Series: InCryptid #1
Published by DAW Narrator: Emily Bauer
Length: 11 Hours 20 Minutes
on November 20, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Source: Personally Purchased via Audible.com
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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 is the first book in Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid series. With a lot of worldbuilding and characters lining the pages this book was a “down the middle” for me.
I had been eyeballing this book for quite some time. Honestly, the cover itself invoked the same kind of mixed reaction that reading the book invoked. Kind of a mixture of WOW and SAY WHAT? Verity was a great strong female lead, but I felt the focus on her body image was a bit over the top. Maybe it was because I understand the rules of the ballroom dancing that was a big part of her life or maybe it was just because I overthought it. The conflict between Verity and Domenic was a bit predictable. Domenic was the standard brainwashed crony from an ancient society hell bent on killing everything non-human.
The good is as simple as this – I am truly hoping a lot of this book felt off because of the copious amounts of world and character building going on. Since I wasn’t expecting a romance per-se I was a bit surprised by the relationship being part of the story at all. I really enjoyed the interactions of Verity and her family unit that she was not geographically close to, but still remained very much a part of the family. Verity was a strong and confident female lead and that added another aspect to enjoy.
Audiobook Thoughts: Emily Beaur manages to pull of a young and quick female lead just as easily as an english gent hell bent on exterminating everything non-human. The narration flowed smooth and I loved the variations in the characters Beaur pulled off creating unique feel for each character. I enjoyed this audiobook and honestly have no complaints!
I rate Discount Armageddon 3 out of 5 Bullets
I personally purchased this title. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.
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