Review: Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire

Author: Seanan McGuire
Series: InCryptid #5
Publisher: DAW
Released: March 1, 2016
Received: Own
Warnings: Animal death, gore

Chaos Choreography is the fifth novel in Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid series, and it looks like we’re heading back to Verity’s perspective! At this point, we all know that putting chaos in the title is going to be highly accurate for this character.

Verity Price thought she was content with her decision to give up dancing to focus on cryptozoology. Aka, the family business. That is, until she got an offer to pop back on Dance or Die, a reality show focused entirely on skill and dancing.

She couldn’t turn it down. Ultimately though, it might just be a good thing that she was there. While there’s no doubt that she’s going to cause a lot of mayhem, odds are good that it will be less than what the snake cultists would do, if they had their way with it.

“Love what you do. Even if it’s not what you thought you’d be doing when you were a kid, love what you do. Eventually, it’s going to kill you, and it would be a real pity if you died doing something you hate.”

Is this really happening? Are we really heading back to Verity’s perspective!? That was not something I expected. But I’m certainly not going to complain! Chaos Choreography is entertaining chaos, obviously, but it is still a delight.

Verity’s passion for dance has really made her character stand out in a crowd (the crowd being in my mind, and full of protagonists that I adore). It’s one of the many reasons I got sucked into this series so hard.

Naturally, visiting both her character, and her passion was exciting, to say the least. I don’t normally dig the whole reality show vibe, but it worked well here. Partially because the characters genuinely seemed to care about one another, unlike what one would typically expect/see in a reality show.

“Maybe that was always the secret to a simple life. Reality was the complicating factor.”

There are a few side characters introduced over the course of Chaos Choreography, and I sincerely hope that we’re not done seeing them! I know, it might be a long shot. But they were really well written characters, and I want to see what is happening in their lives, especially considering all the changes coming their way.

Up next is Magic for Nothing, another novel that is going to bring about major change. I say that because it’s Antimony Price’s turn to take the leading role, and I really have no idea what to expect from her character. Other than a lot of snark, that much I’ve already gathered.

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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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