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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Corsair (3 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472113136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472113139
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Smart, whimsical and bitingly funny, Verity Price is a kick-ass heroine that readers will love. (Molly Harper)

Seanan McGuire's DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON is an urban fantasy triple threat - smart and sexy and funny. The Aeslin mice alone are worth the price of the book, so consider a cast of truly ORIGINAL characters, a plot where weird never overwhelms logic, and some serious kickass world-building as a bonus. (Tanya Huff)

McGuire kicks off a new series with a smart-mouthed, engaging heroine and a city full of fantastical creatures. This may seem like familiar ground to McGuire fans, but she makes New York her own, twisting the city and its residents into curious shapes that will leave you wanting more. Verity's voice is strong and sure as McGuire hints at a deeper history, one that future volumes will hopefully explore. (RT Book Reviews)

Verity is a winning protagonist, and her snarky but loving observations on her world of bogeyman strip club owners, Japanese demon badger bartenders, and dragon princess waitresses make for a delightful read (Publishers Weekly)

Discount Armageddon is an exceptionally well-written tale with a unique premise, fantastic character work, and a plot that just pulls you along until you finish. This is one for the urban fantasy enthusiasts out there-as well as for anyone who wants something different from most anything else on shelves today. Easily one of my favorite books of 2012. (Ranting Dragon)

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The first installment of the exhilirating InCryptid series, from the author of the October Daye urban fantasies

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Read this. Read this NOW! Don't worry, i'll wait for you to finish.

Urban Fantasy at it's finest.
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I nearly didn't buy this, but I'm glad I did. I haven't read any of McGuire's other novels, and the cover makes this look like another stereotypical "kick-ass supernatural heroine with attitude" novel. And while that was great in "Buffy", by now we're up to our necks in them, and most are really rather boring.

Verity Price was an exception for me. She seemed to be genuinely committed to her line of work (or rather, both of them, which produces interesting problems), and she is surrounded by fascinating supporting characters. Even the love interest worked, although it was rather obvious in an "Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr Darcy" kind of way. And McGuire's has managed to create loads of new supernatural species that come to life (as opposed to being the dull chaotic muddle that so often happens when fantasy writers attempt to fabricate a new creature). I think I like the happy religious mice best - but maybe the cuckoo deserves the top spot. Or the princesses.....

My only reservation, curiously enough, is that this is the first of a series. "Discount Armageddon" works very well in its own right; my fear is that it will spawn a host of sequels where the sparkling imagination displayed here becomes tarnished through overuse. I really hope I'm wrong, but it is a common fate with succesful fantasy these days.
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I loved Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, Book 1) and the entire October Daye series. Nonetheless, when I started this book today I initially had reservations that it might have been written for the younger adult crowd and would eventually leave me out in the cold. However, even at my advanced age of somewhere older than 30, I loved this book tremendously! It had everything a great book should have going for it. Comedy, mystery (wow and what a mystery!) beasties; both good and bad, reputations to be righted and possibly love to be found.

This book also had some interesting and glaring editing errors that made me chuckle, but that does not detract at all from the story.

What can I say about the plot that you haven't read in either the synopsis or others reviews? It's a pretty simple one. Really!

Verity Price has always wanted to dance ballet, tap ballroom...it didn't matter. The problem is is that her parents trained her from nearly birth to be a cryptozoologist (I had to look that word up! (It is the study of unknown or hidden animals like the Yeti) Meanwhile her entire family for generations have worked for the Covenant a group that makes it their reason for living to kill all of the `hidden animals; although the Prices tired of the mass destruction of the cryptid's and ran and went into hiding. Now they are considered traitors and should be taken down. Meanwhile Verity's family truly does study them--and work with them and are related to some of them (Verity even dances in competitions with some of them!) and are friends with a lot of them.

Enter Dominic De Luca a young good looking member of the Covenant, come to New York to see if the cryptid's need purging to keep their numbers down. Do you smell romance in the air? Of course you do!

Things go from wacky to worse and back to wacky as more and more young unmarried cryptid females go missing and Verity and Dominic step in to investigate
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My thoughts: I was introduced to Seanan McGuire's writing shortly after her first book, Rosemary and Rue, was published, and I've looked forward to each new book ever since. I've yet to be let down by one of her books, so I was really excited for her new series, which starts with Discount Armageddon.

Verity's family has a long history working as cryptozoologists, mainly trying to protect supernatural creatures from humans, and from the Covenant of St George, who think the only good cryptid is a dead one. Verity is taking a gap year of sorts, to live in a city (*gasps from her family*) and pursue a career ballroom dancing. Previously, she entered a So-You-Think-You-Can-Dance type show and did very well, but because her family are hiding from the Covenant, she had to do so under a false name, which she now uses for dance auditions in New York. To make ends meet, she works in a bar owned by a cryptid, Dave, and lives in a tiny apartment with creatures called 'Aeslin Mice'. The mice are rather adorable - just like normal mice, but they talk, and have festivals and religious celebrations for everything. Verity first meets Dominic De Luca as she's free-running home from work over the rooftops of New York and ends up hanging upside down from a trap he'd set. From there, it starts getting harder for Verity to keep her two lives of dancing and cryptozoology separate, getting pulled into problems about dragons that she would rather stay away from. While she and Dominic try to keep from killing each other, they must hunt around and under the city to find the truth of the rumours and find out what's happening to the disappearing locals.

Discount Armageddon is a really fun read. I was very quickly pulled into Verity's world, and I loved each new cryptid she met.
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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.
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