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Verity will dance her way into your heart,
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Believe it or not, this was my first foray into Urban Fantasy. If other UF titles are like this, I'm eager to read more! I went into this unsure of what to expect, but I came away smiling and satisfied. This was definitely a fun book. The tone of the book is very jokey and light, and there isn't too much depth or emotion except for one scene that got me a little emotional, but this was so enjoyable to read I didn't care. As I said, I haven't read any other UF so correct me if I'm wrong, but the story felt very original to me. Some of the cryptids (monsters) are household names, but a lot seemed to have been made up by McGuire and I loved learning about them all. There's even a little encyclopedia section at the back with a list of the different cryptids which was awesome. McGuire did a great job at World Building here. Sure, it's not a totally fantasy world being set in Manhattan and all, but every cryptid has a really fleshed out history and biology. You could almost believe they're real.
Verity is a pretty great heroine. She rubbed me the wrong way a little at the start. I found her a little cocky, and her way of speaking could get a little grating. Some of her lines bordered on the cheesy side too. I was speaking to someone the other day about how I get annoyed when people in tv shows/movies etc are in life or death situations but they still make all these witty puns which is ridiculous. Yeah, this book had quite a lot of those moments. But whatever, it's fiction. After a while I stopped finding it annoying and got sucked into the action. Verity definitely warmed her way into my heart by the end of the book. She kind of deserves to be cocky because she is bad ass. But I liked that she doesn't always come up top in a situation. She's not perfect and she makes mistakes, like we all do. She also shows a caring side throughout the book with her need to protect the cryptids in the city and her blossoming relationship with the covenant agent, Dominic De Luca. Speaking of Dominic, swoon. Okay, he's a little cliche. He's Italian, for Pete's sake! But hey, I can't help finding a man speaking Italian hot, and I can see a lot of readers falling head over heels for Dominic. He was the perect mix of mischievous and reserved. Seeing him open up and change his views on Cryptids as he worked with Verity was one of my favourite aspects of the book.
I will most definitely be reading the other books in this series and checking out Seanan McGuire's other books. Looks like I've found another genre to empty my wallet on! I give this 4/5.