Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
I am reading Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama this week. I first put this one on my review stack on Dec. 6, 2011. It has finally reached the top of the stack because it will be published on September 4. I got this one from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. Here is the description:
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 one hundred forty 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 powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.Beginning:
Syrenka wanted Pukanokick.My first thought is "Oh, no. What unusual and difficult names." What do you think?
He used the knife to cut away some of the net entangling Syrenka's tail. The slickness of her body was sensual and inviting.I haven't gotten to this part of the book yet but I am not foreseeing anything good happening here.