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Publisher's Summary

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.

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So funny!

McGuire is great with the one liners, and Bauer was a great actress. Such a fun book.

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 05-30-17

Equal mix of like and eye rolling.

Not your ordinary fantasy story. While fun the story is a modge podge of all the creatures in all societies. Some of the storyline is in the eye rolling department and borderline lame, but overall I liked it and will try the next book. As long as you don't take this book too seriously this was a fairly decent story. If you're looking for something with a bit of romance that doesn't describe the sex scenes this may be a book to try. The mice were a bit weird and living with mice is gross, I liked them in the book, the mice reminded me of the little aliens on Men in Black that worshiped J and K, "all hail J, all hail K". Narrator was annoying at first, but as you get going in the book I ended up liking her for this character.

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Mostly corny and unoriginal.

The premises​ is rather cookie cutter with only the odd ball fasciinallroom with ballroom dancing .

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  • James
  • Powderly, KY, United States
  • 03-31-17

Too uneven

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Religious mice, ballroom dancing, topless bar waitress, monster hunter/protector, secret societies? For this book, I think the author could've pulled back and created a better story. Narration was spot on throughout, really the only reason I got through the book. <br/><br/>“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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great book and performance

great new series. just finished this book. read it all the way through in one sitting. so good I just went ahead and purchased #2.

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inrestingbook if you like lots supernatural things

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.

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Not a Fan, read October Daye instead

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.

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Cryptids

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.

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Not believeable

Would you try another book from Seanan McGuire and/or Emily Bauer?

I loved Emily Bauer. I would not try something else from McGuire

What do you think your next listen will be?

Dresden Files

What about Emily Bauer’s performance did you like?

Her separate characters and accents were very good. She even helped my try to take some rediculous stuff in the story seriously.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

indignant disapointment.

Any additional comments?

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. <br/><br/>The romance doesn't make sense and is jarring. It's cliche after cliche with monsters passing off as humans. <br/><br/>I will say I loved the Aesyn (spelling?) Mice. <br/><br/>Reader's performance was wonderful - the only redeeming thing about this. She did fantastically well with what she had to work with.

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Seanan McGuire has someone really fun to introduce

Would you listen to Discount Armageddon again? Why?

Yes, I loved the snark, humor and creativity of the story

What other book might you compare Discount Armageddon to and why?

Iron Druid perhaps.

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

Not that I can recall

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed several times!

Any additional comments?

Fun story and different.