Midnight Blue-Light Special
Written by: Seanan McGuire
Sequence in Series: Book 2
Page Count: 368 pages
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Scifi | Urban Fantasy
Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
1. Any creature whose existence has been suggested but not proven scientifically. Term officially coined by cryptozoologist John E. Wall in 1983.
2. That thing that's getting ready to eat your head.
3. See also: "monster."
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 when her work with the cryptid community took her to Manhattan, she thought she would finally be free to pursue competition-level dance in earnest. It didn't quite work out that way...
But now, with the snake cult that was killing virgins all over Manhattan finally taken care of, Verity is ready to settle down for some serious ballroom dancing—until her on-again, off-again, semi-boyfriend Dominic De Luca, a member of the monster-hunting Covenant of St. George, informs her that the Covenant is on their way to assess the city's readiness for a cryptid purge. With everything and everyone she loves on the line, there's no way Verity can take that lying down.
Alliances will be tested, allies will be questioned, lives will be lost, and the talking mice in Verity's apartment will immortalize everything as holy writ--assuming there's anyone left standing when all is said and done. It's a midnight blue-light special, and the sale of the day is on betrayal, deceit...and carnage.
Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire
There is something about the combination McGuire's quirky, pop-culture inclusive writing and masterful cultivated urban fantasy world that the cryptids reside that make this story jump off the pages.
Verity Price is a human cryptozoologist, on her first alone mission in NYC. She has become the romantic interest to Dominic DeLuca, a member of the monster and Price family hunting Covenant of St. George. Dominic warns Verity to get out of town the big bosses are coming to destroy her family and all the cryptids that reside in the city. But Verity isn't down with that, she calls in some reinforcements of her own as well as trying to rally the local cryptids to her side.
Verity must decide if she can trust Dominic or will he return to his life long training.
Lots of action, battles and warrior mice. Ok, I love the mice.
Everything about this story calls to my urban fantasy loving side. The quirky, fun, and highly unusual characters that liter that pages as well as the conflict between right and wrong, trust and betrayal.
In the end, I can't help but recommend this highly entertaining read.