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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...

12 of 12 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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Monsters, danger and an action-packed storyline

Midnight Blue-Light Special was darker than the first book and delivered an intense storyline as Dominic informs Verity that the Covenant is coming to New York. Fearful for the cryptid population and her own neck she and others go into hiding as they make plans to protect the cryptids. But can Dominic be trusted? Will he turn Verity in? The tale that unfolded kept me listening into the wee hours and had humans and creatures working side by side.

While the main pov is Verity herself, we do get a few chapters from Sarah our Cuckoo. It was interesting and shared things about Sarah we did not know. Secondary characters are fantastic from the mice to Istas, goth Wahila, who both freaked me out and made me giggle. We meet more Price cousins and a Heeley which was downright frightening. Will Manhatten survive? You’ll have to listen to find out, and trust me this is a fun, suspenseful tale you won’t want to miss.

Midnight Blue-Light Special surprised me in that this wraps up Verity’s story, even the romance albeit an open ending. The next book has us joining Alex Price, Verity’s brother. I was pleased with this storyline from beginning to end and McGuire has me reaching for the next audiobook.

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well that was an emotional rollercoaster

holy cow I finished this in a day and honestly I'm surprised I was able to work at all with how tense I was. I still hate this narrator (sorry) but I do LOVE the Wahela