Monstrous by Marcykate ConnollyMonstrous by Marcykate Connolly


byMarcykate ConnollyIllustratorSkottie Young

Paperback | February 9, 2016

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Reminiscent of Frankenstein and tales by the Brothers Grimm, this fantasy novel, hailed by award-winning author Anne Ursu as "a marvel of storytelling alchemy" stands out as a compelling, original story that has the feel of a classic.

The city of Bryre suffers under the magic of an evil wizard. Because of his curse, girls sicken and disappear without a trace and all live in fear. No one is allowed outside after dark.

Night is when Kymera comes to the city, with a cloak disguising her wings, the bolts in her neck, and her spiky tail. Her mission is to rescue the girls of Bryre. Despite Kym’s caution to go secretively, a boy named Ren sees and befriends her…but what he knows will change her world forever.

Title:MonstrousFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.9 inPublished:February 9, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062272721

ISBN - 13:9780062272720


Rated 3 out of 5 by from More thought could have been put into the book. There were some interesting parts, but some parts were predictable. There were some twists you easily could see coming.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not My Thing While, objectively, there was lots to like, I didn't actually like it at all. Despite the completely original premise, the healthy dash of magic and dragon, the girl friendships, the familial interactions, and a great evil villain, the prevailing emotion here was frustration and annoyance. Kymera was fist-palm-ingly naive until 60% of the way through the book, and there's only so much you can blame on memory loss. For example, she would follow trains of thought to their obvious conclusions, and then dismiss them with a childlike platitude like "but Father is always right, so I must be wrong," or "But that can't be, I must be mistaken. What a dunce I am." I spotted the twist from about 50 pages in and was just reading to find out when she finally got it. The excess of dramatic irony, only so much of which can be attributed to Kymera's childlike, amnesiac naivete, grated on me. Kymera was extremely childlike, which made her interactions with adults and boys even more condescending and strange than they needed to be for the premise, which irked me. She was never justified or appreciated properly. She ran around seeking everyone's forgiveness and acceptance when really, it should have been them begging hers, and while humility in a character is great, this was annoying overkill, and I was invested enough that her mistreatment and the good characters feeble attempts at restitution made me angry on her behalf, and just angry in general. I also didn't like the tone, which was a bizarre combination of uber-formal and extremely childlike, and which made sudden revelations such as the murders of 4-year-old girls or the steady desecration and disentegration of little girls' bodies, very jarring. Maybe this juxtaposition would be interesting to another reader, but it didn't sit right with me. In language and tone, it was as if Connolly was writing for 12-year-olds, but in actual content, she was not, which annoyed me because both aspects combined excluded me from enjoying the other. And the ending? No spoilers, but the ending irked me most of all. It wasn't that it didn't fit with the story - it did. I thought all night and I couldn't see how it could have ended any differently, which is what irked me. I'm annoyed that I got emotionally invested in a story with only one possible ending, one that is sad and unfulfilling and contributed to that underappreciation thing I mentioned before. Nearly all of these are opinions rather than facts, and probably biased by my annoyance at the ending fueled by my everlasting desire for a Happily Ever After. If you look at the bare bones of the story, the hard facts of its existence, it's great. Five stars. But there's no accounting for taste, and this book left a bad one in my mouth
Date published: 2016-12-10

Editorial Reviews

“This is a dazzling and unique once-upon-a-time about a girl who is part dragon, part bird, part cat, all hero.” --Natalie Lloyd, author of A Snicker of Magic