Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire (InCryptid #1)
Published by DAW on March 6th, 2012
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 352 pages
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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...
- Cryptozoology! As a person who studies real organisms professionally and loves fantasy, of course I have to love the idea of cryptozoology being able to study real mythical creatures ;-). I love that Verity really does approach the creatures with a scientific mind; as much actual biology as possible is draped around the magical critter, which makes my inner biologist happy.
- Ballroom dancing – You don’t see ballroom dancing in urban fantasy every day! In fact, that’s probably what makes this series completely unique as far as I’m aware. So if you like ballroom dancing and urban fantasy, you need this series.
- Non-typical romantic storyline – I appreciate that Verity doesn’t worry about there being a strong romantic relationship before physical intimacy if that’s what everyone involved wants. The sort of ‘out of order’ nature of this romance appeals to me since it’s how real relationships often proceed and that’s fine!
- Dragons! Need I say more really?
- Talking mice – Verity has a colony of intelligent, talking mice living in her closet. These mice are very religious and make whatever human is around their deity. Therefore they celebrate holidays revolving around particularly hilarious and embarrassing moments in Verity’s life and cheer quite frequently. They are adorable.
- Ballroom dancing ranks above cryptozoology??? Look, I’ve taken ballroom dancing classes and it was fun and I don’t have any opinion on whether one of these things is a better use of time than the other. However, I just don’t understand the idea that Verity is torn about which of these things she wants to spend her life doing. The answer is so painfully obvious to me that I want to shove her out of her story and take her place >.>.
- Not in love with the characters yet – Some characters win my heart in the first book, some take longer. Verity is the kind of character that I don’t have a friend crush on (i.e. I’m not dying to be her friend). I think we’d get along fine, but not ever reach best friends level. Therefore, it’s going to take me a while to become emotionally attached to her and her friends.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
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