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Midnight Blue-Light Special

InCryptid, Book 2
Narrated by: Emily Bauer
Series: InCryptid, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (878 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Cryptid, noun:

1. Any creature whose existence has been suggested but not proven scientifically. Term officially coined by cryptozoologist John E. Wall in 1983.

2. That thing that's getting ready to eat your head.

3. See also: "monster."

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 when her work with the cryptid community took her to Manhattan, she thought she would finally be free to pursue competition-level dance in earnest. It didn't quite work out that way...

But now, with the snake cult that was killing virgins all over Manhattan finally taken care of, Verity is ready to settle down for some serious ballroom dancing - until her on-again, off-again, semi-boyfriend Dominic De Luca, a member of the monster-hunting Covenant of St. George, informs her that the Covenant is on their way to assess the city's readiness for a cryptid purge. With everything and everyone she loves on the line, there's no way Verity can take that lying down.

Alliances will be tested, allies will be questioned, lives will be lost, and the talking mice in Verity's apartment will immortalize everything as holy writ - assuming there's anyone left standing when all is said and done. It's a midnight blue-light special, and the sale of the day is on betrayal, deceit...and carnage.

©2013 Seanan McGuire (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Seanan McGuire rocks...

I listen to a lot of urban fantasy, and having done so a lot of story lines grow old.

This series is refreshingly different in many ways. Not everything seems logical but it is not disturbingly so.
This second book after "Discount Armageddon" is even better - it has it all: lots of never heard of fantastical creatures with different abilities, suspense, action, fights, family, feelings and a bit of romance (which wasn't overdone) and of course a lovable heroine.

The story is highly entertaining and I kept listening without my thoughts wandering off.

I couldn't have wished for anything different in the narration. Refreshing and fitting.

Now I am hoping for a third book in the series in the not to far future.

As I think to be able to value reviews for oneself it would be good to know this listener's preferences, so some of my favorite UF authors are:
Kim Harrison (The Hollows)
Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels)
Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin)
Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock)
Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles)
Rachel Caine (Weather Warden)
Molly Harper
Charlaine Harris
and so on...

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Better than the first book

The story was much better than the first book, narration was good as well, and I liked this bok way much more than the first one. You get to know the Price family more here and what enemies they have, and Verity shows how strong and smart she is.

If you liked the first one, you will like this one even more.

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  • jackson, US, Canada
  • 03-06-13

I adore Seanan Macguire books!

Any additional comments?

This is exactly what I expect from a Seanan Macguire book. Fun, thoughtful, funny and filled with well written action sequences.

The only thing I regret is that there's not more of it but then I pretty much expected that too.

If you like Ilona Andrews or Patricia Briggs you're going to love this.

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Book 2 - Still Good

I still enjoyed it. The mice are just adorable and I could see a spin-off there. But the main character is still great and I still could't guess how things would turn out. Thanks for being outside the box on your storyline and plot. I love that about this author and will definitely be waiting to buy another book.

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  • Candise
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  • 04-18-14

great follow up

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the series is really good and has a different twist

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vary vary, because she is an awesome kick as# lead female. Has a great sense of humor and is sexy.

Have you listened to any of Emily Bauer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no. Some parts did get a little slow.

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InCryptids Prevail!

Not disappointed. Several story lines were tied up and the ending concluded with a sense of closure while still leaving an avenue for continuation if the author so desires. What I like the best about this story is how the InCryptids bonded together to defend their city thus showing that strength can come in numbers.

Would I recommend this series. Yes I would and if there is a third book, I would listen to it also. I think this is a good alternative to the Molly Harper books. While not as snarky and funny, they allow us to transition quite nicely. I for one always have a let down when I finish a series and have to go looking for another to to immerse myself. I needed a transition series after enjoying the Monster Hunters International, Jane Yellowrock, Cat and Bones, and the Circle Trilogy Series. Not to mention all of Molly Hunter's books.

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Thoroughly Entertaining

I read the first book before the audiobook edition was published. I was reluctant to listen to book two, because I was afraid the narrator's performance wouldn't jive with my perceptions of the characters. The preview was enough for me to fork over the credit, and Emily Bauer's narration turned out to be fantastic.

This book is a fantastic addition to the InCryptid series. I never could get into Seanan McGuire's October Daye series, but Verity Price has turned me into a fan of her writing. It has just the right balance of action and romance to appeal to almost everyone and the supporting characters keep things fresh and thoroughly entertaining.

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Another Winner for Seanan McGuire

I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this 2nd novel of the InCryptid Series, however, it pulled me in fairly quick and held me till the end. Although Verity goes through some extreme experiences in this book, the narrator's voice is so sweet and melodic that it sort of downplays the severity. I'm not saying that's good or bad, because otherwise she does a good job with the voices, it's just an observation. I look forward to reading more books as this series continues.

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Mispronunciations peppered the story

Loved the story, but was taken out of it by the frequent mispronunciations. Get this woman a dictionary!

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Improvements could be made, but very interesting

First off let me start by saying that the world of Variety Price is a very exotic and interesting world full of creatures that can and will engulf the reader with great ease. a special thank you too Emily Bauer whose beautiful voice brings the character of Variety to life and makes each and every moment with her a true joy to experience. the creatures and the effort put forth to add in as many creatures to the world from as many mythologies makes it a fascinating story and allows for a great deal of hilarious moment and an interesting array of powers. To this day i still love the little mice that live along with the main character.

Probably the one thing that stand out most within this series of books, in particular this one is the outstanding characters that Seanan McGuire has created. From love interest, friends and even the characters friends each one is a very interesting and clearly capable to hold their own ground with the story telling world. Each and every character shines in one element of the story and among all them very very few come off as background characters or simple voices on the side. this is where Seanan McGuire hits her one major flaw within the story as a whole.

Within this book as well as the previous the antagonists come off as very simple in pretty much every aspect of their design. Enemies of Ms. Price seem to have little to no knowledge of her presence within the world as a whole, which while this works as a starting off point it is unlikely due to the characters overall lack of effort in attempting to hide herself and instead seems to be the go too girl for everyone in the monster community. And this leads me to my overall complainant about the story as a whole.

Variety Price fits the least well within the world. While its implied that her family is the ghost stories of the monsters, she seems very limited in both her abilities and her over all knowledge of the strange and the weird despite litterer being raised in and among those who would know it best. In almost every chapter it explains how Variety was raised with the intent to fight, how she would kill if needed, and how she is a master of all things combative and supernatural. yet she seems to get captured quite often, she never seems to be well armed, and seems to lack a lot of basic skills one would have for the type of job she clams to have. This is probably showcased most when she fails to kill enemies that are attempting to kill her, none of which are because the her opponents are better then her in anyway but more of her overall lack of skills she clams to have. she calms to be a skilled marksmen yet rarely carries a weapon and quite often misses at easy to point blank range. The number of throwing knifes on her person at all times while interesting is dulled by the simple fact she never seems to use any of them. Lastly though is the simple fact that she clam to have no problem killing people who are her enemies yet every time she is presented with such people who attempt to kill her she simply knocks them out and leaves them alone despite the lack of reasoning for it.

If a code of not killing was established within her character or family code, this would be a mote point. But the simple fact is that she advocates for the opposite at almost every turn yet lacks the ability to do so when given the chance and a complete lack of caring other times is strange and does not fit with the over all design of the character. If she is a no nothing girl, willing to kill over being killed go for the throat. If she is an idealist who thinks that there is a better options then express that in her world views. But calming one and showcasing the other is a bit off putting as a whole.

Given that you've probably read this far. the Incryptid series thus far is a very interesting story with lots of interesting characters and ideas. Miss Price would use a little more work on her over all expression of who she is.