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Review: Monstrous Beauty (Elizabeth Fama)

Product Details:
Reading Level: YA
Pages: 304
Publisher: September 4th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN: 9780374373665
Source: e-galley from NetGalley
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Monstrous BeautyFierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences.

Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra’s help, Hester investigates her family’s strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean—but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.

Oh. My. Goodness. Go ahead and slap yourself now. This book is phenomenal. It’s almost beyond words.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of books featuring mermaids, but this book broke all the molds. It defied all my expectations. I was expecting something like a love story with a little under the sea action, but that is not what I got. What I did find is a fantastic story that had mermaids, an evil sea witch, ghosts, and true love. Wow x 3.

Yep, I said ghosts and mermaids. Epicness. The way the alternating points of view intermingled was amazing. To flip from a story set in 1873 to present day—and to do it flawlessly—was fantastic. I loved every page. EVERY PAGE! And the last few chapters were intense. Speaking of intense, there is this one scene that made my stomach lurch. OMGoodness. It was so awful. It still haunts me.

I honestly don’t know what to say about this book. Read it. That’s all I can say. Read it and love it. Enjoy its epicness. Savor the mystery and the haunting romance of star-crossed lovers. Devour every page. You’ll want this one on your keeper shelf.



  1. Hm... There have been many mixed and positive reviews posted out there of this book. I've been really interested in this book because there are so many mermaid books out there that are great. The plot of this book seems to remind me of Ripple by Mandy Hubbard, with a girl being trapped by a curse and a mysterious guy.

    Angie @YA Novelties

  2. So glad you loved this one! I'm sorry I've been pretty absent lately; I should have been paying more attention since Elizabeth was just in Utah. If you're interested in a signed copy, you may be able to get one from their signed inventory.

    Literally Jen

  3. I will have to do that! NO authors ever come to North Florida! They must think we can't read or something. =)


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