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.
I just realized my last three posts were not book reviews. Definitely not ok! So I decided to pick this gem out of my already read list to share this fine Friday! I read Midnight Blue-Light Special during the last spring semester after finishing the first novel in the series Discount Armageddon. This story starts off where the first ended and it was the perfect book for me to read in the middle of a stressful semester. Now on to the review.
The reasons I enjoyed Midnight Blue-Light Special:
Verity Price – One of my all-time favorite female characters. She is the perfect mix of smart, stubborn, and sassy. The type of head strong heroine I find myself connecting to because she comes across as real despite her crazy talents and unique life. Verity is charming, even when stumbling in her relationship or confronting aggressive monsters. It never fails, I always get a goofy grin at her snarky comments and instantly forgive her when she makes a stupid mistake. Verity is the reason I keep coming back to this series.
The Cryptids – McGuire has done a fantastic job of providing a unique cast of characters. Midnight Blue-Light Special takes the characters from Discount Armageddon and delves deeper into each of their personalites and species-dictated quirks. Sarah Zellaby, Verity’s adopted cousin and a good hearted psychic monster, becomes Verity’s right-hand girl in the fight against the Covenant of St. George.
Aeslin Mice – Yes the Aeslin Mice are Cryptids but they deserve their own bullet point darn it! Pick these books up just so you can read about the Aeslin Mice! There is no way I can describe their awesomeness in just a few short sentences.
Midnight Blue-Light Special does have a few frustrating qualities. I wish McGuire had done more to flesh out all the characters. The fast pace of the book left many of the supporting characters feeling two-dimensional and this included Dominic. I needed more from the love interest. I also had a difficult time with the switch from Verity’s to Sarah’s POV in the middle of the book. I understand why McGuire did it but it really messed with the pace of the story. It was still a good read.
Is Midnight Blue-Light Special realistic? Nope. Some of the scenes, such as the naked ceiling beam walk, are beyond fantastic. But, for me, the over the top moments are the best aspects of the story! Has anyone else read Midnight Blue-Light Special? What do you think?