I am completely enamored by the theme of Memory in both the first book and this second book in the Strange Luck series. Memories can be both comforting and horrifying, sweetly true and devastatingly false. The Nightmare Birds takes this idea of Memory and cloaks it in mystifying darkness. I love it!
Daisy Darling is a brave girl who is not afraid to face the bad guy and her fears and her memories.
On Goodreads, I give The Nightmare Birds 5 out of 5 stars. Read my Goodreads impression below:
The Nightmare Birds has Daisy Darling off on a new adventure. Similar to Strange Luck, memory plays a big part in this second book. You feel for Daisy as she struggles to maintain her memories and her consciousness. What is real? How can we be sure our memories are true and not victims of mind manipulation? As Daisy discovers, we often miss out on the good memories if we only focus on the bad (or perceived bad) memories, and vice versa.
The Secret Theatre in this book is quite horrifying in that it shows how easily the populace is swayed and fooled.
In The Nightmare Birds, Daisy learns a few things about her identity and her past, and she learns a hard lesson in whom she can trust. Daisy is gutsy, to be sure, but she’s also vulnerable and big hearted. I like her!
The writing is crisp, and the plot is fast paced. This book is hard to put down, and it’s all over before you’re ready. The ending is abrupt, but it’s a promise of more adventures to come. I hope the wait isn’t too long because I really want to find out what’s in store for our Daisy.
Thank you to Amie Irene Winters for a free copy of The Nightmare Birds in exchange for my honest review!
“My thoughts turned to Mr. Black’s first lesson that we cannot trust our own minds.” ~ chapter 15
“The only time that one can experience true terror is in a nightmare.” ~ chapter 15
What do you think?