Monstrous

Monstrous

Book - 2016
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Baker & Taylor
Kymera, who has a raven's wings, a snake's tail, and a cat's eyes and claws, loves the father who brought her back to life after a wizard killed her, but she begins to question his motives, especially after she connects with a boy in the town from which she is rescuing sick girls.

HARPERCOLL

Reminiscent of Frankenstein and tales by the Brothers Grimm, this fantasy novel, hailed by award-winning author Anne Ursu as "a marvel of storytelling alchemy" 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 to go secretively, a boy named Ren sees and befriends her…but what he knows will change her world forever.



Publisher: New York : Harper, 2016, c2015
ISBN: 9780062272720
Branch Call Number: PB J FIC CON
Characteristics: 424, 14 p. ;,20 cm.

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indigo_fox_109
Jul 25, 2016

it was so cute but that ending.... :(

QueenBoadicea Sep 11, 2015

I was of two minds about this book. While I liked the idea of its atypical heroine—unbeautiful, freakish, scary looking—with her unusual abilities and urge to help others, I was rather annoyed that it took her so long to uncover the truth behind the lies. When her mad scientist father began telling her stories about an evil wizard who had killed her and how he had brought her back to life, suspicion reared its ugly head. When I read further about how this so-called genius educated Kymera by reading her fairy tales, I was certain he was up to no good. Her amnesia and naïveté meant that she’d believe anything he told her and it was likely he was filling her head with a lot of garbage.

So the revelation about his true nature and the reality of the situation wasn’t much of a surprise for me. What is left beyond this, however, is one gripping story, a moving tale of a young woman learning to cope with her abilities, the people around her and finding her place in the world. Kymera’s plight is a grim one but she rises above it with sheer grit and determination. In the end, she is not freakish at all but a lovely young heroine who capably combines tenderness with power.

FindingJane Sep 11, 2015

I was of two minds about this book. While I liked the idea of its atypical heroine—unbeautiful, freakish, scary looking—with her unusual abilities and urge to help others, I was rather annoyed that it took her so long to uncover the truth behind the lies. When her mad scientist father began telling her stories about an evil wizard who had killed her and how he had brought her back to life, suspicion reared its ugly head. When I read further about how this so-called genius educated Kymera by reading her fairy tales, I was certain he was up to no good. Her amnesia and naïveté meant that she’d believe anything he told her and it was likely he was filling her head with a lot of garbage.

So the revelation about his true nature and the reality of the situation wasn’t much of a surprise for me. What is left beyond this, however, is one gripping story, a moving tale of a young woman learning to cope with her abilities, the people around her and finding her place in the world. Kymera’s plight is a grim one but she rises above it with sheer grit and determination. In the end, she is not freakish at all but a lovely young heroine who capably combines tenderness with power.

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CharizardMaster
Jul 20, 2015

I loved it most of it anyway the end I hated (im not gonna spoil it for ya)

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Jul 20, 2015

CharizardMaster thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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