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Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid #2)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  4,256 ratings  ·  441 reviews
Cryptid, noun:
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. Ent
Mass Market Paperback, 338 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by DAW
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May 21, 2013 Carol. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of lighter urban fantasy
They're after me again. The librarians. I've tried, oh, I've tried, but they are tenacious and pertinacious and indefatigable (sometimes you can appease them with big words). But if I have any hope of maintaining my connection, I had better return Midnight Blue-Light before they cut me off from my supply. I've been hanging on to it for weeks, not knowing exactly where to go with my review.

Midnight stars Verity Price, a younger member of a clan that studies the things that go bump in the night (a
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars
As hard as I try to keep them completely separate in my head, for reasons I’d rather not explain, Seanan McGuire and Mira Grant are obviously one and the same. Midnight Blue-Light Special, like no other book published under Seanan’s name before it, shows the sharpness and wit I’ve come to associate with the brilliant and irreplaceable Mira Grant. The urban fantasy genre itself may be a bit constricting compared to a post-apocalyptic future one can create from scratch, but Seanan found a
Writing urban fantasy is like trying to reinvent the wheel, as in there's very little new ground to break at this point, but as Seanan McGuire put it in her shoutout to Michelle Sagara West's Silence: "Being a wave isn’t bad; I write urban fantasy, I am basically sponsoring a surfing competition. But there’s something wonderful about diving into a wave and discovering infinitely more." So rather than writing a full length review, I'm just gonna list the top five reasons why Midnight Blue Light S ...more
Sherwood Smith
Apr 12, 2013 Sherwood Smith added it
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Enjoyed the tension as the Covenant closes in on New York, intending not only to wipe out the cryptids but the Prices as well. I enjoyed the snark, and the Aeslin mice are among the best characters ever. I loved Verity's and Dominic's relationship, especially with him up against his upbringing and his enlightenment with a huge dose of love.

Less fun was the amount of repetition--there were two or three pages in the middle which were almost word for word recountings of backstory that was already r
Mar 12, 2013 Laurel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I had to think on this review a bit. No, that doesn't mean the book was bad. This isn't like Hollywood when pushing back a release date equates to "the movie sucks". In fact, I loved this book immensely! Verity is my kick ass lady version of Bruce Campbell. He juts out his chin, she cocks her hip. Both are sexy, both are absolutely gifted smart mouths and both are complete and utter delights when fighting the bad guys. Truth be told, I'm not sure how I'll handle the wait for the third in the ser ...more
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
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I SO dig Verity and have even fallen for Sara as well... And the Aeslin Mice- Hail! The Aeslin Mice are the bomb, and my fervent wish (should I ever run across a genie or something) is that I want a colony of Aeslin mice. I'm used to little sleep, and can totally accommodate them as my house is often containing cheese and cake, although closet space may be harder to come by. Just putting it out there now to the universe, you never know.

Once again we find Verity Price, dancing her way through Ma
I have read all of Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series (which I adore) and her Newsflesh series written as Mira Grant (which I also loved). This is the second book in the Incryptid series and it was even better than the first! I got a copy of this book to review through Goodreads First Reads program. This was a fun read, that was action packed and very well put together. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Verity is recovering from the deadly snake-cult mystery in the first book when she gets some dreadful
Mar 10, 2013 Sophie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: HAIL!
Hail the Goddess of All Things Fantasy and Horror! Hail the Series of the InCryptid! Now is the Ceremony of the Reading of the Second Book!

Hail the Humorous Situations! Hail the Plot! Hail the Fantastic Yet Realistic Characters! Hail the Nail-Biting Suspense! Hail the Fascinating Cryptid Species! Hail the Opportunity for Carnage! Amen!

It's been a while since I've read an UF series that's entertained me as much as the InCryptid series has. Most of the newer UF books are predictable, unoriginal and cliched — and I find it difficult to distinguish one series from the other.

The Cryptid series isn't perfect but it did manage to tick most of my boxes — the heroine was likeable, the worldbuilding was solid, the side characters were well developed, there was a good amount of humour, the plot was engaging and the romance was
I didn't think it was possible for me to love this book more than the first one, but it happened. Seanan McGuire is without a doubt one of the most talented authors I've ever read.

The book picks back up not too long after the end of Discount Armageddon. Verity is still working as a cocktail waitress and a dancer, trying to make a living in New York City. Dominic is still in the picture, though revealing too much more than that would spoil things, and this book is good enough that I want everyone
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I enjoyed Seanan McGuire's debut InCryptid novel, Discount Armageddon, but its sequel is even better! Midnight Blue-Light Special has it all - harrowing adventure, forbidden love, funny quips, believable relationships, and talking mice. That's right, talking mice. Trust me; you'll love them!

Verity Price is a cryptozoologist, meaning she takes care of the monsters of New York. She makes sure they don't endanger innocent humans and helps
Amy Macris
Picture four and a half stars above...

Verity's family has always had a soft spot for cryptids...creatures who some might label as "monsters;" that is, of course, unless you get to know them personally. She's a professional dancer by day and a cryptozoologist by night, tasked with learning about and ensuring the welfare of cryptids. Enter Dominic DeLuca, an untried Covenant operative, and things start to get complicated. Despite boiling chemistry and a matching affinity for weaponry, Verity and D
Mar 02, 2013 Sunil rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013, own
Discount Armageddon was a fluffy adventure with interesting beasties, a promising start to a fun new series. With Midnight Blue-Light Special, however, Hugo winner and New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire proves that she means business: this is a more serious, meaty novel that indicates the series is not afraid to go to darker places.

It's been almost a year since the events of Discount Armageddon—and, fair warning, although it is not necessary to read the previous book to follow th
MIDNIGHT BLUE-LIGHT SPECIAL is one of those rare sequels that outshines even its predecessor. Non-stop cryptid comedy as Verity prepares to thwart the Covenant in her own backyard. Dominic and Verity both have some dramatic life choices to make, but those weighty choices pop up organically. Most of the focus is Verity's hilarious inner monologue of cryptid species' idiosyncrasies and family history.

Rather than being the type of series that continually leaves the reader hanging, McGuire is build
Verity Price must gather her allies to deal with a potential purge of New York City by the Covenant of St. George while dealing with Dominic De Luca, her boyfriend and Covenent agent.

What I Liked:

Verity - A strong, funny, determined heroine.

The rich supporting cast - From Sarah, Dominic, Istas all the way to the Aeslin mice. Every character is unique and each had their own role to play.

The variety of species - The Incryptid series stays away from the usual vampires, werewolves, and fae focusing
Firstly I want to say that I absolutely adore the setting of the InCryptid books, and I enjoyed this greatly. I quoted entertaining bits at my brother, and I've convinced him to read them too when he gets the time. They're great. I love the Aeslin mice beyond all reason, Istas is absolutely fantastic, and I loved getting more of Sarah Zellaby. Midnight Blue-Light Special was fun, and tense, and a good follow-up to Discount Armageddon.

That said? I didn't like the romance at all. It wasn't bad, it
3.5 stars. The info-dumping was too much but that was probably emphasised by rereading book 1 just before this one. First person POV is a hallmark of Urban Fantasy and the sudden POV change to a secondary character brought the flow of the book to a big halt. I was constantly thinking it was Verity talking and kept having to sort out who was doing what in my head. I wish the author had found a way around it. The Cryptids steal the show in this series. They are full of surprises, weird, scary, mag ...more
Sworn enemies, the Covenant of St George are on their way to the U.S. and Verity is in their sights. Desperate to stop them from starting a purge of the cities Cryptids she enlists the help of her friends to thwart their plans.

Midnight Blue-Light Special is a much stronger book than the first in the series. Well written and entertaining urban fantasy.
The second installment in the InCryptid series was another fun read. The pacing felt a little slow in the beginning as the true threat of the Covenant takes some time to be realized and there was a brief change in the first person POV that felt a bit jarring. Fortunately that doesn't last more than a few chapters. But any niggling issues I may have had are all offset by a likeable, kick-ass heroine and an entertaining cast of secondary characters. Ista, the therianthrope, may be a new favorite. ...more
Good book. Hope Sarah will be okay. I wonder what Verity and Dominic will be doing now. Hopefully they will get married soon. Can't wait to read Half-Off Ragnarok.
The last book was fun. This one was more like a flop.

Once in a while, when I'm writing reviews, I basically do a bunch of one-liners that help me remember what I wanted to write about. This one was full of fragments and basically amounted to (loud) grumbling. Because of the capslock I had on, haha.

Examples! Because this actually amused me, go figure.

Seanan McGuire is the antidote for portentious, pretentious urban fantasy. Her InCryptid series is her most lighthearted series, but it's not "lite" with a heart over the "i". Think cute like a baby python, instead of like a baby bunny. I adore the InCryptid mix of absurd humor with shoot-me-now rough circumstances. InCryptid is McGuire's PC term for monster, and her NYC has as wide a variety of InCryptids as it has human immigrants, from dangerous to downright adorable, and often both at the sa ...more
Overall, I think this was much stronger than Discount Armageddon, though I enjoyed that a lot. Getting the balance right between solid story that's funny and snarky and fluff that's so silly you only want to read it in certain moods is pretty tough, I'd imagine, and this is a lot less fluffy than the first InCryptid novel. After all, there's plenty of room for humour on the sidelines of what is essentially quite a serious story: the Covenant is coming to New York to check up on Dominic, and ther ...more
Summary: Verity Price still doesn't know if she wants to be professional ballroom, or a professional cryptozoologist like the rest of her family. She also doesn't know if the handsome Dominic De Luca is her boyfriend or her enemy. But when the enemy of the Price family descends upon New York, she needs to decide faster than the Aeslin Mice can declare a religious holiday...

Review: I didn't think the second book in the InCryptid world could top the first book, but McGuire did it again. Each page
3,5 stars

Wonderfully thorough world building as ever. In fact, i don't think any other author can create such a fantastic urban fantasy setting as Seanan's MacGuire does.

The characters are engaging and just with the right amount of "wittiness" in their banter. Stopping them from going over the edge...into silliness.

How could i not enjoy this?
Impossible, right?

But even so, there is something that stops me from giving it a four star rating...
Don't get me wrong, Seanan Mcguire is probably my favor
Seanan McGuire's Discount Armageddon came out of nowhere and charmed the pants off me. That, and Cassie Alexander's Edie Spence series, restored my faith that new urban fantasy aren't just playing out the same old tropes and masquerading as urban fantasy when they're really paranormal romance.

Well, good news: The second InCryptid novel, Midnight Blue-Light Special, is just as good as its predecessor, if not better. We even get bonus narration from Verity's sweet little cuckoo cousin. And Sarah Z
My Review: 9 - Couldn't Put It Down

Saving the best for last: I enjoyed the hell out of last year's Discount Armageddon, and was looking forward to see what the second installment had to bring. The answer: more of the same super fun read, but the book does take a SERIOUS turn for the SERIOUS, which makes it all the richer. But the voice of the book remains super-fun, even in its dark moments. The Aeslin Mice continue to entertain, as does Ista, lover of carnage. The POV is split between Verity

No one--absolutely no one--creates better Urban Fantasy worlds than Seanan McGuire. Her Toby Daye series has proven that to me time and time again, and now her Incryptid Series cements it in stone. The first Incryptid Novel, Discount Armageddon, was a fantastic romp in a world filled with some of the best and most original supernatural creatures ever, and came with a troop of Aeslin mice who would have made the book worthwhile all by themselves. I was really looking forward to reading more in th
Jul 06, 2013 Jim added it
This is book two in McGuire’s Incryptid series, and picks up quite smoothly where book one left off. Discount Armageddon introduced us to Verity Price, cryptozoologist and ballroom dancer, who was watching over the cryptids of New York City and doing her best to avoid attracting the attention of the Covenant of St. George, something that got more complicated when she started dating Dominic De Luca, a member of said Covenant. Also, there were dragon princesses and talking mice, a scary psychic ma ...more
What is it with authors being really good at describing really horrible things that make me pull the D: face a lot? Not cool, authors, except that it's totally cool because it's so engaging to read and you don't want to put it down so you end up staying up all night to finish the book and have to fight with yourself not to read the bottom of the page because things are so intense you have to know if things will be okay.
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Hi! I'm Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I'm also Mira Grant (, author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and
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Other Books in the Series

InCryptid (7 books)
  • Discount Armageddon (InCryptid, #1)
  • Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid, #3)
  • Pocket Apocalypse (InCryptid, #4)
  • Chaos Choreography (InCryptid, #5)
  • Magic for Nothing (InCryptid, #6)
  • Tricks for Free (InCryptid, #7)
Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) One Salt Sea (October Daye #5) Late Eclipses (October Daye #4) An Artificial Night (October Daye #3) Ashes of Honor (October Daye, #6)

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