First Line Friday: Monsters Born and Made by Tanvi Berwah

First Line Friday: Monsters Born and Made by Tanvi Berwah

South Asian-inspired fantasy.

Debut young adult.

Power of the elite.

Price of glory.

One girl to change it all.

Monsters Born and Made by Tanvi Berwah was just released on September 6, 2022! It sounds amazing (I haven’t read it YET) but am really looking forward to it. It was one of the educator picks for Libro.fm so I am excited to see it getting out there to a wider audience. Read the summary in the caption below the cover and let me know what you think-will you read it?

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. –Goodreads

I am a middle school teacher who loves to read. I am part of the ARC-sharing group LitReviewCrew and a creator for the YouTube Channel Legit KidLit.

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