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...
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 368 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Daw
Four stars: An exciting UF series with a kick butt heroine and every paranormal creature you can imagine and then some.
Verity Price isn’t your average cocktail waitress. She is really an undercover cryptozoologist living in New York to study all the paranormal entities and protect. Verity comes from a long line of cryptozoologists. Her family, though, veered from the views of the Covenant, who wanted to kill all the creatures. Verity and her family are all about protecting and studying. So when the creatures of the city start to go missing just when a Covenant member arrives, Verity is immediately suspicious. Then strange lizard men start appearing in the sewers and there are rumors of a dragon under the city. Can Verity get to the bottom of the disappearances before getting killer herself?
What I Liked:
- Discount Armageddon is a book I wanted to read since it came out, but it has languished in my pile for too long. I loved this smart, UF series with a kick butt heroine, lots of paranormal creatures and plenty of unexpected surprises. Fasten your seatbelts for one heck of a ride.
- Verity Price is kick butt awesome. This is a girl who was raised by a family of paranoid, yet smart cryptozoologists. When Verity played hide and seek or any other childhood game, the stakes were raised. Thus, she is armed to the hilt and can kick butt even in dancing heels. I loved Verity.
- The cast of secondary characters is just as awesome as Verity. First, you have all kinds of paranormal entities, some well known, and some you have never even heard of. There are dragon princes, lizard men, cuckoos, talking mice, boogeymen and plenty more. I loved meeting the local cryptids. Verity’s cousin, Sarah, was all kinds of fascinating. I must say, I was most surprised by Dominic, the Covenant boy. Loved this cast of characters!
- If you love paranormal creatures, this is a series for you. Seriously, there were so many different types of paranormal entities that I hadn’t even heard of in this book. Props to Ms. McGuire for bringing us a crazy amount of paranormal. No doubt plenty of research was done.
- I loved the craziness of Verity’s family. They are weird, smart and educated on all things cryptic. I can’t wait for more of them.
- There is not a dull moment in this one. Verity is always fighting her way, or sleuthing her way out of trouble. I loved the non stop action and all the mayhem. You won’t be bored with this one.
- I liked that there was a hint of romance. It was unexpected, and the heat and chemistry were off the charts. Talk about opposites attracting. I am excited to watch this relationship evolve.
- The ending was perfect. No cliffhangers or nagging unfinished business. Most of the story lines are done up!
And The Not So Much:
- This is a personal niggle, but I am confused on the title. The titles in the series indicate shopping and retail, and they don’t reflect the story at all. Weird.
- The foreshadowing a time or too was too heavy. The bad guy is revealed before he is unmasked thanks to foreshadowing, which took away from the shock value. Also I didn’t like that a death of a character was revealed through foreshadowing. Let me uncover this stuff on my own.
- I was confused by the Snake Cult. Who were these men, what was their goal besides the dragon? I am hoping to learn more.
Discount Armageddon is a book I should have read a long time ago. I am glad though that I put it off because now I can do some serious binge reading in this series. If you are on the hunt for a fun UF series, look no further. Dig in! I can’t wait for more.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
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