Early Review: Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire

Early Review: Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuireChaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire
Series: InCryptid #5
Published by Daw on March 1st 2016
ISBN: 9780756408138
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

Verity Price is back on the West Coast and getting back into the swing of the family business: cryptozoology. She’s rescuing cryptids from bad situations, protecting them from monster-hunters, and generally risking life and limb for the greater good, with her ex-Covenant partner/husband, Dominic, by her side. Her ballroom dance career is behind her—or so she thinks. When Verity gets the call from the producers of Dance or Die, the reality show she almost won several years before, she finds the lure impossible to resist, and she and Dominic are off to L.A. for one last shot at the big time.

Of course, nothing is that simple. When two contestants turn up dead, Verity will need every ally she can find with the investigation, without blowing her cover…

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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:

The Plot: Verity Price has given up dancing – and her alter ego Valerie Pryor. Or so she thought. In the land of Reality TV there’s always an All-Star version, and when Dance or Die comes a-calling, Verity views it as the opportunity to “retire” Valerie Pryor. Then blood leads to bodies, bodies lead to nefarious plots by power-hungry baddies, and Verity has another crisis to solve – complete with a tight deadline, whilst trying to dance as if her life depended on it. Which it does.

The Characters: We meet yet another Price family member, who’s every bit as interesting and fabulous as expected! I’d say more, but you really should read the book to get the unvarnished version of this Price. 😉 We have some initial drama with Antigone, and I’m looking forward to seeing how that plays out in upcoming books. And of course, there are the expected cast of characters in any Reality TV show: the dancers, the host, the judges. Plus more cryptids.

The Aeslin mice are as fun as always, albeit at a lower volume. Chupacabras exist, so do ghouls. And there be dragons!

The Story: Chaos Choreography is fabulously entertaining! I love McGuire’s brand of humor, and it’s on full display here – especially with the character interactions. The story itself kept me turning the pages, not just because I had to know whodunnit, but also to read more of Verity/Valerie et al. Now I have to wait for the next book for more. 🙁

drey’s rating: Excellent!

Have you read Chaos Choreography? 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.


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