I haven’t finished The Way of Shadows or The Forest of Hands and Teeth yet, but I’ve decided that I want to participate in the book discussion bookoutlet is hosting for Monstrous Beauty on June 4th. I need to read the book before the book talk, so I can join the conversation. I’ll come back to the other two books once the book talk is over.

Monstrous Beauty – Elizabeth Fama
Genre – Young Adult/Fantasy

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.

Pivot Point – Kasie West
Genre – Young Adult/Fantasy

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

*Descriptions taken from Goodreads.

I’ve actually never read a mermaid book before, so I’m excited to read Monstrous Beauty. It seems like a darker take on mermaids, and I’m interested to see how the author handles it. I’ve heard great things about Pivot Point, and I want to find out what everyone is talking about. Hopefully, these two books are quick reads, so I finish in time for the book talk and can get back to the other two books.

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