Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire (InCryptid #5)
What I drank prior: white wine and I got to talk to our one and only Parker!
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 L.A. 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…
Drunk Overview: We’re back to Verity with this book with basically her last chance to be a dancer. She’s asked to return to the all star season off what is basically so you think yoi can dance. She gets to hang out with old friends, dance a lot, and deal with a cult thats killing her castmates.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: not the strongest book in yhe series but still eminently enjoyable. Verity spends so much time trying to hide who she is that the part of this series that I adote didnt quite have its time in the limelight. What it did have were delightful side plots.
Characters: first off. I would have loved to see nore of dominic and verity interacting. I knownwhy he had to stay hidden… but… im glad we finally got to meet Grandma Alice (who im now thinking was probably named for Alice in Wonderland – can In blame the fact that I do these aftet drinking for how long it took me to figure that out?) The new charactets of the cast memebers didnt make a hige impression for better or worse.
Plot: the introduction of the snake cult and the local dragon ptincesses was brilliant. Ibloved thr way gentrification played a role in this book. The author lived in the hay area and its clear her experience helped color the landscape and the other issues. But, that helped give this book some flavor considering Verity was barely able to leave her “dorm” or set. I felt the ending was a little bit rushed and (withoit spoiling anything) the baf guy(s) felt a little to obvious. But the story was still solid
Writing Style: good.
World building: i liked the fact that Verity got to close out that chapter of her life but this book didnt feel like it added much to the universe. Some of that may be due to the fact that the new additions dont feel like recurring characters or, outside of a few things, the plot elements dont seem yo have long lasting repurcussipns (though this is Seanan Mcguire and based off other series these things coild end up being improtant) I dont think this book will have the long term impact on future books that the earliet ones did.
What to pair it with: Appletini, sweet and fun and gets the job done.
Rating: 4/5 Shots
Sober Coda: Drunk Ginny forgot some really important universe-wide plot points so… I would just like to eat some of my words from the world building section. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to say anything else to try to avoid spoilers but… I guess the world building section was only accurate if you ignore a few of the chapters…