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Fifth book in Seanan McGuire's funny and fast-paced urban fantasy InCryptid series, featuring ballroom dancer and monster expert Verity Price.

Verity Price is back on the West Coast and getting back into the swing of the family business: cryptozoology. She's rescuing cryptids from bad situations, protecting them from monster hunters, and generally risking life and limb for the greater good, with her ex-Covenant partner/husband, Dominic, by her side. Her ballroom dance career is behind her - or so she thinks.

When Verity gets the call from the producers of Dance or Die, the reality show she almost won several years before, she finds the lure impossible to resist, and she and Dominic are off to LA for one last shot at the big time. Of course, nothing is that simple. When two contestants turn up dead, Verity will need every ally she can find with the investigation, without blowing her cover....

©2016 Seanan McGuire (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Fun

The story is lots of fun. Seanan McGuire has created a fun and unusual counter world full of cryptid/monsters with lots of quirky personalties. The reading is good, very listenable. I'm finding it a little disconcerting that Verity's (now) husband has gone from being a Brit, with a British accent, to something vaguely Indian sounding. But by and large the characterizations are very good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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This series continues to deliver!

In the latest volume of the Incryptid series we return to the perspective of the original main character, Verity Price. She is as fun and engaging as ever and this book is a very enjoyable continuation of the series. More details of the Price family, both past and present, unfold in the background like a second setting for the story. I can't wait to hear more. I hope that Ms. McGuire continues to work from this world for some time to come.

Emily Bauer gives a skillful performance making for a great listen. I punched the air with joy the first time I heard her cry "Hail!" I have no complaints about her work, but I will admit I wish they would team Ms. Bauer and Mr. Porter, reader for the preceding two books, up as a team. That would be a freight train of fun listening in the urban fantasy world.

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Its great

Took a break from series and jumped back in. Works as a series finale if it was one. Things come full circle with dragons and dancing. Characters are interesting, well formed and with agency. There is action, suspense, drama. So, I liked it.

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  • BikeVON
  • Southfield, Mi, United States
  • 09-28-16

Still love it!

It was wonderful to be back with Verity Price! I have a bias for this series. We get a wonderful surprise with the appearance of the famous Grandma Alice. This is the time when Verity must make the choice for her life. Will she be a dancer or a cryptozoology? This decision not only affects her but Dominic as well. They are now happily married. Remember they had to leave New York because of the Covent.

So I am happy as a two-year-old playing in the rain on a warm day. Verity/Valerie is dancing! That has never played a large part of the plot. We meet her friends, she actually has a BFF and her dance partner. Of course when you have dancers, there is always a bitch and that is no difference here. We are taken on a view of the world of competitive dancing. To document the adventure, we have the Aeslin mice! I love them and how every day is a day of celebration. A one point where Verity and Dominic wants a little privacy, they offer the mice food. A mouse said, “you are doing that to get rid of us” LMAO … Hail

The Price never goes anywhere where there is not a problem. That holds true here. With bodies showing up Verity/Valerie is torn between dancing and saving lives. Of course she can do both. We have dancers, dancers who are monsters (really), Dominic (he took the last name of Price… my man!), mice (Hail) and Alice (grandmother/sister), dragons, and displaced races. We have got a great Price story. As I said, I am biased. Some of the reviews are negative, it is your choice in the end. Hey when is Antimony Price, the younger sister of Verity and Alex get her story?

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good story but I didn't like the male voices

I am happy with the story and like having Verity and Dominic back in action. I thought the narrator did well on the female voices but the men were awful and spoiled the feeling for me.

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Fun, but not my favorite InCryptid book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It was a fun story overall. The Dance or Die crew was a little too obviously the SYTYCD host/judges with different names. For me it detracted from the story. For some people it would probably be a plus.

What did you like best about this story?

McGuire gets into what it is like to be a dancer on reality television which I enjoyed. The Aeslin mice are always great.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Unfortunately she constantly mispronounces words (tarot, catechism, obligate, Cthulu, to name just a few), and her accents are atrocious (the British judge/producer was bad, the Irish witch was beyond bad, and I couldn't even tell what kind of accent Dominic was supposed to have). She does a decent job differentiating between who's speaking and does a great job with the Aeslin mice,

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

If Joss Whedon was producing it, yes.

Any additional comments?

I did enjoy the book, but this will likely be the last InCryptid audio I listen to. I'll switch to print for the next book, because the narration is getting too frustrating for me.

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love this series

it was great. it's fun and fast. The mice are particularly hilarious. recommend the Whole Series

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Murder, dance-offs and new cryptid friends made fo

Each book in the series deals with one Price and a cryptid-related mystery. Chaos Choreography was interesting in that we are dealing with a reality dance-off. It turns out some of the contestants are cryptids, including one of the announcers who asks Verity for a HUGE favor.

I really enjoyed the team that formed in solving this mystery. The murderer is specifically targeting contestants. Get eliminated…you die. It was suspenseful, but also had McGuire’s signature form of humor as we dealt with dragons, gecko type creatures, snake lovers and more. Verity consults with local cryptids and her family but to survive she will need to keep her wits about her and delegate. I really felt like Verity came into her own in Chaos Choreography. She makes peace with herself and trusts others to handle missions. This was such a big change from Manhatten and allowed other characters to shine.

McGuire did an excellent job giving us a real feel for the on-camera excitement and demands of a reality dance-off. While we knew early on what the symbols on the body stood for we encounter plenty of twists and kinks as the team worked to stop the killer(s). The final scenes were climatic and had me holding my breath from who would be eliminated to preventing the next murder.

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Yawning about the continual whine-fest

Sigh. I'm struggling to finish this book. It has nothing to do with the narration, but the story. The constant whining about her life choices, doing what she loves vs what her duties are; complaining about pain, time, winning, dancing (the tedium of dancing numbers and cattiness of other dancers to naseum).. I have stopped and started 3 different times now, I'm So sorry to say. I might be done with this series and stick with October Daye. I love this author, but this was not a good balance of story and charactor goals. Negativity abounds. Will miss the Aislan mice. Hail!!!

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I have really enjoyed this series.

The series talks about things that I am not necessarily familiar with, like dancing, but it's enjoyable. The series comes from two perspectives, one of a sister and one of her brother. I enjoy the writing and the pace and the bits of humor