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review 2017-05-04 08:00
Chaos Choreography
Chaos Choreography - Seanan McGuire

So, after the first four books, I expected to get to know Antimony in this one, but with the Dancing title, I should have known it was Verity.

Verity and by extension Dominic are back as Verity stars in something like So You Think You Can Dance. I'm not a big fan of these talent shows, and reading about them was also not my favourite. Obviously, something fishy is going on at the program and you really don't want to be eliminated.

I like these books a lot. They don't have the best story, or are written in the best way, but they are heavily entertaining, with lots of cute characters (all the fantastic beasts) and I find Chaos Choreography as well as the rest of the series are great for relaxing. Would certainly recommend as a light read.

But man, that's quite a cliffhanger!

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review 2016-08-23 18:05
Chaos Choreography - Seanan McGuire

I confess, the less than stellar opinions I read about this book had me almost dreading it. It...wasn't bad actually. Granted, the whole dancing bit got a bit confusing at times, possibly because the timeline seemed to jump in fits and starts.

 

What did bother me is the absolute lack of suspicion directed at fellow contestants. You'd think that would be the first place they'd look, but the only ones that were even discussed were the cryptids. Really, the woman involved was obvious, as was one of the men when you think about it. He was all unpleasant at the beginning, then switched to charm and smarm almost immediately afterward. Right.

 

Also had a little difficulty believing someone did a snatch on Verity's grandma and lived to tell about it, or at least not get tagged and IDed (and how is it they didn't recognize the voices they overheard discussing it).

 

Amused about the cover though - the chick in the denim shorts is grandma.

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review 2016-05-17 02:46
[Book Review] Chaos Choreography
Chaos Choreography - Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire is one of those authors that whenever I come across a book in a new series I wonder why I haven't been reading this series for years.  Chaos Choreography was my introduction to the InCryptid series, and now I need to go read the first four books.  Not to understand the story that I read, it was definitely self-contained and explanatory enough that it stands up wonderfully on it's own, but because it was absolutely delightful and I want to read more.

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 of a comeback 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 of her fellow contestants turn up dead, Verity will need every ally she can find—and a couple she wasn’t looking for—in order to navigate the complicated steps of both the tango and a murder investigation without blowing her cover. It doesn’t help that her official family backup is her grandmother, Alice Price-Healy, who thinks “subtle” is something that happens to other people. 
Winning this competition may have just become a matter of life and death.
The premise sounds ludicrous on it's own - a paranormal adventure set in a dancing reality TV show.  Don't let that throw you.  McGuire takes the very absurdity of the environment and turns it into a fantastic and hilarious ride.  Definitely recommend, on it's own or as part of the series.
 

Advance Reader Copy courtesy of DAW (Penguin RandomHouse) in exchange for an honest review; changes may exist between galley and the final edition.

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review 2016-04-15 02:01
The best of the series - action, fun, dance and Aeslin mice!
Chaos Choreography - Seanan McGuire

Hey, wow, who'd have thunk it -- a positive review of a Seanan McGuire novel from The Irresponsible Reader?!? Next thing, I'll be telling you that the sky is blue, water is wet and J. J. Abrams likes lens flares. But what do you want from me? Seanan McGuire is a great author who consistently puts out fun reads. The only reason that she hasn't taken over the world yet is that she doesn't want to.

 

Oh, spoiler alert: I'm probably going to be giving very positive reviews to two other McGuire works in the next week or two.

 

So what can I say about this one? It's probably the most enjoyable, most entertaining, most emotionally resonant, best all-around entry in the InCryptid series to date.

Verity and Dominic are living with her parents, which is going about as well as you could expect, and trying to get used to life outside of NYC when Verity gets a call from the reality show she came thiiiiiis close to winning before we met her in Discount Armageddon (well, her cover identity got a call, technically). They're doing a best-of season, and need her to round out the cast.

 

Next thing they know, they're working up a new cover for Dominic and heading for L. A. Where we meet Verity's long-lost besties, a would-be frenemy (if anyone took her seriously), and a few cryptids.

 

We get the return of the lady Dragons -- both the group we met in Discount as well as L.A.'s very own, plus a few others. The cryptid cultures of L. A. (and the West in general) developed in very interesting ways. Sadly, one of the things that seems to be pretty popular are snake cults -- there's one that seems to be pretty serious about things and are using human sacrifices to power a spell.

 

Which means that Verity has to do a little more than just dance, she has to find the cultists before it's too late. She calls upon friends new and old, Dominic, even the Aeslin mice and a Price that we've heard of, just never met. Leading to a final confrontation that's one for the ages -- and nothing will be the same again for the Prices family. I'm not so sure that it'll be the same again for anyone.

 

I'd happily read about any and all of the new cryptids we meed here again, and most of the humans, too (not the evil ones, just for the record). McGuire's assembled a great bunch of characters for this one.

 

I love the fact that not only do we get to see the Aeslin mice developing new religious celebrations, but we see them in action -- putting their tiny little lives on the line to save the day. I also like to see Verity coming to grips with the choices she's been making the last few years, what that means for her, and what place dancing and the rest have in her life.

 

Major kudos to McGuire for getting me to give a rip -- not much of one, but still -- about dance competitions. I don't get dance -- I mean dancing, I get. I'm no good at it, but I get. But watching dance -- any form - I just don't see the appeal. But for a few pages here and there I was almost interested in Verity's other career. That's a pretty major accomplishment.

 

Now I've just got to settle in and wait a year for lil' sister Antimony's first novel. Is it 2017 yet?

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2016/04/14/chaos-choreography-by-seanan-mcguire
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review 2016-04-04 15:50
Chaos Choreography / Seanan McGuire (InCryptid #5)
Chaos Choreography - Seanan McGuire

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…

 

Four fun, furry, feisty stars.

True confessions time: back in the days when I owned a telly, I was a happy addict to Dancing With the Stars, glued to the waltzes, rhumbas, and tangos performed by be-sequined celebrities and their professional dance partners. I listened with bated breath as the judges rated their performances and urged them to “give it a little more welly.” Reading this novel was like going back to those days for a few hours, without paying for cable, as Verity (in her persona as Valerie) is summoned to perform again on Dance or Die.

I have rhapsodized in other reviews about how wonderful I consider McGuire’s invention of the Aeslin mice to be—I adore these tiny sapient rodents, their love of cheese and cake, their fierce dedication to the people whom they have chosen to worship, and their general good humour and willingness perform tasks that larger creatures might shrink from. The mice are as charming as usual, although I wish they had received slightly more air time. Perhaps I always wish for that?

I have rated this book at four stars, because I did inhale it in one evening (as I have all of the InCryptid books, truthfully). I was somewhat dismayed, however, to find a kind of repeat villain in the form of Yet Another Snake Cult (let me speak in capitalized words, as the mice do). The temptation to knock off a star or at least half of one was strong.

However, we do get to meet Verity’s renowned grandmother, Alice, who is much quoted in the earlier volumes. We also get caught up to speed on Verity & Dominic, who apparently got married in Vegas (inexplicably on their way from New York to Oregon—geography must be different in the InCryptid universe).

An acceptable addition to the InCryptid canon, the sacred scriptures of the Aeslin mice.

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