Monstrous Beauty (Paperback)

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Mermaids, mystery, murder, ghosts, and an age-old curse – Monstrous Beauty encompasses all this and more. It all starts in 1872 when a mermaid (no, don’t think Ariel) falls in love and it ends with a series of murders. Each chapter alternates from past to present where we meet Hester and discover how she is linked to the past. Gorgeously written and rather creepy, this dark tragic romance  is one of my current favorites.--Angela

— From Staff Picks - Angela


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 140 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, in Elizabeth Fama's Monstrous Beauty, powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.

About the Author

ELIZABETH FAMA is the author of "Overboard," an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, which appeared on five state lists. She lives with her family in Chicago, Illinois.

Praise For…

"Fama does not shy away from the big issues: love, death, longing, lust, fear, and revenge all play out through her complex and multidimensional characters." —Booklist

"Monstrous Beauty packs a serious, sexy wallop." —Bookpage "Fama delivers a beautifully written, romantic ghost story with an artful construction that incorporates a murder mystery and detailed historical fiction." —BCCB "History buffs, fantasy lovers, and mystery fans will all find something to please them in this engrossing story." —School Library Journal "Hhorror and humanity are adroitly handled." —Publishers Weekly "This stylish fantasy mesmerizes." —Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250034250
ISBN-10: 1250034256
Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013
Pages: 352
Language: English