Monday, July 1, 2013

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama-ADVISABLE

Fama, Elizabeth. Monstrous Beauty, 295 pgs. Farr Straus Giroux, 2012. $17.99. Language R (16 swears, 3 ‘f’), Sexual Content R (Rape), Violence PG.

Seventeen year old Hester believes that there is a curse on the women of her family. After giving birth to their first daughter, the mother will mysteriously die. Therefore, Hester has decided that she will never have children. But when she meets a mysterious stranger who has a link to her past, she dives into history and finds that a mermaid curse maybe be playing on the souls of the women in her family.

I enjoyed this book. It flipped back and forth between 1872 and today, and I like the idea that mermaids are real. The curse, when it was all explained, was a little bit hard to follow at times but it all came together in the end.

HS - OPTIONAL (see ratings). Reviewer: AL

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