Hey everyone! Today I will be reviewing Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia.
Hardcover page count: 400
My rating: 4/5
Eliza and Her Monsters is a book about a senior in high school who is secretly the creator of the insanely popular webcomic Monsterous Sea. And while she is super popular online, in real life she is shy, friendless, and shunned. But, when a new boy arrives at her school who is not online a fan of her comic by also one of the most popular fanfiction writers, her life will soon change drastically. Especially when her identity is accidentially reveled the the world.
I actually really enjoyed this book. For one thing, the author formats it in a great way by combining original drawings, texts, internet profiles and the actual story to create an immersive and realistic-feeling book.
Another part of this book that was great was the main character's web comic Monsterous Sea. It sounded so interessting and I think that it is cool that the author created not one but two stories in one, and that they were both so amazing. I feel like I would definitly read Monsterous Sea if it existed in real life. And the whole fandom within the book thing is so cool.
Now on to the actual story. I really enjoyed the characters in this books. For example, Eliza isn't you typical shy nerdy girl. She is strong and out going and not at all the type of super shy and emotional girl that freaks out to easily. But I'm not saying that she is lacking emotion. Eliza still has her freakouts, but not in a way that drowns out the character. I really enjoyed this about both her and the new boy Wallace. They both had things about them that could have been over done, but weren't.
The story line itself was very interessting and addicating with the other types of media supplements in them. I kept having the urge to read more and more. The main storyline though was something that you see often. A quirky girl meets a new boy and fall in love until something about her is revealed and 'everything that she has built will soon fall apart'. When we read this types of books, we always know that they will end up together. But, while this book is following this very obvious plot line and some parts are still super predictable, you still feel the urge to read more. Mrs. Zappia's writing style still pulls you in and make you was to read more and more. You will always feel the need to find out what is next and you will feel connected with these characters.
Overall, I recomend this book for people looking for a quick and fun read that, while is super predictable, is also very well-written and fun. Also, people looking for a fandom-type of book will enjoy this book alot.
I hope that you guys enjoyed this review! This book was very fun to read and I actually found myself liking it more then I thought I would. If there is any book that you would like me to review, please tell me in the comments.
Until next time,
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