Discount Armageddon, by Seanan McGuire

I loved reading Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire.  It was as funny as it was exciting and hit just about every note right.  Why write just about vampires or zombies or werewolves when you can write about all of them and more, just about any supernatural creature you’ve ever heard of and quite a few you haven’t.

My only previous experience with McGuire was the excellent Newsflesh zombie novels written as Mira Grant.  Discount Armageddon is much more light-hearted but filled with the same trademark sense of humor that literally had me laughing out loud in places.  Verity Price and her interaction with the Aeslin mice would be enough reason in and of itself to pick up this book.  But there is a whole world filled with creatures, cryptids as they are called here, gathered from our fairy tales and our nightmares.  These creatures are mostly integrated into our society.  They are hunted by an organization known as the Covenant, a group from which Very’s (Verity) family split off generations ago.  Her family now polices and protects the cryptids.

This is a fast and entertaining read, filled with action and humor.  It’s a fascinating world filled with even more fascinating characters.  The romance aspects of the book are just enough to entice some without turning off readers who don’t like romance to dominate.  If you like a wise-cracking, butt-kicking heroine with plenty of action and a healthy dose of humor, you are going to love this book.  I can’t wait for the next entry in the series.  Highly recommended.

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