Pocket Apocalypse

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Pocket Apocalypse ❤ Pocket Apocalypse pdf ⚣ Author Seanan McGuire – Polishdarling.co.uk Endangered, adjective Threatened with extinction or immediate harmAustralia, noun A good place to become endangeredAlexander Price has survived gorgons, basilisks, and his own family no small feat, co Endangered, adjective Threatened with extinction or immediate harmAustralia, noun A good place to become endangeredAlexander Price has survived gorgons, basilisks, and his own family no small feat, considering that his family includes two telepaths, a reanimated corpse, and a colony of talking, pantheistic mice Still, he s starting to feel like he s got the hang of things at least until his girlfriend, Shelby Tanner, shows up asking pointed questions about werewolves and the state of his passport From there, it s just a hop, skip, and a jump to Australia, a continent filled with new challenges, new dangers, and yes, rival cryptozoologists who don t like their visiting expert very muchAustralia is a cryptozoologist s dream, filled with unique species and unique challenges Unfortunately, it s also filled with Shelby s family, who aren t delighted by the length of her stay in America And then there are the werewolves to consider infected killing machines who would like nothing than to claim the continent as their own The continent which currently includes AlexSurvival is hard enough when you re on familiar ground Alex Price is very far from home, but there s one thing he knows for sure he s not going down without a fight.


10 thoughts on “Pocket Apocalypse

  1. Choko Choko says:

    4.25 A buddy read with my UF cohorts at BB B We love our Aeslin MiceAdversity doesn t exist to make us stronger Adversity exists because this world is a damn hard place to live Prove that you re better than the things it throws at you LiveOur little buddy reading group have all decided that we need our own, designated colony of Aeslin Mice, since it turns out they have stolen all of our hearts And how can anyone resist their charm and stature, no matter how dimi 4.25 A buddy read with my UF cohorts at BBB We love our Aeslin MiceAdversity doesn t exist to make us stronger Adversity exists because this world is a damn hard place to live Prove that you re better than the things it throws at you LiveOur little buddy reading group have all decided that we need our own, designated colony of Aeslin Mice, since it turns out they have stolen all of our hearts And how can anyone resist their charm and stature, no matter how diminutive it is In this forth book in the series, a splinter colony of six mice accompany Alex and his girlfriend to Australia, where an epidemic of lycanthropy virus is turning the citizens of this very ecologically different continent into werewolfs Danger and death seem to lurk around every corner in this place and those who are supposed to be the Price family natural allies are turning out to be less than reliable And the Tanner family is at the least hostile, openly wishing they could dump Alexes lifeless body in a bog somewhere, never to be seen again I guess it is a good thing that Shelly loves him fiercely, or that could have been his faith soon after stepping on the Australian soilI would greatly prefer it if you didn t put a bullet into my brain it would complicate my plans for life, most of which involve not being deadWe found that the Aeslin Mice travel well, can raid places for snacks, and can sniff out certain diseases once in the human body This splinter colony left us with many memorable moments and as always, they were my favorite part of the book We also met some cryptides specific for the local flora and fauna, and as a whole, we were mightily forewarned about the dangers of going among them in this magical and very scary continent of AustraliaAustralia basically holds the copyright on weird ecosystem The only place where you re going to find weirder things is at the bottom of the ocean, and no one suggests that you go there for a fun family vacationI love this series I love Alex, a bitthan I love Verity, and I love Verity quite a lot And I love the way Seanan McGuire can tell a story in the most entertaining but touching way possible With every passing book my respect for her grows and grows and I feel privileged to have been gifted with the joy her work provides I am of the lucky ones who have discovered the magic of her storytelling and the enchantment of the worlds she creates This is why I feel I have to invite you all to do the same this author is absolutely worth the time I personally can not wait to jump he next bookA life that is lived carefully, calmly, with thorough preparation and sufficient resources, is likely to be healthy, long, and incredibly boring Fortunately, I have never been in danger of living that particular lifeI wish you all Happy Reading and Happy Holidays


  2. carol. carol. says:

    It s an apocalypse, all right a three hundred page written disaster.I ll be blunt I don t read this series for the gorgeous writing I read for the fun menagerie of fantastical animals Pocket Apocalypse feels eventossed off than is usual for McGuire, the majority of the writing a workmanship telling It s a style that works when one is going through unusual locations, as in Discount Armageddon New York City sewers , introducing non human sapients in Midnight Blue Light Special math It s an apocalypse, all right a three hundred page written disaster.I ll be blunt I don t read this series for the gorgeous writing I read for the fun menagerie of fantastical animals Pocket Apocalypse feels eventossed off than is usual for McGuire, the majority of the writing a workmanship telling It s a style that works when one is going through unusual locations, as in Discount Armageddon New York City sewers , introducing non human sapients in Midnight Blue Light Special math loving cuckoos , or unusual creatures in Half Off Ragnarokfrickens, gorgons and their sub species But Pocket brings nothing new to the storytelling table and leaves out all that was good Instead, Alex Price is taking leave from the zoo to venture to his girlfriend s Australian home to deal with an outbreak of werewolves.The book feels like a novella with a couple of short stories tacked on It begins with a flashback where Alex froze in a confrontation with a werehorse Never mind that we ve heard all about the drills Alex s parents put their kids through, or the almost lethal games the siblings would play Sigh It s followed by a short episode in which Alex s assistant Dee follows him on a research trip to look at some migrating screaming yams Although Dee is a gorgon, with actual snakes for hair, she completely disbelieves the plants exist Then, instead of the purported migration, we find a circle of plants that moves a few feet when they are disturbed It s the first hint that neither character why a Gorgon who works with unusual species such as basilisks would disbelieve Alex nor world building are particularly consistent the plants move in response to disturbance and hibernate in the winter By definition, that isn t migration So much for descriptive precision in our lead scientist character We re off to Australia Sort of First we have to argue with the grandparents and get the Aeslin mice through security.The writing is tedious Potentially cute anecdotes such as mice on the plane are marred by eye rolling PSAs about deep vein thrombosis and snooze worthy explanations of things that really don t need explanation Again, I chose not to argue If it meant the mice were happy and under control for the duration of flight, they could raid the minibar as much as they wanted The mice could find their own way They d managed to wander off without my assistance, after all Too Many Meaningless Words Oh, and Alex s main reaction to other people talking Blinking A lot Hope that things would improve when Alex reached Australia were doomed The Australian dynamics were less about werewolves andabout Alex interactions with his girlfriend Shelby s family Her dad somehow characterizes Alex as Covenant, which hasn t been true for generations and makes no sense given the completely opposite philosophies He s also provincial enough that he resents an outsider despite needing information about weres Honestly, if I was Australian, I might be a little bit offended, as the locals come off like nothing so much as insular, gun toting reactionaries that tend to race for their guns and can t ask an analytical question to save their lives I suppose it is supposed to come off as Alex and Shelby vs Australia, but instead it just feels like a couple of people in the middle of stupid, illogical infighting in the middle of a stupid, illogical group their solution to body storage A locked unrefrigerated shed Plotting goes off the rails here Although Alex is supposed to be expert he really doesn t have much to offer all they do at home is kill weres asap When challenged that the Australians could just rely on lore, Alex claims he knows something new a cure that may kill as much as it saves Interestingly, once he makes a single attempt to create the cure, it isn t mentioned again There s also a lot of confusing bits about how loupism is a virus that effects anything over 70 pounds or so We know this from Alex history with the werehorses with herbivore teeth and suspiciously hoof like appendages, but later in the book we re told that the original species of animal is indistinguishable after transformation It s like information Alex supplies becomes whatever is needed at the time there s no laid out explanation for the stupid Australians When Alex takes an initial opportunity to share information with the group, he tells them it could be a nation wide disaster, followed with the obvious advice of monitoring bitten people for 28 days and to try and track down the source patient.It s just a mess for me, missing the humor, the fun and the creativity of the other books in the series and replacing it with a low grade description of the worst visit the girlfriend s parents saga ever Since the plotting relies on an unbelievable amount of stupidity and closemindedness followed by convenient discoveries that have almost nothing to do with actions of the leads, it isn t even enjoyable on a mystery level I missed the creative new creatures Though there s a Field Guide at the end of the book, it is an unnecessary device as everything centered on the werewolves Honestly, I d only recommended it if you love everything McGuire does.One and a half stars because well, I didn t throw it across the room


  3. Robin (Bridge Four) Robin (Bridge Four) says:

    Pocket Appocolyse as remembered by the Aesin Mice and recited by honorary acolyte Robin of the Bridge Four And Lo, it was declared by the God of Scales and Silences that he would travel to the dangerous Island of Australia to help the Unpredictable Priestess find the wolves that walk as men and cleanse her land And the Older Heartless one did not want him to go but the Younger Heartless one declaredBesides, if Alex goes to help Shelby with the werewolves in Australia, he can meet her fami Pocket Appocolyse as remembered by the Aesin Mice and recited by honorary acolyte Robin of the Bridge Four And Lo, it was declared by the God of Scales and Silences that he would travel to the dangerous Island of Australia to help the Unpredictable Priestess find the wolves that walk as men and cleanse her land And the Older Heartless one did not want him to go but the Younger Heartless one declaredBesides, if Alex goes to help Shelby with the werewolves in Australia, he can meet her family, and maybe they ll approve of himBut alas the meeting of family did not go smoothly for the God of Scales and Silences as The Unpredictable Priestess s family was not ready for the glory of our god.We travelled by a bus that sweeps across the sky to the new land and it was a glorious crossing indeed filled with great blessings of Cheese The God of Scales and Silence proclaimed Stay Quiet and Stay Still until we were in blessed transit And truly did we heed your words, which echoed the ancient teachings of the God of Unexpected Situations, husband to the Violent Priestess But once we came to blessed transit, we turned instead to the words of the Noisy Priestess, who did tell us, lo, You May Leave the Bag, Just Don t Get Caught And we have left the bag, and we have not been caughtThe Unpredictable Preistess s family had many members and a large compound full of great trinkets and feathers to gather to add to our clan We hunted the mighty snakes of the land and watched as the God of Scales and Silence searched to the Wolves who walk as men He was hurt in his hunt and lo did the Unpredictable Priestess sayHow have you even lived this long There s a cockatrice, you look at it There s a werewolf, you get bitten by it Did you ever meet a monster you didn t want to turn into It s hard on the heart, Alex It s justit s so damn hard on the heartThe dangers were horrible not just the ones from the infections beasts but those from The Unpredictable Priestess s family They are not like our gods They protect those Cryptids that cannot talk and scuttle on four legs but they did not help those who lived among them and thought them lesser Spending time among or gods the Unpredictable Priestess knew this was not the way.The challenges to the God of Scales and Silence were many Find the one who walk as wolves, cleanse the ones who were infected and win the favor of the Priestess s family But lo, we were not afraid for we knew our God would persevere even if everyone did not make it out alive.We now take this moment of silence to mourn those who were lost in our holy mission may they have cheese and cake and dance forever among the soft feathers of our past Please join us later for the retelling of the Arboreal Priestess and the Snake Cult.The short of it.So basically this is Alex goes to Australia to win the girl and defeat the Werewolves This is a fun story as we have now read various ways that Alex grew up and the how he was trained to be a Price Well I thought that Shelby s family would be the Australian version of the Prices And they are to a certain extent but they are a whole different shade of crazy So Alex has to find the Werewolves, convince Shelby s parents that he is good enough for her and possibly change the mentality of the 36ers Easy Peasy Right.At least we find out how Sarah s recovery is going SHE IS DOING CALCULUS YAY Another fantastically fun book in this series and I can t wait to get back to Verity and Dominic to see what they are up to now


  4. Ferdy Ferdy says:

    2.5 stars SpoilersIt was okay, the first half was quite slow and boring, the latter half was better though, the pace was faster, there wasaction and there were a few fairly decent twists and turns It still wasn t as fun as the first two books in the series though It took ages for the story to fully kick in, I was bored with the parts where Alex Shelby travelled to Australia, met Shelby s family the thirsty six society, and then banged on about werewolves and antidotes and whatnot I o 2.5 stars SpoilersIt was okay, the first half was quite slow and boring, the latter half was better though, the pace was faster, there wasaction and there were a few fairly decent twists and turns It still wasn t as fun as the first two books in the series though It took ages for the story to fully kick in, I was bored with the parts where Alex Shelby travelled to Australia, met Shelby s family the thirsty six society, and then banged on about werewolves and antidotes and whatnot I only properly got into things once Shelby s dad was attacked and Alex started to piece things together It would have been so muchentertaining if all the info dumps and Alex s overly long monologuing had been cut down Really liked the world with all the different cryptids creatures I wasn t that impressed with this book focusing on werewolves though since they ve been done to death Even though the werewolves in this weren t described in the usual UF way I still would have preferred the focus to be on creatures that were less generic I wasn t a fan of Alex or Shelby in the last book, they were mostly boring, they were still kind of dull in this as well but not as much I didn t find Alex interesting at all when he was monologuing about all things werewolf or about some geeky, nonsensical science nonsense He was much better when he was actually interacting with other characters, instead of monologuing Shelby was kind of blah at times as well, especially when she was being a doormat for her overbearing family Also, I hated her calling her dad daddy , it was really off putting I did like Shelby though when she was standing up to her family I was glad she left them at the end and decided to go back with Alex, her family were so oppressive and irritating, she was much better off with Alex Even though I wasn t crazy about Alex or Shelby s character, I did enjoy their relationship, they were pretty much perfect together It was great how supportive and loyal they were with each other, without it being over the top and cheesy I loved the part where Shelby told her family Alex was her fianc , it was rather cute I hated most of Shelby s family, Raina was pretty fun though Shelby s parents on the other hand were infuriating, at first it was kind of fun when they were giving Alex a hard time but then it got really annoying. Especially when they refused to listen to Alex s advice about the killer werewolves and kept blaming him for any bad thing that happened, it made them seem so ignorant I didn t like that all the quotes at the beginning of the chapters were only from male members of the Price family, didn t the females in the family have any wisdom advice to pass on in this one I rolled my eyes at there being yet another UF novel where the American characters were oh so enlightened and progressive whilst pretty much all the non American characters were ignorant, backwards, wrong, and needed the American characters to show them the light Ugh, it was such arrogant writing The Australian characters came across as caricatures for the most part Shelby and Raina were the only ones who were given any depth, the rest were one dimensional I m glad the next book in the series will focus on Verity again, she s a farentertaining protagonist then Alex


  5. Denisa Denisa says:

    3.5 Oh yes, I like Alex.This is the best book in this series so far.I imagine it s incredibly hard to switch main characters in the same series, and the main impediment is managing to switch the personalities Unfortunately, in this case, Seanan McGuire didn t manage to do it completely There were a lot of moments when Alex and Verity were exactly the same person Same inner dialog, same types of monologues Still, I enjoyed AlexMaybe it s the nerdy side vs the dancer, maybe it s their 3.5 Oh yes, I like Alex.This is the best book in this series so far.I imagine it s incredibly hard to switch main characters in the same series, and the main impediment is managing to switch the personalities Unfortunately, in this case, Seanan McGuire didn t manage to do it completely There were a lot of moments when Alex and Verity were exactly the same person Same inner dialog, same types of monologues Still, I enjoyed AlexMaybe it s the nerdy side vs the dancer, maybe it s their career choices, maybe it s the side characters.I don t know and don t really care, actually , but the most important part is that this read was FUN This one is definitely worth reading


  6. Bradley Bradley says:

    Maybe I m really getting used to the series or I m really loving Alex and Shelby s dynamics or I think I m falling for Australia or maybe the writing is just getting that much better, but I love this instalment of the series muchthan all the rest.It s not just the talking mice, mind you It s Helen the Wadjet, Basil the yowie, and the entire freakin clan of the Thirty Sixers The novel is kinda a meet the family with a truly horrible infestation of werewolves It worked really, really we Maybe I m really getting used to the series or I m really loving Alex and Shelby s dynamics or I think I m falling for Australia or maybe the writing is just getting that much better, but I love this instalment of the series muchthan all the rest.It s not just the talking mice, mind you It s Helen the Wadjet, Basil the yowie, and the entire freakin clan of the Thirty Sixers The novel is kinda a meet the family with a truly horrible infestation of werewolves It worked really, really well I m stoked and thrilled I m not just having fun anyThis fourth book commemorates my official and formal status of FANBOY Alex has rapidly and far outstripped my previous enjoyment of his little sister s adventures


  7. ☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness ☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness says:

    Only 3 stars for this one, the Tanners ruined my reading experience.


  8. Steven Steven says:

    What a rollercoaster I couldn t put this one down I really love Shelby, and I think Alex and her make a great team.This one had a great take on lycanthropy werewolfs, lots of action, a good mystery, and some serious family drama Oddly enough, the family drama this time wasn t Price family drama, but involved the intensely paranoid, rude, and obnoxious Tanner family Don t get me wrong, I liked some members of Shelly s family aka Raina, whose sarcasm and Pokemon obsession cracked me up , bu What a rollercoaster I couldn t put this one down I really love Shelby, and I think Alex and her make a great team.This one had a great take on lycanthropy werewolfs, lots of action, a good mystery, and some serious family drama Oddly enough, the family drama this time wasn t Price family drama, but involved the intensely paranoid, rude, and obnoxious Tanner family Don t get me wrong, I liked some members of Shelly s family aka Raina, whose sarcasm and Pokemon obsession cracked me up , but for the most part, no matter how much Alex proved that he was there to help them, they treated him like crap at every turn They got a little better by the end, but there is still a lot of growth left for them and the Society before they re going to gain MY trust.The Aeslin mice were also the typical treat I love them so much I want my own splinter colony, and I want it now Veruca Salt scream There was one thing in this book that seriously broke my heart I actually cried UGLY cried I knew after this many books and short stories that it was bound to happen eventually but I wasn t ready for it, not even a little bit Anyways, thanks Seanan McGuire, for another excellent book I am actually kinda sad we re going back to Verity and Dominic in the next one I really like Alex and Shelby but it ll be nice to check back in on them


  9. Emma Emma says:

    I didn t enjoy this one as much, largely because of Shelby s family I enjoyed the first Alex story but will be happy to move on to the other Price main characters.


  10. Moonlight Reader Moonlight Reader says:

    Somewhere between it was ok liked it I still love the Aeslin mice, but Alex isn t my favorite main character, and Shelby s family is ugh Somewhere between it was ok liked it I still love the Aeslin mice, but Alex isn t my favorite main character, and Shelby s family is ugh


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10 thoughts on “Pocket Apocalypse

  1. Choko Choko says:

    4.25 A buddy read with my UF cohorts at BB B We love our Aeslin MiceAdversity doesn t exist to make us stronger Adversity exists because this world is a damn hard place to live Prove that you re better than the things it throws at you LiveOur little buddy reading group have all decided that we need our own, designated colony of Aeslin Mice, since it turns out they have stolen all of our hearts And how can anyone resist their charm and stature, no matter how dimi 4.25 A buddy read with my UF cohorts at BBB We love our Aeslin MiceAdversity doesn t exist to make us stronger Adversity exists because this world is a damn hard place to live Prove that you re better than the things it throws at you LiveOur little buddy reading group have all decided that we need our own, designated colony of Aeslin Mice, since it turns out they have stolen all of our hearts And how can anyone resist their charm and stature, no matter how diminutive it is In this forth book in the series, a splinter colony of six mice accompany Alex and his girlfriend to Australia, where an epidemic of lycanthropy virus is turning the citizens of this very ecologically different continent into werewolfs Danger and death seem to lurk around every corner in this place and those who are supposed to be the Price family natural allies are turning out to be less than reliable And the Tanner family is at the least hostile, openly wishing they could dump Alexes lifeless body in a bog somewhere, never to be seen again I guess it is a good thing that Shelly loves him fiercely, or that could have been his faith soon after stepping on the Australian soilI would greatly prefer it if you didn t put a bullet into my brain it would complicate my plans for life, most of which involve not being deadWe found that the Aeslin Mice travel well, can raid places for snacks, and can sniff out certain diseases once in the human body This splinter colony left us with many memorable moments and as always, they were my favorite part of the book We also met some cryptides specific for the local flora and fauna, and as a whole, we were mightily forewarned about the dangers of going among them in this magical and very scary continent of AustraliaAustralia basically holds the copyright on weird ecosystem The only place where you re going to find weirder things is at the bottom of the ocean, and no one suggests that you go there for a fun family vacationI love this series I love Alex, a bitthan I love Verity, and I love Verity quite a lot And I love the way Seanan McGuire can tell a story in the most entertaining but touching way possible With every passing book my respect for her grows and grows and I feel privileged to have been gifted with the joy her work provides I am of the lucky ones who have discovered the magic of her storytelling and the enchantment of the worlds she creates This is why I feel I have to invite you all to do the same this author is absolutely worth the time I personally can not wait to jump he next bookA life that is lived carefully, calmly, with thorough preparation and sufficient resources, is likely to be healthy, long, and incredibly boring Fortunately, I have never been in danger of living that particular lifeI wish you all Happy Reading and Happy Holidays


  2. carol. carol. says:

    It s an apocalypse, all right a three hundred page written disaster.I ll be blunt I don t read this series for the gorgeous writing I read for the fun menagerie of fantastical animals Pocket Apocalypse feels eventossed off than is usual for McGuire, the majority of the writing a workmanship telling It s a style that works when one is going through unusual locations, as in Discount Armageddon New York City sewers , introducing non human sapients in Midnight Blue Light Special math It s an apocalypse, all right a three hundred page written disaster.I ll be blunt I don t read this series for the gorgeous writing I read for the fun menagerie of fantastical animals Pocket Apocalypse feels eventossed off than is usual for McGuire, the majority of the writing a workmanship telling It s a style that works when one is going through unusual locations, as in Discount Armageddon New York City sewers , introducing non human sapients in Midnight Blue Light Special math loving cuckoos , or unusual creatures in Half Off Ragnarokfrickens, gorgons and their sub species But Pocket brings nothing new to the storytelling table and leaves out all that was good Instead, Alex Price is taking leave from the zoo to venture to his girlfriend s Australian home to deal with an outbreak of werewolves.The book feels like a novella with a couple of short stories tacked on It begins with a flashback where Alex froze in a confrontation with a werehorse Never mind that we ve heard all about the drills Alex s parents put their kids through, or the almost lethal games the siblings would play Sigh It s followed by a short episode in which Alex s assistant Dee follows him on a research trip to look at some migrating screaming yams Although Dee is a gorgon, with actual snakes for hair, she completely disbelieves the plants exist Then, instead of the purported migration, we find a circle of plants that moves a few feet when they are disturbed It s the first hint that neither character why a Gorgon who works with unusual species such as basilisks would disbelieve Alex nor world building are particularly consistent the plants move in response to disturbance and hibernate in the winter By definition, that isn t migration So much for descriptive precision in our lead scientist character We re off to Australia Sort of First we have to argue with the grandparents and get the Aeslin mice through security.The writing is tedious Potentially cute anecdotes such as mice on the plane are marred by eye rolling PSAs about deep vein thrombosis and snooze worthy explanations of things that really don t need explanation Again, I chose not to argue If it meant the mice were happy and under control for the duration of flight, they could raid the minibar as much as they wanted The mice could find their own way They d managed to wander off without my assistance, after all Too Many Meaningless Words Oh, and Alex s main reaction to other people talking Blinking A lot Hope that things would improve when Alex reached Australia were doomed The Australian dynamics were less about werewolves andabout Alex interactions with his girlfriend Shelby s family Her dad somehow characterizes Alex as Covenant, which hasn t been true for generations and makes no sense given the completely opposite philosophies He s also provincial enough that he resents an outsider despite needing information about weres Honestly, if I was Australian, I might be a little bit offended, as the locals come off like nothing so much as insular, gun toting reactionaries that tend to race for their guns and can t ask an analytical question to save their lives I suppose it is supposed to come off as Alex and Shelby vs Australia, but instead it just feels like a couple of people in the middle of stupid, illogical infighting in the middle of a stupid, illogical group their solution to body storage A locked unrefrigerated shed Plotting goes off the rails here Although Alex is supposed to be expert he really doesn t have much to offer all they do at home is kill weres asap When challenged that the Australians could just rely on lore, Alex claims he knows something new a cure that may kill as much as it saves Interestingly, once he makes a single attempt to create the cure, it isn t mentioned again There s also a lot of confusing bits about how loupism is a virus that effects anything over 70 pounds or so We know this from Alex history with the werehorses with herbivore teeth and suspiciously hoof like appendages, but later in the book we re told that the original species of animal is indistinguishable after transformation It s like information Alex supplies becomes whatever is needed at the time there s no laid out explanation for the stupid Australians When Alex takes an initial opportunity to share information with the group, he tells them it could be a nation wide disaster, followed with the obvious advice of monitoring bitten people for 28 days and to try and track down the source patient.It s just a mess for me, missing the humor, the fun and the creativity of the other books in the series and replacing it with a low grade description of the worst visit the girlfriend s parents saga ever Since the plotting relies on an unbelievable amount of stupidity and closemindedness followed by convenient discoveries that have almost nothing to do with actions of the leads, it isn t even enjoyable on a mystery level I missed the creative new creatures Though there s a Field Guide at the end of the book, it is an unnecessary device as everything centered on the werewolves Honestly, I d only recommended it if you love everything McGuire does.One and a half stars because well, I didn t throw it across the room


  3. Robin (Bridge Four) Robin (Bridge Four) says:

    Pocket Appocolyse as remembered by the Aesin Mice and recited by honorary acolyte Robin of the Bridge Four And Lo, it was declared by the God of Scales and Silences that he would travel to the dangerous Island of Australia to help the Unpredictable Priestess find the wolves that walk as men and cleanse her land And the Older Heartless one did not want him to go but the Younger Heartless one declaredBesides, if Alex goes to help Shelby with the werewolves in Australia, he can meet her fami Pocket Appocolyse as remembered by the Aesin Mice and recited by honorary acolyte Robin of the Bridge Four And Lo, it was declared by the God of Scales and Silences that he would travel to the dangerous Island of Australia to help the Unpredictable Priestess find the wolves that walk as men and cleanse her land And the Older Heartless one did not want him to go but the Younger Heartless one declaredBesides, if Alex goes to help Shelby with the werewolves in Australia, he can meet her family, and maybe they ll approve of himBut alas the meeting of family did not go smoothly for the God of Scales and Silences as The Unpredictable Priestess s family was not ready for the glory of our god.We travelled by a bus that sweeps across the sky to the new land and it was a glorious crossing indeed filled with great blessings of Cheese The God of Scales and Silence proclaimed Stay Quiet and Stay Still until we were in blessed transit And truly did we heed your words, which echoed the ancient teachings of the God of Unexpected Situations, husband to the Violent Priestess But once we came to blessed transit, we turned instead to the words of the Noisy Priestess, who did tell us, lo, You May Leave the Bag, Just Don t Get Caught And we have left the bag, and we have not been caughtThe Unpredictable Preistess s family had many members and a large compound full of great trinkets and feathers to gather to add to our clan We hunted the mighty snakes of the land and watched as the God of Scales and Silence searched to the Wolves who walk as men He was hurt in his hunt and lo did the Unpredictable Priestess sayHow have you even lived this long There s a cockatrice, you look at it There s a werewolf, you get bitten by it Did you ever meet a monster you didn t want to turn into It s hard on the heart, Alex It s justit s so damn hard on the heartThe dangers were horrible not just the ones from the infections beasts but those from The Unpredictable Priestess s family They are not like our gods They protect those Cryptids that cannot talk and scuttle on four legs but they did not help those who lived among them and thought them lesser Spending time among or gods the Unpredictable Priestess knew this was not the way.The challenges to the God of Scales and Silence were many Find the one who walk as wolves, cleanse the ones who were infected and win the favor of the Priestess s family But lo, we were not afraid for we knew our God would persevere even if everyone did not make it out alive.We now take this moment of silence to mourn those who were lost in our holy mission may they have cheese and cake and dance forever among the soft feathers of our past Please join us later for the retelling of the Arboreal Priestess and the Snake Cult.The short of it.So basically this is Alex goes to Australia to win the girl and defeat the Werewolves This is a fun story as we have now read various ways that Alex grew up and the how he was trained to be a Price Well I thought that Shelby s family would be the Australian version of the Prices And they are to a certain extent but they are a whole different shade of crazy So Alex has to find the Werewolves, convince Shelby s parents that he is good enough for her and possibly change the mentality of the 36ers Easy Peasy Right.At least we find out how Sarah s recovery is going SHE IS DOING CALCULUS YAY Another fantastically fun book in this series and I can t wait to get back to Verity and Dominic to see what they are up to now


  4. Ferdy Ferdy says:

    2.5 stars SpoilersIt was okay, the first half was quite slow and boring, the latter half was better though, the pace was faster, there wasaction and there were a few fairly decent twists and turns It still wasn t as fun as the first two books in the series though It took ages for the story to fully kick in, I was bored with the parts where Alex Shelby travelled to Australia, met Shelby s family the thirsty six society, and then banged on about werewolves and antidotes and whatnot I o 2.5 stars SpoilersIt was okay, the first half was quite slow and boring, the latter half was better though, the pace was faster, there wasaction and there were a few fairly decent twists and turns It still wasn t as fun as the first two books in the series though It took ages for the story to fully kick in, I was bored with the parts where Alex Shelby travelled to Australia, met Shelby s family the thirsty six society, and then banged on about werewolves and antidotes and whatnot I only properly got into things once Shelby s dad was attacked and Alex started to piece things together It would have been so muchentertaining if all the info dumps and Alex s overly long monologuing had been cut down Really liked the world with all the different cryptids creatures I wasn t that impressed with this book focusing on werewolves though since they ve been done to death Even though the werewolves in this weren t described in the usual UF way I still would have preferred the focus to be on creatures that were less generic I wasn t a fan of Alex or Shelby in the last book, they were mostly boring, they were still kind of dull in this as well but not as much I didn t find Alex interesting at all when he was monologuing about all things werewolf or about some geeky, nonsensical science nonsense He was much better when he was actually interacting with other characters, instead of monologuing Shelby was kind of blah at times as well, especially when she was being a doormat for her overbearing family Also, I hated her calling her dad daddy , it was really off putting I did like Shelby though when she was standing up to her family I was glad she left them at the end and decided to go back with Alex, her family were so oppressive and irritating, she was much better off with Alex Even though I wasn t crazy about Alex or Shelby s character, I did enjoy their relationship, they were pretty much perfect together It was great how supportive and loyal they were with each other, without it being over the top and cheesy I loved the part where Shelby told her family Alex was her fianc , it was rather cute I hated most of Shelby s family, Raina was pretty fun though Shelby s parents on the other hand were infuriating, at first it was kind of fun when they were giving Alex a hard time but then it got really annoying. Especially when they refused to listen to Alex s advice about the killer werewolves and kept blaming him for any bad thing that happened, it made them seem so ignorant I didn t like that all the quotes at the beginning of the chapters were only from male members of the Price family, didn t the females in the family have any wisdom advice to pass on in this one I rolled my eyes at there being yet another UF novel where the American characters were oh so enlightened and progressive whilst pretty much all the non American characters were ignorant, backwards, wrong, and needed the American characters to show them the light Ugh, it was such arrogant writing The Australian characters came across as caricatures for the most part Shelby and Raina were the only ones who were given any depth, the rest were one dimensional I m glad the next book in the series will focus on Verity again, she s a farentertaining protagonist then Alex


  5. Denisa Denisa says:

    3.5 Oh yes, I like Alex.This is the best book in this series so far.I imagine it s incredibly hard to switch main characters in the same series, and the main impediment is managing to switch the personalities Unfortunately, in this case, Seanan McGuire didn t manage to do it completely There were a lot of moments when Alex and Verity were exactly the same person Same inner dialog, same types of monologues Still, I enjoyed AlexMaybe it s the nerdy side vs the dancer, maybe it s their 3.5 Oh yes, I like Alex.This is the best book in this series so far.I imagine it s incredibly hard to switch main characters in the same series, and the main impediment is managing to switch the personalities Unfortunately, in this case, Seanan McGuire didn t manage to do it completely There were a lot of moments when Alex and Verity were exactly the same person Same inner dialog, same types of monologues Still, I enjoyed AlexMaybe it s the nerdy side vs the dancer, maybe it s their career choices, maybe it s the side characters.I don t know and don t really care, actually , but the most important part is that this read was FUN This one is definitely worth reading


  6. Bradley Bradley says:

    Maybe I m really getting used to the series or I m really loving Alex and Shelby s dynamics or I think I m falling for Australia or maybe the writing is just getting that much better, but I love this instalment of the series muchthan all the rest.It s not just the talking mice, mind you It s Helen the Wadjet, Basil the yowie, and the entire freakin clan of the Thirty Sixers The novel is kinda a meet the family with a truly horrible infestation of werewolves It worked really, really we Maybe I m really getting used to the series or I m really loving Alex and Shelby s dynamics or I think I m falling for Australia or maybe the writing is just getting that much better, but I love this instalment of the series muchthan all the rest.It s not just the talking mice, mind you It s Helen the Wadjet, Basil the yowie, and the entire freakin clan of the Thirty Sixers The novel is kinda a meet the family with a truly horrible infestation of werewolves It worked really, really well I m stoked and thrilled I m not just having fun anyThis fourth book commemorates my official and formal status of FANBOY Alex has rapidly and far outstripped my previous enjoyment of his little sister s adventures


  7. ☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness ☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness says:

    Only 3 stars for this one, the Tanners ruined my reading experience.


  8. Steven Steven says:

    What a rollercoaster I couldn t put this one down I really love Shelby, and I think Alex and her make a great team.This one had a great take on lycanthropy werewolfs, lots of action, a good mystery, and some serious family drama Oddly enough, the family drama this time wasn t Price family drama, but involved the intensely paranoid, rude, and obnoxious Tanner family Don t get me wrong, I liked some members of Shelly s family aka Raina, whose sarcasm and Pokemon obsession cracked me up , bu What a rollercoaster I couldn t put this one down I really love Shelby, and I think Alex and her make a great team.This one had a great take on lycanthropy werewolfs, lots of action, a good mystery, and some serious family drama Oddly enough, the family drama this time wasn t Price family drama, but involved the intensely paranoid, rude, and obnoxious Tanner family Don t get me wrong, I liked some members of Shelly s family aka Raina, whose sarcasm and Pokemon obsession cracked me up , but for the most part, no matter how much Alex proved that he was there to help them, they treated him like crap at every turn They got a little better by the end, but there is still a lot of growth left for them and the Society before they re going to gain MY trust.The Aeslin mice were also the typical treat I love them so much I want my own splinter colony, and I want it now Veruca Salt scream There was one thing in this book that seriously broke my heart I actually cried UGLY cried I knew after this many books and short stories that it was bound to happen eventually but I wasn t ready for it, not even a little bit Anyways, thanks Seanan McGuire, for another excellent book I am actually kinda sad we re going back to Verity and Dominic in the next one I really like Alex and Shelby but it ll be nice to check back in on them


  9. Emma Emma says:

    I didn t enjoy this one as much, largely because of Shelby s family I enjoyed the first Alex story but will be happy to move on to the other Price main characters.


  10. Moonlight Reader Moonlight Reader says:

    Somewhere between it was ok liked it I still love the Aeslin mice, but Alex isn t my favorite main character, and Shelby s family is ugh Somewhere between it was ok liked it I still love the Aeslin mice, but Alex isn t my favorite main character, and Shelby s family is ugh


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