“I require something so horrifically alcoholic that it makes livers tremble with fear and run for their lives when its name is uttered.”
Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire
Summary: Verity Price still doesn’t know if she wants to be professional ballroom, or a professional cryptozoologist like the rest of her family. She also doesn’t know if the handsome Dominic De Luca is her boyfriend or her enemy. But when the enemy of the Price family descends upon New York, she needs to decide faster than the Aeslin Mice can declare a religious holiday…
Review: I didn’t think the second book in the InCryptid world could top the first book, but McGuire did it again. Each page of this novel kept me hooked till the end, and left me wishing for more!
The slight problem I had with Discount Armageddon was a lot of information was thrown at the reader. In this book, the pace is a bit slowed down, and it made a difference. Don’t get me wrong, the storyline was still action-packed, but the pacing of the action never felt overwhelming. I got lost in Verity’s (and Sarah’s) adventures. From the building hopping to Verity’s romantic musings, the tale just kept moving.
The world was pretty well set up in the first book, but this book expanded on our understandings of the various cryptids. We learned that even if they look human, they may still not be mammals, and even if they don’t look human, doesn’t mean they lack humanity. We were introduced to some new characters, like Verity’s grandmother, Uncle Mike, and some nasty Covenant members.
McGuire’s characters are very rich. The Toby Daye series is a bit more serious, and subdued, and the characters are nuanced beautifully as a reflection. The InCryptid series is fast paced and lively, and the characters are just as alive (even our very rigid hero, Dominic). We see the fears and emotions of every character and interpreted as our own. My favorite was Sarah because she is such a lovely and complex character. She is not a superhero, yet she has to step up, despite her fears. Another reason why I liked Sarah was because for a few chapters, we got her POV. It just gave another dimension to her and the story. I love it.
This book is through and through urban fantasy, but the romance is super sweet. They have a forbidden love going, a Romeo and Juliet type romance. I am partial to those. 😉 Do they end up like the Shakespearean heroes? Or do they receive a happily ever after? I’m not telling you! Go read the book!
Violence: Some torture scenes, shoot outs, and fights. While there is quite a bit, it’s pretty mild compared to other UF books.
Sex: non descriptive sex scenes and kissing
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Series Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Next Book: “Half-off Ragnarok” comes out March 2014, and it will be from Alex’s POV.