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



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

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

  3. 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.

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

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


    Anna @ Wandering Librarians

  6. I cannot wait for this one Great choice!

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  7. Sounds like a good choice.

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

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

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

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


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