Verdict: Impeccably written. Seriously. Attention to details, specifics, setting, characters. All very wonderfully developed and awesome. The words are vivid and jump off the page at you. I usually find alternating stories a little hard to follow because I usually favor one plot line over the other. This was not the case with Monstrous Beauty. I was enamored by Syrenka and Ezra just as much as I was by Hester and Peter.
There was one drawback for me, though. And that was the pacing. I know, I know, you can't have vivid imagery made of perfection and move swiftly through the plot. You can't. I get it. But I'm one who prefers a swifter plot over masses of details. I don't care what color someone's eyes are because I don't care what color your eyes are. It's not something I pay attention to in life, and so it's not something I care to know about my characters... or the wallpaper.
But, if you're a person who loves to read fantasy, you're going to love Monstrous Beauty. It's not a mermaid book. It's a horror book. And I would heartily recommend it to anyone who can appreciate a good piece of literature. You know, the award-winning kind? 'Cause this should totally win literary awards, yo.
(also, I love that the book is bound with a white cover. it's a stark contrast to the dark inside the pages. i love it when publishers go metaphorical like that, on purpose or not.)
(oh, and also, if you didn't catch the Fierce Reads recap post? check out some of the awesome i say. awesome.)