Author: MarcyKate Connolly
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (February 10, 2015)
Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Fiction/Fantasy/Middle Grade
Reminiscent of Frankenstein and tales by the Brothers Grimm, this debut novel 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 in going secretively, a boy named Ren sees and befriends her . . . but what he knows will change her world forever.
Kymera has found a place in my heart. Although she is naïve and the book was predictable except for the ending, I just love her carefree innocence. All Kymera wanted was to be accepted for who and what she is. Monstrous may have Evil wizard and dragons and magic but under all of the fantasy there is a real lesson. The lesson of self-acceptance. Also the old saying of “You can’t judge a book by its cover” rings true for this lovely story that author MarcyKate Connolly has weaved.
Our heroine Kymera is….well a chimera. She was created by her father to help the girls of Byre and defeat the evil wizard that has ravaged the land with devious deeds and dark magic. Too bad humans are fickle and are easily scared by what they don’t understand. Being part human and mostly bits and pieces of different magical creatures, Kymera doesn’t have an easy time with it. Also, in her blind devotion to helping the land that she loves with all her heart, she doesn’t heed the warnings that her instincts tell her something is wrong.
(To understand what I mean by that you need to read the book. I don’t deal in spoilers.)
As Kymera missions takes place, she meets and makes new friends along the way. One being Ren. And before you ask or assume there is no love interest between Kymera and Ren (which is refreshing). Just a deep friendship that gets strained along the way but is slowly repaired as time passes. But I will admit that I did not like the way Ren treated her at one point in the book, even as she, Kymera tried to explain.
With that being said, Monstrous is filled with magic, unending bravery and everlasting friendships. A must read for all ages. Get lost in the world of Bryre and fall in love the way I did with Kymera. The Monstrous girl with the biggest heart. <3
About the Author
When I was a child I dreamed of becoming a Broadway star. I read my first Shakespeare play (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) in elementary school.
The rest is history.
It wasn’t until I went to Hampshire College that I began to write and compose seriously. I wrote an opera chronicling Hamlet’s journey through the afterlife and using a potpourri of Shakespeare’s own words for the libretto as the culmination of my course work. Eventually I realized that one of my favorite parts of the process was devising the plot of the opera. While I still dabble with music from time to time, my main creative outlet is now writing books.
Though I’ve written poetry as long as I can remember, I began my first full-length novel in 2008. Since then I’ve completed many other novels including MONSTROUS (Upper MG Fantasy, Frankenstein meets the Brothers Grimm) and have several others languishing in various states of incompletion and disarray. I have more book ideas than I know what to do with, so I always have many other projects in the works!