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Calculated Risks

(InCryptid #10)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,199 ratings  ·  158 reviews
The tenth book in the fast-paced InCryptid urban fantasy series returns to the mishaps of the Price family, eccentric cryptozoologists who safeguard the world of magical creatures living in secret among humans.

Just when Sarah Zellaby, adopted Price cousin and telepathic ambush predator, thought that things couldn’t get worse, she’s had to go and prove herself wrong. After
Published February 23rd 2021 by DAW
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Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3.5 hearts

Calculated Risks is the tenth book in the  Incryptid series that follows a family of cryptozoologists (study of mythical, not so mythical creatures) on their adventures as they try to avoid the Covenant, a group of people bent on killing the cyrtid population, and help the Cryptid communities in the United States.  This
Well, on the plus side, I think I've nailed what hasn't been working for me in the later books of the series - oh, and Greg, who wouldn't love Greg?

Good stuff first; this is still a wonderfully inventive, nerdy series, one where scientists (cryptozoologists count!) save the day by nerding out more often than not, a series littered with cultural references and delightfully weird new cultural references of it's own.

But (and this might be the portion of the review only worth reading if you don't mi
Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

I love pretty much everything Seanan McGuire writes. Seriously, she's one of my favorite authors and she's highly prolific at releasing content. She writes at least one installment in each of her three main series (Incryptid, October Date, Wayward Children) every year, along with short stories and novellas every month, comic books, and usually at least one other novel a year. So there's the ca
I'm a bit funny when it comes to publication quirks. I will willy-nilly make adjustments in my head to combine certain titles and split up others and call it a day no matter what the official publishers might say.

So in this case, I'm ignoring the whole book #9, #10 publication orders and calling this ONE SINGLE BOOK. No cliffhanger, just a complete story.

So what does this mean for the enjoyment of both, either? Nada. I love the whole thing. Period.

In fact, I've been chortling with glee with a bu
J.A. Ironside
ARC provided by Netgalley/ Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

It's no secret that I'm a huge Seanan McGuire fan. I've pretty much read her entire back catalogue at this point (including everything she's written as Mira Grant). The InCryptid series took longer for me to warm up to than the October Daye series, which grabbed me from the get-go, but I have to admit that it's kind of overtaken Toby in my esteem by a gnat's whisker.

The concept is brilliant: a family of monster-hunters turned C
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait! I don't usually go for cliffhangers, but the last book ended on the perfect note. Sara's story is one of the best from this series. ...more
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to get back to Sarah’s story after the cliffhanger ending of Imaginary Numbers. Emily Bauer narrates the series except for Pocket Apocalypse, which features Alexander Price’s point of view. Emily does a fantastic job of giving voice to these characters and setting the tone. Listening is pure joy.

Sarah Zellaby, adopted cousin of the Price family and resident Cuckoo, was kidnapped by her birth family, and underwent a transformation called an instar, all so the cuckoo’s could trave
2.5 stars

In this series, the books are always hit or miss, and this one missed the mark. Imaginary Numbers was interesting, and this picks up right where it left off. Everyone was thrown into a new dimension. To keep everyone alive, Sarah had to destroy memories of those around her. Now Antimony and Artie don't know who Sarah is, and they think she's the enemy.

Much of the book felt aimless. Ultimately the goal was to get everyone back to their dimension safely. Before they could work on that iss
This is the tenth book in the InCryptid series. Calculated Risks by Seanan McGuire starts directly after the events in Imaginary Numbers, thankfully! Because OMG, what a cliffhanger!

In an attempt to not destroy Earth while using a living math equation, Sarah transported herself, Antimony, James, Artie, and Mark, their only ally among the Johrlac, along with a chunk of university and students to another planet. A big enough problem since she doesn't know how to get them all back home. Even worse
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-reads
I received a copy of Calculated Risks in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Calculated Risks is the tenth and most recent novel in Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series. Sarah's story continues here, in an otherworldly experience that only a Cuckoo could make a reality. This novel makes me so grateful for getting caught up on the series, for it really has been such a blast.

Sarah Zellaby is a Cuckoo by birth, and a Price by adoption. When she was forced to choose between the two, she forged her
One of the things that I appreciate about Seanan McGuire is her obvious interest in science. In this book, the main character, Sarah, is an imaginary species known as a cuckoo or Jorhlac. Evolved into a humanoid form from a large, parasitic wasp species, it makes perfect sense that her developmental stages would be known as instars, like other arthropods, and that a queen would be the leader in colonizing a new hive location, just like bees and ants. I had to dredge way back in my memory of inve ...more
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Electronic ARC provided by NetGalley.

"Calculated Risks" is the second InCryptid novel featuring Sarah Zellaby as the narrator, and it picks up directly after the rather terrifying cliffhanger in "Imaginary Numbers." The story follows Sarah, Artie, Antimony, James, and Mark as they figure out what has happened to them and what to do next. Since this is a Sarah book there is a lot of talk about math. There is also a lot of discussion of consent, since Sarah is a member of a telepathic species who
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021, e-book, uf
I really like this series, the mice being favorites of mine, but this book was tough for me to get through. Not sure why, I like what Sarah is going through, but maybe it was being in a different dimension and no one knew Sarah, she had to prove to them she was family, the mice being the tipping point when they started to recite their stories. The other world was odd and despite finding allies to help them, you also were sure about them. I was glad when Sarah came through at the end with the mat ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Y'all. I made a mistake.

I've been really good at going to bed recently. I'd hit the sack between ten and eleven o'clock, maybe closer to midnight if I'm going a bit late. But for this book? I started reading and didn't get off the couch until I was done, somewhere after two am.

As a quick note, Calculated Risks is not a good place to start this series. The best place to start would be at the beginning with Discount Armageddon, or perhaps with one of the many short stories on Seanan's website. Cal
Jan 01, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Of the entire incryptid series this was my least favorite. There were long stretches of talk where nothing was happening but the characters having a conversation. Also Sarah's constant whining about wanting a bra drove me nuts. I have never met a woman who couldnt wait to get that thing off. My favorite part about the book was Greg. ...more
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read for PopSugar Reading Challenge 2021 - Prompt 23 - Something broken on the cover

This is the 2nd book from Sarah's POV, and it picks up where the last book left off - Sarah and cousins (and a bunch more cuckoos) are trapped in another dimension and must figure out how to get back. I have to say, I really did expect the 'missing link' to have been a Price relative.

I really like this series and I enjoy seeing events from the various narrators. This is a good continuation of the series (but wou
Shubhra Joshi
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read Seanan McGuire ( October date Indexing and InCryptid) I keep thinking there is no way she can top this .. but she does and does it very well.
This book made be cry multiple times in the best way. You know you have connected to the characters when you feel their pain their frustration their loneliness and their regrets.
Sarah’s pain in losing all she gained in the last book her family her resourcefulness made me like her character even more
When i started reading the series Sara
Meadhbh Dhommnail
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Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a pretty dedicated Wayward Children reader, but this DRC dropped in my lap , so I read it! :) I had a bit of trouble, but as we got to know everyone, AGAIN, apparently, it was easier. I kind of love the math concept! Extremely interesting, also the Wrinkle in Time reference was priceless. A lot more humor and internal thinking than I get with Wayward. Will probably have to read more ;) ...more
MAB  LongBeach
Picking up where Imaginary Numbers left off, with Sarah, Antimony, Artie, James, and their cuckoo ally Mark stranded in another universe with a college campus, a few random students, and an unknown number of other cuckoos. Now they need to find a way to get themselves and everyone else back--except for the cuckoos, if possible. This won't be easy. Especially since Sarah deleted her cousins' memories of her to make room for the equation that got them there.

A fun entry in the series, but probably
Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid series has always been about family: the ones we’re born into, the ones we build around ourselves, the ones we willingly leave behind. The series’ rotating narrators (mostly the Price siblings, Verity, Alex, and Antimony) spend copious amounts of time ruminating on the joys and tribulations of family life – the expectations, love and support as well as the fights, favoritism, and claustrophobia – when they aren’t hip-deep in battle protecting local Cryptid populations ...more
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I enjoyed Calculated Risks, but more for the things it brings to the InCryptid series, and the entertaining world, than for the book in its own right. I don’t connect with Sarah or enjoy her as a protagonist as much as I do the Price siblings.

One of my favourite parts of the InCryptid series is the sibling dynamics and the way that effects the Price siblings and the way they relate to the world and their work. That aspect of the
Margaret Fisk
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The book has a prologue of when Sarah first met Artie, a cute scene, but also one that grounds us in Sarah’s loss. The first chapter starts right where Imaginary Numbers ends, as though a year hadn’t fallen between the two releases. Imaginary Numbers and Calculated Risks form a duet, or perhaps more accurately, a two-part episode in the style of television shows. There are reminders of what happened before, but where the InCryptid series can be read as
Disappointing, really. It still had a lot of what I like about the Incryptid series - McGuire has always had good prose, and if there's anything I'm weak for in fiction it's wacky biology, but there were several things that really sunk it for me.

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Sharon Tyler
Mar 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Calculated Risks is the tenth book in the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire. It is the second book in Sarah's point of view. I highly recommend reading this series in order (not just because I love it, but because it will help with the nuances of character personality and motivation). If you do not want to start from the very beginning, at least start with the beginning of Sarah's story arch.

Just when Sarah Zellaby, adopted Price cousin and telepathic ambush predator, thought that things could
This is the tenth InCryptid novel and the second following Sarah Zellaby as the main character. After the cliffhanger ending of the previous book, I was so impatient to get my hands on this one and it did not disappoint. It was different from the rest of the series because it was set in a different dimension, and I enjoyed seeing the characters in survivalist mode in such an unusual-even-for-them situation. After we already learned a lot about the cuckoos in Sarah’s first book, now I feel like w ...more
Berni Phillips
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't read this book first, if you're new to this series! It takes place following the cliff-hanger ending of Imaginary Numbers.

This book focuses on Sarah Zellaby, the cuckoo adopted by the Price family. Cuckoos are not human. They look human but are descended from telepathic wasps in another dimension. They're apex predators who are obsessed with math. Being adopted by the Prices means that while Sarah has the love for math and the telepathy common to most of her species, she is not a predator
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Andrea Rittschof
Brilliant and Emotional

Seanan McGuire managed the impossible. The previous novel, “Imaginary Numbers”, ends in a cliffhanger and I don’t mind because it is just that good a book. And with every novel in the Incryptid series, she gets better and better. In “Calculated Risks”, she catapults her readers right into the middle of the action. The characters are in a strange dimension, with no way home that they know of and none of Sarah’s family even knows who she is. Despite that less than advantageo
Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book, in exchange for a fair and honest review. Full disclosure - I have read and enjoyed everything I can get my hands on by Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant, so I was predisposed to enjoy this! And enjoy it I did!

While I think a reader would enjoy any of the Incryptid books more if they read the series in order, I think this book in particular requires that you have read the previous book in the series, Imaginary Numbers.

This series has switched focus character
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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 12 books)
  • The Price Family Field Guide (Incryptid)
  • Discount Armageddon (InCryptid, #1)
  • Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid, #2)
  • Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid, #3)
  • 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)

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