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Monster runs his own pest control agency. He's overworked and has serious domestic troubles, including having a girlfriend who is something of a nightmare. Judy, on the other hand, works the night shift stocking at the local food mart. Not a glamorous life, but Judy is happy. No one bothers her and she likes that just fine. But when Judy finds a Yeti in the freezer aisle eating all the ice cream, her life collides with Monster's in a dramatic fashion. Because Monster doesn't catch raccoons; he catches the things that go bump in the night. Things like ogres, trolls, and dragons. And Monster's girlfriend… she's actually an underworld minion, working in soul acquisitions.
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Monster, who works for Cryptobiological Containment and Rescue Services as a freelance agent. With his sidekick Chester, a sixth-dimensional entity that manifests as various shapes of folded paper, he handles the more exotic problems for Animal Control. As a magical being, he wakes every morning as a different color and magical ability, a curse he cannot control. He first encounters Judy in the when she places a call for help at work. They meet again when trolls infest her apartment. As an incognizant, someone whose mind can't acknowledge magic, Judy soon forgets the bizarre events, but Monster suspects she's somehow involved with the recent number of dangerous cryptobiological happenings. They spend time together, with Judy even performing a ride-along as Monster goes about his work. Apparently, Judy has had several similar magical encounters throughout her life, but she can't recall any of them. But it's absolutely vital for Judy to remember that magic exists, because she's the key to defeating an ancient, powerful and extraordinarily devious being, disguised as the crazy neighborhood cat lady.
When Lotus, keeper of a stone mysteriously linked to Judy, spirits Judy away, Monster attempts to come to her rescue, only to discover that he's in way over his head. As an ancient cosmic parasite, Lotus has used the stone to extend her life for millennia, but needs a key to unlock it's all-powerful magic during the coming cosmic alignment. Judy is the being required and nothing will stand in Lotus's way as she directs the cryptobiological events to drive Judy to her grasp. While Judy struggles with her destiny and against the growing influence of Lotus as the alignment grows closer, Monster discovers his own magic. He destroys his evil girlfriend, sending her back to the underworld and discovers the ability to shift between colors and magical abilities to fight the coming Armageddon. Both have been drawn together as two entities with a choice, either go with the cosmic flow that has pushed them around for most of their lives, or stand up and fight for something much larger than themselves.

In the end, both Monster and Judy triumph against Lotus's parasitic evil and release the stone's power back into the universe. While magic is now a larger part of the universe, both Judy and Monster now have the freedom to make each make a fresh start.
Best part of story, including ending: Animal Control for the unusual.

Best scene in story: Chester, Monster's assistant, is hilarious comic relief character and a voice of reason in every scene he enters. A paper-based Jiminey Crickett, Chester helps Monster face what he has always feared in life.

Opinion about the main character: Monster is a lost soul who is trapped in a world of his own creation. Until he meets Judy, he never realizes his own potential.

The review of this Book prepared by David Reyne a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   detective fighting magic or monsters Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   bounty hunter Age:    -   long lived adults If magical mental powers:    -   can cast many different spells Really unusual traits?    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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