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Estigates 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 Wow I can t even begin to explain how thoroughly excellent Monstrous Beauty is It s to the point where I don t even want to write a review because and I ve said this before it s not going to come close to truly showing how amazing this book is Monstrous Beauty has everything that would make a book awesome mermaids ghosts a curse an awesome mystery and an absolutely excellent plot The plot Oh my that plot was Wow It took me some time to get used to the transitioning time periods but when I did get used to it I realized how awesome it was Have you ever seen the movie Memento If you haven t the main thing about it is that it s presented as two different seuences of scenes one in black and white seuences that s shown chronologically and one in color seuences that s shown in reverse order The two seuences eventually meet in the end forming one story Monstrous Beauty is like that There s one set of seuences set in the late 1800 s that follows the main mermaid Syrenka and then there s another set of seuences set in the present day that follows the main character Hester I really can t say a lot about them because so much in this book could be a spoiler and I really don t want to spoil this book for anyone I think the only negative things Monstrous Beauty had going for it were its predictability though it may not be predictable for you I found most of the plot twists coming but that was only because I obsessively kept track of the characters in this book by taking notes If I hadn t taken notes I most likely would not have seen most of the twists coming and the fact that I didn t really care for the characters up until the last 10% or so The characters were good and all it s just I didn t really care for them too much and the only thing I really cared about was the awesome plot and how everything would tie together in the end My thoughts on the characters really on Hester Syrenka Ezra Pastor McKee and Linnie changed immensely at the end and I actually found myself crying although I cry at everything Another extremely awesome aspect to Monstrous Beauty was Hester researching her heritage and finding how everything related to her However I felt that it became really complicated and keeping up with all the characters and their histories got difficult so I had to write myself some notes That doesn t make it bad though it just get s extremely complicated so I suggest taking some notes if you get confused easily when it comes to characters and their histories like me Oh and the mermaids in this book were vicious They sure don t sing Instead of singing they actually rip open people s chests rip out their hearts and swallow it whole and eat people s lungs You know the usual I don t think I ll ever be able to watch The Little Mermaid the same way again slowly backs away That s right Ariel I see you I know what you re capable of Don t try and fool meOverall Monstrous Beauty was twisted disturbing graphic heartbreaking and beautifulAnd I loved every single moment of it

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Fierce 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 conseuencesAlmost one hundred forty years later s Take a photographic tour of the Monstrous Beauty world as Elizabeth Fama stops by The Midnight Garden to kick off her blog tour Plus win a finished hardcover of the book It was a woman as pale and luminescent as a ghost with swirling white hair Ezra startled dropping his pencil into the water Her face snapped toward him Her eyes were too large clear green and had horizontal slit shaped pupils reminiscent of an octopus Did your pulse uicken when you read that paragraph Mine did I had a feeling I was going to love this book because it blends several different things that I love mermaids the nineteenth century and ghosts What I wasn t prepared for was an unconventionally striking story that will definitely not appeal to someone looking for a typical YA paranormal book I found this dark fairy tale to be wildly exciting and utterly gorgeous however and I think it will find its audience in readers who enjoy literary fiction or mature YAIn the late 1800s a mermaid named Syrenka makes a terrible mistake in judgment as she seeks companionship More than a hundred years later 16 year old Hester searches for the mystery behind a tragic curse that has haunted her family for generations The book alternates between past and present in a small fishing town in Plymouth Massachusetts and the shifts in time and multiple POVs are handled with skillful aplomb Deep secrets are slowly revealed in both young women s pasts and a fine thread of tension running through the story eventually escalates into scenes of shocking madness and violence There are despairing stolen souls Creepy churchyards A woman drowned in a sarcophagus Rape Underwater doll graveyards A boy who view spoileruite literally hide spoiler

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Eventeen 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 inv This review is also available over at my blogPart of my Mermaid Marathon round twoThe year is 1872 and Syrenka a mermaid falls in love with the gorgeous Ezra and makes the deadly decision to become mortal and live a life with him Flash forward to almost 140 years later Hester Goodwin meets a stranger with the same name who seems to be living in a cave at the beach In Hester s family love has always lead to death After the women in her family give birth to a child they always mysteriously die the same day With Ezra s help Hester discovers and about her family s cursed history and her connection to Syrenka But she ll have to get past the powerful forces both on land and under the sea that are standing in her wayThe chapters in this book alternate from the past and the present It s told from multiple points of views but mainly Hester Syrenka and Ezra Both the past and present chapters always kept me engaged Although the present chapters didn t have much action until closer to the end I still loved discovering of the history of Hester s family and the fact that there are also the chapters that take place in the past really help I liked finding out that everything was connected in some wayThere wasn t nearly enough mermaids in this book though Not enough for me at least In fact there are also a lot of ghosts and spirits in this book Some of the characters from the past chapters become spirits in the present chapters We don t really find out that much about the mermaid world until near the endThen we have the romance which is the reason that I had to take away a star from the rating Syrenka and Ezra s romance wasn t technically insta love I guess since it took uite a while for them to really truly be togetherHester and Ezra s romance however really bugged me Right off the bat when Hester first meets him it s lust at first sight She didn t even find it weird at all that this guy lived in a cave and was wearing 19th century clothing And then all of a sudden they start kissing and saying they love each other and I m just rolling my eyes But luckily the romance didn t annoy me enough to lose interest in readingWas I happy with the ending Sure Were all my uestions answered I guess Do I think the ending gave the possibility of a seuel Nah I don t think so It was a decent ending for a standalone and I really would have no idea where the story would go if there was ever a seuel plannedOverall this was a very enjoyable book I liked the characters the supernatural aspect even though I wish there were mermaids rather than ghosts and how everything in the story was intertwined Although I do have to take away a star due to the unfortunate insta loveStill I would definitely recommend this to you if you re looking for a great mermaid read It wouldn t be my first recommendation but it would be one of them if you re looking for severalPre reading Am I the only one who completely resents the cover change I mean ugh The old cover looked ten times better in my opinion Well it isn t that impressive either but I think it looks betterAnd OMG look at the German coverThey re so much better compared to this one ee Blech


10 thoughts on “Monstrous Beauty

  1. says:

    Take a photographic tour of the Monstrous Beauty world as Elizabeth Fama stops by The Midnight Garden to kick off her blog tour Plus win a finished hardcover of the book It was a woman as pale and luminescent as a ghost with swirling white hair Ezra startled dropping his pencil into the water Her face snapped toward him Her eyes were too lar

  2. says:

    Those two stars up there are for the mermaids which ironically were the main reason I felt hesitant to read this But damn if she didn’t deliver on the mermaids These ladies are creepy clawed razor toothed monsters capable of twisted magic The prologue of this book wherein the mermaid Syrenka tries to make love to the man she’

  3. says:

    Elizabeth Fama's Monstrous Beauty is a dark and twisted concoction of myth curses history and murder It is a piercing story about a mermaid who longs to love and a young girl who has discarded any hope of it I haven't read many sea folk lore and so won't pretend to understand this new and original approach to the mermaid legend The story is certainly mature however daring to be graphic and seasoned if you catch my meaning than most young

  4. says:

    I have tried to read mermaid books a new hype in today's YA market and book after book I keep finding myself disappointed realizing that these water beings are simply not my forte until now Is it the dark twisted plot Is it

  5. says:

    This review is also available over at my blogPart of my Mermaid Marathon round twoThe year is 1872 and Syrenka a mermaid falls in love with the gorgeous Ezra and makes the deadly decision to become mortal and live a life with him Flash forward to almost 140 years later Hester Goodwin meets a stranger with the same name who seems to

  6. says:

    Monstrous Beauty was disturbing tragic and yet beautiful and hopeful Hester comes from a tragic line of women Each mother in her fami

  7. says:

    Wow I can’t even begin to explain how thoroughly excellent Monstrous Beauty is It’s to the point where I don’t even want to write a review because and I’ve said this before it’s not going to come close to truly showing how amazing this book is Monstrous Beauty has everything that would make a book awesome mermaids ghosts a curse an awesome mystery and an absolutely excellent plot The plot Oh my that plot was Wow It took me some

  8. says:

    15 Stars I didn't like it but I still managed to read the whole thingSo I finally did it I read a mermaid book My disdain for this trend was already pretty big considering I had yet to actually dip my toes in it but when I started seeing one fabulous review after the other pour in for Monstrous Beauty I was determined that this would be the mermaid book for me It was described as literary and haunting beautifully written with dark

  9. says:

    This is a mermaid story Consider yourself warned I have yet to read a mermaid story that I actually really really liked I was hoping to like

  10. says:

    Hester Goodwin is like any other teenage girl she goes to school she crushes on her best friend she works weekends and summers at the Pilgrim village at her local community However the women in her family have suffered from a strange