Review: Monstrous Beauty

Book: Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) , 2012
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source + Date Read: Own + May 2015
Recommend: For those that like some mermaids with their breakfast.
Book Pro’s: Interesting take on the mermaid myth.
Book Con’s: Something about this just felt off. I’m not too fond of the protagonist.
Favourite Line: “She wanted a smile that was meant only for her.”

Summary: 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 consequences.
More Information: GoodReads

I was lucky enough to win two ARCs from Anya from her weekly draw and I chose this one and Etiquette and Espionage. I’ve always wanted to read this so I was super happy when I saw this in the group!

That being said I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. There were certain parts of this book I found extremely disturbing that came out of nowhere. I did like the expansion of the mermaid universe, that was great, but what I didn’t understand was the purpose of the overarching plot, the “curse”.

Ok, this “curse” is a big deal. It ruins some serious lives and the protagonist wallows in it, terrified to fall in love, have sex, marry, or do anything that involves men really. It is centered around romance and Syrenka’s love for a human. I’m just not much of a romance person and I don’t like it as the main plot device. It’s just not my thing. It’s a good book and the tone was interesting and sort of whispy, but just not my cup of tea. So short review folks!



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