Discount Armageddon (InCryptid Series #1)

Discount Armageddon (InCryptid Series #1)

by Seanan McGuire

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Overview

First book in New York Times-bestselling Seanan McGuire's witty urban fantasy InCryptid series about a family of cryptozoologists who act as a buffer between humans and the magical creatures living in secret around us.

"The only thing more fun than an October Daye book is an InCryptid book." —Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Sookie Stackhouse series

Cryptid, noun: Any creature whose existence has not yet been proven by science. See also "Monster."

Crytozoologist, noun: Any person who thinks hunting for cryptids is a good idea. See also "idiot."

Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night...

The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity—and humanity from them.

Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right?

It would be, if it weren't for the talking mice, the telepathic mathematicians, the asbestos supermodels, and the trained monster-hunter sent by the Price family's old enemies, the Covenant of St. George. When a Price girl meets a Covenant boy, high stakes, high heels, and a lot of collateral damage are almost guaranteed.

To complicate matters further, local cryptids are disappearing, strange lizard-men are appearing in the sewers, and someone's spreading rumors about a dragon sleeping underneath the city...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756407131
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Series: InCryptid Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 60,154
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Seanan McGuire is a Washington State-based author with a strong penchant for travel and can regularly be found just about anyplace capable of supporting human life (as well as a few places that probably aren’t). Early exposure to a vast number of books left her with a lifelong affection for the written word, and led, perhaps inevitably, to her writing books of her own, starting somewhere around the age of eleven. The October Daye novels are her first urban fantasy series, and the InCryptid novels are her second series, both published by DAW and both of which have put her in the New York Times bestseller list. Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; Rosemary and Rue, the first novel in the October Daye series, was named one of the Top 20 Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Past Decade; and her novel Feed, written under the name Mira Grant, was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. She also won a Hugo for her podcast, and is the first person to be nominated for five Hugo Awards in a single year. You can visit her at www.seananmcguire.com.

What People are Saying About This

Alma Alexander

"Original, pacy, and hugely entertaining-Seanan McGuire knows how to tell a good story!"

Molly Harper

"Smart, whimsical and bitingly funny, Verity Price is a kick-ass heroine that readers will love. Just when I thought she couldn't surprise me again, she would pull some new trick out of her hat - or, in the case of her throwing knives, out of her corset. I would send Verity and my Jane Jameson on a girl's night out, but I'm afraid of the damage bill they would rack up!"

From the Publisher

"Smart, whimsical and bitingly funny, Verity Price is a kick-ass heroine that readers will love. Just when I thought she couldn't surprise me again, she would pull some new trick out of her hat - or, in the case of her throwing knives, out of her corset. I would send Verity and my Jane Jameson on a girl's night out, but I'm afraid of the damage bill they would rack up!" —Molly Harper, author of Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs
"Seanan McGuire's Discount Armageddon is an urban fantasy triple threat - smart and sexy and funny. The Aeslin mice alone are worth the price of the book, so consider a cast of truly ORIGINAL characters, a plot where weird never overwhelms logic, and some serious kickass world-building as a bonus." —Tanya Huff, author of The Wild Ways

"Original, pacy, and hugely entertaining-Seanan McGuire knows how to tell a good story!" —Alma Alexander, author of Worldweavers: Cybermage

"Mixing mythology and monster lore (plus a good helping of snark), Discount Armageddon is fast-paced, funny and boasts a salty-sweet heroine who can cha-cha, foxtrot, and kick ass––or any combination thereof––while she sprints her way across the rooftops of Manhattan, policing and protecting the denizens of New York City's supernatural community." —Amber Benson, author of How To Be Death

Amber Benson

"Mixing mythology and monster lore (plus a good helping of snark), Discount Armageddon is fast-paced, funny and boasts a salty-sweet heroine who can cha-cha, foxtrot, and kick ass––or any combination thereof––while she sprints her way across the rooftops of Manhattan, policing and protecting the denizens of New York City's supernatural community."

Tanya Huff

"Seanan McGuire's DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON is an urban fantasy triple threat - smart and sexy and funny. The Aeslin mice alone are worth the price of the book, so consider a cast of truly ORIGINAL characters, a plot where weird never overwhelms logic, and some serious kickass world-building as a bonus."

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Discount Armageddon 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
radioactive-hamster More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, lighthearted novel. I have suggested this book to many people, usually just by describing the premise and nearly everyone, even those who don't like fantasy and science fiction are interested. As someone who has read it, I can honestly say that it is a great book to read when you don't want something in depth. It's the novel version of a silly horror movie, where you aren't expecting much beyond entertainment. The only negative is have is McGuire's tendency to not tell you something unless it's immediately important. While "show, don't tell" is a common rule, introducing new species and not describing their secondary characteristics is a bit irritating.
Sue_Smiles More than 1 year ago
Absolutely hilarious. So so so worth the read! If you need a pick-me-up, enjoy fantasy, kick-butt heroines and ballroom dancing, this is the book for you! Thank you Ms McGuire!
AvidReaderAC4 More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. Its been a while since I laughed my butt off over a book. I powered through it in a day in a half because I couldn't put it down. In Verity's world it isn't out of the norm to be running around on roof tops and having a conversation with the local bogeyman. Being trained from childhood to be a sort of go between for the cryptids and humans she can not only handle herself in a fight against all the nastys but can tango her heart out. Living in New York to try and get her ballroom dancing career going she finds herself side tracked when the local cryptids start going missing, and to top if all off a member of the hated Covenant shows up and puts not only her life, but her familys in danger. This is a fast paced book that will keep you fully entertained the entire read, from the talking mice to her job working as a cocktail waitress for a bogeyman. You will not regret getting this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seanan McGuire and her alter ego (Mira) had already soared beyond the top of my list; she surpassed both her selves in a novel that is like an adult theme park! Cute and creepy things abound with tons of humor, mythology, and a dash of romance. Also beautiful word choice, religious mice, a psychic powerhouse cousin, and skimpy anime-esque school girl costumes. The obvious comparison is Buffy; however, less moping and more dark humor cause Verity to climb to a new path over the rooftops. This unique urban fantasy has to be one of the most fun books ever, and the style and quotes from relatives leaves room to explore the different generations! Now my only problem is waiting for more.
saoba More than 1 year ago
Smart, strong, funny heroine. Terrific world building. Fascinating supporting characters. Oh, by the way, in Verity's world there probably IS a monster under the bed.
springfield40 More than 1 year ago
I like Seanan McGuire's October Daye series. Its a very strong urban fantasy. I love Discount Armageddon. It combines the strong urban fantasy with humor and is just a delight
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, and will absolutely be reading the rest in the series..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real blast
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fun, entertaining read. Book 2 can't come fast enough!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big, big fan of this author! Absolutely LOVED this book! Can't wait for more!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Fun+story%2C++if+a+bit+predictable.
EowynA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An urban fantasy, the beginning of another series. Very detailed world-building, with a Men-in-Black feel - lots of really weird alien forms. Verity Price, our heroine, has a job (besides being a cocktail waitress) to protect the cryptids (non-humans) from another human force dedicated to hunting them down and exterminating them. So does her whole family, who broke off generations ago from the Covenant (exterminators). There are hints of a whole ecology of human / cryptid life - the disappearance of the last unicorn in England was linked to an increase in water-borne diseases, for instance. The setting is Manhattan. She meets a member of the Covenant, and needs to battle him to save the cryptids. But there is a rumor of a bigger problem - is there really a live dragon, asleep under the Island? The book is a quick romp, easily read, and follows the conventions of modern urban fantasy/ romance. Recommended.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: Snake, shapeshifters and dragons! Oh my! Brilliant and witty world-building to this Urban Fantasy series but long expositions and info dumping may turn off some readers.Opening Sentence: Verity danced circles around the living room, her amateurish pirouettes and unsteady leaps accompanied by cheers and exultations from the horde of Aeslin mice perched on the back of the couch.The Review:Verity Price comes from a family of monster hunters/sympathizers but all Verity wants to do is dance. She has moved to Manhattan to see if she could juggle her life as a cryptozoologist and a career in dancing. Her day job is a cocktail waitress for a strip club that is run by a bogeyman and she works alongside other cryptids. Verity¿s day job and her family name allow her to learn more about the cryptids in her community.The Price family broke away from the Covenant of St. George many years ago when they deemed that killing all monsters on site was cruel but also detrimental to the environment. The Covenant wants the Price family dead so the Prices have been in hiding ever since. Verity dances under another identity so as to not get caught. So the night when she gets caught in a Covenant trap by the sexy Dominic De Luca and gives away her family name right away made me wonder how smart she really is. Although I¿m sure it is because she thought she could take him out before he gave away her identity.Weeks pass since Verity met Dominic and she learns that cryptids have begun to go missing. Secretly she believes that Dominic is behind the disappearances but when she gets wind of something huge sleeping underneath the city she finds out something far more sinister is behind it. Verity and Dominic try to work together to learn more about the dragon sleeping under the city and who is behind all of the disappearances while figuring out if they can trust each other.Verity is smart (but that can be questionable at times), funny and sarcastic. Verity would be the fun friend at a party but to hang out with her would be dangerous. Also, Verity lives with a bunch of Aeslin mice which speak English and somewhat clean up after themselves but can that really be sanitary? The mice are hilarious company but they would probably drive me crazy with their many holidays. Dominic De Luca is a little more practical about the events that are going on around him but his Covenant brainwashing still makes him a little boneheaded.As the first book in a series Discount Armageddon comes off as a long info dump. Verity will go into long expositions about the creatures, what they are, how dangerous or not dangerous they are and if her family has any history with them. There are quite a few cryptids introduced in this book that make it a little hard to keep track of who is what but the Field Guide at the end of the book comes in handy at times. The world is dangerously deceptive but I relished the history and type of creatures that Seanan McGuire used in Discount Armageddon.Overall, Discount Armageddon is a fascinating take on a whole new Urban Fantasy series. If you don¿t like books with quite a bit of info dumping and long expositions then you may not care for this book but if you like sarcastic women, sexy men and interesting creatures then I would say give this book a try. I can¿t wait to see what is next for Verity Price and Dominic De Luca.Notable Scene: The darkness boiled, and out of it came the servitors. There was no posturing this time; they moved with the speed of striking cobras, coming too fast for me to count. This game was at least as large as the one Dominic and I fought off together, and that had been a close victory. If I couldn¿t find an escape route, the best I could hope for would be a swift and reasonably painless death. Piyusha¿s body provided a mute, horrifying example of what the worst would be. I launched myself into a high kick, my toe catching the lead servitor in the chin as I slashed out to e
rivkat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Our heroine, from a family that broke away from the nonhuman-hating Covenant in order to study ¿cryptids¿ and promote coexistence with the nonhomicidal variants thereof, doesn¿t really want to continue in the family business. She wants to dance! As she lives and works in NYC trying to make her dream come true, she encounters a dangerous and dangerously sexy member of the Covenant, and of course it turns out there¿s another enemy entirely to fear: someone else is making innocent cryptids disappear. I really like McGuire¿s (as Mira Grant) Newsflesh trilogy, and the October Daye novels are perfectly readable fantasy, but this book annoyed me because the noir-ish narration could not recognize when it had hit the punchline and needed to stop. A couple of nonrandom but representative samples: ¿What was the point of hide-and-seek if you weren¿t allowed to dig pit traps or attack your opponents from behind? That was the first time I realized how different our home life was from everyone else¿s. Everyone else wasn¿t being taught to fight a war.¿ ¿Ever try to hide a gun in a competition rumba costume? It¿s neither easy nor fun. The inner thigh holster that doesn¿t chafe has yet to be invented by man, beast, cryptid, or Price.¿ (Oh, yeah, she spends a lot of time talking about being a ¿Price girl,¿ which just gave me horrific flashbacks to Gale girls and I kept wondering why she was disparaging the boys in her family by implication.) Clever aphorisms aren¿t always: ¿Most of the time, there isn¿t time to adjust to whatever¿s going on before you have to deal with it. Life in our world is very sink or swim, and that¿s for the best. If you can¿t survive in the deep end, you should get out before you drown.¿ Really? If it¿s sink or swim, how do you get out without drowning? Who or what is the helpful lifeguard or life preserver helping you out of the deep end in this analogy? Anyway, I will watch out for McGuire¿s other stuff, but I will not reapproach this series without some indication of narrative improvement; it¿s a bit of a shame since I liked the rest of the worldbuilding.
TheDivineOomba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is fun, in vaporous, non serious sort of way. It doesn't try to be serious, or even try to make the cryptid world less obvious than it is... The story is flimsy, the main character a bit of a flake, the leading love rather cardboard... but still, this is pure fun, and the author keeps the romance appropriate (Sex in the bedroom, no sex during danger...) Total mind candy. Plus, I think the Aeslin Mice are absolutely wonderful... always feel like a God with a colony of cheering mice to welcome you home.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have been a longtime fan of Maguire's "Toby Daye" series so I was anxious to see what she would do with a new series. I am happy to announce that I loved "Discount Armageddon". This story is not nearly as dark as the Toby books but it still isn't all lollipops and roses. Innocent Cryptids are disappearing and maybe being murdered! Sure not all cryptids are decent and law abiding citizens but the cryptids in danger don't deserve what is happening to them. What are cryptids you may be asking? According to the book cryptids are "any creature whose existence has been suggested but not proved scientifically"...or to put it simply, a 'monster'. Enter our heroine Verity Price. Verity comes from a family line of people who hunt for cryptids and research them. They will take care of them if they are bad beyond redemption but they also see the value in the 'good' cryptids who are minding their own business. Not everyone believes the same way as the Price family. The Covenant is an organization that believes in completely eradicating all the cryptids. No cryptid is a good cryptid in their philosophy. Verity leads a double life...she has a public persona who competes in ballroom dance competitions...Verity's true life passion. Its the job of carrying on her family's profession that has her hiding from the Covenant and hunting the bad cryptids in the dark of the night. It is while she is hunting a cryptid that she finds herself face to face with a Covenant member named Dominic. Will they be able to work together on this one job? Will he find out about her ballroom dancing persona and out her to the Covenant who would like nothing more than to get their hands on any member of the Price family?I found this story to be completely enchanting and engrossing. I loved reading about all the unique cryptids they encountered. I love that the author gave us a nice field guide to the cryptids in the back of this book. Verity is so easy to root for! She is witty and headstrong but very empathetic to the innocent. She is also conflicted about whether she wants to be doing the ballroom -dancing full time. Each person we meet along the journey, cryptid or not, is a completely developed character. Maguire could have taken some short cuts but she never did. I found myself empathizing with characters while mourning the loss of others we had only recently met. The characters are where Maguire shines regardless of what series she is writing. This sets her apart from the other authors in her genre.There is no doubt that is going to be a must read series for me. My biggest question now is whether Verity will be the main character in the next book or if it will be from the view of another character of the Price family? I hope it will be Verity because I just adored her.
Shrike58 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this exercise of manga-like silliness, our heroine Verity Price is heiress to a demimonde of bizarre creatures and convoluted conspiracies, but would mostly just like to carve out a career as a serious dancer. That I don't rate this novel a tad higher is a factor of wanting to see if the author can sustain the "comic inferno" tone of this new series.
ronincats on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Did I say quick, fluffy and fun? Urban fantasy is an acquired taste, and within it, as in any genre, you find plenty of mundane stories with just the trappings, and I have found many popular series that are just that imho, and then occasionally you find the smart, clever stories that really make use of the trappings. This is one of the latter. I had already had very good experiences with McGuire's [Toby Daye] urban fantasy series, which has deep roots in Celtic and some Asian mythology and uses them to excellent effect. This is the first in a new series, a completely different world-building system which uses all the tropes of urban fantasy (supernatural creatures coexisting with humans, human guardians, hot guy who's on the enemy side) and completely morphs it into something original and fun. I have no idea, however, what the title has to do with the story. And there is one other picky issue that bothers me, but it's a human one, not a supernatural one. Message me after you read the book and I'll share it with you. But the cryptids are absolutely awesome!
Mardel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Discount Armageddon is told in first person, from Verity Price's point of view. Verity -or Very- is a snarky young lady out to prove herself to her family while staying under the weather of the Coven. There's this whole history of Price family members not only leaving the order, but convincing others to leave the order and see their point of view. The Coven is an organization that hunts without discrimination any other species that don't fall into the human category. They are so into keeping humans safe that they will annihilate whole species. Some generations back one of the family members noticed a link between the disappearance of one species and the out break of a strong disease outbreak that ended up killing thousands of people... When the Coven wouldn't listen, they went into hiding. The whole family has a price on their heads.Verity has been living in Manhatten, under cover as a dancer who tries out for dances and broadway shows. The dancing keeps her in shape and limber, closely following martial art moves. Not sure if this is accurate, but it works for the story. While she is trying out for different parts and shows, she is also making contact whenever she can with the cryptids {aka Monsters, or "others:", supernaturals} of the city. This is not easy, because people remember the Prices and other family members as killers of supernaturals and it's not easy to change habits and build trust when your family used to do its best to annihilate. But Verity has done an excellent job when she can.There's just one teeny little problem - suddenly cryptids are disappearing. It seems that most of the cryptids who are disappearing are also young , single females. And when Verity tries to get some informaiton out of a cryptid, things get even worse. Now whole families are disappearing as well as young, single females...And there's a rumor about a dragon....On top of that, it seems there is a young man from the coven getting in her way, making her drool, and generally wreaking havoc on her dance life, her undercover work and her emotions.Throughout all of this, Verity keeps of a steady stream of snark. I was engaged through out the entire book. There were a few places where I felt like I was reading an educational novel, but these were thankfully shortlived, and about interesting species. So not as bad as it could have been. The dialogue between characters was believable and extremely fun to read in most places. The narration was good, with only the occasional lecture tones. The fight scenes were pretty good, though I though Verity should trained more on how to hold on to her weapons - seriously the girl kept getting her weapons thrown or knocked out of reach and how is that anyway to win any fight? All in all, a fun book to read with a lot of humor thrown in to balance out the gore and suspense. Good mixIt appears to be the beginning of a series. Based on this first novel, I' open to buying the next upcoming novel, Midnight Blue Special which will come out in March of 2013. Not sure what's up with the titles - I really couldn't figure out where the discount came in....though it might have something to do with the...well, that would be a spoiler. *g* But seriously - Blue Light Special? is it going to take place in a greasy spoon or a K-Mart?As most people probably know by now - Seanan McGuire is not only the author of the October Daye series, but writes as Mira Grant the zombie series containing Feed and Deadline as well as poetry, songs and other things. There's something by her for everyone's taste.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Seanan McGuire fans rejoice. The wonder writer who introduced readers to the fantastic world of October Daye is back with a new series that offers another excellent heroine in a unique world that's full of action.Discount Armageddon introduces readers to Verity Price, a daughter of the famous Price family that has dedicated generations to studying the many strange monsters, bogeymen, demon and other things that go bump in the night. From birth, Verity has been trained as a crytpozoologist, though she'd rather just dance. After getting fed up with her life in Oregon, Verity moves to Manhattan for a year to pursue a professional ballroom dancing career (as in, tango, ramba, salsa, etc.) while finding a way to balance her family duties. Not only does Verity uncover a local nest of dangerous monsters, but find herself being pursued by a monster-hunting member of the Covenant, which would rather kill all the incryptids than try to persevere them. And it doesn't help that he's incredibly attractive.If you've read Seanan McGuire's October Daye novels, then you'll find that Discount Armageddon has many of McGuire's signature items: fun and quirky storytelling with kick-butt female characters and a unique and engaging world that pulls readers in and doesn't let them go. But fans should know: Verity's story is not nearly as dark as Toby's. In fact, Discount Armageddon offers a lighter approach with a little extra steaminess and a renewed sense of fun and excitement that's a breathe of fresh air to readers. And, I hate to say it, but as much as I love McGuire's October Daye novels, I think that the InCryptid series could overtake it as my favorite urban fantasy/paranormal romance series. Actually, I'll even admit that Verity is already giving Toby a run for her money in the awesome heroine category. Verity could totally kick any bad guy's ass, even in a miniskirt and stilettos. Though the concept feels a tiny bit awkward and convoluted, it's up to Verity to protect the incryptids of the world while learning to sashay across the dance floor. But it doesn't really help that she works at a local club for discerning gentlemen (read: strip club), that's crawling with incryptids. Verity, thankfully, doesn't work as a stripper, but the head of the establishment still requires somewhat skanky uniforms for servers -to the tune of short plaid skirts, mid-drift exposing T-shirts and way-too-high-heels. And, unfortunately, she ends up running around on rooftops late at night in this ridiculous outfit. Brimming with biting wit, quirky comments, wild occurrences and realistic issues, Verity is probably one of my favorite heroines in literature ever. I love her honest conflicts laced with quirky comments and high-paced action.Oh, the action. Discount Armageddon is certainly never short on action. It seemed like at virtually every turn there was something new and exciting going on that kept the plot constantly moving forward. And it only helps that this is set in such a unique and compelling world that has a lot of potential to grow into something incredible. And where Toby Daye has started to become a little stale, Verity has swooped in with something truly refreshing and downright fun. I truly cannot offer enough praise for this book.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love all the books I have read from Seanan McGuire so when I saw she was coming out with this lighthearted yet kick-butt InCryptid series I was excited. I have loved her October Daye series and also really enjoyed the Newsflesh series that she writes under the name Mira Grant. This was an excellent book; creative and so much fun, it exceeded my expectations. The second book in this series will be titled, Midnight Blue-Light Special and is due to release in March of 2013. Verity Price is a Price; she is also a cryptozoologist. The Price's went traitor against the Covenant some time ago and decided to turn from eliminating InCryptids to trying to help InCryptids live peacefully among humans. As such they've been hunted by the Covenant for a long, long time. Verity is a bit different than her family; she loves protecting InCryptids but she also loves ballroom dancing. She has moved to Manhattan to further her career as a ballroom dancer while keeping tabs on Manhattan's resident InCryptids. That is until Dominic, of Covenant origin, shows up to rain on Verity's parade...oh and then there's the whole thing about a dragon being asleep under the island.This book was an absolute riot from cover to cover; I loved it. It was hilarious, action packed, smart, creative, and just so much fun. This is urban fantasy with a lot of fantasy in it and a lot of sass. Verity is just the most awesome heroine. Sure she has to work in a sleazy bar to support herself, but in between that she helps out those who can't help themselves, protects humanity from things that go bump in the night, and still manages to pull off a killer tango. She's not perfect, she makes mistakes, sometimes she is even a little bit vulnerable. This makes her into a wonderfully engaging heroine that you are constantly cheering for.I also loved that despite her strange upbringing she still has a loving and caring relationship with her family. Granted most family doesn't lend help in the form of grenades and pit-traps...but you know each to their own. I love the religious talking mice that plague her apartment and turn the smallest random event into a strange religious holiday. I love the crazy creatures we meet throughout, you seriously never know what new type of creature is going to be lurking around the corner.As for the male lead, Dominic is incredibly well done. Him and Verity don't hit it off at all in the beginning, but it was interesting to watch them both learn and grow by listening to each other's perspective. I loved how their relationship grew into one of mutual respect and how they had to compromise to make things work. I also loved that even though there is a little romance, it's not what drives the world and storyline. It is subtle and wonderfully woven into a complex world and plot.The plot is part investigation (as Verity tries to figure out why single female InCryptids are going missing), part dungeon delver (Verity exploring sewers in hopes of figuring out the dragon mystery) and part ninja (think wall-hoping, roof-jumping, and other crazy forms of locomotion). It is unpredictable, but never confusing. This book was so darn hard to put down. I just had to know if they found the dragon and what was going to happen if they did find the dragon.The book ends at a good spot, but I am dying to see more adventures with Verity and crew. I also loved the one-liner quotes that opened up each chapter, they were hilarious.Overall I just love, love, loved this book. It reminds a little of the Nightside series by Simon Green; it's got that same type of dark, campy humor and similarly you never know what you will run into in the course of the story. Verity is one of those characters that constantly takes a licking and keeps on ticking; she is tough, smart, funny and is still easy to engage with. Pretty much all the characteres are awesome, the world is super creative, and the plot is full of fun surprises. I loved this book and cannot wait to r
STACYatUFI on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love The October Daye series so when I saw that Seanan had another series starting I knew I would be begging to get my hands on a copy. Seanan does not disappoint in the first book in her new InCryptid series. I found Verity to be entertaining, strong willed, and quite unexpectedly bad ass. She works as a waitress at a strip club, patrols and keeps the monsters in line in her territory, and cuts a rug whenever she gets a chance competing in ballroom dancing competitions. The price family was fascinating to learn about. They grow up training to be Cryptozoologists and fight on the opposite side of the monster killing Covenant of St. George. Every single one of the family has their own talents and I loved reading about what they can do and enjoy best. Verity gets unexpected help from a member of the Covenant when woman in her city start going missing. Dominic lives and breaths the Covenant but Verity and what she has to say throw his beliefs into a tailspin. I thought they worked very well together and I enjoyed watching them fight their attraction for each other in one breath and putting their hands all over each other in another. They will definitely be fun to watch in book 2.There was a great amount of action throughout the book. The cast of characters was vast and imaginative. The plot was fun and I had a great time reading the book from start to finish. OH and I cant forget the mice colony. Who would have thought of that?!? lmao, them and their holidays cracked me up. MIDNIGHT BLUE-LIGHT SPECIAL is scheduled for March of 2013.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lots of nerdy-goofy humor and clever, inventive writing. Includes ballroom dancing, light romance, family squabbles, religious mice, a Gothic Lolita were-bear, and discussions of xenophobia and genocide all wrapped in a tight package. I really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun! Sharp wit.