Review: Midnight Blue Light Special by Seanan McGuire

midnight blue light special

4 out of 5 Blue Light Stars

This is the 2nd book in the InCryptid series

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.”

This was a humdinger. Even more action packed than the first one. Basically, the Covenant is coming to check up on their boy. Verity and Dominic still haven’t nailed down their relationship… even though they are… nailing each other.

You know I had to go there!

Anyways – Dominic warns Verity they are coming. What he doesn’t tell her is what side he’s going to come down on. Also, she doesn’t even know where he lives. I mean, if this happens to you in real life, dump the guy. He knows where she lives, they hook up there all the time, the mice even have dubbed him “The God of Questionable Motivations” – I mean, if her mice are giving you nicknames, you should be solid. It kinda makes me mad she doesn’t push him more on it. She’s the one in danger from his cronies rather than the other way around. I mean, the Prices are supposed to be extinct.

This is one of those that is hard to review because I don’t want to give anything away – let’s just say one of the Covenant gang that shows up has no trouble believing in extinct species. And the danger level is HIGH.

There was a TSTL (too stupid to live)  moment when Verity takes off on her lonesome and her Uncle Mike who has come to be her backup, who is overprotective at times, lets her go. I say lets, but come on, he knows the danger is high. She knows it’s high. There’s a reason she does it but it seems like a fix after the fact, to make up for the TSTL moment. Of course she gets caught. And it brings us to one of the most exciting points of the book.

We get to see a lot more of my favorite couple, Istas and Ryan, both shapeshifters. Istas is the perfect example of don’t judge a book by their cover, or a person by their outward appearance. She dresses in Lolita Goth clothing, layered in frills and lace, and loves any opportunity to turn into her bear shape and wreak havoc. I love that Ryan loves this about her. She’s one of my favorite characters.

There is a lot of cryptids from all over the world, so there is a lot of diversity. There are Philipino, Japanese, Inuit, Chinese and Indian characters.

Wish I could tell you more about the plot, but really, I don’t want to wreck it for you. A great 2nd book in a series.




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