ARC Review: Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

Posted February 3, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 8 Comments

ARC Review: Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly


by MarcyKate Connolly
Published on February 10th 2015
by HarperCollins
Genres: Middle Grade, Retelling
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

Also by this author: Monstrous

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.

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

4.5 Stars

When I saw this book on Edelweiss, I had a good feeling about it. Something told me this would be great. And I’m so glad I followed my guts with this one. Monstrous is amazing!

Monstrous is MarcyKate Connolly’s debut and it’s about Kymera. Kymera is created to save the girls of Bryre from the evil wizards, or so she thinks. Kymera is not a normal girl. She has wings, a spiky tail, bolts in her neck and the claws and eyes of a big cat. If people would see her, they’d hunt her out of fear. But one night she meets a boy named Ren and they become friends. And what he knows may change everything.

I’ll be honest and say that this book is not for everyone. It reminds me of Far Far Away by Tom McNeal. It has that fairy tale vibe that I love so much! The writing is so, so good. I loved the mysterious and haunting feel I got from this book. It’s so original and really compelling. It didn’t let me go for a second. I definitely get why they compare it to Frankenstein, because it reminded me of that a lot, even though I’m not familiar with that story. I think it’s Frankenstein mixed with the tales by the Brothers Grimm. And if you love that kind of stuff, this is perfect for you!

I really loved Kymera. We saw the world through her eyes from the moment she wakes up. She was such an original character and I loved her! Even though people see her as a monster, she’s good at heart and she’s so brave. I loved her. I loved her relationship with Ren, their growing friendship. I did not trust the father for one second. View Spoiler »

Is it a bit predictable? Yeah maybe, but I didn’t mind and the ending did ultimately surprise me. View Spoiler » When I got this from Edelweiss and I read the first sentence, I just couldn’t stop. I was hooked from the first page to the last and I really, really loved it.

I’d recommend this wonderful book to fans of classic fairy tales and Frankenstein. It really is amazing and I’m going to keep a close eye on this author!



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8 responses to “ARC Review: Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

  1. SO glad to read a positive review about this! I mean, I haven’t read any reviews yet, maybe one other yeah..but I saw it on EW and had the EXACT same feeling. Like an intuitive feeling, like “oh yeah, I’m downloading this” before I even read the blurb— which is weird for me. lol.
    I hope I can start it soon—didn’t realize the pub date was coming up so soon! ahh lol.
    Great review 😀

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