Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire
Series: InCryptid #2
She also did a review for Book 1 Discount Armageddon. Keep in mind this may have spoilers for Book 1.
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.
Synopsis from Goodreads
What I drank prior: couple of margaritas. I have a monthly happy hour with some good friends and we love getting margs and tacos.
Spoiler-free Overview: okay. Verity and Dean are kinda dating while she still watched over and takes care ofnthe cryptids in New York until scary Covenant decides to visit. Its Veritys job to keep things sane and she goes underground to tey to start up the fight.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: i reviewed the first book which was, in short words, a delight. This book is no different. Seanan McGuire knows how to keep a pace going in her book and I feel like nothing is wasted.
Characters: Verity continues to be a badass. Dean is frustrating in all the best ways. The Aeslin mice are back in role that both makes me wish I had them on my side while being endlessly happy to have even a modicum or privacy. I found the bad guys to be a little bit one note but hey not everyone who grows up in a monster hating cult can be as open as Dean. I thoight the slightly deeper dive into Sarahs character was brilliant and I cant wait to read more about her.
Plot: Fucking moved. Nonstop romp.
Writing Style: awesome.
World Building: i want to live in this world. Things are interconnected and callbacks to things that happened in book one or evem earlier in this book help make thia world so beautiful. More cryptids are added but never in a way that felt shoe-horned. This is the kind of book that made me wish I was way more into monsters as I kid so I could have had the chance to call them out before what they actually do is explained.
What to pair it with: a shot of whiskey slammed back before you bang your lover and leave to save the world. Quality not important. Everything around it makes it taste great.
Rating: 5/5 Shots