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....
©2012 Seanan McGuire (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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.
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
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.
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.
I seem to never tire of the urban fantasy/paranormal detective sort of books, e.g. the Dresden Files, The Hollows, Pax Arcana, etc. but this book and its series offers not only familiar styles of fun, but a fresh and approachable take on the notions of a contemporary world with paranormal elements. While not entirely unpredictable, the story is fast paced and fun with just the right amounts of romance and humor and great characterization. The reader's efforts are first-rate and make the book all the better. By the end of book I was grinning and punching the air with each squeaky cry of "Hail!" Find out what that means for yourself; you won't regret it if you're an urban fantasy fan.
I am a huge fan of the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire, so I've long had this series on my to-read list. Discount Armageddon did not disappoint, even though it is COMPLETELY different.
The combination of girlie girl and savvy warrior that makes up Verity Price, the protagonist, is a winner. Her smart, spunky personality make the book a really fun read. As per any Seanan McGuire book, her exploits take place in a carefully crafted fantasy world. I think the science/fantasy blend of her crypto-zoology is a particularly clever angle.
One small criticism regarding this book was there there is quite a bit of repetition about character backgrounds and creature descriptions. It is not so much to be irritating, but enough to be noticeable, or maybe it was more pronounced because I listened to the audio book.
Regardless, this is a really fun world that is chock full of interesting characters and critters. I can't wait to delve further with the other books of the series.
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