I just started this book last night and so far it’s pretty cool. It’s the first in a new series from Seanan McGuire, who has previously done the October Daye series and the Newsflesh trilogy (but under the Mira Grant name). McGuire writes awesome female protagonists and her new character Verity Price seems kick-ass; she’s a professional ballroom dancer/cryptozoologist (read: monster hunter).

Here’s the description from Amazon:

Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night… The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity-and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she’d rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right? It would be, if it weren’t for the talking mice, the telepathic mathematicians, the asbestos supermodels, and the trained monster-hunter sent by the Price family’s old enemies, the Covenant of St. George. When a Price girl meets a Covenant boy, high stakes, high heels, and a lot of collateral damage are almost guaranteed. To complicate matters further, local cryptids are disappearing, strange lizard-men are appearing in the sewers, and someone’s spreading rumors about a dragon sleeping underneath the city…

It’s available on Amazon.com for only $7.99.