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Monstrous Beauty - Elizabeth Fama This is one of my favorite novels I've read in a long time. It's a twist on the Little Mermaid story set in Plymouth, Massachusetts that bounces back and forth between an old school gothic fairy tale set in the late nineteenth century and a modern YA ghost story. The part of the novel that takes place in the past is a lot more compelling, as Syrenka the mermaid is crazy-weird and the story feels timeless and creepy. The modern protagonist, Hester, is lovely, but I found myself trying to rush through her chapters to get back to Syrenka and her love, Ezra.I think part of my problem with Hester's story was that there was too much dramatic irony--I knew what was going on with her from very early on and got tired of waiting for her to unravel the mystery that had already been spelled out in Syrenka's story. That, and the creatures and characters what/who felt creepy and inescapable in the 1800's feel a bit more like a video game task to be defeated when they are transferred into modern times.I really did adore this book; I just wish the cold inevitability and hopelessness had carried throughout. I was hoping for something a little bit more along the lines of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, I think.So Little Sleeping