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If Shannon Hale and the Brothers Grimm had collaborated on writing Frankenstein, the result might look something like Monstrous. Kymera is a girl brought back from the dead. She wakes up with a body patched together with pieces from various animals, no memory of her life before she died, and a singular purpose given to her by her father: she must rescue the girls of the kingdom of Bryre, who are victims of a mysterious illness and a tyrannical wizard. But as Kymera begins her quest for justice, she begins to uncover dark secrets about her own past. A perfect read for young readers making the switch from middle grade to YA, or for adult readers looking for a little more magic.
Mackenzie— From Monstrous
Reminiscent of Frankenstein and tales by the Brothers Grimm, this debut novel 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 in going secretively, a boy named Ren sees and befriends her . . . but what he knows will change her world forever.
MarcyKate Connolly is a writer and arts administrator living in New England with her husband and pugs. She's a coffee addict and voracious reader. This is her first novel.
Skottie Young is an award-winning cartoonist and writer who illustrates New York Times bestselling adaptations of L. Frank Baum's Oz novels for Marvel Entertainment. His unique art style and sensibilities have drawn acclaim worldwide, earning him multiple Eisner Awards. He has worked in comics, toys, and animation for Marvel, Warner Bros., Image Comics, Mattel, Cartoon Network, and many more. Skottie lives in Illinois.