Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My Selection for Waiting on Wedneday: Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine. I learn about way more books than I can ever hope to read through this great resource! This week I'm going for something a little different, at least for me. It's called Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama. Check out the description...

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.

When I look at the haunting cover and read the description, it gives me the creeps. I was fascinated with mermaids as a kid and they're making a comeback. They're the topic of several YA novels, but none has caught my attention like this one. There's an undercurrent of horror brewing. I wasn't even sure if this was YA, but I learned that it is. It has a "something wicked this way comes" vibe. Creepy...

Monstrous Beauty releases September 4, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Toodles!

16 comments:

  1. wow..this sounds creepy good! Awesome pick! My WoW

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  2. Oh this sounds good! Love the title too. I'm definitely adding this to the TBR list.

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  3. Hi June! Had the opportunity to read this a few months ago. It's so good! :)

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  4. Hm, I've seen this book around a lot recently. I love the cover, but not much of a mermaid fan. Still on the fence about it though.

    Thanks for stopping by
    @ Livin' Life Through Books

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  5. Yes, it does have a haunting quality...and I do love that cover. Thanks for sharing...and here's MY WOW POST

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  6. This seems like a nice spin on the original Little Mermaid fairy tale. Nice pick. Please check out my WoW.

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    Anna @ Wandering Librarians

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  7. I cannot wait for this one Great choice!

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  8. Sounds like a good choice.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/08/waiting-on-wednesday_15.html

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  9. Great pick! I really want to read this one as well, even though I haven't read a mermaid book yet! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  10. Awesome WoW pick. Really interesting curse on the family. =] Thanks for sharing and visiting My WoW
    Michael @ The Bookshelf Review

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  11. Love this cover but she truly does look mean!

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  12. Awesome choice! I'm totally digging mermaid books right now. This one is already on my wishlist! I hope I can snag a copy when it comes out. :)

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  13. Great cover and it sounds like a really good read. :)

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  14. Creepy indeed! But it sounds super good!
    Great choice--and thanks for stopping by my WoW! :)

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