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Author: MarcyKate Connolly Narrator: Brittany Pressley Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9780062346124
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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.

Reminiscent of Frankenstein and the tales of the Brothers Grimm, this debut novel by MarcyKate Connolly stands out as a compelling, original story that has the feel of a classic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Weaving allusions to Frankenstein, magic, and fairy tales, Monstrous is a hypnotic listen. Narrator Brittany Pressley excels at balancing the protagonist’s innocence and questioning as she slowly uncovers her true purpose and her past…Pressley’s Kymera has just the right amount of emotion to tug at the heartstrings. The supporting characters are well voiced, and Pressley subtly changes her portrayal of each one as true identities and motives are uncovered. With excellent pacing, Pressley keeps listeners engaged all the way to the breathtaking climax. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Connolly’s debut offers a premise both captivating and grotesque. Upon awakening, Kymera learns that she has been brought back to life by her scientist father through a series of experiments that leave her with patchwork skin, cat eyes, claws, wings, a barbed tail, and no memories…Connolly invokes fairy-tale elements with ease…The formidable theme of sacrifice resonates far beyond the final page.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hurtles along at a breathtaking pace…Magic, fantastic creatures, mythology, and a bit of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein combine.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Guts, blood, and grim reality…Monstrous will keep young readers thinking about trust, good and evil, friendship and loyalty, and devotion to community.”


  • “Readers seeking a lengthy, thoughtful novel, particularly those who appreciate careful world building, will find this worth their time.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “A monster’s search for identity and redemption, with betrayal, lies, and madness at its core.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A marvel of storytelling alchemy.”

    Anne Ursu, award-winning author of Breadcrumbs

  • “This is a dazzling and unique once-upon-a-time about a girl who is part dragon, part bird, part cat, all hero.”

    Natalie Lloyd, author of A Snicker of Magic

  • “Pays tribute to classic fairy tales while turning the tradition on its head. A smart, ambitious adventure, led by a heroine whose differences only enhance her humanity.”

    Emma Trevayne, author of Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

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. 

About the Narrator

Brittany Pressley has won several Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2018. She has recorded over one hundred titles and has received several nominations for American Library Association’s annual list of Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults. She is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and voice actress. Her voice can be heard on national and international TV and radio commercials as well as several animated series and video games. She is a graduate of Columbia University.