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Author: MarcyKate Connolly

Published: February 9th 2016 by HarperCollins Children's Books

Format: Hardcover , 432 pages

Isbn: 9780062272744

Language: English


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A witch has come to the city of Bryre. She travels in a hut that has chicken feet, and is ravenous for children. And once she gets what she desires, she never lets it go. But 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 freed A witch has come to the city of Bryre. She travels in a hut that has chicken feet, and is ravenous for children. And once she gets what she desires, she never lets it go. But 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—which brings back terrible memories. 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.

30 review for Ravenous

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mel (Daily Prophecy)

    That was really good :) The first thing I want to address is: how amazing are these covers from Monstrous and Ravenous together? Middle Grade books definitely belong to my favorite style, with drawings and details. The best part is that the inside matches the outside, because this was a highly enjoyable story. Ravenous is set in the same world and time as Monstrous, but is not much of a sequel. There are a few shout-outs to Kymera and Ren, the protagonist and secondary character from Monstrous, bu That was really good :) The first thing I want to address is: how amazing are these covers from Monstrous and Ravenous together? Middle Grade books definitely belong to my favorite style, with drawings and details. The best part is that the inside matches the outside, because this was a highly enjoyable story. Ravenous is set in the same world and time as Monstrous, but is not much of a sequel. There are a few shout-outs to Kymera and Ren, the protagonist and secondary character from Monstrous, but in principle this book could be read as a stand-alone. I would recommend to read the both of them though, because they are both surprising in their own way. Greta is one of the kidnapped girls who were kept as food in Belladoma. She returned home, but all that is left of her family is her little brother, Hans. Greta desperately wants to find out what happened to their parents and why they suddenly left, but she knows she must take care of Hans now. The two manage to survive until Hans is taken by a hungry witch. Greta makes a deal: she must bring an old treasure that belonged to the deceased king of Belladoma and in return, she can have Hans back. This is the start of a big adventure, because things does not come easy to Greta. She is not the only one hunting down this item and some are willing to go far to get it in their hands. I loved Greta and her protectiveness over Hans. She was a clever, brave girl who is willing to sacrifice anything to keep her brother save. Their relationship was definitely a fun addiction to the story. What I also admired about this book is that the author never makes it feel or sound too childish, but at the same time Greta does not feel too old for her age. This results in a book that is great for any age. The author also does not shy away from giving emotional punches, something I also noticed in Monstrous. The only thing is that the plot could have moved a little bit faster at times, but it also gave time for development. Greta meets a half-boy/half-animal from a village made out of different animal-people and I liked how their friendship develops. In the beginning they are forced to be together, but slowly they start to appreciate each other. I liked their mutual respect. Definitely a good spin on Hansel and Gretel!

  2. 5 out of 5

    bookish_elves

    There are no more books in this series and that makes me so sad. :( Ravenous was awesome and I'm so glad I picked up the first book. That was a sweet, wonderful, and exciting journey. I may reread it in a few months. 😂

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lee Malone

    A fantastic follow up to MONSTROUS, this book follows the story of Greta, a character we met in the first book. But it's not a sequel --it's a whole other story about Greta and her brother Hans, filled with the same wonderful creativity and creatures as the first one. c8

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Technically, I haven't finished the book as there's a novella in the back, but here's the review for 'Ravenous'. At first I was apprehensive as I so adored Kym in the first book, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to get fully absorbed into this novel about Greta. We see Greta in a supporting role in 'Monstrous' and I did like her; she was smart, stubborn, and loyal. In her own novel, we see these traits featured first and foremost. I really think the characters are what shone brightest in this series. Technically, I haven't finished the book as there's a novella in the back, but here's the review for 'Ravenous'. At first I was apprehensive as I so adored Kym in the first book, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to get fully absorbed into this novel about Greta. We see Greta in a supporting role in 'Monstrous' and I did like her; she was smart, stubborn, and loyal. In her own novel, we see these traits featured first and foremost. I really think the characters are what shone brightest in this series. Everyone is slightly flawed in a way that's so believable as characters. They all have such rounded personalities and strengths and flaws. It's always a joy to get close to one or a few of them. As for things that were not as stand out this time, it'd be the pacing. There were odd moments in the book where things get very repetitive and slow and the climatic scenes were barely a single chapter. I wanted more of the action and less of Greta's internal debates. Not that I didn't enjoy seeing her change her mind and grow as a character, but there were plenty moments where I was like 'I got it. Let's move on.' I also really wanted to know more about Stump. Where did he come from? What happens to him? Overall, I really liked this companion to 'Monstrous'. I think it was just as good as the first (which is a tough feat) at best, although I did like the first more. I liked learning more about the characters we meet in the first novel and they really shone. The plot was well thought out, however not as well paced in my opinion, but not bad enough to stop my enjoyment. Recommended for grades 4-6.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Senteney

    This story revolves around Greta and her friend a Centaur named Dalen. Greta's brother has been kidnaped by an evil witch who travels in a hut with chicken feet and a feathered roof. The witch wants Greta to travel to Belledoma and find the magical Cornucopia , which is a magical basket that can give you any food you wish for. There is also a monster in the sea beneath the cliffs of Belledoma that is terrorizing the town and eating it's female children, since the Cornucopia has been stolen from This story revolves around Greta and her friend a Centaur named Dalen. Greta's brother has been kidnaped by an evil witch who travels in a hut with chicken feet and a feathered roof. The witch wants Greta to travel to Belledoma and find the magical Cornucopia , which is a magical basket that can give you any food you wish for. There is also a monster in the sea beneath the cliffs of Belledoma that is terrorizing the town and eating it's female children, since the Cornucopia has been stolen from it, the monster has to eat people to survive. I enjoyed the darkness of this tale, it has the feeling of the Grim Brothers who I love.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    2.5 stars Maybe it's because I haven't read Monstrous but I wasn't all too into this when I was reading it. It started off a bit fast paced and the storyline just wasn't my thing. I thought I would love this since I love fairy tale retellings but nope.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jen Petro-Roy

    Loved this companion novel to Monstrous. So clever and original, while still incorporating traditional fairytale elements.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy Layton

    I have a penchant for picking up sequels at the library without reading the first one. But, like the others, I had no idea that this was a sequel until I entered the information on Goodreads. The only signs were the fact that she had clearly been to the city by the sea before, and that she did not have a good time there. That being said, you could either read Ravenous first, or Monstrous first. Ravenous was so fun to read that I read it in one day. It's fast-paced, and Greta, the protagonists, i I have a penchant for picking up sequels at the library without reading the first one. But, like the others, I had no idea that this was a sequel until I entered the information on Goodreads. The only signs were the fact that she had clearly been to the city by the sea before, and that she did not have a good time there. That being said, you could either read Ravenous first, or Monstrous first. Ravenous was so fun to read that I read it in one day. It's fast-paced, and Greta, the protagonists, is headstrong, resourceful, and doubtful. I love love love it when women protagonists are allowed to be both strong and emotional, because that is exactly how many women are: they're made up of many things, and those many things seem to get cast aside in so many novels in favor of only one character trait. In addition to Greta, Dalen, her centaur sidekick, was so incredibly lovable and understanding to the predicament which causes Greta to choose between an entire starving city and her brother: a perfect duo. The two balance each other out, and even better, there's no romance between the two. In terms of the plot--WOW. There was a lot that happened in just 300 or so pages, and I'm honestly thoroughly impressed with it. There's trauma, a quest, betrayal, friendship, a sea monster, a witch, and mercenaries. That's a lot for one book, but Connolly does it wonderfully. I can only say that I'm so excited to read Monstrous now, because Greta is a character that I adore. In addition to this, I'd like to mention the novella at the end of the novel. It focuses on minor characters, some of which we've seen before, at least, in Ravenous, but I will warn you--and a minor spoiler alert here--the ending is not a happy one. I was simply shocked by it, and now that it's been a full day, I can tell you all that despite the fact that it's not a happy ending, it's a satisfying one......once you give it time. The novella helped explain some of the magical lore of the land, which I appreciated, and it helped developed context for why Ren and King Oliver act the way they do. Get the full review here!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    I wish I had enough thoughts to write a more eloquent review of this book, but this is honestly another case of a book that wasn’t necessarily bad but I felt no emotional attachment to whatsoever. I read Monstrous last year, and from what I remember I quite enjoyed due to the interesting characters and nice writing. Ravenous is a companion novel in which a girl is attempting to rescue her brother from a witch who has captured him, and the story isn’t bad but it certainly isn’t as half as interest I wish I had enough thoughts to write a more eloquent review of this book, but this is honestly another case of a book that wasn’t necessarily bad but I felt no emotional attachment to whatsoever. I read Monstrous last year, and from what I remember I quite enjoyed due to the interesting characters and nice writing. Ravenous is a companion novel in which a girl is attempting to rescue her brother from a witch who has captured him, and the story isn’t bad but it certainly isn’t as half as interesting as Monstrous. I initially started out trying to read this in between Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, which probably wasn’t the best idea because this felt bland as a piece of cardboard in comparison. I then abandoned this for about a week and when I resumed I was slightly more interested. I felt somewhat thrown into the story at the beginning, I honestly don’t remember much from Ravenous and I could have used a recap or some world building. I still enjoy MarcyKate Connolly’s writing; it’s well done and fit with her characters voice. Her characters are well written, but I didn’t connect to them at all. For a younger reader who enjoys middle grade story I think this could be very enjoyable, but to me it just didn’t feel like anything different from the many things I’ve read before. Plus side; it’s actually really short! I thought it was going to be a 400 page book but it turned out to be around 270 with a large novella (which I chose not to read) in the back. If you were a big fan of middle grade or of Monstrous I could definitely see you enjoying this book a lot more than I did!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Monica Tesler

    I'm such a fan of MarcyKate Connolly's books. I love how Ravenous, and its companion, Monstrous, nod to classic fairytales, both in terms of story and their dark and atmospheric world building. The novella, Precious, was a delightful bonus, adding even more to the world that Monstrous first revealed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bee

    Ahhh I love this cover! It fits so nicely with Monstrous!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Gretta easily became a character I admired in Monstrous, so I was excited to see we would be following her story in Ravenous. She is fierce and brave but also extremely stubborn- sometimes to a fault- and no one can say she isn’t loyal when it comes to family. I loved that the events of Monstrous show a deeper, lasting effect in Ravenous. It’s clear that the people of Balladoma are in need of assistance, but Gretta’s personal experiences hinder her in seeing the good in an oppressed people. Not Gretta easily became a character I admired in Monstrous, so I was excited to see we would be following her story in Ravenous. She is fierce and brave but also extremely stubborn- sometimes to a fault- and no one can say she isn’t loyal when it comes to family. I loved that the events of Monstrous show a deeper, lasting effect in Ravenous. It’s clear that the people of Balladoma are in need of assistance, but Gretta’s personal experiences hinder her in seeing the good in an oppressed people. Not only that, but she is still recovering from the trauma of being held hostage and threatened by the presence of the great sea creature. Throughout the book she struggles with the weight of these experiences and how to come to terms with them. Really, this was a great look at how traumatic events can leave a lasting effect. At times I will admit to being a bit annoyed by Gretta. Her actions were often hasty and ignorant, but she acted with good intentions. I adored Dalen (sweet little centaur!). And I have to give major kudos to the author for being able to seamlessly weave in new ideas to the old narrative. She must have spent a lot of time going back and forth between both books in order to find ways to make sure everything connected and that nothing was coming from left field. Both of these stories are gruesome little fairytale gems. I adored them both (although I think Monstrous is still my favorite, because sweet, sweet Kymera is just too good for this world). I didn’t know that my copy of Ravenous also contained the novella, Precious, which I believe goes over Rosabel’s history. Ravenous was only the first two-thirds of the book, with the novella taking up the last third. I’m going to wait to read it so I don’t get binge-burn (hmm, yes, I think that’s a good term for what has been happening to me when reading sequels lately). I am highly anticipating it though!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    I'm a little sad because I really wanted to enjoy this one more, but perhaps my gilded memories of how much I loved Monstrous gave me too high of expectations. This was a very good book, but in parts I found it meandering and difficult to keep my attention on. Greta's story really is an interesting one; she's a lost girl trying to hold what little of her family remains after several traumatic events, and is forced to face the source of her PTSD in order to save what's important to her, while she I'm a little sad because I really wanted to enjoy this one more, but perhaps my gilded memories of how much I loved Monstrous gave me too high of expectations. This was a very good book, but in parts I found it meandering and difficult to keep my attention on. Greta's story really is an interesting one; she's a lost girl trying to hold what little of her family remains after several traumatic events, and is forced to face the source of her PTSD in order to save what's important to her, while she is constantly dragged back and forth by her desire to help different groups. I found the treatment of her trauma very realistic and it was really nice to be able to see a young, hurt character be allowed to not only be hurt but to hate as well. She was allowed to have her turmoil over what happened to her and to be uneasy about helping people who she felt were partially responsible, even as she came to terms with the fact that other people suffered the way she did, and she can forgive them without forgiving the one who was really responsible for her pain. The rest of the story, however, kind of dragged along outside of Greta's arc. There were some world-building bits that were enjoyable, but it felt like everything moved so slowly somehow. It was an interesting addition to the world of Monstrous, but for whatever reason I didn't enjoy this one quite as much...still would absolutely recommend it to middle-grade fans of the first who are looking for more!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Valerie McEnroe

    Sometimes I read a book and I can't figure out if I liked it or not. This is one of those books. This is the companion book to Monstrous. Technically you don't need to read Monstrous first, but there are some things that will make more sense if you do. The story begins with Greta sort of recounting the events in Monstrous. You get bits and pieces as the story unfolds which made me feel like there was always a cloud hanging over the plot. There's a ravenous monster that lives in the ocean by a ne Sometimes I read a book and I can't figure out if I liked it or not. This is one of those books. This is the companion book to Monstrous. Technically you don't need to read Monstrous first, but there are some things that will make more sense if you do. The story begins with Greta sort of recounting the events in Monstrous. You get bits and pieces as the story unfolds which made me feel like there was always a cloud hanging over the plot. There's a ravenous monster that lives in the ocean by a neighboring village and the evil king stole girls from Greta's village to feed the monster in the previous book. That backstory is continually a part of this book. In Ravenous, Greta's brother, Hans, has been stolen by a witch and taken hostage. When Greta finds him, the witch agrees to release Greta if she will find a magical cornucopia. Greta will do anything to save her brother and sets off to Belladoma to find it. Throughout her search for the cornucopia, she learns that the greedy king Ensel stole it from the sea monster, which is what caused all the chaos in the first book. With the help of a centaur she met in the woods, Greta sneaks into the town through secret tunnels, steals a map that indicates potential hiding places, and uses magic potions to help her avoid being caught. She eventually finds it at the 3rd place she looks and it almost gets stolen by the evil mercenaries who are also looking for it. She elicits the help of her own king to destroy the witch so she can instead return the cornucopia to the monster. The end. Happy ever after.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kyla

    In MarcyKate Connolly's novel Ravenous, Greta finds that her brother has been taken by a witch with a hut on chicken feet. Then she makes a deal with the witch to find a cornucopia, and she goes through the forest and meets the hybrids, and is held captive for a little while, but while she is there, she meets a new friend, Dalen, whom she tells fairytales to from her book. Then they end up going to Belladoma to find the cornucopia. This novel was very fun to read, full of adventure, interesting, In MarcyKate Connolly's novel Ravenous, Greta finds that her brother has been taken by a witch with a hut on chicken feet. Then she makes a deal with the witch to find a cornucopia, and she goes through the forest and meets the hybrids, and is held captive for a little while, but while she is there, she meets a new friend, Dalen, whom she tells fairytales to from her book. Then they end up going to Belladoma to find the cornucopia. This novel was very fun to read, full of adventure, interesting, fantastic...you get the point. I enjoyed it a lot. At first, I didn't like Greta, because of the first book, but I grew to like her. There is a novella at the back of the book that is the prequel to the first book. The novella was wonderful, and it was definitely surprising, but it would have been more surprising if I didn't lose my spot, have to search for the spot, and accidentally stumble upon a spoiler. Well, I would not recommend doing that. I would definitely recommend this book to people!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    a bit of a letdown after "Monstrous"... this one lacked the magical energy and imagination i was expecting... the relationship between Greta and Hans is not developed very well, it is more of an assumption based on the "Hansel and Gretel" tale it borrows from, sort of... the magic was just kinda dumped in, and if you haven't read "Monstrous" this tale might seem a bit shallow... lots of typical fantasy/faiy tale bits, but they don't fit very well at all... if this has just been a straight up cha a bit of a letdown after "Monstrous"... this one lacked the magical energy and imagination i was expecting... the relationship between Greta and Hans is not developed very well, it is more of an assumption based on the "Hansel and Gretel" tale it borrows from, sort of... the magic was just kinda dumped in, and if you haven't read "Monstrous" this tale might seem a bit shallow... lots of typical fantasy/faiy tale bits, but they don't fit very well at all... if this has just been a straight up challenging rescue tale it might have been better... the relationship between Dalen and Greta was well done, no stupid love-at-first-sight garbage... but i felt there were too many things happening here - wizard, evil king, mystery about parents, forest people, a witch, mercenaries (see, it's a lot!) - and none of it was satisfying... found the included "Precious" novella to be a poorly placed addition (presented after both tales, but a prequel to both, sort of?!?)...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Holly Hughes

    3.5 Stars This was a fun and imaginative twist on a classic fairy tale (Hansel and Gretel meets Howl's Moving Castle, mixed with original elements). Also, I love the covers for this series so much!! The illustration style is beautiful, and I love the title typography. A part of me wishes I had read Monstrous first, but that's just me and personal reading preferences. Ravenous still stands successfully on it's own, which is a compliment.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kaeli

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Just like the first book, the twist was easy to spot miles away. Though this was farther along in the pages in reading. I like how instead of old and wrinkled the witch is beautiful, emphasys that she is magic. - - - (Spoiler ahead) - - - The introducing of the hybrid village also was a nice surprise. Those village elders had it coming for imprisoning Greta and keeping her from saving her brother. And the story behind the capricornia was interest enough.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hanna

    DNF. I couldn't even. It got so boring in there, that I felt so sleepy when reading this. I even fell asleep at work reading this book. Normally books don't make me sleep at work. The premise was SO good but it just was so dry. I'm very disappointed. It had so much promise. Maybe I'll try again, but doubtful. Prob try the Monstrous that everyone says is so good.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mrs.

    Hansel and Gretel fans will undoubtedly want to read this one. Be warned it does take awhile before interest builds in the story line, but once the story gets moving you will want to finish it. My copy included an additional novella.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    I thought I'd give another one a try but the sad fact is I don't like this author's writings style. Her protagonists tend to be loners and they tend to narrate from inside their heads and it gets to be monotonous.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Nerud

    There is a novella in the back of this book that I will read and rate separately. I liked the story. No where near as much as I liked the first though. This book hasn’t really left its dent in me, but it was fine. 2.5 stars

  23. 5 out of 5

    DamaeJha

    I really liked the book, but not ready the first one I was some what confused about what was happening. I do recommend this book but I would read Monstrous first.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica F

    A solid follow up to Monstrous... even if the battle between the witch and Greta felt anticlimactic and everyone lives happily ever after. For now, anyway. Plenty of room for another sequel. :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I LOVED this book! But beware there is a first book Monsterous I recommend you read that one first! I didn't!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nat

    A great followup to monstrous

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    An excellent companion to Monstrous, and a wonderfully fun re-imagining of Hansel and Gretel.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Ferrone

    Wow...I'm not sure if I am totally off the mark but this readclike a really bad fairy tale mash-up to me. Sorry!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Jean Lareau

    Does not introduce well as a stand alone novel. I was lost without reading the first despite claims that this companion does not require "Monstrous" to read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia Rodriguez

    Narrated by Greta, Connolly's plot draws inspiration from Grimm fairy tales, with a contribution from H.P. Lovecraft. Also included: Precious a novella, which introduces a new series.

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