Monstrous Beauty

Monstrous Beauty

Book - 2012
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In alternating chapters, tells of the mermaid Syrenka's love for Ezra in 1872 that leads to a series of horrific murders, and present-day Hester's encounter with a ghost that reveals her connection to the murders and to Syrenka.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374373665
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 22 cm


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Jan 10, 2015

Hester has a mermaid for a great great grandmother and she passed down a curse. Hester is sort of self-absorbed and annoying. Not my favorite listen.

Sep 29, 2014

Entirely addicting. I love a good puzzle and despite being able to predict main plot points well in advance this book kept me enthralled to the end, watching the characters piece together their own stories.
Monstrous Beauty is a very fast paced book. Fama left no lull in the story for me to put this book down, I finished it the day I started.

Jun 13, 2014

The story is engaging and as the mystery starts unraveling I found it hard to put down this book. The writing is very simple, which is typical of young adult fiction. However, please note that there is one detailed scene depicting a rape. There is also a scene depicting several murders. If you are a parent, please read it yourself first so you can decide whether your teen is mature enough for it.

JCLHopeH Feb 13, 2014

This book was an compelling blend of history, mystery, and magic, and it takes an adult spin on my childhood fascination with mermaids. The storyline jumps back and forth in time, gradually revealing the origin of a longstanding family curse. The reader does a fantastic job voicing the various characters. There's also a nice, brief interview with the author at the end of this audiobook.

crazychocofanatic Aug 04, 2013

this book was so amazingly wtiyyen that I did not want to put it down. The plot line in general is unique and great!!! Also, it kept me guessing from the book. I completely recommend this book for anyone who loves fantasy and mystery!!!!

May 13, 2013

A curse on Hester's family causes every woman to die young right after giving birth to a daughter. Is there anything that Hester can do to break this cycle?


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