Review: Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire

Author: Seanan McGuire
Series: InCryptid #2
Publisher: DAW
Released: March 5th, 2013
Received: Own

Midnight Blue-Light Special is the second novel in Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid series, and man do I wish I had found/read this series sooner! It’s such a delight, a fun romp through the world of mythical creatures and beings.

Verity Price is a cryptozoologist, which means she studies and protects the monsters we like to imagine aren’t real. She’s also a dancer, and one of the most confident people around. She moved to New York to try and find a balance between work and dancing, and instead she found something else entirely.

Of course, she’s not going to get much time to relax, or think about her decisions. For the Covenant of St. George is coming to town. The Covenant being the big, bad, and xenophobic version of Verity’s family.

“I’m a cryptozoologist. It’s my job to protect the monsters of the world. But when those monsters become too dangerous to be allowed to roam free, I’m also a hunter. I don’t enjoy that side of my work. That doesn’t mean I get to stop doing it.”

Once again, Seanan McGuire has managed to entertain and delight me with her writing. Midnight Blue-Light Special is such an entertaining read, picking up almost exactly where the last novel left off.

There are a lot of positive things I could say about Midnight Blue-Light Special, and the InCryptid series as a whole. Verity is a fascinating leading lady, and her perspective is full of entertaining thoughts.

The world is amazing, or more accurately, the cryptids are. I’m a girl that knows a decent amount about mythical creatures (being mildly obsessed with fae lore and the like), but Seanan McGuire puts me to shame. On the bright side, it means that I adore these books all the more thanks to the surprises within.


Obviously, the Aeslin mice are another huge bonus, they’re hilarious and adorable, all at once. It just goes to show that you can have a badass heroine and a lot of fun at the same time, and I love every second of it.

Onto the main plot, Midnight Blue-Light Special is a quick and intense read, despite the humor laced throughout. There’s no denying how dangerous (and horrific) the Covenant is, and thus there are a few heavier (and scary) scenes to be found. But that just adds to the realism in this case, as there’s no way Verity’s job can be all fun and games.

I hate myself for taking so long to pick up this series. On the bright side, my delay is allowing me to binge all nine books within a week, so there’s that! Next up is Half-Off Ragnarok, where we’re going to get a different perspective: Alex Price.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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