Monday, February 18, 2013

Audio Review: Monstrous Beauty

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Type: Audio Book Purchase

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

As soon as I finished Monstrous Beauty my first thought was holy hell this is one dark and twisted book! I will say that, except for Gone Girl, I have not read anything that has shocked me so much. Don't get me wrong I don't hate this book and I love that Elizabeth Fama can pull such a reaction from me, but I don't like many of the characters.

The story is told in two time periods. Present day and 170 years in the past. In the present, Hester meets a mysterious guy who she feels drawn to. Just as she meets this guy strange things start happening around town, some that can only be explained as haunting. Hester starts to uncover mysteries as to who she is and how her family line might be tied into these strange occurrences.

In the past Ezra falls in love with a creature named Syrenka. A lot of the darkness I blame on Syrenka, because if she had not fallen in love with Ezra none of the crazy things in this story would have happened. Syrenka's selfish actions caused a lot of pain. I didn't relate to her at any point and when she was in the story I wanted to skip it.

I love the cover, but I felt like it was a bit misleading. The cover says pretty and even a bit girly, but that's not what the book is about. I wish they would have used something darker or that represented both Hester and Syrenka.

There are a lot of mature subjects in Monstrous Beauty including rape and multiple murders. I think Monstrous Beauty is a good read, because Elizabeth Fama is an amazing story teller. If you like darker novels with a mysterious twist then this is the book for you!

Audio: Katherine Kellgren is one of my favorite narrators. Katherine is the narrator for both Ashes and Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick. Katherine has won a number of awards. She did a great job with the present story as well as the past. I think having a talented narrator really adds to the experience of listening to a book.


  1. I love Katherine too. She's always good.

    This sounds really good. Like maybe I've judged it by the cover and should reconsider.

  2. I love Katherine's narration, too! I loved her rendition of Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick. I've already read Monstrous Beauty, but I've heard this audiobook is pure win. Think I might have to give it a listen anyway. :)

  3. I'll have to keep an eye out for this narrator. I loved this book because it was so dark.

  4. Wow. Sounds like an amazing read. I like the sounds of it, and glad to hear your review. :) Thank you.

  5. When I first stared reading this book back when it came out I was expecting something completely different! But I am pleased to say that this book far exceeded my expectations and left me wondering pretty much to the end. Again, it was a bit dark but I definitely recommend it to a mature audience!