Lair of Dreams (Diviners Series #2)

Lair of Dreams (Diviners Series #2)

by Libba Bray


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Lair of Dreams 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
I think like a really high 3 crowns???? Like some parts were 5 crowns but this book was 500 years long so I forgot those moments. There were things that I really enjoyed, and if I was a true Disney princess, I would sing about them in a musical number that was accompanied by adorable woodland creatures. Since I am not, I shall just list them in semi comma form: the mood the mood the mood; Henry and Ling aka the Dynamic Dreaming Duo who are the besttttttttttttt (separate and together); more characterization for dear, beloved Sam; Man in the Stovepipe Hat who just sat there like the creepy creeper he is; did I mention the atmosphere; the fact this book is 500 years long and I still rather enjoyed it; the whole ending sequence was amazingggggg; and creepy ghosts being creepy ghosts. Things that I wouldn't include in the song because I didn't have as much joy in my heart about it: wasn't feeling as strongly about the main main characters in the first novel (hello, Memphis, to remind everyone since I swear you were only in this book for a hot second) since I didn't quite vibe all of their decisions; the dream plot was good but I didn't think it was great since it seemed like we would forget about the urgency/importance of it; I felt like it lost a little bit of spooks; and there were a few other things that I didn't fully connect with overall. 3 crowns, a Belle rating, and I need book 3 in my life right this very instant.
MakennaFournier More than 1 year ago
I had the perfect plan, I started the audio book right at the beginning of September, and since a 20 hour audioboook usually takes me a month to listen to, the timing of me finishing this would be perfectly timed for when the 3rd book came out. Well, it is only September 6th, and I have already finished it. As far as being a sequel, I can say that I enjoyed this one almost as much, if not just as much, and the first book. There were definitely things I liked more about this book and there were things that I enjoyed more in the first book. The thing that disappointed me a little about Lair of Dreams was that the plot/big mystery/the villain of this book was far less interesting than Naughty John. Pretty early on I was able to figure out who the villain was, and the fact that the our main characters couldn't figure it out just made me frustrated, because it was SO obvious. Also, The dream world was far less interesting to me than a serial killer. What I did love more about this book that The Diviners was that we got more Evie and Sam. I just love those two so much, and one of my favorite tropes in the fake relationship one, so I was living every time I read their parts. Like I was at the end of The Diviners, I am still worried that Libba Bray might make the whole love triangle a huger part in the next book, which while it wouldn't completely ruin the book, it would definitely knock it down a start or two. One thing that I loved about the first book that carried on into this book was the atmosphere of the 1920's. Libba Bray continued to just be amazing and make the reader actually feel like you are in that time period. I also, well I wouldn't say enjoyed, but appreciated the emphasis on immigrants in this book and the prejudice/racism during the time period. The one part that got me the most angry was "The Wolf Among Us" chapter with Sarah Snow. I had to stop listening for a second, because I was so angry that people once (and some still do) think like that. While it was hard to listen to parts like those, I think they are important, and the impact is important. One final thing because I am pretty sure I forgot to put this in my Diviners review, CHECK OUT THE AUDIOBOOK. Libba Brays writing with January LaVoy reading it is just AMAZING.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
This is an epic book that is based in 1920's New York, and everything you can associate with that - including flappers, parties and racism, to name but a few. A sleeping sickness is sweeping New York, starting off in Chinatown. It is up to Evie and a cast of characters to figure out what is happening and how to stop it. This is the second book in the series and as such I would recommend reading book 1, The Diviners. I haven't and will admit to feeling slightly lost when the characters would think about or discuss what had happened before. The characters are all well-established with their own quirks and foibles by the time this book starts, so it did take a while to actually feel like I knew these people. Personally, my favourite characters were Ling and Henry, and the friendship that developed between them. A dark, gothic and creepy book that may give you shivers, definitely recommended if you are on the lookout for something a bit different. * I received this book from NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been trying to write a review for LAIR OF DREAMS for over a month now, and the reason I keep failing at doing so is because there's just so much good stuff happening in the story that I could write a freaking essay about it. Libba Bray has a knack for blending compelling, diverse characters with living, breathing historical settings and creepy supernatural situations. Her version of 1920s New York City springs right off the page, alive with slang and pop culture and social movements. Although characters such as Evie and Sam live the high life as sensationalized mini-celebrities, Ling and Memphis are constant reminders of the ridiculous domestic policies and racism that thrived beneath the glitz and glamour of the flapper era. Bray splits her focus brilliantly between the more romanticized aspects of our country's past and the ugliness that we'd like very much to ignore. The poisonous, mystical dreamworld that provided much of the story's conflict served as a launching point for anti-immigrant sentiment because, of course, nobody suspected that its cause might be supernatural. The sleeping sickness spreading from the dreamworld preyed on hopeful people from all walks of life in search of progress, each of them eager to fulfill their American Dream. I loved how the primary villain in LAIR OF DREAMS wasn't necessarily a specific person as much as a feeling, of hope perverted by circumstances or politics or bad luck. That's not to say that the monsters weren't incredibly creepy, or that the agents carrying out their nefarious mission didn't raise the hairs on the back of my neck. Far more ominous, however, was the feeling that all the evil at play in LAIR OF DREAMS simply masked a larger issue, or a bigger power play by a villain who hasn't been fully destroyed. It's a testament to Libba Bray's skill and style that I never felt lost diving back into her world, or keeping the specifics of her various characters straight. I worried for Theta and Memphis, and crossed my fingers for Henry, hoping that he would find his lost love. I rolled my eyes over Evie, and laughed out loud at the way she and Sam played off each other for the public. My heart broke for Jericho and Mabel, and for Evie's Uncle Will, away on his own private mission. And as soon as I reached the last page, I wished for book three immediately.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall this was a good book. I feel a little like it was a filler book, so it was a little slow, but I still really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next book!
RRatliff More than 1 year ago
I read tons of 1920s fiction. Lots of people do a good job writing realistic period fiction. But - NO ONE does it quite like Libba Bray. Everything about the way she writes captures the essence of the Golden Age of Jazz - the flapper slang, the clothes, the character dialogue, even some of the brands and products mentioned... Bray has the unique ability to fully immerse the reader. And, I love the story. This is an excellent follow-up to The Diviners. The writing style is consistent with The Diviners, with different parts written from different character perspectives, and their stories converging as the plot progresses. The mystery and evil of the dream world and the King of Crows is downright chilling. And, I love Sam and Evie in this book. There is definitely a Chicago Roxie Hart/Billy Flynn vibe to their banter. Theta is definitely Velma. I also have a huge appreciation for the length of story Bray writes. Neither of these books is short. Each one tells a complete story, but the overarching mystery carries across the series. And this is not a typical series where instead of writing two 500-page books they just broke it down into 3-4 books, leaving you feel like a couple more chapters will wrap things up. It is lengthy enough to make the reader feel they've gotten a full experience, and despite the length, it's never slow or boring. This is a well-plotted and expertly written series. And I truly hope there's more.
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Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review. So I was very well debating on if I should give this book a 3 rating or 4, it isn't that I didn't like I sorta did but it didn't really call to me too much. Now when I requested this book on NetGalley the description is what called out to me though I didn't know the book was book two. I would honestly say you may want to read book one as you will get a backstory of the characters and powers. I think I would have done better with understanding everything if I had read book one. What I liked about the book was the dream walking I think that is the coolest thing ever to be able to do. Ling and Henry are able to go to sleep and walk around in their dreams which eventually leads them to solving what is causing a sickness dubbed the Chinese Sleeping Sickness. The setting of the book is in the 1920's which is a cool era and one I don't believe I read anything in that era before though some of the words were weird to be used such as instead of saying okay it was replaced with "jake" There is a mystery within the story not only with the sleeping sickness but also with Sam who is trying to figure out what happened to his mother and what is Project Buffalo. I see answers to Sam's questions being answered in a book three if the author continues. It seems all the characters are intertwined in some way or another. Such as Evie knows Jerico, Sam and Theta who is dating Memphis the poet, Theta is best friends with Henry who meets Ling but has a lover named Louis. They all intermingle and what they are seeing and going through come out in each chapter though you are far from confused as it all works out together. The way the dreamworld came together in the real world was a neat idea, who would have ever thought that you could get stuck in a dream and die? I bet not the folks that went to sleep dreaming happy thoughts. Why I gave this book a 3 rating it took forever for anything to come together for me. I kept telling myself things would get better at 30% then 40% and so forth and very soon it all came together the mystery in the sickness and how it was solved though it took a bit of time coming to it. It seems we spent a lot of time with Evie and her show and a bit of romance between characters. I enjoyed more of Henry and Ling's part in the story than the other characters. Henry has a great sense of humor and Ling is more a serious person but you can tell she is slowly starting to lighten up around Henry. I guess I was expecting a bit more of a fast pace story which that falls on me and not the author. If you enjoy fantasy and the era of the 1920's then I highly recommend this book to you.