Monday, May 18, 2015

Book 50: Discount Armageddon

Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire

We've discovered some great urban fantasy series through this book reading experience. Ones we loved right through to the book that ended the series are Greywalker and the Hallows. One we are still enjoyingDarynda Jones's books and one that ran out of steam for us, Kevin Hearnes' Iron Druid series.

We found some we didn't enjoy, like Touched by an Alien. This book is one of those.

The premise is interesting: an organization kills all the monsters that live among us and a splitter group believes only the ones that harm humans should die. Big group's reaction to the different point of view causes the disaffected to run and hide. One of the hidden wants a different career, namely ballroom dancing, and goes to New York to pursue it. Of course she can't leave her family heritage behind.

Our reader just couldn't relate to this heroine, though she could admire her desire to break free of the family's plan for her life while still being part of it. But the plot was fairly predictable and the other characters weren't believable, even in a fantasy novel. She didn't particularly like the main character, and admits that's probably because she can't imagine walking anywhere in the kind of shoes the heroine likes to wear, much less doing all the athletic stuff she does in them. 

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