of the ones revealed in this book) but there’s still so much more to come! I feel like all us fangirls and fanboys should offer Libba Bray our service while she writes this book, sharpen her pencils, brew her tea (with a dollop or two of whiskey), and hand feed her meals so that she can just continue to type away night and day on Book 3. 😉
Overall, I think I liked this one even more than the first!
January LaVoy narrates again, and again is amazing! I really feel all the characters- Evie, Theta, Mabel, Ling, Wai-Mae, Henry, Jericho, Sam, Louis, Will- and their personalities shine in the audiobook. I can’t imagine not listening to her narrate this series, and I will definitely be listening to book 3.