Review: Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire

It’s release day for Seanan McGuire’s next InCryptid adventure! Sometimes it’s the little things that make me happy… 😉

Review: Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuirePocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire
Series: InCryptid #4
Published by Penguin Books on March 3rd 2015
ISBN: 9780756408121
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 341
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

Alexander Price has survived gorgons, basilisks, and his own family—no small feat, considering that his family includes two telepaths, a reanimated corpse, and a colony of talking, pantheistic mice.  Still, he’s starting to feel like he’s got the hang of things
at least until his girlfriend, Shelby Tanner, shows up asking pointed questions about werewolves and the state of his passport.  From there, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to Australia, a continent filled with new challenges, new dangers, and yes, rival cryptozoologists who don’t like their “visiting expert” very much.

Australia is a cryptozoologist’s dream, filled with unique species and unique challenges.  Unfortunately, it’s also filled with Shelby’s family, who aren’t delighted by the length of her stay in America.  And then there are the werewolves to consider: infected killing machines who would like nothing more than to claim the continent as their own. The continent which currently includes Alex.Survival is hard enough when you’re on familiar ground.  Alex Price is very far from home, but there’s one thing he knows for sure: he’s not going down without a fight.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

drey’s thoughts:

I wish that the covers for Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid series hadn’t gotten quite so comic-ish (other than those for Discount Armageddon and Midnight Blue-Light Special). I wonder if readers skipped the series because of the covers, not knowing how wonderful Seanan McGuire’s storytelling skills are, how wickedly funny her sense of humor is, and how entertaining this series is.


Alex Price met Shelby Tanner in Half-Off Ragnarok, and now she’s asked him to travel to Australia to help her family with a werewolf problem. Her family’s ultra speciesist, ultra protective, and completely nuts (I’m not even remotely kidding here, folks). There were multiple times where I honestly couldn’t tell if Alex was in more danger from the Tanners and their group of cryptozoologists, or the werewolves.

Which is probably the best way for Alex to show he really does love Shelby, lol! Of course, that only matters if he survives his Australian adventure…

Pocket Apocalypse is full of McGuire’s trademark snark and sense of humor, and I laughed out loud at more than a few passages. Ok, ok, I snorted. It’s a very good thing no liquids traversed the path from my nostrils to my laptop. o.O Not content with just funnies, McGuire also packs this installment with action (werewolf attacks!), more action (more werewolf attacks!), drama (oh, the joys of family), and new species in a continent already packed with just about every kind of flora and fauna that can kill a man faster than you can say “Bless You!” after a sneeze.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed this latest InCryptid offering, and now I’m back to wondering when I can get more. If you like your urban fantasy filled with crazy creatures, fabulous storytelling, and snicker-snort-inducing humor, you must check out this series. And when you’ve read all four, check out McGuire’s zombie-apocalypse Newsflesh trilogy – one of my absolute faves!

drey’s rating: Excellent!

Have you read Pocket Apocalypse? What did you think?

About Seanan McGuire

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Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn’t killed for using her typewriter at three o’clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite.