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Giveaway: Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire

April 22nd, 2017 @ 12:10 am
Posted by Kristie under Giveaway Tags: , , ,

Seanan McGuireToday’s review and giveaway focuses on the third book in the InCryptid series Half-Off Ragnarok! Seanan McGuire’s series about hidden monsters living among us is an entertaining read. Half-Off Ragnarok is a change in perspectives for the series as it switches to Verity’s brother Alex and his adventures with the lizard-type cryptid varieties.

One lucky reader will win a copy of Half-Off Ragnarok at the end of this post! This contest is provided by DAW/Penguin!

About Seanan:

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 share my house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice (Siamese and Maine Coon).

You can visit Seanan around the web here: Website | BlogFacebookTwitter

Want to read more from Seanan McGuire?

Rosemary and Rue A Local Habitation An Artificial Night Late Eclipses One Salt Sea Ashes of Honor Chimes at MidnightFull of Briars (October Day...The Winter Long (October Da...A Red-Rose Chain (October D...Once Broken Faith (October ...Discount Armageddon Midnight Blue-Light Special Half-Off Ragnarok Pocket Apocalypse Chaos ChoreographyMagic for Nothing (InCrypti...Every Heart a Doorway Down Among the Sticks and B...Indexing ReflectionsSparrow Hill RoadVelveteen vs. The Junior Su... Velveteen vs. The Multiverse Velveteen vs. The Seasons

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contest

This contest is provided by DAW/Penguin!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Half-Off Ragnarok!
(US only)

Half-Off Ragnarok

Available March 4, 2014 from DAW/Penguin

About this Book:

When Alex Price agreed to go to Ohio to oversee a basilisk breeding program and assist in the recovery of his psychic cousin, he didn’t expect people to start dropping dead. But bodies are cropping up at the zoo where he works, and his girlfriend—Shelby Tanner, an Australian zoologist with a fondness for big cats—is starting to get suspicious.

Worse yet, the bodies have all been turned partially to stone…

The third book in the InCryptid series takes us to a new location and a new member of the family, as Alex tries to balance life, work, and the strong desire not to become a piece of garden statuary. Old friends and new are on the scene, and danger lurks around every corner.

Of course, so do the talking mice.

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Review: Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire

April 22nd, 2017 @ 12:05 am
Posted by Kristie under Review Tags: , , , ,

Half-Off RagnarokTitle: Half-Off Ragnarok

Author: Seanan McGuire

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: InCryptid (Book #3)

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Format: Paperback, 356 Pages

ISBN-10: 0756408113 (DAW/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0756408114 (DAW/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

When Alex Price agreed to go to Ohio to oversee a basilisk breeding program and assist in the recovery of his psychic cousin, he didn’t expect people to start dropping dead. But bodies are cropping up at the zoo where he works, and his girlfriend—Shelby Tanner, an Australian zoologist with a fondness for big cats—is starting to get suspicious.

Worse yet, the bodies have all been turned partially to stone…

The third book in the InCryptid series takes us to a new location and a new member of the family, as Alex tries to balance life, work, and the strong desire not to become a piece of garden statuary. Old friends and new are on the scene, and danger lurks around every corner.

Of course, so do the talking mice.

Quick & Dirty: Book three is a wild, crazy reboot to the series as it jumps to the brother’s story.

Opening Sentence: Alex knelt in front of his new terrarium, peering through the glass as he searched for a sign of his latest pet.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Half-Off Ragnarok, the third novel in the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire, offers up a completely new perspective in this wildly funny and crazy urban fantasy novel. This series follows the Healy/Price family as they protect humans from cryptids and protect cryptids from humans. Verity’s brother Alex gets his turn to tell his story as a guest researcher at the West Columbus Zoo. If you haven’t read the previous two novels then you really don’t have to in order to jump into this one but it does continue the story of Sarah, a cryptid who continues to heal after the events of the last book Midnight Blue-Light Special.

A few months have passed since Verity’s showdown with some Covenant members in New York City, Sarah is now living with her “mother” in Ohio. Alex, Verity’s older brother, is living with his grandparents while he is working at the West Columbus Zoo as a guest researcher for reptiles but in actuality he is studying the reproduction cycles of basilisks and the local cryptid population. When Alex isn’t busy with his research, he is dating a hot Australian zookeeper named Shelby Tanner, it is a relationship that he doesn’t expect to last but he is having fun while he can because not everyone can handle knowing that cryptids are in fact a real species.

A human is killed at the Zoo and it could only have been a cryptid that could have done it. Alex must find out who or what is killing humans because it could cause a whole bunch more cryptids to die when the Covenant comes to town. During a scene that could only be described as highly dangerous, incredibly insane and hilarious, Alex and Shelby learn that they actually have more in common than they thought. Together they put their relationship on the line along with their lives in order to take down the creepy creature that is turning people into stone.

Alex is the older brother of Verity and Antimony. He doesn’t quite have the skills that his sisters have but he has spent a lot of time studying reptiles. I really liked Alex although it did seem weird at times that I was reading from a man’s point of view since all the other books I’ve read from Seanan have female leads. Alex has an awesome pet, a church griffin, which is basically a cat with wings. I want one! It is a cross between a Maine coon cat and a raven but I still want one.

Shelby Tanner is an Australian zoologist with a specialty in big cats. She has some similarities to Alex but it is her since of humor and her ability to adapt to the situations that she and Alex get thrown into that make me really like her. Although I do feel Shelby’s and Alex’s relationship is a little too convenient considering they both went into it knowing it wouldn’t last.

In the end, I really like this world of hidden monsters that Seanan has created. I also like how close knit this family is even if they may seem mentally unstable at times. (I only say this because of the decision making they must go through when dealing with the cryptid population.) They stand up for their own morals and principles even at the potential cost to their own lives. I highly recommend this series for people who like a touch of paranormal with their dose of normalcy and also for characters who have a quirky sense of humor.

Notable Scene:

“I’ve got it!” shouted Dee, just as the lindworm’s head flashed past my position, and my blood went cold.

Its eyes were granite-gray from side to side, with no pupil or sclera.

“You’re not going to be able to stun it!” I whirled, firing twice more into its side. The lindworm hissed horribly and whipped around again, jaws snapping shut on the place where I would have been standing if Frank hadn’t effortlessly yanked me out of the way. I fired at the lindworm again. Thanks could wait until we were no longer in immediately danger.

There was a whoop, and Shelby was abruptly sitting on the lindworm’s back, straddling it like a cowgirl riding a bucking bronco at the rodeo. She hooked the fingers of one hand under the broad scales at the back of its skull, drawing a gun from her waistband with the other hand. Her grin died as she glanced my way, meeting me eyes.

Clenching my jaw, I nodded.

The InCryptids Series:

1. Discount Armageddon

2. Midnight Blue-Light Special

3. Half-Off Ragnarok

4. Pocket Apocalypse

5. Chaos Choreography

6. Magic For Nothing

7. Tricks for Free

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FTC Advisory: DAW/Penguin provided me with a copy of Half-Off Ragnarok. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Giveaway: Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire

April 21st, 2017 @ 12:10 am
Posted by Kristie under Giveaway Tags: , , , ,

Seanan McGuireWelcome back to our review and giveaway of the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire. Today we have the second book in the series, Midnight Blue-Light Special, which follows Verity in New York City as she attempts to stop a purge from happening to the local cryptid community. Check out Roxanne’s review below and don’t forget to enter the contest!

This contest is provided by DAW/Penguin! One lucky reader will win a copy of Midnight-Blue Light Special!

About Seanan:

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 share my house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice (Siamese and Maine Coon).

You can visit Seanan around the web here: Website | BlogFacebookTwitter

Want to read more from Seanan McGuire?

Rosemary and Rue A Local Habitation An Artificial Night Late Eclipses One Salt Sea Ashes of Honor Chimes at MidnightFull of Briars (October Day...The Winter Long (October Da...A Red-Rose Chain (October D...Once Broken Faith (October ...Discount Armageddon Midnight Blue-Light Special Half-Off Ragnarok Pocket Apocalypse Chaos ChoreographyMagic for Nothing (InCrypti...Every Heart a Doorway Down Among the Sticks and B...Indexing ReflectionsSparrow Hill RoadVelveteen vs. The Junior Su... Velveteen vs. The Multiverse Velveteen vs. The Seasons

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contest

This contest is provided by DAW/Penguin!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Midnight Blue-Light Special!
(US only)

Midnight Blue-Light Special

Available March 5, 2013 from DAW/Penguin

About this Book:

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. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she’d rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and when her work with the cryptid community took her to Manhattan, she thought she would finally be free to pursue competition-level dance in earnest. It didn’t quite work out that way…

But now, with the snake cult that was killing virgins all over Manhattan finally taken care of, Verity is ready to settle down for some serious ballroom dancing—until her on-again, off-again, semi-boyfriend Dominic De Luca, a member of the monster-hunting Covenant of St. George, informs her that the Covenant is on their way to assess the city’s readiness for a cryptid purge. With everything and everyone she loves on the line, there’s no way Verity can take that lying down.

Alliances will be tested, allies will be questioned, lives will be lost, and the talking mice in Verity’s apartment will immortalize everything as holy writ–assuming there’s anyone left standing when all is said and done. It’s a midnight blue-light special, and the sale of the day is on betrayal, deceit…and carnage.

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Review: Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire

April 21st, 2017 @ 12:05 am
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Midnight Blue-Light SpecialTitle: Midnight Blue-Light Special

Author: Seanan McGuire

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: InCryptid (Book #2)

Publication Date: March 5, 2013

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 0756407923 (DAW/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0756407926 (DAW/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Normal, adjective: Conforming to the standard or common type. See also “ordinary.”

Abnormal, adjective: Deviating from the common type, such as playing monster-human on the rooftops of Manhattan. See also “Verity Price.”

The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity—and to protect humanity from them. Verity Price is just trying to do her job, keeping the native cryptid population of Manhattan from getting into trouble, and doing a little ballroom dancing on the side.

Enter Dominic De Luca, an operative for the Covenant of St. George, and Verity’s on-again, off-again boyfriend. When he tells her that the Covenant is sending a full team to assess how ready the city is for a purge, Verity finds herself between a rock and a hard place. Stay, and risk her almost-certain death, or flee, and leave the cryptids of New York with nothing between them and the Covenant.

With allies and enemies on every side, and no safe way to turn, it’s going to take some quickstepping for Verity to waltz out of this one. There’s just one question on everyone’s mind: Is this the last dance for Verity Price?

Quick & Dirty: The Covenant is coming to purge New York City, can Verity keep everyone alive?

Opening Sentence: Verity stood with her hands folded in front of her and her feet turned out in first position, watching her father read her report card.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Verity is back, and when Dominic makes an appearance at her job and says they need to talk she knows this can’t be good. Once they make it back to her apartment and he let’s her know that the Covenant is on their way to check on his work and to start the purge of New York City, Verity knows for sure this isn’t going to be good at all. Especially since she isn’t quite sure where her on-again of-again boyfriend will stand during the Purge.

Verity and Dominic move as fast as they can to warn the major groups of incryptids that the Covenant is enroute. Verity makes the decision to relocate after her Uncle Mike shows up as back up, and points out that it should be done sooner rather than later. When the Covenant arrives, Dominic informs her that the woman in the group is Margeret Healy, and yes, she is a relation and not a fan.

Verity is in a race against time to provide sanctuary for her friends, and to keep the Covenant away from Sarah. After an altercation with Margeret, Sarah moves into Verity’s new place, but before anyone can get too comfortable Verity disappears. It is now up to Sarah and the rest of their friends to see if they can find Verity before it is too late. Will Dominic make a choice? Will Verity be able to hold out against the Covenant?

Book 2 picks up about six months after the ending of Book 1 and it starts off with a bang and just keeps going from there. I was a bit shocked when Verity is taken and it is left up to Sarah and the others to save her, but I enjoyed it. I like Sarah almost as much as I like Verity. I am now also totally sold on Dominic. I wish I could complain about the ending, but spoilers, so I will be really vague and say that I am glad I am reviewing this series at the moment so I can hurry up and read the next book.

I also have to say that I very much want my own colony of Aeslin mice. Like that would be the best thing ever or probably a tad annoying. I love all of the different incryptids and learning about them in every book. This is a rich, loving world that Seanan has created, one that is in some ways much nicer while being just as dangerous as the world of October Daye.

Notable Scene:

I was about to lose my apartment, my partner, and my chance at ever having the kind of career I dreamed of when I was a kid. As a professional dancer, I was on the cusp of failing. At the same, the Covenant of St. George was in my city, I’d been forced to go into hiding to avoid having them find and I had no game for getting rid of them. As a cryptozoologist I wasn’t doing much better.

The InCryptids Series:

1. Discount Armageddon

2. Midnight Blue-Light Special

3. Half-Off Ragnarok

4. Pocket Apocalypse

5. Chaos Choreography

6. Magic For Nothing

7. Tricks for Free

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FTC Advisory: DAW/Penguin provided me with a copy of Midnight Blue-Light Special. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Giveaway: Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire

April 20th, 2017 @ 12:08 am
Posted by Kristie under Giveaway Tags: , , ,

Seanan McGuireThe time has come for another series read through with your friendly Dark Faerie Tales gals, Roxanne & Kristie. We had such a fun time reading the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire. The urban fantasy genre is still really dark, creative and magical. It is one of my favorite type reads! I hope you enjoy another round of giveaways and reviews! Please check out Discount Armageddon the first novel in this crazy series about a family of cryptozoologists whom hold the secrets of a Cryptid world that the humans know nothing about.

One lucky reader will win a copy of Discount Armageddon! This giveaway is courtesy of DAW/Penguin. This contest is open to U.S. addresses only.

About Seanan:

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 share my house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice (Siamese and Maine Coon).

You can visit Seanan around the web here: Website | BlogFacebookTwitter

Want to read more from Seanan McGuire?

Rosemary and Rue A Local Habitation An Artificial Night Late Eclipses One Salt Sea Ashes of Honor Chimes at MidnightFull of Briars (October Day...The Winter Long (October Da...A Red-Rose Chain (October D...Once Broken Faith (October ...Discount Armageddon Midnight Blue-Light Special Half-Off Ragnarok Pocket Apocalypse Chaos ChoreographyMagic for Nothing (InCrypti...Every Heart a Doorway Down Among the Sticks and B...Indexing ReflectionsSparrow Hill RoadVelveteen vs. The Junior Su... Velveteen vs. The Multiverse Velveteen vs. The Seasons

_________________________________________________________________________________

contest

This contest is provided by DAW/Penguin!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Discount Armageddon!
(US only)

Discount-Armageddon

Available March 6, 2012 from DAW/Penguin

About this Book:

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…

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