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Discount Armageddon (Incryptid, Bk 1)
Discount Armageddon - Incryptid, Bk 1
Author: Seanan McGuire
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,...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780756407131
ISBN-10: 0756407133
Publication Date: 3/6/2012
Pages: 352
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3.8 stars, based on 57 ratings
Publisher: DAW
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Audio CD
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reviewed Discount Armageddon (Incryptid, Bk 1) on + 2527 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I love all the books I have read from Seanan McGuire so when I saw she was coming out with this lighthearted yet kick-butt InCryptid series I was excited. I have loved her October Daye series and also really enjoyed the Newsflesh series that she writes under the name Mira Grant. This was an excellent book; creative and so much fun, it exceeded my expectations. The second book in this series will be titled, Midnight Blue-Light Special and is due to release in March of 2013.

Verity Price is a Price; she is also a cryptozoologist. The Price's went traitor against the Covenant some time ago and decided to turn from eliminating InCryptids to trying to help InCryptids live peacefully among humans. As such they've been hunted by the Covenant for a long, long time. Verity is a bit different than her family; she loves protecting InCryptids but she also loves ballroom dancing. She has moved to Manhattan to further her career as a ballroom dancer while keeping tabs on Manhattan's resident InCryptids. That is until Dominic, of Covenant origin, shows up to rain on Verity's parade...oh and then there's the whole thing about a dragon being asleep under the island.

This book was an absolute riot from cover to cover; I loved it. It was hilarious, action packed, smart, creative, and just so much fun. This is urban fantasy with a lot of fantasy in it and a lot of sass. Verity is just the most awesome heroine. Sure she has to work in a sleazy bar to support herself, but in between that she helps out those who can't help themselves, protects humanity from things that go bump in the night, and still manages to pull off a killer tango. She's not perfect, she makes mistakes, sometimes she is even a little bit vulnerable. This makes her into a wonderfully engaging heroine that you are constantly cheering for.

I also loved that despite her strange upbringing she still has a loving and caring relationship with her family. Granted most family doesn't lend help in the form of grenades and pit-traps...but you know each to their own. I love the religious talking mice that plague her apartment and turn the smallest random event into a strange religious holiday. I love the crazy creatures we meet throughout, you seriously never know what new type of creature is going to be lurking around the corner.

As for the male lead, Dominic is incredibly well done. Him and Verity don't hit it off at all in the beginning, but it was interesting to watch them both learn and grow by listening to each other's perspective. I loved how their relationship grew into one of mutual respect and how they had to compromise to make things work. I also loved that even though there is a little romance, it's not what drives the world and storyline. It is subtle and wonderfully woven into a complex world and plot.

The plot is part investigation (as Verity tries to figure out why single female InCryptids are going missing), part dungeon delver (Verity exploring sewers in hopes of figuring out the dragon mystery) and part ninja (think wall-hoping, roof-jumping, and other crazy forms of locomotion). It is unpredictable, but never confusing. This book was so darn hard to put down. I just had to know if they found the dragon and what was going to happen if they did find the dragon.

The book ends at a good spot, but I am dying to see more adventures with Verity and crew. I also loved the one-liner quotes that opened up each chapter, they were hilarious.

Overall I just love, love, loved this book. It reminds a little of the Nightside series by Simon Green; it's got that same type of dark, campy humor and similarly you never know what you will run into in the course of the story. Verity is one of those characters that constantly takes a licking and keeps on ticking; she is tough, smart, funny and is still easy to engage with. Pretty much all the characteres are awesome, the world is super creative, and the plot is full of fun surprises. I loved this book and cannot wait to read Midnight Blue-Light Special when it comes out. Very highly recommended for all those urban fantasy fans out there; in fact if you are a swords and sorcery type of fantasy fan you may want to give this a try...it has more fantasy than a lot of other urban fantasies out there.
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One of the best books I've read lately. Fun and funny but not fluffy. It's has a Molly Harper humor - but balanced by an "on-steroids" Ilona Andrews creativity and world-building + a Jennifer Estep heroine (who brings the hurt but is neither too perfect or too bloody). It isn't gritty but also isn't angsty or fluff-like. Just a great all around urban fantasy book.
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I really liked this book, more fantasy with all the beastie types but Verity is quite funny, tongue in cheek humor and I loved all the cranky cryptids.
Plus, I love the funny sayings and journal excerpts at the beginning of each chapter. Won't be for everyone, might start a little slow and have too much description and world-building at the beginning and throughout... but I thought it was awesome.
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reviewed Discount Armageddon (Incryptid, Bk 1) on + 1051 more book reviews
I enjoyed this read with its many creatures and delightful heroine, Verity Price. Alas, it reminded me of the Black Jewels series with romance thrown in as she fights those who would unsettle her territory (the city, in this case). Of course, there are subtle differences. Those of the covenant are like people whose beliefs are set in stone. Yet, her associate from the covenant learns to respect those who are different and respects her valor and values while he fights by her side. Yes, it's a good read and I liked it. No doubt this is the beginning of a series for the author.
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A sharp, witty urban fantasy. The Price family is a delightful, scary dysfunctional family. I love the Aeslin mice. Fun and entertaining. There is a "Price Family Field Guide to the Cryptids of North America" included at the end of the book as well as a playlist to "rock you through Verity's adventures".
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Verity was very easily liked, she had a sharp sense of humor, and a mind that was curious but didnt go headlong into danger when she could help it.

BUT, throwing herself from roofs, bouncing off walls, running over rooftops, swinging from fire escapes, not quit believable. Well, there was the repetition. We were told several things repeatedly, and that got old really quickly. That was MY main grip so I skipped some of those parts.

The mice. I think a few more embarrassing moments with them would have been funnier than the quips, but I'm hopeful for future books.

Might not be everyones cup of urban fantasy tea.

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