Audio Review: Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2) by Libba Bray (Author) & January LaVoy (Narrator)

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Title: Lair of Dreams

Series: The Diviners, #2

Author:  Libba Bray

Narrator:  January LaVoy

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Publication Date: August 25th 2015 by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group 

Format: Audiobook 

Source: Library (Overdrive)


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?

Yes, I finally listen to Lair of Dreams on audio on overdrive and I loved and enjoyed everything in Lair of Dreams. I can't tell you how much I love the Diviners series so much, right from the very beginning chapters of Lair of Dreams grab my attention quickly and I couldn't stop listening to this amazing audiobook. Before I get into on how much I fell more in love with Lair of Dreams, I just want to gush about the fantastic narrator January LaVoy. I just love how she voices every character distinctively and you can tell which character she is voicing I was not confused at all on who she was voicing in each chapter in this book.

And Mrs. LaVoy brought out each character's personality through her voice and the beautiful details she describes of the buildings, clothes, hairstyles, etc at New York City in the 1920s  I felt like I was there with the main characters in the 1920s. Ugh, I just couldn't stop listening too and I didn't want to put this audiobook down I wanted to listen to more about this magical era in the 1920s. Now there are different points of view in Lair of Dreams which I don't mind listening to different pov's I prefer listening to different pov's in audiobooks to me it makes the audiobook more intriguing and makes the plotline more complex for me.

But I did get to listen to one of my all-time favorite characters from the Diviners series pov's and that was   Henry DuBois. I just love him in the first book and I know there was more to Henry backstory so I was so happy and glad that I was getting to know and learn more about Henry DuBois's backstory in Lair of Dreams. I also got to know and learn more backstory of the other main characters but I love Henry backstory the most. All and all I loved and enjoyed reading Lair of Dreams I can't wait to listen to the next book  Before the Devil Breaks You hopefully soon!

Libba Bray (Author)

What is it about writing an author bio that gives me that deer-in-headlights feeling? It's not exactly like I'm going to say "I was born in Alabama…" and somebody's going to jump up and snarl, "Oh yeah? Prove it!" At least I hope not.

I think what gets me feeling itchy is all that emphasis on the facts of a life, while all the juicy, relevant, human oddity stuff gets left on the cutting room floor. I could tell you the facts–I lived in Texas for most of my life; I live in New York City with my husband and six-year-old son now; I have freckles and a lopsided smile; I'm allergic to penicillin.

But that doesn't really give you much insight into me. That doesn't tell you that I stuck a bead up my nose while watching TV when I was four and thought I'd have to go to the ER and have it cut out. Or that I once sang a punk version of "Que Sera Sera" onstage in New York City. Or that I made everyone call me "Bert" in ninth grade for no reason that I can think of. See what I mean?

God is in the details. So with that in mind, here is my bio. Sort of.


1. I lived in Texas until I was 26 years old, then I moved to New York City with $600.00 in my shoe ('cause muggers won't take it out of your shoe, y'know . . . riiiiight . . .) and a punchbowl (my grandmother's gift) under my arm. I ended up using the punchbowl box as an end table for two years.

2. My dad was a Presbyterian minister. Yes, I am one of those dreaded P.K.s–Preacher's Kids. Be afraid. Be very afraid . . .

3. The first story I ever wrote, in Mrs. McBee's 6th grade English class, was about a girl whose family is kidnapped and held hostage by a murderous lot of bank robbers who intend to kill the whole family–including the dog–until the 12-year-old heroine foils the plot and saves the day. It included colored pencil illustrations of manly-looking, bearded criminals smoking, and, oblivious to the fact that The Beatles had already sort of laid claim to the title, I called my novel, HELP. My mom still has a copy. And when I do something she doesn't like, she threatens to find it.

4. My favorite word is "redemption." I like both its meaning and the sound. My least favorite word is "maybe." "Maybe" is almost always a "no" drawn out in cruel fashion.

5. My three worst habits are overeating, self-doubt, and the frequent use of the "f" word.

6. The three things I like best about myself are my sense of humor, my ability to listen, and my imagination.

7. I have an artificial left eye. I lost my real eye in a car accident when I was eighteen. In fact, I had to have my entire face rebuilt because I smashed it up pretty good. It took six years and thirteen surgeries. However, I did have the pleasure of freezing a plastic eyeball in an ice cube, putting it in a friend's drink, ("Eyeball in your highball?") and watching him freak completely. Okay, so maybe that's not going down on my good karma record. But it sure was fun.

8. In 7th grade, my three best friends and I dressed up as KISS and walked around our neighborhood on Halloween. Man, we were such dorks.

9. I once spent New Year's Eve in a wetsuit. I'd gone to the party in a black dress that was a little too tight (too many holiday cookies) and when I went to sit down, the dress ripped up the back completely. Can we all say, mortified? The problem was, my friends were moving out of their house–everything was packed and on a truck–and there was nothing I could put on . . . but a wetsuit that they still had tacked to the wall. I spent the rest of the party maneuvering through throngs of people feeling like a giant squid.

10. I got married in Florence, Italy. My husband and I were in love but totally broke, so we eloped and got married in Italy, where he was going on a business trip. We had to pull a guy off the street to be our witness. It was incredibly romantic.

January LaVoy  (Narrator)

January LaVoy (born Trumbull, Connecticut) is an American actress, most recognized as Noelle Ortiz on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. LaVoy made her Broadway debut in the Broadway premiere of the play Enron at The Broadhurst Theatre on April 27, 2010.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you and thank you so much for stopping by my blog my friend.

  2. Glad you finally got to listen to it. Great review.

  3. I tried the first in this series because I love the author’s other series but ended up DNFing. I forget why. Now I want to try again! I didn’t realize there was more than one book!

    1. Yes there are other books in this series which I can't wait to listen to them on audio hopefully soon. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog my friend.

  4. Great review. Actually, I had never heard of her until her name cane up as one of the featured authors in a challenge I am doing this month.

    1. Libba Brey is an amazing author I love this series so much, thank you so much for stopping by my blog my friend.