Discount Armageddon: InCryptid, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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....
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 20 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||November 20, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #25,196 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#315 in Contemporary Fantasy
#455 in Urban Fantasy
#689 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
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This is an exceptional urban fantasy, both in the story line and the complex world building. We have the Covenant, an ancient cryptid-hunting organization, and the splinter faction, the Price family. The Covenant is stuck in their crypti-cidal doctrine, but the Prices seek to maintain balance among humans and cryptids and are viewed as traitors by the Covenant. There are numerous races of cryptids, both sentient and non. The human-like cryptids live relatively normal lives, and McGuire gives us a lot of great characters with distinct personalities, voices, and species-specific abilities, characteristics, and weaknesses.
But what I loved best was the humor. Verity is smart, sassy, and sarcastic. The family quotes at the start of each chapter are priceless (oops, accidental pun!) and the scene labels are witty and fun.
I might've gotten this one for free, but I've fallen into the get-the-first-book-free trap and have already paid full price for book 2.
The central character is Verity Price. And the central premise of the book (indeed, the entire series) is that the world is full of mysterious and sometimes magic creatures like werewolves, dragons, sasquatch, etc, referred to as "cryptids". Most people do not know of or believe in the cryptids. Verity's family members are the premiere experts on cryptids. They also see themselves as protectors of cryptids.. They are opposed by the Covenant of St George, an organization of mostly implacable monster hunters. The Prices and the Covenant have a history that goes way back, but you can read about that. To the extent that it believes in their existence, The Covenant views the Prices as The Enemy.
Because they deal constantly with dangerous cryptids and must also fear the threat of The Covenant, the Price children are brought up as martial arts/self-defense experts. Verity has guns and knives concealed in her scanty clothing at all times and knows how to use them. In a realistic detail, the Price kids lean towards rebellion against the strict family discipline. Verity's clothing is scanty because she wishes to be a professional dancer. She lives in New York, spends as much time as she can in dancing competition, and works as a a cocktail waitress to keep body and soul together. Being a Price is also a career, and she juggles dancing, waiting table, and helping cryptids with difficulty.
What all this description misses is the constant jokes she makes about her life. You can look at my Kindle highlights to get an idea of them, or just READ THE BOOK. Really, it's a gas.
I gather that we will meet other members of the Price family later in the series. I'm particularly looking forward to her little sister, Antimony.
The point I'm trying to make here is that there is a WHOLE LOT going on in this book. Monsters and mayhem and old things long forgotten. And some sexy times. Because sometimes you just can't resist the allure of a hard-bodied man who brings you food. AMIRITE OR AMIRITE?!?!
Anywho. Verity. The Price who likes to dance (as opposed to the Price who goes cave diving in hellish places [literally], the Price who digs pit traps during hide and seek, and the Price who is breeding cryptids down south. This family is basically awesome. TRUST ME.)...I lost my train of thought after that aside. Let me get back on. Verity's doing her thing. Which involves keeping Manhattan safe for both cryptids and humans. While cocktail waitressing. And hitting the ballroom dancing scene. Her life is weird, but it in the best sort of way.
You know, if you're into free running and bumping elbows with harpies and sexy dudes with a whole lot of training and resources and FANTASTIC arms. Really, who ISN'T into that?
I have to say, I'm looking forward to where this series takes me next!
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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Verity Price was an exception for me. She seemed to be genuinely committed to her line of work (or rather, both of them, which produces interesting problems), and she is surrounded by fascinating supporting characters. Even the love interest worked, although it was rather obvious in an "Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr Darcy" kind of way. And McGuire's has managed to create loads of new supernatural species that come to life (as opposed to being the dull chaotic muddle that so often happens when fantasy writers attempt to fabricate a new creature). I think I like the happy religious mice best - but maybe the cuckoo deserves the top spot. Or the princesses.....
My only reservation, curiously enough, is that this is the first of a series. "Discount Armageddon" works very well in its own right; my fear is that it will spawn a host of sequels where the sparkling imagination displayed here becomes tarnished through overuse. I really hope I'm wrong, but it is a common fate with succesful fantasy these days.
This is a well written example of the genre, but there is nothing particularly new or inventive about it. Having come to McGuire from her superlative Wayward Children series, I found this disappointingly mediocre by comparison.
I'll start by saying that I love Seanan McGuire, and I'm a huge fan of her October Daye series (starts with Rosemary and Rue, if you're interested!), but I've never read her Mira Grant series and for some reason I was a bit anxious about starting a new on especially as this one seems so odd!
What I've come to love about Seanan McGuire is that she's so unique, and I read alot of urban fantasy so I hope that I'm a good judge of that! I can tell that she's having a huge amount of fun with this book, yet it's just as meticulously researched and well written as her other series.
Verity Price is from a long line of cryptozoologists who make it their business to help keep the cryptids (monsters to you and me) safe and harm free. They will hunt them down and kill them if they go bad, but generally it's all about looking after them. There's a new guy in town and he's hunting the monsters too...
Verity wants to be a ballroom dancer and she has a family of talking mice living in her apartment. This should tell you a bit about the story; it's fun, original, quick paced, interesting and has a little romance too. It's part of a new series and I'll definitely be getting the next book.
It's almost like a separate series with fun and creative characters and an engaging plot.