My second mermaid book and it was a little better than Lies Beneath (IMO). Monstrous Beauty is just that. Gory. Monstrous. Fetching. Beautiful.
Told in alternating POVs, between 1872/1873 (Syrenka & Ezra) and current time (Hester), and I truly enjoyed Syrenka's/Ezra's more. Their story is fuller, richer than Hester's detective skills (in history) and cold-shoulder tactics (keeping everyone she loves at a distance).
The mermaid tale? It was particularly terrifying and mesmerizing at the same time. Story flow was consistent; Characters were accordant to their natures.
My issue with it? Ghosts. Somehow, I found it misplaced with the mermaid plot. The story around mermaids was complicated enough; the paranormal element made it difficult for me to appreciate Monstrous Beauty's authenticity as a whole.
Monstrous Beauty is a page-turner. And I might say that I am looking forward to reading more of Fama's vengeful sea creatures. Oh yes, I am. :D...more
Lies Beneath - my first YA mermaid novel... and it was not bad. If I ignore my knee-jerk reaction to two Eew moments, I likedI like Lies Beneath.
Lies Beneath - my first YA mermaid novel... and it was not bad. If I ignore my knee-jerk reaction to two Eew moments, I liked the mermaid lore. Here in the Philippines, mermaid tales are common, and indeed we (during childhood) are told that they are the reason behind people disappearances in lakes, rivers, and such.
They say Lake Superior doesn't give up its dead.
It took me 70% of the book before I can really hook myself to the story. Why? The "courtship" between Calder and Lily was a definite eyeroll, so I keep putting my Kindle down. It will take me a day to pick it up again. Calder was cocky. Lily said she was immune to his charms but. but. Lily's confusing. She tells off Calder everytime he hits on her, but she herself makes advances on him. Gosh, what do you really want, woman?
I like the Jack angle. It was creepy and I wish Brown developed that more. I have few issues but I'm not that irked about them. Stalking? Talking to a dead, floating body? Yeah, they don't bother me as much.
Lies Beneath contained vengeful and ruthless sea creatures. If you have not tried mermaid books, this book can make you curious enough to read about them more.
Thank you NetGalley and Random House for granting my galley request....more