Monster Mine (Fear University #3)
by Meg Collett
I, Sunny Lyons, am chasing my best friend’s ghost.
Or at least I thought I was until Ollie calls me on the phone and tells me to come to Anchorage, Alaska. We find her in a renovated warehouse surrounded by halflings and Hex, her father and the greatest aswang warrior who has ever lived.
While trying to protect Ollie from the people who want to use her as a weapon, I stumble across a secret the halflings will kill to protect—a secret that could save the man I love. I may be the Cowardly Lyon, but I’m willing to do whatever it takes to protect my friends—even if it kills me.
My name is Ollie Volkova, and I am not broken.
Though my friends may say otherwise after I spent three weeks with a sadistic madman. They think I’m crazy, but when a monster called the Manananggal surfaces on the outskirts of Anchorage, my father offers to tell me about my mother in exchange for my help in hunting down the winged creature. It’s a deal I can’t pass up. Not when my mother’s past is so important to my future.
But the more I learn about her, the more I discover about my monster’s soul, and when my father reveals the final, darkest truth, the decision I make will change the course of my life.
Meg Collett must have been raging mad when she wrote this. And I love her even more for that. Monster Mine is the best monster book I’ve read this year. Not because there was a Manananggal on the loose. Not because there were halflings or part-aswang, part-human walking in and out of Fear University. Not because Sunny stole the sunshine and limelight in the story. Not because Luke had become the better man I wanted him to be. Not because Hatter did all these crazy little things that made me of think of … well, crazy little things about him. And definitely not because Ollie Volkova was a monster.
For those who do not know, manananggal is a hideous monster, usually depicted as female, and always capable of severing its upper torso and sprouting huge bat-like wings to fly into the night in search of its victims.
No, this is the best Meg Collett book I’ve read and I love everything about aswangs, manananggal, tikbalang, halflings, Luke, Hatter, Sunny and most importantly, Ollie, the Hunter.. And everything else written in this book. I love how Meg Collett had done an extensive research about Filipino folkloric creatures and had come up with a suspenseful thriller that left me waiting with bated breath, reading at the edge of my seat and screaming like a banshee. This.Is.A.Highly.Recommended.Read!