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Midnight Blue-Light Special

(InCryptid #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  10,205 ratings  ·  851 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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Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*** 4.75 ***

Another Wednesday, another UF series with the buddies at BB&B. Aisling Mice Rejoice!!!

This book, and the one before it, have been so much fun!!!! I didn't realize how much I had needed Seanan McGuire in my life as of late! I feel like every sentence I write should end with an exclamation mark at the end and fanfare should accompany every time a review is opened to be read!!! And a quire of Aisling Mice should cheerfully "Hail" every paragraph! If you haven't already figured it out,
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

4.5 stars

Second installments are so frequently disappointing that without realizing I'm doing it, I go into reading them with lowered expectations. Is that the reason MIDNIGHT BLUE-LIGHT SPECIAL rocked my socks off? *shrugs* Could be . . . But I doubt it.

Hoo boy, where to start . . . INCRYPID #2 begins several months after we last saw Verity Price and her NYC cryptids. Dave's Fish and Strips, a nightclub for discerning gentlemen has (in the jackhole's absence) been transf
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Robin (Bridge Four)
Reading with the Wednesday UF Fanatics at Buddies Books & Baubles
“It’s a hazard of the job. When you decide to be the immovable object standing in front of the unstoppable force, you’d better pray that you’re right about being immovable, and they’re wrong about being unstoppable.”

After loving book one of this series I was totally crossing my fingers that Midnight Blue-Light Special would hold up and be just as good. It wasn’t, IT WAS BETTER!!!


Some time has passed since Verity had to
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
EEEEEEEEE This series is the bomb <3 Loved it so much!

And all the characters, especially Istas lol. I have a total crush on Istas xD And when am I going to meet Artie?? *pouts* Poor Sarah

Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
4.5 stars. This series has definitely grown on me! I enjoyed the first in series but still felt slightly ambivalent. It can take a while to get used to a new world and cast of characters. So I’m really glad I picked this next one up. I love the fact that the Price version of family is not just one of blood, but of love and those you pick up along the way, regardless of genetics. Verity is a great main character, Dominic- I still find him a bit *meh*- but it’s a small quibble. The Aeslin mice esp ...more
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
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read for the cryptozoology course at BB&B university.

The first book in the InCryptid series got me interested in this new (for me) world and the second one managed to sell me completely to the idea. It started with a new monster and a bit more information about the day to day life of the cryptid community in Manhattan. That monster was particularly bad because it preys on (view spoiler) and that's one of the things that set me off immediately. Grab t
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Relationship troubles? No problem, place them in a grander religious nutso plot with a Romeo and Juliet undertone, and still make both of them work hard at working together despite difference of opinions. What a concept!

This book focuses a lot more on family more than anything else, and it's a toss up whether I mean family as the kind you are born with or that which you choose. Sarah, our intrepid cuckoo, gets her own PoV, and I think I really started liking the change. It certainly gave me a m
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's becoming a habit to post reviews for Seanan McGuire books with five stars. It's almost reflex -- because she's never let me down so far... I've never reviewed her less than four stars! She's just THAT good. And she's a prolific writer, putting out instllments in multiple series AND short stories EVERY YEAR. Do yourself a favor and pick up some Seanan!

Midnight Blue-Light Special really kicked the danger up a notch! It brought more development in a diverse (literally, a bunch of different kin
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Blood is thicker than water, but family isn’t just about blood. Family is about faith, and loyalty, and who you love. If you don’t have those things, I don’t care what the blood says. You’re not family.”

So the Covenant came a little sooner than I was expecting. Like way sooner. I'm still not sure how I feel about it. What was obvious was that they came with a member of a Healy clan. The bad branch. So the theme of nature vs. nurture was especially present in this one. And we can finally find ou
Wanda Pedersen
***Wanda’s Summer Festival of Reading Fluff***

“…I collected all the knives I’d thrown at the various dart boards—it was a surprisingly high number, given how little time I’d had, but I guess stress makes me stabby…” (Verity Price)

The Covenant of St. George has come to Verity’s city to check on the progress of their member, Dominic De Luca (Verity’s kinda sorta boyfriend). There aren’t many men out there that wouldn’t be intimidated by Verity’s physical skills and cryptid knowledge, so she’s
Holly (The GrimDragon)
Do you have those authors where you read them faster than any other? Like your life force depends on devouring their words?

Seanan McGuire is that for me. I cannot get enough!

"My father always says that you can tell a lot about a person by the way they live when no one's watching."

Midnight Blue-Light Special, the second installment in the InCryptid series, proves that this is a bloody fantastic urban fantasy! Even though it's dark and twisty and there are a shit ton of monsters.. it is sheer joy.
2.5 Still a nope.

I don't get it. Verity's story ended here. The 'series' ended here.
Yes, I know, the next book is with her brother, but still. I feel like I was conned into buying a book that's missing a few chapters (or a few more books).

Verity is still interesting-ish, her boyfriend not so much though. He feels off, like either fake or with a very flat personality (although Seanan McGuire is trying to build him one, it's just very hard to do that with a meh character).

*SIGH* number 2

So, yes,
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it

Verity has been New York for almost a year now. She is trying to prove to her family that she can have a career as a professional ballroom dancer. She's been aware for quite some time that juggling her waitressing, dancing and cryptozoology is not going to cut it. She always knew that sooner or later she will have to make a choice.

She does.

There is less actual fighting in this book than in the previous one. Midnight Blue-Light Special is more about the choices people make. Some will have tou
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 added it
Shelves: fiction
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
Lois Bujold
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Follow-up to Discount Armageddon, which should be read first. Follows the further adventures of our intrepid ballroom-dancing cryptobiologist although, disappointingly, with less ballroom dancing this time, which I'd thought one of the more interesting features of the first volume, as she tries to balance her life of cocktail waitressing, competitive dancing, romance, and fighting assorted supernatural entities across the rooftops of Manhattan, and finds that no, she can't do it all. We do get t ...more
Verity is reaching a crossroads, she's nearing the end of the time she allowed herself to spend in New York to build her dancing career and now she has to decide whether to continue chasing her dream. As much as she loves dancing she has spent her whole life training to be a cryptozoologist like the rest of her family and it's becoming harder and harder to keep both sides of her life separate. Especially when she finds out that the Covenant of St. George is sending a team to New York to check up ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
C.T. Phipps
Sep 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
MIDNIGHT BLUE-LIGHT SPECIAL is the follow up to the incredibly fun DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON starring Verity. Verity is a ballroom dancer, waitress, and a cryptozoologist. In the first book, she had to deal with a fascinating quirky mystery while dodging the efforts of her monster hunting would-be boyfriend. This book deals with a sinister cult and the arrival of the Covenant in force to eliminate every cryptid in New York (whether they're dangerous or not). I absolutely loved this book even if I wasn ...more
Mar 07, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
The trouble with the Covenant of St. George is that it encourages loyalty through ignorance, zealotry, and fear. I wonder sometimes . . . what would they have accomplished if they’d tried doing it all with love?

When the enemy comes a knocking.

Verity gets to face the family’s past and engage with their present nemesis, The Covenant of St. George whose policy of indiscriminate extermination of cryptids is the antithesis of the Price family.

It’s another fast paced episode with point-of-no-return d
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
*Source* Library
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

Midnight Blue-Light Special is the second installment in author Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series. This story picks up several months after the events of Discount Armageddon. Protagonist Verity Price is back on the scene in Manhattan, protecting the Cryptid community, dancing at Freakshow (formerly Dave's Fish and Strips), while also keeping an eye out on her newest discovery, a male dragon named William. In case you were curious, the
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
The second book in InCryptid series ups the ante and forces Verity to face Covenant St. George’s operatives.

I loved this one - it was fast-moving, thoroughly enjoyable, and surprising.

A series to binge.
Ooh, I was pretty into this one. I don't know if it was a function of it being "better" or just being more settled into the world and characters. But I enjoyed myself. ...more
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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

Other books in the series

InCryptid (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Discount Armageddon (InCryptid, #1)
  • Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid, #3)
  • The Ghosts of Bourbon Street  (InCryptid, #3.1)
  • Pocket Apocalypse (InCryptid, #4)
  • Chaos Choreography (InCryptid, #5)
  • Magic for Nothing (InCryptid, #6)
  • Tricks for Free (InCryptid, #7)
  • That Ain’t Witchcraft (InCryptid, #8)
  • Imaginary Numbers (InCryptid, #9)
  • Calculated Risks (InCryptid, #10)

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