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
Narrated by Brittany Pressley
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.
- 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!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
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