Monday, October 29, 2018

Review - Fury by Rachel Vincent @rachelkvincent @HarlequinBooks

Fury by Rachel Vincent
Series: Menagerie #3
Publisher: Harlequin - MIRA
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Date Read: August 25, 2018
Length:  336 pages
Source: Edelweiss / NetGalley
★★★★☆
Magic, fate and hope collide in the stunning conclusion of New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent’s acclaimed Menagerie trilogy…

1986: Rebecca Essig leaves a slumber party early but comes home to a massacre—committed by her own parents. Only one of her siblings has survived. But as the tragic event unfolds, she begins to realize that other than a small army of six-year-olds, she is among very few survivors of a nationwide slaughter.

The Reaping has begun.

Present day: Pregnant and on the run with a small band of compatriots, Delilah Marlow is determined to bring her baby into the world safely and secretly. But she isn’t used to sitting back while others suffer, and she’s desperate to reunite Zyanya, the cheetah shifter, with her brother and children. To find a way for Lenore the siren to see her husband. To find Rommily’s missing Oracle sisters. To unify this adopted family of fellow cryptids she came to love and rely on in captivity.

But Delilah is about to discover that her role in the human versus cryptid war is destined to be much larger—and more dangerous—than she ever could have imagined.

Weaving together past and present in this heartbreaking tale of sacrifice and self-discovery, Fury is the deeply moving finale to a series that readers won’t soon forget.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

This book left me speechless.  A lot of things happened and not all of them made me happy.  I feel in love with this series shortly after the release of Menagerie and have eagerly awaited each new installment.  In case you are wondering, this is the third and final book in the Menagerie trilogy which really does need to be read in order.  To say that I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book would be an understatement because I just had to know what happens to Delilah, Gallagher, and the rest of the group.

This book is set up a little differently than the previous books in the trilogy.  There are two timelines throughout the book where previous books had only brief glimpses into the past.  This book focuses on the present day with Delilah and company but also goes back to 1986 as The Reaping began.  I found the parts of the book set in the past to be interesting but I was a bit confused why the focus wasn't more on the present day.  As I continued to read, things started to come together and I began to see the larger picture but the shift was a bit surprising.

As I have come to expect from this series, this book has its share of heartbreak.  More than its share if I am being honest.  The world that Delilah and her friends are living in is cruel and unjust.  They must live in constant fear of discovery and simple tasks are quite risky.  The group wants to reunite with others that they were separated from during their escape but every move could jeopardize their own freedom.

Delilah's pregnancy is a major focus of this story.  Her pregnancy lasts a bit longer than a human pregnancy which is no surprise since the father, Gallagher, is a red cap.  Neither Gallagher or Delilah made the choice to become parents but they are both committed to doing what is best for the child.  It does put a strain on their relationship as they try to figure out how to move forward and what their roles will be.

I do have to say that I did struggle with the rating for this book a bit.  I have been back and forth trying to decide if it is a 3 star read or a 4 star read.  Some things happened in the book that I didn't like but I think it is a story well told.  After some careful thought, I do think that the book deserves 4 stars.  I was quite impressed by the complexity of the 1986 timeline and how everything ended up coming together.  I still am not completely sold on the ending and would have liked to see just a bit more than we were given but I can deal with it as written.

I do highly recommend this trilogy to others.   It is a really captivating tale of a world where cryptids must fear humans.  I have already read some of the early books in the trilogy more than once and plan to re-read the trilogy again in the future which is rather high praise.  I can't wait to read more from Rachel Vincent.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Harlequin - MIRA via Edelweiss and NetGalley.
The Menagerie Series
Book #1 - Menagerie - My Review
Book #2 - Spectacle - My Review
Book #3 - Fury - Available October 30, 2018!
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.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

28 comments:

  1. nice cover, but not sure leaving you speechless in a non- good way makes me second guess it

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    1. It is really a great series and I do recommend it!

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  2. I need to reread book #1 first and you have me really curious about what happens that you aren't happy with. I love this cover too!

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    1. The first book is definitely good enough for a re-read. I did a re-read of book two before starting this one.

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  3. This trilogy received lots of high praises. I think I may give this one a try.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it if you get the chance to read it, Nadene!

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  4. I hadn't heard of this but it sounds good.

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  5. Oh yes I have book 1 on my wishlist and I so can't wait to read it!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it when you do get the chance to read it, Melliane!

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  6. Oh, man. I need to catch up. I've only read the first book. :/

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read the rest of the series soon. The audios are great!

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  7. I agree completely with your review. Mine is tomorrow. I don't want to be spoiery but I will say I can't believe she didn't know or remember the name of her 5th grade teacher in light of what happened to her. Seriously? She was in her class daily! She should at least know her last name. I can give you all my teachers' names for every grade, and it is more than 40 years ago now. And I had problems with the some of the ending being vague. I love the series and the narrator, Gabra Zackman, is an all time favorite. Excellent, excellent review. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I remember very few of my teacher's names from elementary school so that was believable for me. I have listened to the first two books in the series and do think that Gabra Zackman does a great job with it.

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  8. i really need to know why they killed children all over now...whaat?

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  9. Interesting how the author chose to change it up for the last book. It would throw me off, too. I keep hesitating over this series because of what these people are put through. Yeah, I'm a chicken. ;)

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    1. You should definitely give it a try, Sophia Rose.

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  10. I enjoyed your review. I keep going back and forth on whether to try this series. I'll probably go ahead and get the first book and see how it goes.

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  11. I have book one of the series. Wonderful review, you reminded me why I wanted to try them.

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    1. You are in for a treat when you do get around to reading the first book!

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  12. Wow, I didn't know the first book was a series. I probably didn't connect the dots because the first cover is so different from the second and third one. I am glad you could love this book even though you didn't want everything to happen that did. Also so interesting that the pregnacy is longer than the usual human pregnacy period that we know.

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    1. I think that they have issued a new cover for book one but I put the original on my post.

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  13. Great review. I agree with you. I loved the two timelines. I'm not sure what I think of the ending. Personally, I didn't like it, but at the same time I think it works with the storyline. I would've liked to have known more about the cryptids we've been following and how that works out in the end. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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