Spectacle: A Novel

Spectacle: A Novel

by Rachel Vincent


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In this riveting sequel to New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's acclaimed novel Menagerie, Delilah Marlow will discover that there is no crueler cage than the confines of the human mind…

When their coup of Metzger's Menagerie is discovered, Delilah and her fellow cryptids find their newly won freedom brutally stripped away as they are sold into The Savage Spectacle, a private collection of "exotic wildlife." Specializing in ruthless cryptid cage matches, safari-style creature hunts and living party favors, the Spectacle's owner, Willem Vandekamp, caters to the forbidden fetishes of the wealthy and powerful. At the Spectacle, any wish can be granted—for the right price.

But Vandekamp's closely guarded client list isn't the only secret being kept at the Spectacle. Beneath the beauty and brutality of life in the collection lie much darker truths, and no one is more determined than Delilah to strip the masks from the human monsters and drag all dark things into the light.

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ISBN-13: 9780778318200
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Series: Rachel Vincent's Menagerie Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 480,177
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent loves good chocolate, comfortable jeans, and serial commas. She’s older than she looks and younger than she feels, but is convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan. Now absorbed in the dark, tangled loyalties of her UNBOUND world, as well as the travails of a teenage banshee in her SOUL SCREAMERS world, Rachel can be found online at www.rachelvincent.com or urbanfantasy.blogspot.com.

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Spectacle: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
KelsieAL More than 1 year ago
Picks up right where book one, Menagerie, left off and is just as exciting. I was pulling for Delilah and the cryptids the entire way. Don’t know what a crytid is: Read this series. The plot twists are amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started off slow but got very entertaining a quarter of the way inl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
I dove into Spectacle right after finishing Menagerie (which I loved). Unfortunately I can't say the same about the sequel.  Which is funny because they're basically the same thing.  Menagerie was an interesting urban fantasy, a standout for its uniqueness compared to other books I've read in the genre. I can't say I really knew where the sequel would go. The end of the last book left the cryptids in charge of their lives but they're still in danger in the United States so nothing's really changed on that front. I guess I hoped that they would do something... different? Instead, the plot of the first book is basically repeated in Spectacle. Which is a shame. I mean, I'm not sure why there WAS a sequel at this point.  Once more, the cryptids are captured and it's another fight to escape the hold of humans. Nothing new. The writing was still great. The world is still interesting. I still like the characters. But the story.... THE STORY. Come on. If this is what we can expect from book 3 I'm not sure I'll be reading.  I will say this book took it a step further into the darkness. Don't expect to see sunshine and rainbows. Trigger warnings for abuse and rape, at the very least. There were graphic scenes. And I'm not upset about it because the author handled it well. Like I said, the writing is good. But for those who choose to avoid those topics in fiction, I wanted to mention it.  Honestly, this was a good book. And if you haven't read Menagerie recently you might enjoy it more than I did. Having the first book fresh in my mind ruined the experience somewhat since the main storylines were so similar. My hope is that the third book gives the cryptids a chance toward freedom and how they deal with that rather than yet another capture/escape plot.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Spectacle is book two in the Menagerie series. I've been a fan of RVincent's for awhile now and try my best to read each of her books no matter what genre she writes, because her writing is just that good. This series is a mix of a dark Urban Fantasy with New Adult. While it isn't for everyone, if you're a fan of darker type reads you might get as addicted to this series as I have. In the previous book, our leading lady Delilah managed to free the cryptid's from their cages and overtake the menagerie. They're now touring the towns acting like nothing has changed, and everyone is thriving in this newfound freedom. It doesn't last long though before everyone is caught and taken to the Savage Spectacle. This isn't anything like the menagerie they were in where they were beaten, starved and thrown in cages. They're now living in a dormitory, have access to healthy foods and showers. While it seems a lot better on the surface, they're now facing new challenges when they're placed in electroshock collars that are able to control not only where they go, but also what they do and say. The Savage Spectacle runs on a different set of rules, one where anything goes for their clientele as long as they pay. This ranges from the cryptid's serving drinks at parties, to fighting in a ring gladiator style, to being hunted for sport. Delilah and her crew from the menagerie know they must break out, but their outlook is bleak with most of their abilities removed. Spectacle is an addicting dark fantasy that I couldn't put down. My emotions were all over the place while reading this installment. The book is dark, and that will give some readers issues. But it's told so well, you're hoping that Delilah and the others stay strong and manage to escape somehow. It leaves off where I want the next book asap and I already know it will be a must buy. If you're a fan of darker reads I cannot recommend this series enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second in this series is all it was promised to be, and more. Danger, horror, honor, romance... Rachel Vincent is a remarkable storyteller.
Van_shortandsweetreviews More than 1 year ago
No Sophomore slump here! Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. I had the pleasure of reading Menagerie last year and absolutely fell in love with Vincent’s new series. It was one of my top novels of 2016. I honestly wasn’t sure if Spectacle could out do the last book. I knew Vincent wasn’t going to make life any easier for Delilah and the Metzger crew, but never in a millions years did I expect what was going to happen in Spectacle. It had everything that I loved in the first book and so much more. I was blown away by Vincent’s writing and storytelling, she certainly out did herself. No sophomore slump here! Spectacle takes place approximately a month after the events of the first book. Delilah and the other cryptids are somewhat free now after hijacking the menagerie. The traveling show is still making it’s engagement from city to city but little do the humans know that the cryptids are really running the shows. Until a rival cryptid dealer found out the truth about Metzger’s Menagerie. Delilah and her cryptid friends found themselves locked-up once again and at the mercy of The Savage Spectacle’s owner, Vandekamp. Spectacle was as gruesome, horrifying and unimaginably crueler than its predecessor and this time around we saw a different kind of abuse. Menagerie was all about physical, bodily abuse and the endurance of an individual. We saw that again, but this time it was all about the the psyche. Showing us that abuse, torture and imprisonment could take on many forms; and doesn’t necessarily mean chains, whips, or starvation. Spectacle and the series as a whole is not for the faint of heart. This book is brutal. The things done to the characters are pure evil and disgusting. There are some pretty horrific descriptions of what happens to the characters in the book. But Vincent’s storytelling isn’t all about brutality. It’s about rising up and breaking the metaphorical chains. It’s about people/species as one, the ‘underdogs’ fighting for equal rights and their freedom. The humans in Vincent's world see the cryptids as nothing but barbaric monsters, but again we see that appearances, the species they’re born into doesn’t define them or make them inherently good or evil. It’s the choices one make. And that sometimes the real monsters are not what you’d picture with sharp fangs and claws. Vincent also paints a terrifying picture of a different type of torture. In Spectacle, Vandekamp uses high-tech collars to control the cryptids. He could immobilize, silence them and induce pain with a touch of a button. Slowly taking away their free will and their will to fight. I honestly didn’t think anything could be worst than Metzger, but a cage is a cage no matter how shiny and pretty it looked. If you love dark Speculative Fiction, then read this series. If you want a thought-provoking story, read this series. If you want to read one of 2017 must read novels, then read this series. This series, needs to be read in order, so I suggest starting with Menagerie. Spectacle exceeded all of my expectations and I thought the sequel was even better than the last book. I loved Spectacle! It was unputdownable and had me constantly on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait for the third book, especially with the little revelation at the end. I was super happy about it! Someone needs to acquire this series for TV/movie rights stat!
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This book lived up to all of my expectations. That is saying a lot because I really set the bar pretty high for this one. Last year, I picked up the first book in the series, Menagerie, on a whim and completely fell in love with the story. I immediately started counting down the days until I would be able to see what happens next in the life of Delilah and everyone else from Metzger's Menagerie. I had a few guesses about where the story would go next and all of them ended up being wrong. I couldn't be happier about that because I love it when a book really surprises me as this one was able to do. This book picks up right after the events of Menagerie. This is a series that really should be read in order so I do recommend that readers new to the series go back and read Menagerie before starting this one. It is a great book so you wouldn't want to miss it anyway. Delilah and the gang are running the show and trying to make things work. Things are tough but they are enjoying their new found freedom until things go horribly wrong. They soon find themselves being added to Vandekamp's Spectacle. This is not a place you would want to be. It isn't a traveling show as Metzger's was. Vandekamp's serves a different kind of customer. The exhibits are subjected to pretty much anything the clients are willing to pay for and the owners find profitable. The captives are controlled through high tech means which seem impossible to overcome. This story proved to be incredibly exciting for me. Everything that Delilah goes through and sees in this story really got to me. I was as confused about what was happening at first as the characters were and my heart broke for them as we discovered more about what was going on. I kept wondering what was going to happen next and by the end of the book, I couldn't turn the pages nearly fast enough. Let's just say that this book definitely ends with a bang. I would highly recommend this series to others. It is the kind of story that really makes you think about the things that people do to each other. Even though this is set in a world full of cryptids, I think that the behavior of the humans really felt authentic which makes me very sad. This is a series that has earned a spot on my favorites list and I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment! I received an advance reader edition of this book from Harlequin - MIRA via NetGalley.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Spectacle by Rachel Vincent Book Two of the Menagerie series Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Publication Date: May 30, 2017 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): In this riveting sequel to New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's acclaimed novel Menagerie, Delilah Marlow will discover that there is no crueler cage than the confines of the human mind… When their coup of Metzger's Menagerie is discovered, Delilah and her fellow cryptids find their newly won freedom brutally stripped away as they are sold into The Savage Spectacle, a private collection of "exotic wildlife." Specializing in ruthless cryptid cage matches, safari-style creature hunts and living party favors, the Spectacle's owner, Willem Vandekamp, caters to the forbidden fetishes of the wealthy and powerful. At the Spectacle, any wish can be granted—for the right price. But Vandekamp's closely guarded client list isn't the only secret being kept at the Spectacle. Beneath the beauty and brutality of life in the collection lie much darker truths, and no one is more determined than Delilah to strip the masks from the human monsters and drag all dark things into the light. What I Liked: Let me say two things before I start my commentary: (1) This book is not bad, and I think it will be very successful and a good addition to the series. Please read my full thoughts before jumping to the conclusion of "Alyssa gave the book three stars so it must not be good!". (2) This review might be shorter than usual because my thoughts and feelings on this book are not going to be an accurate reflection of the book's quality. Usually I write my reviews based on technical aspects and categories (character development, plot, world-building, etc.), but I don't think I can construct a fair review based on those items, based on my physical reaction to this book. You'll see what I mean. Actually, this review is going to be somewhat similar to my review of Menagerie. I thought that book was good, well-written, but I suffered as I was reading it. Like Menagerie, there are cruel and disgusting aspects of this book. Unlike Menagerie, or compared to Menagerie, the cruel and disgusting aspects get worse, in Spectacle. In essence, Delilah and the Menagerie gang get kidnapped and forced into the Savage Spectacle, which is different from the Menagerie. The Savage Spectacle is cleaner with better conditions... yet, worse conditions. Each cryptid is outfitted with a collar that has needles that go directly into the spine, which can sense neural and hormonal impulses. Every impulse, action, even thought is controlled. Worse - the Spectacle is all about private engagements and satisfying clients with cryptid fetishes. Yep. Reread that again and imagine what I'm talking about. Vincent did an amazing job with this story - I can't imagine it having been easy to write. Every disgusting act, every choice taken away, every forced action - I hated all of it but I can't deny that everything was well-written and not without its place. I adored Delilah, and Gallager, and the crew. I hated what was done to them, but I loved seeing their strength and self-preservation win out. No romance in this book, though there are some... odd things that happen. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Rabid-Reads More than 1 year ago
Delilah and the other cryptids of Metzger’s Menagerie are recaptured after their all too brief taste of freedom at the end of the last book. Originally, I’d thought that Rachel Vincent was going to take a completely different route in this sequel, but instead SPECTACLE showed us that not all cages have bars. The writing in this series is as exquisite as the horrors are abhorrent, and it’s this unlikely combination that makes the story so enthralling. On the outside, the Savage Spectacle appears to be a relatively humane way of running a freak show, or at least as close as one can come with regards to the barbaric practice of keeping society’s cast outs incarcerated for monetary gain. The occupants have mats to sleep on, healthy food to eat, and their basic personal hygiene requirements are met. However, a prison is still a prison, no matter how shiny it is, and the fact remains that the inhabitants are being held against their will. Vandekamp has set out to revolutionize the way that cryptids are kept with collars that can shock, paralyze, mute, and call their gifts. So, as uncivilized as their previous accommodations were at least the captives could still scream and fight. The owner has also come up with a bunch of different uses for his new technology including work detail, death matches, sport hunting, and engagements. The first three are pretty self-explanatory, but the last basically means that any detainee is available for hire, and as you can imagine, anything goes because cash is king. The plot is once again driven by the need to survive, except in this installment the focus is on the mind instead of the body. It’s one thing to physically beat someone into submission, and quite another to literally take away their free will. The author’s insights into the human psyche are truly haunting in their realism, and will make you side with the monsters much like Anne Bishop did with her THE OTHERS series. Vincent concludes this novel with yet another missile that’ll see the MENAGERIE trilogy drastically shift directions one last time for the finale to Delilah’s tale. Just when I thought that the Speculative Fiction genre has nothing left to give—BOOM—here’s SPECTACLE! ~4.5 Stars
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Book one had me riveted, saddened, excited, scared, and was an incredible read, book two lives up to all that and more. The books are  based upon a world like ours, a kind of parallell universe, its our timeline but with different events. There’s been a terrible slaughtering in the 1980’s they call The Reaping in the USA. It led to some harsh legislation where people deemed to be not wholly human have no protection, can be used in experiments, sold, exhibited, abused  and have no rights. We met Delilah and some of the characters from here in book one, where they finally escaped Metzger’s Menagerie. They’re carrying on as if Metzger still runs it, aiming to escape the US. They're caught though, and become part of the Savage spectacle, a private collection specializing in some horrific shows. They're subject to owner Vandercamp and his wife's cruelty. Money is all they care about, the cryptids are kept in more hygenic situations, better fed, but only because they can make more money out of them that way. Its horrible to see all their hopes and dreams shattered, but Delilah just won’t give in. She sees no escape but the others are convinced she’ll come up with a plan again, that they are relying on her, so she starts thinking of what they can do, waiting for an opportunity. Its far harder though, Vandercamp has perfected collars that control them, stop them shifting, or force a shift when he wants one, stops them talking about certain things and at night stops them talking at all. The collars can even paralyse them completely, leaving them conscious but helpless, and of course they deliver shocks if the wearer tries to go beyond a set boundary.....it seems fool proof, no way out but with them looking to Delilah how can she let them down? Gallagher is here too, Vandercamp is using his loyalty to Delilah to force him to fight and kill for entertainment. Its horrific for him, his honour demands that he fight only when threatened and yet he also has vowed to protect Delilah so he has to do what's demanded to stop her being hurt. There are some awful scenes here, you wonder just how far people will go for power, money, influence and plain old blood thirsty entertainment, and once more its done in such a realistic way that I truly believe there’s a real danger that if this were genuine situation then much of it would be possible, that we would pass such legislation, telling ourselves that they are not “human” and so don’t need protecting, are dangerous, need to be controlled... There’s an undercurrent too below the visible entertainment, that seems to dredge the depths and behind the scenes even darker depravity is going on. It was good to see so many of the previous characters, heart-breaking seeing parents separated from their children, seeing kids forced to fight for their lives, seeing how awfully they treat them all, how they only look at what they can do to make money and simply don’t try to understand the individual characters. How ready they are to simply euthanise them if they aren’t financially viable. Its truly awful knowing the consequences of the depravity the Cryptids are forced into. The ending is similar to book one, it wraps up neatly yet we know that freedom is very far away. Its another fascinating, fabulous and absorbing read. ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers