Written by: Seanan McGuire
Sequence in Series: 1
Publication Date: April 3, 2014
Rating: 5 Stars
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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....
Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
As a “fan girl” of Seanan McGuire, I decided to check one of her other series and guess what...
It was the bomb! Everything I love in an urban fantasy!!! We've got that marvelous paranormal element highlighted by the humans that somewhat keep them in line. The wit and snark of a great heroin and the cast of side characters. An unfathomable foe with lots of twists and turns. But by far the one thing that stuck out to me was that fact the family we are following are crypotozoolists. Yes, they study and keep up with the paranormal community by cataloging them and keeping a detailed record, passed down by some amazing mice. Ok, it might be the mice that stole the show.
In the end, I found this story to be flat out fun with enough mystery, sexual tension and twists to pull me in and keep me invested.