Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray
Published: August 2015 by Allen & Unwin
Source: the publisher
Rating: 5 stars
From the blurb: 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 the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title 'America's Sweetheart Seer'. There's just one downside - a sham engagement to the irritatingly handsome Sam Lloyd.
But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities… and across town, a mysterious sleeping sickness is spreading through Chinatown, leaving dead dreamers in its wake.
Can the Diviners descend into the slumberland and catch a killer?
Two years ago I spent the Easter long weekend reading The Diviners and loved it to pieces. Going into Lair of Dreams I thought I might not remember who everyone was or what had happened, but I needn't have worried because Libba is a spectacular writer and I found myself diving back into the world of 1920s New York City seamlessly. It was wonderful to be back with the original gang; Evie, Mablel, Theta, Jericho, Memphis, Henry, and even Sam, but also to be introduced to new characters like Ling Chan. There's also a new paranormal element haunting the subway system of New York, it was perfectly creepy and mysterious.
The plotting is spot on, I never found myself hurrying to think ahead, instead I enjoyed the situations as they happened and found the plot just as compelling as The Diviners. I adored the evolving friendship between Henry and Ling, and I found Henry to be hilarious. I'm also torn between Evie's love interests; I've always liked Jericho but Sam has grown on me.
If there's another three year gap between publication dates that is a-ok with me, because I know it'll be pos-i-tute-ly worth the wait.
Thank you to the publisher for my review copy.
I did nails for the cover of The Diviners, so I figured I would do nails for Lair of Dreams as well. I kept this one quite simple, and I think it makes a nice, subtle Halloween manicure.
I used 2 coats of Ulta3 Black Satin for the base, and acrylic paint for the detailing.