Monday, March 23, 2015

Review ~ Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

Series: standalone
Genre: MG fantasy
Pages: 432
Publication Date: February 10th, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Goodreads Description: 
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.

Reminiscent of Frankenstein and the tales of the Brothers Grimm, this debut novel by MarcyKate Connolly stands out as a compelling, original story that has the feel of a classic. 
Source: I was given access to an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Monstrous had a pretty good story to it. It was magical with a touch of darkness to it. My favorite part was the main character. Her journey made reading the book worthwhile.

Kymera was a good heroine. She was monstrous looking at first glace, but had sucha big heart. She loved her father and was so loyal to him. She always did what wasright to the best of her ability, though. She was a passionate girl, feeling emotions deeply. Even though she was "monstrous," she was truly beautiful because of her strong morals. I loved this character! 

I also really liked the build up of mystery in the beginning. The twists weren't shocking because they were a bit easy to predict, but I liked how there were small hints to start with then more and more puzzle pieces to help piece together the mystery.

Monstrous was a good read. It wasn't quite a memorable one, but it was enjoyable at the time of reading it. There was a dash of romance that added a sweet element to the story. The world wasn't very complicated, which worked for the story. It was kinda dark, but fun at the same time.

Also, there was a dragon! I loved him!

Overall, I really liked reading this book. It had that great MG feel to it, but it was also like a YA. I would say it's an upper MG/lower YA. If you like enjoyable fantasies with that feel, I recommend giving this one a try.

2015 challenges this book counts towards:
105 Challenge
Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
Flights of Fantasy
2015 Debut Author Challenge

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