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Monsters Born and Made
Monsters Born and Made
by Tanvi Berwah
Pub Date – 9/6/22 – Out Now!
South Asian inspired fantasy perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Fable – Yes please!
Especially when it has a group of elites living within the walls and those less fortunate living outside the walls that risk their lives to the monsters that roam. The conflict is greater and the stakes higher.
Koral was such a bad-ass character and she was doomed to fail from the beginning. Being forced to make the decisions she did just so that they could payoff the credit for the medicine to treat their sister was eerily familiar to a horrible real social construct that we have.
Where the people inside the gate don’t suffer from any medical issues but those outside are always sick with horrible scars and injuries. Hmm, this all sounds so intriguing.
Koral dared to rise above her station and since she was an actual Hunter who captured the beasts and trained them instead of a fancy noble who had everything handed to them she was way more talented then they expected. They expected her to fail immediately.
I’m still trying to figure out Dorian.
But look at this amazing cover!! Those beasts sounded amazing!
Read if you like:
✨ Monster games/trials
✨ Political intrigue
✨ The Underdog
❓ Do you like stories with tournaments/ challenges in them?
Thank you @sourcebooksfire and @netgalley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.
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Sixteen-year-old Koral and her older brother Emrik risk their lives each day to capture the monstrous maristags that live in the black seas around their island. They have to, or else their family will starve.
In an oceanic world swarming with vicious beasts, the Landers―the ruling elite, have indentured Koral’s family to provide the maristags for the Glory Race, a deadly chariot tournament reserved for the upper class. The winning contender receives gold and glory. The others―if they’re lucky―survive.
When the last maristag of the year escapes and Koral has no new maristag to sell, her family’s financial situation takes a turn for the worse and they can’t afford medicine for her chronically ill little sister. Koral’s only choice is to do what no one in the world has ever dared: cheat her way into the Glory Race.
But every step of the way is unpredictable as Koral races against contenders―including her ex-boyfriend―who have trained for this their whole lives and who have no intention of letting a low-caste girl steal their glory. When a rebellion rises and rogues attack Koral to try and force her to drop out, she must choose―her life or her sister’s―before the whole island burns.
She grew up battling the monsters that live in the black seas, but it couldn’t prepare her to face the cunning cruelty of the ruling elite.
Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and These Violent Delights, this South Asian-inspired fantasy is a gripping debut about the power of the elite, the price of glory, and one girl’s chance to change it all.