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Chaos Choreography

(InCryptid #5)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  4,553 ratings  ·  485 reviews
Fifth book in Seanan McGuire’s funny and fast-paced urban fantasy InCryptid series featuring ballroom dancer and monster expert Verity Price.

Verity Price is back on the West Coast and getting back into the swing of the family business: cryptozoology. She’s rescuing cryptids from bad situations, protecting them from monster-hunters, and generally risking life and limb for t
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by DAW
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Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
*** 4.35 ***

A buddy read with my people at BB&B's Wednesday UF group!!! Because we all love the Aeslin Mice:)

Another very fun, very exciting and full of adventure entry in the Incryptid Series by Seanan McGuire!!! This is book 5, and after the first two books we got to spend with Verity, the third and forth books we got to fall in love with Alex, in this one we are back with now married to Dominic Verity, ready and excited to participate in a dance contest TV show, very much like "So You Think Y
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have to admit I felt a little let down seeing that we were moving back to the big city. Maybe It's just the Verity and Dominic arc that I just don't care all that much for, no matter that it's not bad or uninteresting, but I just don't love it quite as much as big bro.

Of course, most of my annoyance is just because I don't really care about dance, and this, more than all the others, is *all* about dance. Dance competition, stardom, and Verity's personal gratification. I don't disapprove, and t
Robin (Bridge Four)
UF buddy read with my peeps at


Wow was I happy to be back with Verity, even though I really liked Alex’s PoV too I have a great time with Verity. I was a little sorry that I didn’t read a few of the road trip free stories available from Seanan Mcguire’s website here before starting this but don’t worry I read them right after so I would have all the details of the 4+ month road trip to get back to Oregon.

Verity and Dominic are living with her family and while they are not nearly as bad as Sh

Meh, nowhere near as fun as the other Verity books.

-Verity banging on about being torn about her dancing and her duties as a Price was boring, she had the same issues in the first two books and chose to stick with her family duties, there was already closure on that. Her bringing it all up again was repetitive and pointless, especially as it was obvious where her loyalties ultimately lied.

-Really didn't enjoy the focus on dancing and reality TV. It wasn't funny or insightful or interes
Verity disappoints again...

As I've said, I enjoy the Alex books.
The Verity books, well, not so much.

I just realized something: when you have this sort of series, where you switch the main character every few books, it's extremely hard not to have a lot of loose ends. And this is what annoyed me here: I have a lot of questions, no answers, and I'll probably only find out in 5, 6 books (if I ever do, that is).

As for Verity, she's not bad. The plot is interesting, the writing is decent (although
Four fun, furry, feisty stars.

True confessions time: back in the days when I owned a telly, I was a happy addict to Dancing With the Stars, glued to the waltzes, rhumbas, and tangos performed by be-sequined celebrities and their professional dance partners. I listened with bated breath as the judges rated their performances and urged them to “give it a little more welly.” Reading this novel was like going back to those days for a few hours, without paying for cable, as Verity (in her persona as
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You know, I don't really care for reality dance shows. Just like the reality music competitions, I feel like these things have run their course and need to go to where reality shows go to die. But, thanks to Seanan McGuire, I've now enjoyed at least one reality dance competition show this decade -- Dance or Die.

Yes, that's right, ladies and gents, Verity gets a call to be on a special All-Stars edition of the show, which at first seems like a great way to confirm to herself that her decision to
Maria Dimitrova
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Though I've loved every book (and all of the many short stories) in this series, I was extremely excited to get back to Verity. Especially after reading the short-stories that were set while she and Dominic drove across country from New York to her family home in Oregon.

I wasn't let down.

I was a little concerned when I realized that her dance career was going to play such a large role in this book, especially after she'd been forced to make a decision in book 2. But after we got started in it, I
Verity was back as the MC! I greatly prefer her POV over Alex's. I definitely did not miss Alex at all. So Verity's alter ego Valerie was invited to reappear on the tv show Dance or Die. And that is where the story went downhill for me. I love Verity and her family, but the dance stuff was boring. There was quite a bit of it too. It did play into the incryptid mystery, but most of the people involved with the dancing weren't appealing. I did like a few of the new characters but not many.

It was
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I'm not going to lie- it was a relief to be back with Verity and Dominic again. The Alex books were ok but Verity is better! There is no doubt that Seanan McGuire is onto a winner with the Aeslin mice: love their capitalised speech and general joy at life. It was great to meet Grandma Alice and spend time with different incryptids too.
Kathy Davie
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Fifth in the Incryptid urban fantasy series revolving around the cryptozoologist Price-Healey family. The focus is on Verity Price and her second chance at a dance career and is set in L.A.

My Take

I enjoy paranormal fantasy stories…yeah, I reckon y'all can tell, lol. And my favorite thing about the Incryptid series is those Aeslin mice and all their feasts and rules. The great feast of Dammit, Enid, Where Is That Girl. The rule of the Well-Groomed Priestess that “What Has Been Discarded, You May

Tigress (Warrior Elf)

This one's narrated by Verity!!

UPDATE: Just finished it, and it was awesome! Full review to come.

Christine PNW
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This remains an absolute favorite series, and I am glad we are back to Verity's POV. I was less than thrilled with the reality television theme to the book, but the appearance of Grandma Alice Healy and the Aeslin mice made up for the fact that I hate reality television so much that I apparently also can't stand fictional literary reality television.

However, the ending of this book was COMPLETELY FECKING AWESOME. Well played, Verity, well played.
As much as I loved getting to know Alex I was really excited for the chance to catch back up with Verity and Dominic. I was looking forward to seeing how married life was treating them and it was great to see what a strong couple they have become. Verity thought she had walked away from her dancing career for good when they left New York but when she gets an invitation to appear on an all star line up of the dancing show that started it all she finds the lure impossible to resist. Heading to L.A ...more
Snarktastic Sonja
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I do love Verity. And her mice. I do, however, struggle with this review. And the number of stars to give to this one. I loved it, don't get me wrong. Verity always makes me giggle. But, I just really felt something missing here. I'm really not sure why . . . I think it was the So You Think You Can Dance format . . . I love that show, too. I recognized all the main characters here. And, I gotta admit I'm really sad at where THAT series is going this year and I do not know if it impacted my enjoy ...more
Amy (Other Amy)
3/1/2016: It is out in the wild today! And I still haven't caught up on the short stories for Verity. I guess I have weekend plans, anyway.
This is not 'my' series, but any day Seanan gets a cover reveal is a good day in my book.


Love her reveal pic on Twitter (Thanks to goodreader Sammm for bringing this to my attention over on the CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE COVER!!! list.
Holly (The Grimdragon)
Chaos Choreography is the fifth book in Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series.


Moving on.

"I didn't start out with a lot of family. One thing I've learned is that people who love and accept you are worth their weight in silver bullets. You hold them fast, and you never let them go."

The first two books in the series (Discount Armageddon and Midnight Blue-Light Special) focuse
Coyora Dokusho
I *knew* I was forgetting something! It was the date this book released!!!! XD Well, it was glorious. Excellent in all the ways the Seanan McGuire is ALWAYS excellent. I'm extremely attached to all the characters and SUPER looking forward to more!!!

3/5/16 updated to add:

just wanted to add some highlights that are haunting me a bit: there was a part where I actually gasped out loud in shock and horror, there were laughs, it ended on perhaps one of the most epically badass moments in literary hist
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Verity or should I say Valerie is offered the chance for a return season on Dance or Die, she pulls out her wigs and costumes before dragging her ex-Covenant husband, Dominic to Los Angelos.

At one time Verity considered pursuing dance and leaving the family business. While she is happy with her decision the opportunity to compete again is too great. Not wanting to deal with what-ifs, she along with Dominic and a small group of Aslin Mice head off to the competition. At first, things are won
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

After two adventures with Alex and Shelby, McGuire takes us back to Verity and Dominic. I'm still getting used to the premise of switching main characters every few books in this series, but I have to say I was glad to see Verity again. However, when it turned out this book is centered around dance competition, I wasn't too excited. If you think I started reading Urban Fantasy because I'm interested in people trying to become celebrities in Hollywood, I will disappoint you. However, not t
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. ALICE. I didn't read anything about this one, so I had no idea who the other girl on the cover was, and I have to say I LOVE ALICE, the cookie-baking, dimension-hopping, reverse-aging grandma with MAGIC TATTOOS. Seanan puts so much amazing work into the personalities of the entire Price-Healy clan, and it shows.
2. I never get tired of Aeslin mice.
3. Routewitches! I need to reread Sparrow Hill Road.

Now, who wants to talk about the
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I liked this book far more than the previous installment. Maybe it was having Verity back as a narrator, but I am sure, mostly it was just being rid of all the 'Australian' bits.

I enjoyed the Aeslin mice far more too. I think Verity notices and includes them a lot more than Alex does - something he too touched upon - but he seemed to think its coz he's a god while his sisters are priestesses, and so, far more easy to approach - for the mice. I don't think so - after all - they have no issues ha
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

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So, after the first four books, I expected to get to know Antimony in this one, but with the Dancing title, I should have known it was Verity.

Verity and by extension Dominic are back as Verity stars in something like So You Think You Can Dance. I'm not a big fan of these talent shows, and reading about them was also not my favourite. Obviously, something fishy is going on at the program and you really don't want to be eliminat
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yesss, Verity is back! And Dominic! McGuire does a good established ship.

Also, OBVIOUSLY, an urban fantasy would give me pretty much the reality tv story I want.

(view spoiler)
Another great addition to a fantastic story. I do prefer Verity's POV over Alex. I could have used more Dominic since his scenes tend to have a dry humor to them. The mice are as amazing as ever. Loved that we got to met Grandma Alice (who is on the cover of the book!!).

That ending!! Wow, I don't even know what is going to happen now.
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mon avis en Français

My English review

The last two volumes were devoted to Verity’s brother and although I appreciate him very much, it’s true that I have a weakness for the young woman and I was impatient to find her again in this fifth volume. And what a pleasure to have her! I must said that we had heard so much about her dancing skills as she was in Dance and Die, so how not to be intrigued when we learn that the producers ask her to participate in a new season?

We thus find Verity married (
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So here’s the deal: InCryptid has a LOT of backstory via a multitude of (FREE) extras that are available on McGuire’s website.

These extras chronicle the Healy and Price family after they went rogue and left the Covenant of St. George. The majority are about Jonathan Healy, the son of Enid and Alexander Healy, the original detractors, and Frances Brown, Jonathan’s future wife (and are quite tragic), but a few of the later ones begin to tell Alice Healy, Frances and Jonatha
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I loved getting back to Verity's storyline in CHAOS CHOREOGRAPHY and especially loved that my silent wish was answered which was to have Dance or Die be in the actual story instead of being constantly referenced to. The dance competition reality show was my favorite part of the story and part of this is due to my love of dance competition reality shows. The other part is I wanted to see Verity go back into her undercover persona Valerie and see how she
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-sf-for-adults
I really enjoyed the first two InCryptid novels, gave up on the 3rd (where the PoV shifted from Verity to her brother, and unfortunately, it just didn't work for me) and then tried again with this 5th novel, back in Verity's PoV...and oh, wow. I LOVED this book!

It has all the sparkle and fun of the first two books - I mean seriously, Verity's dancing in a high-intensity, vividly detailed reality TV show where the eliminated contestants each week get killed by supernatural means! so Verity's danc
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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 11 books)
  • Discount Armageddon (InCryptid, #1)
  • Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid, #2)
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  • Pocket Apocalypse (InCryptid, #4)
  • Magic for Nothing (InCryptid, #6)
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