Review | how it feels like to be an internet sensation, and be exposed | Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

“You found me in a constellation.”



this review is seriously long over due





Book Synopsis:


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.


Edition: Hardcover

Publishing Date: May 30, 2017

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

ISBN: 9780062290137

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Goodreads Rating: 4.29

My Rating: 4.80





“There are monsters in the sea”


I’m the human-turned-monster-by-this-book in the sea


This is like a 4.8 for me.

The diversity of this book was shown and written so well, the quotes made me nostalgic, the theme was something intriguing, the moral of the story was heartfelt, the writing style made me so hooked into everything. . .


. . . It’s just all great.



That’s why it was such a bummer that the thing that let me down: was that ending and how petty Wallace was at the end. First of all, Wallace’s character wasn’t even written out to be that petty. This was such a downgrade from the whole book. It was a let down. I love him and all but what happened?? AND THE WAY THEY MADE UP!! They weren’t minding each other for so long and then they make up so easily. . .? Well. It makes me sad just to think about it. . .I couldn’t even look over it enough to just rate this 5 stars.


I probably would have finished this book within 24 hours if it weren’t for that part that just annoyed me to bits that I couldn’t handle reading it for a couple of days.


I am also a sucker for good endings, but sadly, I did not like this ending. It was not nostalgic enough for me (not including the comics at the end because that just made my heart swell). I needed something more pizzazz. I was literally screaming love for this book by like 50% but I died at around 70%.


I needed something to make me really miss the book. There was just really something missing.


Maybe it’s just me, personally, with the last 25% who had problems with it but I’m sorry but I just can’t seem to look past it for a 5 stars.


Nonetheless, Wallace and Eliza were a good pair in the first half of this book and I was so engaged in it and I really do see what all the hype is about. I cannot get enough of The Monstrous Sea and I would totally read a graphic novel about Amity and her world.



MAX AND EMMY and everything about them.

There is just something about their trio-relationship that just touches me. Max kept me laughing throughout the book and Emmy is just such a typical best friend. The great thing about it is that they live countries, cities and ages apart but they still seem to be able to find time for each other. Their age doesn’t matter to them even though they give Emmy a hard time about it. This shows such a great portrayal of friendship. They are just so wonderful and I really think it was one of the strong points of the book, plot-wise.


I would definitely more of Francesca Zappia’s books in the future though. I really needed this book at this time. This was a great novel, to YA Contemporary readers, pick this up if you want something heartfelt with layers and layers and layers of writing and story telling.


“Our stories have lives of their own—and it’s up to us to make them mean something.”





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