Review: Fear University by Meg Collett

This was great even if it is part of a series and I don't have book #2.


Fear University by Meg Collett
Audiobook 
Released February 2017, 8+ Hours
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I've always known I was a monster. 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. 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. 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.

My Thoughts:

I’m not fond of the title of this one. It gives the book a generic feeling of YA or NA and does the book a disservice because it’s a gritty, violent and action-packed story that deserves a title such as Aswang: Demon Dogs! That’s catchier, don’t you think? Or maybe Devil Dogs Want to Eat Your Tasty Bits. Yeah, I like that one but maybe that’s why they don’t ask me. Anyway, I grabbed this because the blurb caught my attention and I’m glad I did because it was pretty darn good.

Ollie has never been able to feel physical pain. Because of this, she ended up abandoned by her mother and was tormented by those who should’ve protected her. She’s grown up tough and resilient and has been living on her own since becoming a young adult. One day she is attacked by a dog-like creature and wins the fight as two young men watch. They can’t believe their eyes. Average humans, AKA civvies, aren’t supposed to win fights against the “aswang”, they’re supposed to become their dinner. They kidnap her and bring her back to “Fear University” where only select families are training to fight a secret war against the aswang beasties. She’s soon entrenched in training for the war by a handsome but all business guy named Luke who is reputed to abstain from sexy times because he likes it too rough. She feels no pain. She is intrigued!

So all that’s going on and a whole lot of other stuff that I will not spoil. This book is definitely more urban fantasy than NA angst or romance and I liked that about it. There’s action, the pace is fast, there are many revelations and surprises, the characters are imperfect and their interactions are interesting. But it’s Ollie who makes the book sing for me. She’s carrying the weight of a painful past and she’s sarcastic, cynical and doesn’t take any crap from anyone but she’s also funny and reminded me a bit of Liv from IZombie.

“I didn’t like Luke or his stupid dick.”

She lies too :)

This was a very good urban fantasy but I recommend picking up the next book (and maybe the one after that) in the series if you’re like me and prefer to have all of your questions answered. This book leaves things a-dangling and may leave you pulling out your hair if you don’t have book two all lined up and ready to go. My library does NOT so arrrrgggh!


The narrator is most excellent. She sounds youthful and tough and exudes emotion exactly where needed.

I received a copy of this audio from Tantor Media. Thanks, Tantor!

Comments

  1. Ollie sounds like an awesome character! :)

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    1. She really was and I can't wait to read her next adventure whenever my library gets a copy :)

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  2. That sounds like a great story...that ending though. ugh

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  3. Aswang? That's a fabled monster in my native country! How interesting.

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  4. My first thought when I saw the title was that it was a YA school angst book but your review has me intrigued! I like the sound of this one!

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    1. You might like it, Chuckles. I don't understand why they marketed it the way they did.

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  5. This sounds pretty fun. That GIF lol :)

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  6. Maybe you have found your new calling in creating book titles? I like your titles much better :) This sounds really good. I don't think I have ever read about a character that can't feel pain and I am always looking for different.

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  7. I never would have given this a glance until I heard Demon Dogs. Now I'm bumping it up. ANd I agree with Carole, you should definitely rename this book for them :)

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  8. UF used to be everything to me! I still read the odd one, so I'll keep this in mind.

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  9. You're right, the title does sound super generic YA/NA, but I have this on my tbr because I've seen other reviews that mentioned similar things about how it's actually really gritty and stuff. And your review has me even more interested!

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