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Lair of Dreams

A Diviners Novel
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Series: The Diviners, Book 2
Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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Audie Award, Young Adult, 2016

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?

©2015 Libba Bray (P)2015 Listening Library

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Another Winner from Bray

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the prose alone make it worth listening to/reading. The narrator makes the story come alive. There are several parts that seem to drag on endlessly, but that is probably due to my own impatience to get to the end. Now, of course, I'm sad that it is over and so I will have to start again from the beginning and savor it this time, so I'm sure I'll like those parts more the second time around.

What other book might you compare Lair of Dreams to and why?

I really don't know. Obviously it goes well with its prequel, but these novels are in a league of their own, combining YA romance problems, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery. I loved Bray's debut trilogy, "The Gemma Doyle Trilogy," AND her book "Beauty Queens," AND this series is quickly joining the list. I cannot get enough of her stories.

Which character – as performed by January LaVoy – was your favorite?

Sam Lloyd or Theta Knight

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but it is very lengthy, so that is not possible.

Any additional comments?

EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS SERIES. Unless you're some kind of fuddy-duddy or you just don't like YA fantasy/scifi novels (basically making you some kind of fuddy-duddy).

Also, for fans of Bray's previous Gemma Doyle trilogy there's a tiny easter egg/treat in this second book for us!

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Libba Bray at Her Finest

Libba Bray knows how to tell a story, or, in the case of The Diviners and Lair of Dreams, layers of story upon story. The second in the Diviners series, Lair of Dreams eerily mimics the climate in the US today: the fear of immigrants, the authoritarian views of many, the corruption. Evie and Sam and the rest of the characters pull the reader into a world of yesterday, while, all at the same time, connecting fluidly with the present-day America.

As far as the performance of the novel, January Lavoy was spectacular. I don't believe I've enjoyed an Audible book as much as I've enjoyed this one; her performance brought the book to life!

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It's The Berries!

The characters just came to life for me in this story. I love this series and can't wait for the next installment! This series would make great films!!!!

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Setting the stage for the next two books

I'm looking forward to the resolution of the series, however I felt that Lair of Dreams was written to bring certain characters together and lay the foundation for their respective relationships. I did not enjoy it as much as its predecessor, and I felt that the arc of the overall storyline does not advance enough in the second book to justify turning what could be a trilogy, into a four-book saga.

Overall the book still earns a solid 4.5 stars, if only for the sheer beauty that is Libba Bray's writing.

I am always astounded by Bray's ability to apply current events topics in a way that they can be tied back to real events from past eras, such as the 1920s, making the past or the issues so much more relatable for readers-- and it's not even done in a condescending way, like some authors who shall remain unmentioned *cough* "James Patterson" *cough, cough*

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  • Amaya
  • Portland, Oregon
  • 02-18-16

Better than the first book

I bought this book primarily on the strength of January LaVoy's performance, and was pleasantly surprised to find that many of the things that annoyed me about the first book were better here: the characters were more interesting, the plot less formulaic, and the ending more concise. I'm cautiously optimistic for the next installment!

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when is the next book

love the story, the narrator, the characters. want the next book now! !!!

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This is the elephant's eyebrows!

A seamless blend of tenderness, humor, and extreme scarey! I couldn't stop listening and ignored everything and everyone around me. And now, the long, impatient wait until the next book. Oh yes, Libba leaves us with another cliffhanger!
(surprise cameo in this, too, but listen for it; it's a flash in the pan.)

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Great book--even greater narration!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that there were a diverse group of characters portrayed with different viewpoints and experiences. I also liked that Bray did not shy away from the bad elements of the time period--the rampant and accepted racism, homophobia, etc.

What does January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brings the characters to life with their own unique voices.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this to any history fans or any fans of the supernatural.

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Amazing sequel

Okay so I was really worried about this book. I make no secret of my love for the first. How can I? It was part historical, part romance, part paranormal, and it was just so fucking creepy. Naughty John? Yeah, he was terrifying.

So yeah, I was really scared to read this book. Would it be a letdown, considering how amazing the first one was? Well, I am extremely pleased to say that this book was the berries. (I actually really love the 1920s slang.)

In Lair of Dreams Evie has outed herself as a Diviner, Henry is looking for an old flame, a sleeping sickness sweeps across New York City and the Diviners have to descend into the dreamworld to try and save the city.

What I love about this series is that you could just immerse yourself into the story, pretend you’re actually in the 1920s. You’ve got the great: the flappers, the jazz, the prohibition, and the awful: the Chinese Relocation Act, and the KKK. Bray’s writing is just so mesmerizing and atmospheric. I don’t know how she does it.

But one of the best parts about this book, and series, are the characters. They’re the cat’s meow (cat’s pajamas?) They’re all so charismatic, diverse and realistic. It makes me want to invent a time machine, go back to the 20s and party with Evie and Sam, or maybe go to the opera with Ling, Henry and Theta.

I know a lot of people weren’t, or aren’t, big fans of Evie but I adore her. I thought she experienced so much growth throughout The Diviners, and she just kept on being her amazing and sassy self in this book. Lair of Dreams is definitely more Henry’s and Ling’s book than Evie’s though. But I didn’t even care. Henry is just so kind I desperately wanted him to find his happiness, and Ling was an amazing new addition to the already awesome cast of characters. And Sam, *sigh*, he is pos-i-tute-ly swoon worthy.

I guess the one thing that wasn’t as great in this book like the first book was the mystery. But then again how can anything surpass Naughty John? But I couldn’t rate this anything less than five stars, so that should tell you that even if the mystery wasn’t as great it was still pretty fucking great. Side note, if I have to wait three years for the next book I might scream. Because that ending was just…

No. No. I’m fine. It’s all jake. (Not really though.)

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great read!

Loved Ms LaVoy's reading. She makes the characters come to life! Good story line.
Must read more.

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  • 02-03-19

January LaVoy is a Narration Goddess

Just as good as book 1 and just as creepy, January LaVoy brings this story to life again with her outstanding narration.

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  • 06-05-18

excellent

What a pleasure to read, great character's exciting events very good story. All this read by a excellent narrater makes it easy to highly recommended.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-07-17

part 2 of the diviners series.

a little slower to get going but still good. as always a great Narrator and you will get hooked

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-14-19

Beautiful narration, beautiful story.

Firstly, the narrator is extremely talented. At points it felt like I was hearing the story though my own mind, not through a speaker. The voice acting is very well done and could not have been happier with it.

Secondly the book itself is something I never expected, but in a good way. the characters can at times be so frustrating and annoying, but that's because they react and think like real human beings. It was at multiple points I felt like hugging a character as they had a struggle, it strangling Eevee for being oh so annoying in her way.

This is an extremely enjoyable book and am excited to listen to the next.

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  • 11-06-18

Loved it so, so much

Lair of Dreams is the sequel to The Diviners by Libba Bray. The Diviners is set in 1920s New York and follows a cast of characters as they become entangled in a series of occult murders and the paranormal.
Warning this review might contain slight spoilers for The Diviners.

By far my favourite aspects of this series are the characters and the setting.
The 1920s New York gives such a great atmosphere to the story and the prejudices of the time are so well contrasted by the diversity of the cast of characters. In this book we focus a lot more on Henry and a new character, Ling, who are able to walk in dreams. Henry was such a sweet character in the first book that I was really excited to follow him more in this story. I also thought the introduction of Ling, as a disabled half Chinese-half Irish character who has a keen interest in science, was a welcome change from most YA protagonists I typically see.
There is still focus on Evie, Sam and Jericho in this book, specifically following Project Buffalo and Jericho's past. There is also a small love triangle going on between these three characters, and while it was slightly frustrating I didn't hate it outright. I absolutely loved every single interaction between Evie and Sam, the witty back-and-forth banter is incredible and their whole hate-to-love thing is one of my favourite tropes, as is the fake dating trope.
Now to the plot. This book focuses quite heavily on dreams and the temptations they offer. This storyline was an interesting idea and I was engaged the whole time. However, it didn't grip me in quite the same way as the plot of the first book and I didn't quite get the same creep factor. That being said, this was still a favourite of mine and I cannot recommend this series enough.