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For fans of tales by the Brothers Grimm, this novel, inspired by the fairytale "Hansel and Gretel," is a riveting and wholly original story of an epic quest and a heroine who will stop at nothing to save the one she loves most. A companion to the author's Monstrous, it will be enjoyed by fans of that book as well as readers who are new to this fully imagined and rich world. Also includes a bonus story, Precious, a prequel to both Monstrous and Ravenous.
A witch has come to the city of Bryre. She travels in a hut that has chicken feet, and she's ravenous for children.
When the witch captures Hans, Greta's little brother, Greta refuses to let her have him. The two strike up a bargain. Greta will retrieve something the witch desires in exchange for her brother's freedom.To get the prize Greta must travel to Belladoma—a city where she was once held captive. With the help of a new friend, Dalen, a magical half-boy and half-horse, Greta embarks on the journey and tries to overcome both foes and her own weaknesses.
Praise For Ravenous…
— Kirkus Reviews
“Within this creative realm, Connolly compassionately explores human emotions as Greta grapples with a newly discovered lineage. A welcome return to a complex land of fantasy and friendship.”
“Even with her flaws, her fierce dedication to her brother is admirable, and her slow transformation into a more accepting, open person is all the more satisfying given her earlier closed views.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
PRAISE FOR MONSTROUS: “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
PRAISE FOR MONSTROUS: “Kym’s bravery shines, as she fights against the menacing forces in Bryre and also struggles to figure out where she, a self-described monster of a girl, belongs. This remarkable, absorbing debut will enchant readers.”
— --Rebecca Behrens, author of When Audrey Met Alice
PRAISE FOR MONSTROUS: “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
PRAISE FOR MONSTROUS: “A likely read-aloud that has its share of guts, blood, and grim reality within this fantasy land, Monstrous will keep young readers thinking about trust, good and evil, friendship and loyalty, and devotion to community.”
PRAISE FOR MONSTROUS: “Magic, fantastic creatures, mythology, and a bit of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein combine here for an exciting…tale.”
— School Library Journal
PRAISE FOR MONSTROUS: “Connolly invokes fairy-tale elements with ease, and... the formidable theme of sacrifice resonates far beyond the final page.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Fans of the first installment will seek out this adventure-filled fairy tale”
— School Library Journal
HarperCollins, 9780062272744, 416pp.
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
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. This is her first novel.