Discount Armageddon (InCryptid, #1)

By Seanan McGuire

Rating: 4 stars

The Price family have been cryptozoologists for generations, studying and protecting mythical creatures — cryptids — from humans (and sometimes vice versa). But Verity Price wants to be more, she wants to be a ballroom dancer! But when cryptids start disappearing, and the Prices’ old enemy, the Covenant, reappears, it’s up to Verity to protect her city. If she can do it backwards and in high heels, so much the better.

This was such a fun book. Verity is a great protagonist and narrator. The story bounces along at a good pace and you’re never far from a decent action scene. It’s moderately predictable and when tall, dark and brooding turns up, you won’t have to work hard to guess a) who he is and b) that they’ll end up doing the horizontal tango. But it’s an enjoyable romance and he’s a decent character, who’s given room to evolve. Verity does sometimes feel like she auditioned for Buffy, but has enough of her own personality and the twist of the Prices wanting to protect the cryptids from humans keeps it from feeling too familiar.

This is a book that’s made much easier to read in the age of the Internet, where if I don’t recognise what a therianthrope is, I can just google it (humans who can shapeshift into an animal, so a more general sort of werewolf), but McGuire keeps such interruptions limited, so it’s not something that ever becomes frustrating.

There are plenty more books in the series, which is fine by me. The world is big and interesting enough to make more visits welcome.

Book details

ISBN: 9781472113139
Publisher: Corsair
Year of publication: 2012

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