Apr 18, 2013
Title: Discount Armageddon (InCryptid #1)
Author: Seanan McGuire
Release Date: March 6th 2012
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 installment of Seanan’s InCryptid series. I have to admit; if it hadn’t been thrust into my hands by a friend (and then promptly led to the sales counter) I probably wouldn’t have read it based on its cover. Half dressed female, posing provocatively with a samurai sword strapped to her back and gun in hand. “No thankyou” was my first thought. I distinctly remember thinking that this would be another ‘I’m a supposedly strong independent woman, but I need a man to come sweeping in at the last moment to save me. Like, every single time.’ Those books make me sad.
I am not ashamed to say that I was wrong. Oh so wrong. The scantily clad cover makes sense when you realize the context it’s done under. Verity Price is a professional ballroom dancer (hence the ability to run better in heels than in flats), who fights supernatural crime in her evenings and just so happens to have a colony of talking mice who worship her. Seriously, I want I colony of mice that make festivals of off handed comments I make.
There’s also a love interest, which is less, ‘I need a good strong man to save me’ and more ‘You are cute. I think I will keep you around’. A relationship based off mutual respect and quick witted lines, I love it.
The writing is fast paced, action packed and filled with quirky throw out lines. I found myself quickly immersed in the universe of this book and I ended up finishing in one sitting because I just had to know what happened next.
I love everything about this book; the plot, the characters, the writing style, just everything. I also love that the author clearly does not sleep, as the second book installment is already out and is just as awesome.
In terms of whom I’d recommend this book for I’d say the 20’s-30’s age group and those with a quirky sense of humour. Here’s an example of this quirky humour in the book that keep going on about; “That isn’t an answer.” I planted my hands on my hips. “Was there a reason for shoving the gummy bears off the counter? Did they tell you they were suicidal? On second thought,” I raised a hand, palm out, “don’t answer that. If the candy is talking, I don’t want to know.”
Also Aeslin mice, I have a fridge filled with cheese and cake. Just saying.
Reviewed by Serena