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Elizabeth Fama is the author of Overboard, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, which appeared on five state lists. She lives with her family in Chicago, Illinois.

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"History buffs, fantasy lovers, and mystery fans will all find something to please them in this engrossing story..."--"School Library Journal" "horror and humanity are adroitly handled..."--"Publishers Weekly" ."..this stylish fantasy mesmerizes."--"Kirkus"


"Fama ("Overboard, "2002) delivers a beautifully written, romantic ghost story with an artful construction that incorporates a murder mystery and detailed historical fiction."--"BCCB"

"History buffs, fantasy lovers, and mystery fans will all find something to please them in this engrossing story..."--"School Library Journal" "horror and humanity are adroitly handled..."--"Publishers Weekly" ."..this stylish fantasy mesmerizes."--"Kirkus"


"Fama does not shy away from the big issues: love, death, longing, lust, fear, and revenge all play out through her complex and multidimensional characters."--"Booklist"

"Monstrous Beauty packs a serious, sexy wallop."--"Bookpage"

"Fama ("Overboard, "2002) delivers a beautifully written, romantic ghost story with an artful construction that incorporates a murder mystery and detailed historical fiction."--"BCCB"

"History buffs, fantasy lovers, and mystery fans will all find something to please them in this engrossing story..."--"School Library Journal" "horror and humanity are adroitly handled..."--"Publishers Weekly" ..".this stylish fantasy mesmerizes."--"Kirkus"


Fama does not shy away from the big issues: love, death, longing, lust, fear, and revenge all play out through her complex and multidimensional characters. "Booklist"

Monstrous Beauty packs a serious, sexy wallop. "Bookpage"

Fama ("Overboard, "2002) delivers a beautifully written, romantic ghost story with an artful construction that incorporates a murder mystery and detailed historical fiction. "BCCB"

History buffs, fantasy lovers, and mystery fans will all find something to please them in this engrossing story "School Library Journal"

horror and humanity are adroitly handled "Publishers Weekly"

...this stylish fantasy mesmerizes. "Kirkus""


Fama does not shy away from the big issues: love, death, longing, lust, fear, and revenge all play out through her complex and multidimensional characters. Booklist

Monstrous Beauty packs a serious, sexy wallop. Bookpage

Fama (Overboard, 2002) delivers a beautifully written, romantic ghost story with an artful construction that incorporates a murder mystery and detailed historical fiction. BCCB

History buffs, fantasy lovers, and mystery fans will all find something to please them in this engrossing story School Library Journal

horror and humanity are adroitly handled Publishers Weekly

...this stylish fantasy mesmerizes. Kirkus

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"Fama does not shy away from the big issues: love, death, longing, lust, fear, and revenge all play out through her complex and multidimensional characters." --Booklist

"Monstrous Beauty packs a serious, sexy wallop." --Bookpage

"Fama (Overboard, 2002) delivers a beautifully written, romantic ghost story with an artful construction that incorporates a murder mystery and detailed historical fiction." --BCCB

"History buffs, fantasy lovers, and mystery fans will all find something to please them in this engrossing story..." --School Library Journal

"horror and humanity are adroitly handled..." --Publishers Weekly

..".this stylish fantasy mesmerizes." --Kirkus

Gr 9 Up-Hester, 17, has a future filled with dreams, but none contain love, marriage, or babies. She "can only ever be alone" because there's a curse tied to her family's ancestry. The origin is cloudy, but the reality is crystal clear: women in her family die within days of giving birth. In 1872, Syrenka, an immortal mermaid, is caught in a fisherman's net. He rapes her; she murders him and eats his lungs, which provides her with mortality, legs, and marriage to Ezra. When a busybody widower discovers Syrenka's secret, the chaos that ensues results in multiple murders. In desperation, Syrenka magically pins Ezra's soul to the Earth, ultimately creating a downward spiraling cycle of sacrifice: when a soul is selfishly detained, one too many remain on Earth. Hester discovers her connection to Syrenka, and that she alone has the ability to free the spirits she has grown to love, thus ending the curse. These two stories are told in alternating chapters. Katherine Kellgren provides solid narration, including the lovely Irish lilt of Pastor McKee and the gravelly sneers of the sea hag. Fama weaves a haunting love story (Farrar, Straus, 2012) with threads resembling the tales of the Brothers Grimm. A great listen for teens that enjoy the dark and tragic side of love.-Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OH (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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