Series: InCryptid, #5
Published by DAW on March 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368 pages
Source: Publicity Agency
Sexual Content: references to sex
Reviewed by: Kristina
Fifth book in Seanan McGuire’s funny and fast-paced urban fantasy InCryptid series featuring ballroom dancer and monster expert Verity Price.
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…
I loved getting back to Verity's storyline in CHAOS CHOREOGRAPHY and especially loved that my silent wish was answered which was to have Dance or Die be in the actual story instead of being constantly referenced to. The dance competition reality show was my favorite part of the story and part of this is due to my love of dance competition reality shows. The other part is I wanted to see Verity go back into her undercover persona Valerie and see how she functions in her old world having had the experiences she had in the previous books. We get the typical drama and characters you tend to get in these types of reality shows and while I loved that I also loved seeing Verity in her Valerie persona slowly learn about who she is and is meant to be. Aside from my excitement at being able to see what Verity is up to, I loved just being in this world and revisiting some old characters and seeing some new ones human and cryptid.
I was so excited to finally meet Grandma Alice and she is exactly how I thought she would be. Awesomely badass. Although I was a bit confused about her reverse aging as I wonder if she will be a traveling baby at some point. Hopefully that was just a misinterpretation on my part. The Aeslin mice, who are an ever present and adorably devout presence in these books are featured quite a bit and are a delight as usual. I also liked seeing Verity and her husband, Dominic work together and their interactions were really sweet.
The plot felt like a mystery with tons of action, suspense, and deaths. The deaths of Verity's co-dance competitors eventually link to some nefarious snake cult. Of course all of this sleuthing about snake cults and figuring out whodunnit leads to a monstrous cryptid popping up to wreak havoc that Verity and her family and friends must deal with. This rather huge and violent end battle has major repercussions for Verity and her family that I am looking forward to seeing play out in the next book.
CHAOS CHOREOGRAPHY marks an end point to Verity's story and it was a really fun story! She's tough. down-to-earth. and an all around interesting person...for a human. Luckily the end of Verity's story does not mean the end of the InCryptid series. I am looking forward to reading about Verity's sister, Antimony in the next book.Series Titles:
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