Eliza and Her Monsters
Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble.
Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds meets Nimona in this novel about art, fandom, and finding the courage to be yourself. Features illustrations by the author throughout....more
She drew so many monsters that she became a monster herself.
4 1/2 stars. The only reason it's not 5 is that it took a little while for me to get into it. But when I did, it completely blew me away. I liked this even more than Zappia's Made You Up.
I'm not going to lie to you - a huge part of my love for this book is because I related so much to Eliza. So freaking much. Well, except for the part where she's a talented webcomic artist and I'm not, but shhh.
Some of you know this, but others do ...more
This was such a good read! It was so much more than I was expecting and just gripped me right from the beginning. Loved it!
Hindsight is 20/20.
I now understand, having read this book, what I did not grasp previously: that maybe I shouldn’t have expected to like this.
For one thing, I full on hate Francesca Zappia’s other book with everything that I am, which in retrospect is seeming like a more important factor than i ...more
I got some wonderful stuff in the mail yesterday (7/3/17) and I love them! I love getting stuff from the pub etc.
I loved this book so very much!
*****There will be some spoilers because I can't help myself*****
I love the book has drawings and stories all through-out the book. They are so awesome!
I love Eliza. She's quiet, wants to be left alone in her online world where she writes her webcomic: Monstrous Sea. She has two wonderful friends online that have hel ...more
“You found me in a constellation.”
― Francesca Zappia, Eliza and Her Monsters
This book was an adequate distraction from my real life right now. Which is exams, pressure, exams, kill me, exams, fuck-my-life, death. I enjoyed reading 50 pages of this every day before I went to sleep after a stressful and straining day.
We start off with Eliza, an unsociable, shy and introverted high school girl who is experiencing anxiety and depression and is closed off to the virtual wor ...more
As someone who isn't the biggest fan of contemporary, THIS is the kind of contemporary for me. It's a celebration of fandom and online life. It's like Fangirl on steroids. It deals with mental health, and negativity online beautifully. AND, one of the fandoms the protagonist was a part of is actually a real serial novel the author puts up on Wattpad and Tumblr. So cool. This is a love letter to fandom and I ADORED it. ...more
I am reeling with a tempest of emotions of what transpired in this book. This story was everything I wanted it to be and I couldn't wish for more. It took me longer than usual to finish this book because I held onto every page, every paragraph, every word, and every syllable refusing to let go. My love for this book hit a crescendo, and there i ...more
I shall just hug it now.
I also really loved the author's debut Made You Up! And like I couldn't help comparing them a little as I read...and I definitely loved MYU more. B ...more
I understand that it's a teenage thing to say parents don't get it, but they don't get it. It's not their fault they were born two and a half decades before me, but would it kill the to ask me what I'm doing on the phone before they assume it's something pointless?This is maybe one of the best contemporaries I've ever read. I mean, I read it in three sittings within the same five hours. Francesca Zappia: you're doing amazing, sweetie.
♔ THEMES AND MENTAL ILLNESS
What good is a care...more
I think a part of me just died because this book is over. I don’t think I can process what is happening right now. I love this book so much I don’t think my heart is beating anymore. I’m still screaming my head off internally.
This book dealt with so many social and emotional issues with such clarity and depth I don’t think it gets better than ...more
Gosh, this was so relatable!
Pretty sure you all know what this is about, but just in case you don't, it's about Eliza and her world. The Sea Monsters. The fandom she's created and chose to write anonymously about. Her art. Which in turn becomes her life. She's more active online than she is in the real world. She's ...more
Monstrous Sea now has a short teaser also available on my Wattpad. Unfortunately for right now, it's ONLY a teaser, but it would really help me out if you read, voted, and commented on it, and it w ...more
“You found me in a constellation.”
Friends, I loved this story. And if the ending was a little different, this would have been such an easy five star read. I love books centered on creators on the internet. While reading this, I was constantly reminded of one my favorite books of all time, Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. Which, I’m not really sure if here is any higher praise than to be compared to that book.
But basically, this book is all about putting yourself out there, carving your ...more
“I made Monstrous Sea because it's the story I wanted. I wanted a story like it, and I couldn't find one, so I created it myself.”
→ Eliza Mirk ←
Eliza herself ...more
i really liked the main story of this book, but my attention was completely drawn into the webcomic eliza created. there was so much beauty in the storyline and illustrations - i was so enthralled by it all. even though i would have loved more than the ...more
*I used my phone to type this review so I apologize for any mistakes or if some parts don't make sense lol*
I'm not an artist but this book made me eat, sleep and live the life of two amazing characters :')
The story was just absolutely beautiful. It dealt with a combination of issues that we face within ourselves in our daily lives but in a very delicate manner. W ...more
“I found you in a constellation.”
Eliza is the creator of the popular webcomic Monstrous Sea, online she is known as LadyConstellation. Nobody knows who LadyConstellation really is and nobody knows that Eliza Mirk is LadyConstellation.
The real world isn't as interesting to Eliza as the online one is. She doesn't know how everyone else IRL makes it seem so easy. She's shy, has social anxiety, is an introvert and finds making conversation wi ...more
This book is just so hopeful, relatable and heart wrenching that I'm still thinking about it!!!! Honestly??? I didn't know what emotions and feelings were un ...more
*packs my stuff*
Y’all can find me in a constellation because I'm outta here.
What is Earth??
Who would’ve thought that picking this book up would make me forget the answer to 1+1. Who would’ve thought that picking this book up would make my skin clear. Who would’ve thought that picking this book up would make me hear colors. Who would’ve thought that picking this book up would make me question why no one gave me a "warning"
- a ...more
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I lied. I said this was a book that I was either going to love or hate, that there was no middle ground... and yet here I am, in the middle ground. A lying liar, pants on fire. You see, there were things about ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS that I loved-- and things that I despised. Things that made me literally clench my teeth in fury because I was so irritated at this book and its characters. This is a very frustrating and personal read for me ...more
- #1: The Characters
- Not only is there lots of diversity
- BUT THE CHARACTERS ARE NERDS
- We have Eliza herself as a comic artist
- A guy who writes fanfiction
- INTERNET FRIENDS
- Annoying as hell little brothers
- The introvert life
- A reasonably dysfunctional yet caring family
- The fandom life literally consumes their regular life
He had found her in a constellation.
Hey warning. There’s spoilers. I forgot to mark them. Also I kinda get lost in thought with this review a bit so I kinda get off track but whatever. Thanks for reading and have a good day. Heart emoji and all that.
Do you know what? Let’s just get personal here why don’t we?
I was just shy of 19 years old when I read Eliza for the first time. I just finished my first year of college, where I had made a grand total of zero friends so far. I ...more
And it's so freaking worth it! This is one of the best YA fiction I have ever read. I totally agree with those who have been recommending this book through their booktube channels, bookstagram and at Goodreads. This one is so worth the hype!
This book is close to 400 pages but never ...more
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Also wrote The Children of Hypnos serial on Wattpad (https://www.wattpad.com/story/9547883...).
Social Media: @ChessieZappia
You can find links to all my social media on my website, www.francescazappia.com. ...more