Author: MarcyKate Connolly.
Published: February 10th 2015 by HarperCollins Children's Books.
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.
Kymera got an extreme make-over. Her father brought her back from the death and he enhanced her body with wings and a spiky tail she can use to stun people. He tells her a tale about a wizard who killed her and her mother and he created her to rescue other girls from the same fate. Despite his warnings about other humans, Kymera starts seeing a boy she meets on one of her rescuing nights. Ren works as messenger boy for the King and he’s not aware of Kymera’s ‘monstrous’ identity. Kymera slowly starts to break free from her father and that’s when she starts to see things the way they are. Father might not be completely honest about his intentions.
Kymera was an interesting character. Her body can be used as a weapon, but her spirit is too innocent and childlike. She’s not happy with her spiky tail and how it automatically reacts when she is in trouble. I liked that Kymera starts to show more spunk in the middle of the book. She doesn’t blindly obey her father anymore and she values her beginning friendship with Ren. It took her a lot of time to figure out what is quit obvious from the beginning, but this nativity also gave her a certain charm. It's a young girl and it's understandable she completely trusts her father. It felt realistic.
The friendship between Kymera and Ren gave me mixed feelings. When he finds out that she is a ‘monster’ he is very supportive of her, but he never gives her a chance when the truth comes out. He even betrays her in a dangerous situation and I wish he had showed more loyalty towards his friend. I like that, with most MG books, there is no romance. The story really doesn’t need it. Kymera’s friendship with another character was more heart-warming.
The ending really caught me off guard. The book was going towards a 3-star rating, but the ending added another 0.5 stars. I think this was the most fairytale-like part. It was bittersweet and fitting for the story. It’s not the best middle grade book I’ve ever read, but I enjoyed it a lot.