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Another migrated review from amazon.com. This one was posted on March 14, 2012. This ended up being on of my favorite books of 2012. As far as I am concerned, Seanan McGuire can do no wrong. I also love her October Daye series.
Spoiler-free plot summary of the awesomeness:
It is hard to do a plot summary of such magnificence, because it will not do justice to McGuire's voice and cleverness. Essentially, the heroine, Verity Price, is a ballroom dancer slash cryptozoologist in modern New York City. The Price family is notorious amongst cryptozoologists (McGuire speak for monster hunter) because they abandoned The Covenant of St. George generations earlier, leaving behind their monster killing roots in favor of a more, shall we say, nuanced approach. The Price family doesn't kill on sight. They wait until the cryptid demonstrates that it is actively dangerous to humans before they exercise extreme prejudice in dealing with the threat.
Verity is living in New York City, under cover, in an effort to further her secret career in ballroom dancing. At the same time that a member of The Covenant, Dominic de Luca, appears in "her" city, and seems bent upon extinguishing as much sentient cryptid life as possible, female cryptids begin disappearing. And no one knows why. This central mystery requires Verity and Dominick to set aside their historic animosity to piece it all together.
My thoughts below the cut.
I loved this book. I give very few five-star reviews -- the last one was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green -- but dang it, I loved this book. It is lighter than a lot of urban fantasy, and has certain qualities that feel almost manga-esque. When it comes out as a graphic novel, I will buy it. Please, Daw, release it as a graphic novel. Please.
The characters are great. Verity is smart, sassy and well-armed. She also has fantastic mental dialogue:
"My name is Verity Price. I'm a cryptozoologist. And this is why I never get a goddamn date on a Saturday night."
"[m]y mother raised me never to contradict anyone who regularly carries grenades."
The male lead, Dominic, is full of both sweetness and hotness, while manfully running about killing monsters. The voice is breezy, articulate and fun. There are lots of neat little allusions to work out, and pop culture references, like wikipedia and The Land of the Lost, hidden like Easter eggs throughout. It is well-written and well-edited. I laughed out loud reading this book, and cannot wait, absolutely cannot wait for the next book featuring Verity. This is the urban fantasy version of the Gilmore Girls, which to me at least, is high praise. I read a lot, and I am seldom this enthusiastic about a book. There was nothing I didn't love.
Note: I am currently running a giveaway for the mass market paperback edition of this book. Enter to win. Also, the second book was equally awesome. This currently ranks as one of my top series, and I cannot wait for book three.
Other note: At the risk of sounding arrogant, please do not reblog my reviews. I am uncomfortable with the fact that reblogged reviews show in multiple locations on the book pages and therefore have a more significant impact on the book's overall rating than a single reviewer should have. I also do not like the fact that Booklikes does not attribute reblogs in a way that I think makes it clear that the content was created by someone other than the reblogger. I appreciate the compliment inherent in someone wanting to reblog something that I have written, however, I would prefer that you demonstrate your agreement or approval of my review by liking it, rather than reblogging it. In return, I will not reblog your reviews, either.