dimanche 15 septembre 2013

Discount Armageddon ( InCryptid 1) by Seanan Mcguire

Hello to all,

 This week has been quite busy so i'm posting this later than when i hoped but at least you get it ^^. I started this book during the last bout of books read a thon and i had to postpone my reading when after a few pages i checked the back cover and saw the world "dragon"... it has been hard because i was really addicted to the story but the rules are the rules and to enter the dragon reading challenge this month i had to wait.... now i can't wait for book 2 to arrive  but at least while waiting i can enjoy some free stories that the authors has on her website so don't hesitate to  have a look^^

Now without more delay here is my opinion on a paranormal story including dragon(s), from an auithor i've come to appreciate more and more.... Discount Armageddon by Seana McGuire!

Happy reading!
Publisher: DAW
Publication: 2012
ISBN:  0756407133
Genre: urban fantasy, romance, dragons, shifters, others
Violence: strong
Language: normal
sex: mild
Public: 18+
Source: won

Short description from goodreads :

 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...

My opinion:
          This series was recommended to me and I really don’t regret to have listened and gotten book 1. I really love this author’s writing more and more.

Discount Armageddon is the first book in the InCryptid series, by  cryptid you can understand  monsters or mysterious creatures because that include a really large range like gargoyles, dragon, gorgon, but also some less known ones like madhura, Johrlac and numerous others…. That’s really a particularity I appreciate,   I love reading about different kinds of mythological or fantasy creatures so I was really in paradise…. For example there was shifters too… but tanuki one! What a pleasure!! Oki, I admit I was relieved to get a index of sort at the end of the books to keep track of those I’ve just learned because there are so many than once you turn the last page you can be a little confused. However, during the course of the story, Verity is a great teacher and you are not lost at all.

This story has a lot of action, Verity love to dance, would like to have such a career yes but deep down she is a fighter and quite an impulsive one. She comes from a family of specialists, one with a long history of fighting then protecting creatures, so that means hard training since little.  All the family members have their own specialisation…like poison, guns and such and they do have a sort of job/hobby: her mother is like a doctor while her father is more of an historian….In fact we only get to know them by the calls Verity is making and by what she is telling Dominic so I really would like to meet them in future adventure, it could be really fun. The only member we really see and learn about is Sarah, she is not family by blood but you wouldn’t doubt the loyalty even for a second. Sara is a Johrlac…so it’s an humanoid creature with telepathic powers but I won’t say more to let you learn about it yourself, it’s really too good to miss it.

Now aside from the action part, there is some investigation, a little predictable since I guessed one of the villains’identity but still an excellent once and I wasn’t bothered for a minute. There are also romance, no matter how Dominic tries to avoid it at first he can’t resist Verity, the strange fascinating and irritating traitor girl…in fact she is even starting to counter his learning because let’s face it… yes he is covenant and send to the city to kill creatures but in fact he knows nothing about them, can’t recognize some and even has problem to blend in the humans population….each time Verity speaks aloud he nearly has a heart attack ^^ that’s too cute and funny. Yes, humour is a full component of this series from Verity’s actions, in her relation with Dominic, the exchange with Sarah and the most important part the Aeslin Mice….yes a colony of creatures looking like mice but speaking and really religious creatures (in their own way of course)…with them everything is topic for a celebration, with songs and all and they do have a calendar filled with them so you can’t resist them

If you want a funny urban fantasy, with some violence yes but really a lot of humour, wants to discover creatures not than often introduced but so well described in a complex universe with a great setting, this is the book for you! It should at least make you smile more than once.

Score:  4,5/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


5 commentaires:

  1. roooh je suis tellement contente que le roman t'ai plu! SOulagée de ne pas te faire lire quelque chose que tu n'aimes pas lol. J'aime beaucoup la série, Seanan McGuire est vraiment très douée comme auteur.

    1. tu commences à bien connaitre mes goûts c'est certain^^

    2. je crois que ça aide qu'on soit à peu prés d'accord sur tout ! COmme ça on peut se faire confiance sur les livres.

  2. I will have to read this one soon! You already got me hooked on her other series. :)

    1. this one is lighter with more humour so quite different than octoberday series but as well written