I have to admit, one of the first things that attracted me to Monstrous, an upper middle grade novel by MarcyKate Connolly, was the cover art. It's a fantastic mixture of the dark and whimsical, and after reading the book, it's a perfect match for the tone of the story.
Monstrous, I think, would be a great story for a more mature middle grade reader. It's a fantasy tale of friendship, trust, betrayal, and redemption. It teaches lessons about not taking situations or people at face value, about asking important questions, and repenting for wrong doings. The main character is relatable, if very naive at times, and the concept is fresh and not something that's been rehashed a million times. For folks looking for a strong female character, I think this book could be a good choice. Kymera has a good heart, and while it takes her some time to figure out what the reader could probably deduce much sooner than she, I think it's a merit to her that she tries to stand by the ones she loves until she has evidence that she should do the contrary. She is the rescuer time and again, and when she makes a mistake, she owns it and tries to fix it. She's not afraid to take a risk, and she is faithful almost to a fault.
Monstrous is a tale of mad science, fantasy adventure, and sacrifice that packs an emotional punch. Kids who can handle the Harry Potter series should be ready for this story.
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.
Melanie R. Meadors is an author of fantasy where heroes don't always carry swords and knights in shining armor often lose to nerds who study their weaknesses. She has edited two upcoming genre anthologies, MECH: Age of Steel and HATH NO FURY, and is the science and pop culture blogger at The Once and Future Podcast. She studied both physics and astronomy at Northern Arizona University. You can find her at her website, melaniermeadors.com, on Facebook, and Twitter, @melaniermeadors.