Let’s just get this out of the way – I am a big Seanan McGuire fangirl. She writes one of my favorite (if not #1) urban fantasy series in October Daye. I purchased Discount Armageddon a while ago and was just holding it for a weekend when I needed a pick me up because I knew McGuire would deliver.
Now, let me tell you a little story – A few weeks ago I was talking to my mom about my upcoming vacation. As I complained about all I had to do and my concerns about leaving pets, my house, work, etc., she basically told me that I was a stick in the mud and needed to relax. My response? “Yeah, yeah. I’ll try.” She gave me the full Yoda and said, “No try, DO!” I kept thinking about that conversation and asking myself, “am I that boring and in such a rut that I’m getting a lecture from my mom about it?”
This book proves that the answer is a resounding YES!
Discount Armageddon introduces us to Verity Price, a cryptozoologist whose family has hunted cryptids (i.e. monsters) for generations. They are in hiding from another group of cz’s,the Covenant, because they didn’t agree on some basic principles. Verity has aspirations to also be a dancer so she is in New York to try to see if she can make it there (because then she could make it anywhere, right?) Enter Dominic De Luca, a Covenant operative, who is as handsome as he is stubborn. They clash but have to work together to save the city.
Can I see what everyone else liked about this book? Yep. Did I like it? Nope.
Verity is just too…everything. Too perky, too full of herself, too too. A bad ass fighting, latin dancing, stiletto wearing, topless bar waitress who, by the way, came in 2nd on a TV dancing show (a la “So You Think You Can Dance”). She and her family have been in hiding for a long time and she’s always had to use a disguise and alter ego when dancing. Why oh why would she then immediately tell Dominic who she really is? Because she’s dumb as dirt when it comes down to it. She might have ninja fighting skills but she needs a brain transplant.
And, yes, maybe I am a stick in the mud because I don’t buy that:
– A woman who wants to be a professional dancer would wear 5 inch heels. A dancer’s feet and ankles are her life. Dumb.
– It’s normal for a woman to have sex with a man she barely knows because he brought her a bag of KFC. (Seriously, you just described gorging yourself on fried chicken and mashed potatoes and the next second you are getting it on?)
– Verity survived to adulthood.
Sorry, guys, this one just didn’t work for me. 2/5 stars.