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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review: Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

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I received this book for free from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Monstrous by MarcyKate ConnollyMonstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
Published by HarperCollins on February 10th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Middle-Grade, Retellings
Source: HarperCollins
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The city of Bryre suffers under the magic of an evil wizard. Because of his curse, girls sicken and disappear without a trace, and Bryre’s inhabitants live in fear. No one is allowed outside after dark.

Yet night is the only time that Kymera can enter this dangerous city, for she must not be seen by humans. Her father says they would not understand her wings, the bolts in her neck, or her spiky tail—they would kill her. They would not understand that she was created for a purpose: to rescue the girls of Bryre.

Despite her caution, a boy named Ren sees Kym and begins to leave a perfect red rose for her every evening. As they become friends, Kym learns that Ren knows about the missing girls, the wizard, and the evil magic that haunts Bryre.

And what he knows will change Kym’s life.

This was a book that I was really excited to read. I didn’t like it quite as much as I had hoped, but it was really enjoyable. The characters were wonderful, especially Kymera. It was a bit predictable and long, but it was interesting so it kept me from getting bored with it. Even at its slow pace, the way things all came together was great and it was easy to get lost in.

Kym is a creation intended for the purpose of saving the sick girls from the wizard. She is very naive and only knows what her father has told her. She is happy with her mission and truly has a huge heart. She wants to do what is right and she wants to save everyone. She is also lonely. She can only go out at night, and just to rescue the girls. She isn’t supposed to be seen or talk to anyone. She can’t resist Ren though. It starts as curiosity, and then becomes a friendship. She begins to care about him and can’t help but want to see him even against her fathers warnings.

As Kym continues to take the girls, she also learns more about Bryre. She finds that there is a lot that her father is keeping from her and there is much more to things than she initially believed. This is a slow, but great adventure and secrets are slowly unveiled, though pretty easy to guess at. There is magic, dragons, friendship, lies, and of course love. I feel like this review doesn’t really say much, but there is not much I can say. It was a fun fairytale to get lost in, but if I say much I will give it all away. Even among all the evil there was also so much innocence. The end left me satisfied and I thought it was a perfect way to end a story such as this.


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Posted by on 12/25/2014 • 19 Comments

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