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Uncaged Review – Shifter in the Swamp by Martha Carr & Michael Anderle

Shifter in the Swamp
Martha Carr & Michael Anderle
YA Fantasy

Do you want to be a Bounty Hunter? Class is now in session at the Academy of Necessary Magic.

Amanda Coulier is a young shifter and ward of one of the greatest bounty hunters of all time.

But Johnny Walker is better with hound dogs than young girls. Especially the kind who can grow fur and fangs and rip out your throat in the middle of teenage angst.

Where to send Amanda for an education that won’t leave anyone in tears… or dead?

Time to start a new school with two more legends. James Brownstone and Leira Berens.

Mix in Summer Flannerty, a young Witch who’s got a thing for breaking rules and just landed in Amanda’s room.

Trouble leads the girls to a relic hidden away for good reasons.

Can Amanda quell the angry spirit that’s on an angry rampage to destroy the campus?

This school is gonna be legendary. Enroll at your own risk…


Uncaged Review: When I first started reading this
book, I almost stopped when I learned one of the
main characters is 12 yrs old. This isn’t marketed as
a young adult, and most of the books on the market
for magical academies are at least older teens. But
I kept going, and it was a decent read. Amanda is
a shifter and trying to keep her secret from the rest
of the school because shifters are frowned upon in
this world. Wanting to be a bounty hunter to avenge
her family and so other kids aren’t taken is her main
desire to be in the school, although shifters don’t
necessarily have any magic of their own. She ends up
making friends with a small group, and with an outcast
new student named Summer. Summer is a delinquent
that was kicked out of her last school for blowing
things up and is the first to figure out Amanda’s
secret. Finding a soul crystal in a cave gives them an
advantage in school, until it doesn’t…

This is a pretty fast read and it was a decent storyline
with a good pace. Amanda is likeable enough and
Summer is a refreshing kick butt friend. The different
magic used and the world building is pretty good although
we didn’t really learn what the other students
are, except a couple wizards and witches and one kid
who is a Crystal. If you like the academy type books,
this is an easy choice. Reviewed by Cyrene

4 Stars

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