Title & Author: Fear University by Meg Collett
Genre: New Adult- Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: May 9th 2016
Series: Fear University #1
Publisher: Smashwords Edition (self published, first published November 9th 2015)
Description: I’ve always known I was a monster, and I don’t mean some teenage vampire shit either.
My mother abandoned me when I was ten years old because I have a freakish mutant disease that makes me incapable of feeling pain. I bounced from one foster family to another because too many people like to test my medical condition in a game of “Try To Make Ollie Scream.” At sixteen, I killed a man for taking that game too far.
Two years later, I’m still on the run in Kodiak, Alaska. Here, I’m the most dangerous person around, until I come face to face with a creature that should only exist in folklore. The monster is an aswang, and I, with my medical anomaly, am uniquely qualified to hunt the beast that haunts the night. At least, that’s what the two scarred, mostly crazy ’swang hunters tell me when they kidnap me and take me to Fear University, a school where young students learn to hunt and kill aswangs.
I arrive at the university a prisoner, but I stay because I finally find my freedom.
For once in my life, I belong. I’m needed. I make a home for myself inside the university masquerading as an old Alaskan prison. Something close to happiness warms my icy heart when I’m with my scarred, still mostly crazy tutor, Luke Aultstriver. For a murdering runaway like me, Fear University is a haven where I can put my skills to good use hunting monsters in the night.
But when certain truths come to light and even more lies are exposed, I fear that I, Ollie Andrews, am the worst kind of monster of all. And, maybe, they should be hunting me.
I picked this up on a whim because
- It was free
- The cover looked awesome
- The name sounded promising
My initial skepticism of starting yet another series (because I am a serial abandoner when it comes to long, unfinished series) was swept under the rug as I came to really, and I mean really enjoy this book. I bought it on a Thursday and proceeded to read it all through lunch at work Thursday and Friday and read well into the night Saturday until my eyes burned. I would have read it every chance I got if I hadn’t taken another trip up state to visit family. Seeing as its frowned upon reading while someone you haven’t seen in three years is here for a short time I stomped my urge to devour the book. Once home on Monday I finished Fear University as quickly as possible. Then I proceeded to buy the next book because whoops I’m hooked.
I have never heard of Meg Collett before but let me tell you, I am looking into her other books very heavily. Ollie was the perfect heroine in this story. She had all the relatable qualities a good character should have and I just felt myself really easily drawn to her. Of course the fact that she can’t feel physical pain doesn’t mean she can’t feel emotional/mental pain and this book plays on that really well. Also, props to Meg Collett for writing about lesser known paranormal creatures. I had only ever heard about Aswangs once before and never really looked into them. I highly recommend looking into their lore because that is some seriously creepy stuff. I’m very excited to read more about Asian supernatural creatures in her next book The Killing Season.