Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: An Incryptid Novel #1
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 344 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by DAW
Where Did I get this book?: Won through a giveaway on Sara's Urban Fantasy blog
Summary (Via Goodreads): Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night... The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity-and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right? It would be, if it weren't for the talking mice, the telepathic mathematicians, the asbestos supermodels, and the trained monster-hunter sent by the Price family's old enemies, the Covenant of St. George. When a Price girl meets a Covenant boy, high stakes, high heels, and a lot of collateral damage are almost guaranteed. To complicate matters further, local cryptids are disappearing, strange lizard-men are appearing in the sewers, and someone's spreading rumors about a dragon sleeping underneath the city...
Review: Verity Price comes from a long line of cryptozoologists, she is currently stationed in New York to pursue her career in ballroom dancing, and dispatching bad local cryptids (only the ones that try to eat people). While Verity is on her usual perimeter run, she gets caught in a snare by none other than a member of Covenant of St. George. This doesn’t sit too well with Verity and her family because they’ve been hiding from the covenant for generations. The covenant thought the Price family line ended long ago with her “traitorous” grandparents. Mean while local cryptids are starting to disappear around Manhattan, and not just any cryptids…female-unwed virgins so it seems. The two unlikely pair must put aside their differences and work together to find out whose kidnapping the local cryptids.
I absolutely love Ms. McGuire’s October Daye series, so I knew I had to read her Incryptids series. This new world that McGuire created is pretty interesting, and for once the main heroine is 100% human. Someone who doesn’t have any special/or magical abilities like many of today’s urban fantasy MC. I don’t really know how to sum up Verity and Dominic’s character, they both seemed so one-dimensional. I had a hard time connecting with the characters, while Verity had the criteria of a kick-butt snarky heroine and Dominic as the dark/brooding type which are qualities all readers like…but their personality rubbed me the wrong way. I was really fascinated by Verity’s family, and wished that they were more involved in the storyline. While the incryptid idea for this book was interesting, I was a little overwhelmed with so MANY cryptids in this novel. I couldn’t keep up with all of the names and facts about each incryptids. I am usually fine with a big cast of characters, but this might be the biggest cast yet.
Overall this book was a good read, this is definitely a lighter urban fantasy compared to Ms. McGuire’s October Daye series. The author said in one of her interview that she might switch out the main POV for future book in the series. For example the next book will be voiced once again by Verity but the book after that might be through her brother’s POV. I am still intrigued to see where this series will go; the next Incryptid novel won’t hit shelves until March 2013. I recommended this series to anyone looking for a light/fluff urban fantasy.