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.
Recommended for mature readers due to violence, language, and sexual content.
Though I do my very best to to keep an open mind while reading, I find myself obsessively critiquing every story I come across and often times find it hard to find a story with an edge. And my reason for pointing this out would be? As a picky reader books are rarely passed onto my other book lovers as a highly recommended novel. This is the the fifth book I've read by Meg Collet and once again, I'd highly recommend Fear University to anyone without fear of negative backlash.
Fear University easily sealed the deal in Meg Collett becoming one of my top 10 "go to" authors when I can't find anything else to satiate my addiction for an alluring story-line.
I did not put this book down from the second I picked it up. It is immediately fascinating, well- written, and has a nicely developed plot. If you haven't figured out by the title, it's on the darker side of the paranormal genre and is borderline horror with it's explicit gory descriptions.
The female heroine, Ollie, is a snarky bad ass who pushes people to their limits. When it comes down to fight or flight she will fight every single time.
The male protagonist, Luke, is cold and mysterious. His heart shattering secrets only made me crave more of him.
I loved the twists, the deceptions, and the laid back but intense atmosphere. I also wouldn't mind another steamy scene or two in the book to come *hint hint*.