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Publisher's Summary

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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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 series keeps getting better.

This books is even better than the first one and with the additional characters, it gives more depth to the story.
I highly recommend it.

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I love how it is set in the 1920<br />

narration of this book was amazing this world was in my mind and I didn't want to come back to reality

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January LaVoy is a Joy!

I am so blown away by January's skills as a voice artist. She brings each character to life impeccably.

Libba Bray's writing is exactly what I was looking for. So glad I stumbled on this series. It was perfect for me after reading The Golem and the Jinni. Can't wait to start the third in this series. Impressed with the historical detail and that Bray understands that people of color and LGBT folks didn't just sprout out of the ground in the last 20 years, but have been here.

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Libba, you've done it again.

You know, when I first started reading (erm, listening to) Libba Bray, I thought it was going to be mediocre YA fic. I listened to all the Gemma series first and I'll admit, I enjoyed them, but I thought it was a fluke. So, I saw Diviners and thought, why not?
honestly, this series has blown me away. I enjoy every minute of Bray's writing and LaVoy's narration is top notch.
This is top notch right here to be sure.

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love this story!

This story is so engaging, and it is only made better be the performance of January LaVoy. I am constantly amazed by her ability to add new characters and make you forget she is only one person reading the book.

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  • J
  • 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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  • becmc
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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