I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
on May 30, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.
Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.
But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.
I’m loving all the fandom and geek books coming out lately. I want to read them all! Eliza and Her Monsters quickly jumped to the top of my TBR after I started seeing it everywhere last month.
Eliza was an easy character to root for, but she also frustrated me. She’s obviously depressed and withdrawn. I understand that she had some underlying mental health problems, but looking at it from a mom’s perspective, she just made me frustrated! I liked Eliza. I wanted her to come out of her shell. It was nice seeing her make new friends and get outside of her room. I also hated the way she treated her family. She was definitely the teenager I hope to never have. Her family was involved and caring, but she had so much animosity towards them just because they liked different things. She came off as a bit of a brat. Sure, her parents had their faults. They could’ve tried to understand the comic/internet part of her life, but Eliza could’ve talked to them more too. Ugh! I just found their whole relationship slightly irritating.
I did really like Eliza and Her Monsters even with the frustration. Eliza’s budding romance was one of my favorite parts of the story. Wallace was a fascinating character. He had so many issues to work through. His history was so sad. It definitely made me feel for him. I wasn’t a huge fan of the way he reacted to finding out Eliza’s secret identity, but it was a pretty big secret. It was also easy to connect to the fact that most of Eliza’s friends are internet strangers. Most of mine are too!
I’m not a reader of comics or graphic novels but it was still easy to appreciate the comic aspects of the story. I loved that there were short snippets of Monstrous Sea and even drawings! The comic was so intriguing that I found myself wanting to know more about the world and those characters. I like this new trend of having a story within a story.
All in all, Eliza and Her Monsters was a good read. I didn’t like it quite as much as I expected to, but that was because of my own personal annoyances. It was a captivating read and I’ll definitely pick up more books by this author.