Growing up can be tough, but life is a lot worse when teens growing in their magical abilities become tasty munchies to dangerous monsters. Centuries ago, the great magical minds built a school intended to keep their kids somewhat safer, or at least give them more of a chance. For better or worse, the teens are effectively locked in the school for several years until they Graduate or meet with a monstrous misfortune. They even let in some poor minorities. (Think chess pawns next to more important pieces on the board. Monster fodder.) El is one such grateful but negative, dark, powerful, sarcastic minority student. She’s powerful enough to protect herself from the worst monsters, but to graduate, she’ll need allies, something her sarcasm and negative attitude constantly manages to push away.Read More A Deadly Education
Tamra races monstrous beings for a living, but a recent spate of really bad luck puts her in danger of losing her rights to care for her own daughter.
Reia is on the run from an arranged marriage to an abusive man. Racing monsters might earn her her freedom.
With a strange & untamed racing beast, and a rider with zero experience, both Tamra & Reia have to win their way to the top together in this lethal sport. And, to add a bit more pressure, the fate of their empire will rest on their winning.
The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read My rating: 4 of 5 stars Wacky, fun, and imaginative. Emily lives a normal boring life, which includes getting into major arguments with her embarrassing mother. When her mother leaves on an errand and doesn’t come back, and then her father doesn’t return from trying to find her mom, […]Read More The Midnight Hour
A young woman takes a job as a Sweeper, an elite force that combats monsters that feed off of old magic. With an underemployed staff, a crass boss, and a government that refuses to acknowledge the importance of the Sweepers, Laura has her job cut out for her.Read More City of Broken Magic