Published by HarperCollins on February 2015
Genres: Children's Fiction, Fantasy
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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 is Philippa and Angelya’s joint audio review for MarcyKate Connolly’s new stand-alone middle-grade fantasy book, Monstrous. The review is an extract from episode 21 of Tea in the Treetops Podcast, originally recorded on February 18, 2015.
This is a spoiler-free review, although we do hint at how things turn out. You’ve been warned!
You can find links to all our podcast episodes on the main podcast page.
Quotes from the review:
“This isn’t a fairytale, this is Frankenstein.”
“The beginning of the story is quite slow, but it picks up and gets a bit more fairytale towards the end.”
“Her father cannot do anything wrong, which makes me think he’s the baddy.”
“(Kymera) was blindly putting her faith in her parent which is kind of heart-breaking in a children’s story”
“It’s a different kind of book – a bit creepy. A very dark fairtyale.”
“For older middle grade readers – it’s a bit dark for young ones”
Angelya’s rating: – I liked it. It was beautifully written, although it was pretty heartbreaking for a children’s story. A dark fairytale for older children.