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Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid #2)

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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
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Mass Market Paperback, 338 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by DAW
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Choko
Dec 09, 2016 Choko 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 o
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
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
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Carol.
Mar 08, 2013 Carol. rated it really liked it
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
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☆★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

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!!!

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Some time has passed since Verity had to dea
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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
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Brad
Mar 25, 2013 Brad 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
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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. Gr
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Steven
Dec 09, 2016 Steven 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
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jan 04, 2016 ᴥ Irena ᴥ rated it really liked it
3.5

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
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Wanda
***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 an
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Mitch
Mar 06, 2013 Mitch 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
Sarah
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
Sherwood Smith
Apr 12, 2013 Sherwood Smith 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
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Laurel
Dec 11, 2012 Laurel 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
Sophie
Dec 08, 2012 Sophie rated it really liked it
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!
Ferdy
Spoilers

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
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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
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Tez
Mar 02, 2012 Tez 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
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Shelley
Sep 12, 2012 Shelley 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
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Karissa
Apr 05, 2012 Karissa 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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Marjolein
Nov 13, 2016 Marjolein rated it really liked it
Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com

After the first book, and all the short stories after that one, it was time to move on to Midnight Blue-Light Special and Verity. She's still in New York, but something is rotten as Dominic's superiors are making their way to America to see how the preparations for the large scale purge are going.

I like the supporting cast best. I think I might have mentioned once or twice that I like the Aeslin mice, who have a light and funny way abo
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Mandapanda
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
Lois Bujold
May 31, 2013 Lois Bujold rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who liked the first volume
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
Veronica
Dec 20, 2012 Veronica rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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
Ian
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.
Ivy
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.
Amy Macris
Jan 08, 2013 Amy Macris rated it really liked it
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
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Christal
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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
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Ren
4 stars

Last month I read Discount Armageddon, and I already gushed about how much I liked it (you can read my review here , which explained why I love Discount Armageddon so much!). Midnight Blue-Light Special continued what Discount left, approximately 6 months after our heroine Verity Price defeat the cult that threatened to wake up a dragon (not bad), successfully bring her maybe-he-is- boyfriend, Dominic DeLuca to switch side from the baddies honchos Covenant of St George to her side. And
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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 (www.miragrant.com), 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 (8 books)
  • Discount Armageddon (InCryptid, #1)
  • Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid, #3)
  • Pocket Apocalypse (InCryptid, #4)
  • Chaos Choreography (InCryptid, #5)
  • Magic for Nothing (InCryptid, #6)
  • Urban Enemies
  • Tricks for Free (InCryptid, #7)

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“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.” 56 likes
“Since Dominic's been sleeping with me, the mice have been trying various labels on him, looking for one that fits. My personal favorite was the week they spent calling him "the God of Absolutely Never Smiling, No, Not Ever.” 21 likes
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