Review: Lair of Dreams

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Goodreads Summary:

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?

I’ll start off with I did not like this one as much as the first, but it was still very strong, and as usual for Bray, the writing was superb.

First, I was not a fan of Evie in this book. In the first book, her vain attention needing personally was balanced by her want to help her uncle, her love of her brother, and her moments with Jericho when she showed us a deeper side of herself. In this one she’s so selfish! She’s also drinking herself out of the memories of the first book, and trying to ignore her feelings for Jericho, developing feelings for Sam, and straining all of her friendships. She’s a mess basically, I really hope she cleans herself up in the next book. And while I am pretty solid in my ship of she and Jericho, I did like the dynamic between she and Sam in this one and how it brought out more of Sam’s sweet side. I also hope to see more of Jericho, I feel like he’s on a precipice of something and it could be major. He needs Will’s support and Evie to either take him or leave him, I missed him in this book.

Ok, now that my Evie/Jericho rant is over.

I really liked the attention on Henry and the new character Ling. We have about the same impute from Theta and Memphis as the previous book, and I thought all of the POV’s worked really well to let us get to know the characters better while still progressing the plot. I loved getting the background on Henry, he so sweet and passionate and caring. It was great to see him as more than Theta’s sidekick. I also really liked Ling. She’s very stoic and smart and straight-forward, I feel like she and Jericho would be great friends since their personalities are so similar.

To the new creepy-crawlies! This one was not as viscerally creepy as the first one, but who can beat Naughty-John? However, the idea of being trapped in your dreams until you die, that’s pretty scary. Dreams are supposed to be something happy, a place to escape within your own mind. And the physical traits Bray gives her hungry ghosts, oh man, I’m glad it wasn’t a movie or I wouldn’t have been able to sleep at all. We also are getting closer to figuring out what this whole eye with the lightning bolt is, so I am very excited to see how Bray moves that forward. I want to see more of this government side of things that she unveiled at the end of the book and Sam’s Project Buffalo.

Hopefully it won’t take another 3 years though! Also, the super brief appearance of Gemma Doyle from  A Great and Terrible Beauty was amazing!

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