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....
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Once again I wish the producers were paying better attention to the narrator's pronunciation. People with waaan complexions instead of wahn. Saying "antimony" as if it rhymes with "alimony" throughout. Both of those examples multiple times plus quite a few others. Also the Italian main character with a vaguely British accent. I could over look that- I can't do an Italian accent either. And it was at least consistent. The narrator was a good reader, I always felt she understood what she was saying and she portrayed the main female character with just the right amount of sass. But someone ought to be catching the glaring mispronunciations before the audiobooks are published.
This was a fun start to the series. I loved Verity's narrative voice and sarcastic attitude, although I did find her non-stop references and comparisons to ballroom dancing a little annoying after a bit. I did not, however, enjoy the narrator for the audiobook very much. While she did a good job of voicing Verity, most of her other voices bothered me, especially the one she used for Dominic. As a whole, I enjoyed reading the book in print far more than listening to it. If I decide to continue with the series, it will be in print format.
Love this author. I've read all of the October Daye books at least twice, and I'm delighted that she's publishing another series (although I hope there is more Toby to come!) Since my favorite genre is Urban Fantasy, I've got a lot of practice with "suspending disbelief" and I needed those skills for this book.... The premise is fun and different, the overall story is great, but the details kind of poked at the edges of what I'm willing to swallow. I guess I found the lead characters just a bit too perfect. It almost seems like an earlier effort that was written before the author had fully developed her style, and is just now getting published. You know that anything titled "book 1" the hero is not going to die, but the whole time there never seemed the slightest possibility of anything other than falling in love and beating the bad guys. There is, however, some really good stuff unexpected stuff here (the dragon! the mice! love them!)
I'm afraid I never did warm up to the narrator. The writing makes up for what I found as an annoying voice and other folks seem to like Ms. Bauer just fine. I'm in for Book 2 regardless but would be pleased to see a switch in the narrator choice.
I can't wait to read the next in this series. The little religious mice were adorable and I can't wait to see what happens in the relationship between Verity and Dominic. The narrator does a good job creating a separate voice for each character, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone
the story was good it keep my interest and made my bus rides to class not seem so long. I like that they used new types of monsters in the book then the norm. the only majr problem I had with the book was the narrator she did a great job for most the book but there were a few clear mistakes in her reading ruined my immersion define. this mostly happened when she is speaking out someone and calls a lady him or calling a man she.
Say something about yourself!
I love the October Daye Series and Sparrow Hill Road (the first book I read by her) so when I realized Seanan McGuire had another series I hadn't read, I eagerly spent my credit and even bought a paperback copy. And... it left me underwhelmed, I didn't even finish it.
To be fair, it's not badly written per say, it's just that I didn't like the characters or the storyline and I didn't think it was up to Ms. McGuire's usually amazing world building. It felt liked the entire thing was forced and rushed.
I did like the fact that the main character was into ball room dancing, that was interesting and new. Her family was cool as well. But for a child trained from a young age in fighting styles and tactics, she made too many mistakes and should have been dead a few times over. She got caught in a hunter's snare in the beginning of the book, okay fine. She was parkouring over a roof-top, it could have happened. But then as much as she talks about her weapons, she never uses them. And then when she does her gun runs out of bullets! Really?! As ex-military, who qualified in 5 different guns, you know your weapons and their capabilities. Even when I was shooting a 50 cal which you can't really mentally count, I could keep an eye on the belt to know when it was reaching the end. You keep one eye on what you're shooting at, and one eye on your ammo count!
The plot was boring, so much so in fact that even though I didn't finish, I don't care enough to find out who the killer is. The romance aspect didn't appeal to me either. And since I really couldn't get behind either character's moral stance, I didn't care. Example, Verity Price let a ghoul live after killing 15 girls because he hadn't had a "warning" yet. What? Kill the bastard, he can't be trusted. Then the Covenant guy, kills a InCryptid just because he doesn't look human, it hadn't done anything! There's got to be a happy medium. The Prices were too "nice" and the Covenant were too kill happy. It made for very unlikable characters.
On a good note, I liked the talking mice. Could they have their own book?
Narrator was fine.
It seems like there are plenty of people who like this series, and that's great. But I'm not one of them and after reading her amazing October Daye, I expected better.
Verity Price just wants to be a professional ballroom dancer and leave the family business behind. However, when female Cryptids start disappearing, strange lizard men are in the tunnels and there's a rumor of a Dragon sleeping under Manhattan she trades in her dancing shoes.
This was a pretty cute start to what I think will be a fun series. There was humor, action, a bit of romance and all kinds of unusual supernaturals (Cryptids). I enjoyed it and plan to see where things go from here.
I loved Emily Bauer. I would not try something else from McGuire
Her separate characters and accents were very good. She even helped my try to take some rediculous stuff in the story seriously.
Author did not convince me he had any experience in anything about which he was writing - not fighting or ballroom dance or weapons or anything. If you take out all of the main character's references to how many weapons she has hidden in her clothes, there's only a couple of pages left. I don't believe it. If you really are attacked all the time (which she isn't) so you think you need weapons, you don't spend all day thinking about it. And if you aren't attacked all the time, you seem like a toss-waffle for jawing about it constantly.
The romance doesn't make sense and is jarring. It's cliche after cliche with monsters passing off as humans.
I will say I loved the Aesyn (spelling?) Mice.
Reader's performance was wonderful - the only redeeming thing about this. She did fantastically well with what she had to work with.
Reading and listening to books is a way of life for me I love to get out of my world and immerse myself in something new
Yes, I loved the snark, humor and creativity of the story
Iron Druid perhaps.
Not that I can recall
I laughed several times!
Fun story and different.
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