Review: Monstrous Beauty

Posted June 3, 2014 in 5 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!

12971662Monstrous  Beauty – Elizabeth Fama

Where did I get it? BookOutlet of course!


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.

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.


Guys. Look at that cover. It’s beautiful! That’s what originally caught my eye.

Initial Thoughts

I bought a copy of this book on BookOutlet because it was on sale and they’re going to be having a discussion about it in June. That was why I bought it. It said it was young adult and fantasy and that’s what I read so there was no reason not to buy this book right? That’s what I keep telling myself. I’m glad I did buy it though because it was very interesting. I really didn’t think I was going to like it when I started it because every other chapter was in a different point of view and time. There was a lot of characters to keep track of though but I eventually caught on.

My New BFF

I really enjoyed that main character Hester. It’s a terrible name and very unfortunate for her, but she was really interesting. I found that she wasn’t the stupid main character who couldn’t figure things out if she tried. She was actually really good at putting the pieces to the puzzle together and I was proud of that. I was upset that she didn’t get a happy romance ending but I was ok with it. She could be a little impulsive at times but it made for a good story.

My Crush

Ezra. That’s probably what everyone would pick but I really liked him. He had a really sad story but he was also very interesting. I liked how he did research for a living and wasn’t at all surprised about the mermaids.  He had a really interesting life story too, which was sad but it was fun to read.

Writing Style

The author had a really smart style of writing. She had her facts straight and there was no fooling around. I really enjoyed that style of writing though. It was refreshing. The story was set at a good pace too. It was slow but in a good way. It made it so that you could figure some things out yourself instead of waiting for the main character to figure it out.

Closing Thoughts

I really enjoyed reading this book. I found that I liked the story being told in two different time periods and perspectives. I thought the little bit of mystery was really cool too. Some parts were obvious but I liked that we got to see the whole story. There was nothing left out. This was definitely not a typical YA paranormal book so if that’s what you’re looking for, this book probably isn’t for you. It was kind of a dark story in some ways. It’s not a Disney mermaid story, there’s some scary parts.  I liked that there was some surprises here and there. Nothing too crazy, but they were there all the same. There was a lot about history and myths in this book. Usually that’s not for me but this book managed to suck me in. I was really impressed.


I thought it was a bonus that this wasn’t necessarily a happy ending kind of book. It made for a better ending.


“She wanted a smile that was meant only for her.”

5 out of 5 stars


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