Friday, April 26, 2013

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Monstrous Beauty
by Elizabeth Fama

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Book Excerpt

Published: 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: Mermaids, YA
Paperback: 304 pages
Rating: 5

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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 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.

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): The more she knew
the more she loved
the more she loved
the more she ached
--part of prologue

I listened to the audio version of this story and fell for this story hook, line and sinker. It was read by Katherine Kellgren who did an excellent job with voice accents and capturing the past and present worlds presented.

What I like most was that each character's stories (not just the main character) are interesting and engaging throughout the story.

Peekabook: here is a sample of the audio version -- give a listen...

Special extra: Treasure Game: A Prequel to Monstrous Beauty in Comic Form (Part One) created by Elizabeth's son, Eric Fama Cochran

READ these: part 1 | part 2 | part 3

Snippet of part 1:

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