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Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly Audiobook {3.5 Stars}

Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly is a twisted new fairytale about a young girl just trying to do the right thing despite her cat claws, wings, and poisonous tail. I loved how classic fairytale elements were included in this book, while telling a new story and from quite a different perspective. The narration of the audiobook is solid, so despite it being a bit long, Monstrous is a fun listen.

Note: I listened to Monstrous on audio. Listening to a book definitely influences my reading experience.

Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly Audiobook {3.5 Stars}

Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
Narrated by Brittany Pressley
(Monstrous #1)
Published by HarperCollins on Feb. 10th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 432 pages
Audio Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
How I got my copy: Purchased
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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.

3.5 Stars


  • I knew I had to read Monstrous as soon as I saw that tail peaking out on the cover. I love anti-heroes, and the idea of the main character being a little monster girl is just too awesome. There are lots of twists on the classic fairytale plot lines that build on the premise, and it was lots of fun seeing what Connolly would come up with next.
  • Kym is a completely adorable main character. I love that her name is Kymera, haha. But more seriously, she’s sweet despite her animal instincts and she’s determined to be good and helpful, even if people are afraid of her. The narration of the audiobook helps this aspect a lot because of the inflections added to Kym’s internal thoughts.
  • There’s a dragon :D. A cool dragon too! I can’t say much about this awesome dragon since it’s too fun to find out for yourself, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover a dragon where I was expecting one.
  • The narration of the audiobook is really solid. The narrator does a great job of bringing Kym to life along with various secondary characters, including a young boy that doesn’t sound ridiculous ;-).


  • Monstrous starts to reaaaaaaally drag. It probably should have been chopped into two books to be honest, since there seems to be one big plot and then a completely other plot. The middle gets pretty slow, though this didn’t bother me a lot since the audiobook was still entertaining.
  • Despite the otherwise solid narration, there are a couple of adult male characters that get some pretty silly accents for reasons I can’t really understand. Why is it that some audiobooks give British-like accents to some characters, but not the main character who is from the exact same place?
  • I got super excited about this dragon showing up, and then he was noticeably absent for a few hundred pages when it really would have made sense for him to be there. Like, he makes some comment about something he can and then when he is needed to actually use his special skill… he isn’t there and this is never remarked upon. In any case, just don’t get too excited for the dragon ;-).


Monstrous is a fun twist on middle grade fantasy for all of us who didn’t fit the sugar and pink description of little girls :) *puts on black eyeliner*. I really enjoyed the audiobook, though I wish the plot had been more compact. I’m quite interested to find out what the sequel is about though!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

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  1. I totally agree with you on both point with the dragon! He was so awesome and also terribly underutilized. I definitely thought that the story should have been compacted a little – but it was a fairly quick read for me so I didn’t mind as much as I could have. I am very much looking forward to the ‘sequel’ as I can’t wait to read that character’s story!
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    • Yes, I really thought the dragon would be a major plot point! I’m excited for the sequel/companion as well, especially since it’s shorter so hopefully more to the point haha

  2. I loved this book so much! I see where you’re coming from on the dragging thing, but I still really enjoyed it :) I thought it was really original and I didn’t feel like it was “dumbed down” like a lot of juvie fiction feels to me the closer I get to 30 haha.

    • Definitely! I feel like I would have liked it split up a bit more ya know? But yes, very original and enjoyable :D

  3. This sounds really cute and original! Middle-grade and YA is my favorite for audio consumption so the fact that the narration is good AND that it probably helps with getting through the slower sections, I’ll plan on looking out for it on that! I totally get what you mean about how audio vs. reading can definitely influence how I feel about a book. I think there are quite a few books out there that I think I like much more and am much more forgiving of because the audio was so delightful. Makes me nervous when reviewing!
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    • Yeah, I used to worry that I needed to figure out how to separate the narration feels from the story feels, but I realized that I just couldn’t, so I put up a warning and then try to be as honest with my reactions as I can be!

  4. Despite the fact that this dragged in the middle there, I’m still really pumped about this one^^ Like you, the MC and the premise really appeal to me! And helloooo DRAGON ♥ I might see if my library has it on audio though because I got an eARC but I haven’t been feeling reading on my ereader lately.
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    • Hehe, as long as you’re prepared, it should be fine ;-). But yes, the audiobook is a solid choice! I had the eARC too and just hadn’t found time to get to it, so audiobooks are my solution!

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