Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire
Series: InCryptid #2
Source: Personal shelf
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.
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Midnight Blue-Light Special builds on the awesome groundwork laid in Discount Armageddon, the first InCryptid book from the talented Seanan McGuire. I re-read the first book before diving into Midnight Blue-Light Special because I wanted to have everything nice and fresh for this book. I really love the world that McGuire has created and I was super excited to see what she had in store for readers with the second novel in the series, especially since Sarah, Verity’s cousin, is featured prominently on the cover. I was hoping it would mean more Sarah for us and I wasn’t disappointed! In fact, there are chapters narrated from her point of view, which was an excellent treat.
The basic premise of this novel is Team Cryptid vs. Team Covenant. The Covenant comes to Manhattan to assess Dominic’s work and it brings all of the issues raised in Discount Armageddon to a head: Dominic is forced to choose which side he’s on, Verity has to decide if she wants to be a dancer or a cryptozoologist/cryptid defender, and the two of them have to figure out what’s going between them. Needless to say, it’s a very exciting book and I can’t say enough good things about the plot twists, the exciting action sequences, and the overall amazing storytelling.
We also get to learn more about Verity’s family, which was really great. As I mentioned previously, we get some chapters narrated by Sarah, which lets us see how a cuckoo’s brain works. We also meet one of her uncle Mike, since he comes to town to help out. I thought that was a nice addition since we didn’t get to meet any of her family “in person” in Discount Armageddon (they just spoke with Verity over the phone). Verity also gets some help from the local cryptid population in the face of the Covenant investigation which gives us some extra time with some of my favourite characters from Discount Armageddon, like Ryan and Istas. We also get to see the results of Verity’s work in the previous novel, as her actions in that story have a major impact on the events in Midnight Blue-Light Special.
The ending of Midnight Blue-Light Special makes me very curious about what will happen in next year’s Half-Off Ragnarok. I don’t want to say too much since that would be a major spoiler but I will say that it’s AMAZEBALLS and it’s got me really revved up to see what McGuire has in store for us next.