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janusvielle

The Blair Book Project

Hello! I'm Janus. I am a 3D Graphics Artist by profession, and a proud Book Addict - i mean Enthusiast, and Blogger. I'm very much into Young Adult and Fantasy genre but I open myself to reading other genres from time to time. I run a blog launched as The Blair Book Project on Blogger, where I post entries such as my book reviews and other book related articles. I obviously got the name of this blog for the movie "The Blair Witch Project," why the name you may ask? I have no idea! I just thought it had a good ring to it. Ha! Ha! I post reviews twice a week and I regularly participate in book memes and features that readers and blogger all over the globe share their book interests (i.e. In My Malibox, Top Ten Tuesdays, etc). I have 230 GFC Followers. My blog has over 37,000 pageviews history and have roughly 200 page views per day. I have written over 267 reviews since my span of blogging. I am also an avid Instagram user, with over 350 followers, where I post pictures mostly of books I'm currently reading, books I got for review, galleys, purchased from bookstores, etc. (Statistics as of March 2013). My book reviews are not exactly "reviews" in a sense because I simply just type down what I feel about the book. What I write is solely my opinion and should not be taken as a definite basis of how the book is to be judged entirely. We all have different likes and dislikes so please do understand that although I'm very optimistic about the books I read, there will be negative comments towards those that I don't find suiting for my taste. BLOG URL: http://theblairbookproject.blogspot.com/ GOODREADS ACCOUNT: http://goodreads.com/janusvielle AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/AFAGLA0UYBOMH?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_56 INSTAGRAM: @janusvielle

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Monstrous Beauty

Monstrous Beauty - If you’ve been on the YA bandwagon for quite a while, mermaid tales have become the new vampire hype… or something like that. Having thought so, you probably also think you’ve already seen everything. But lo and behold, Monstrous Beauty comes into picture! Monstrous Beauty alternates between past and present events in a small town in Massachusetts, shifting from multiple points-of-view (I think about four or so? Sorry, I lost count), but mostly on Syrenka and Helen’s. This book takes us back into 1872, where we meet Syrenka, an alluring mermaid, who falls in love with a human named Ezra. Welcoming the chance of happiness on land with this man, she makes a terrible decision that she has yet to find out the consequences. More than a hundred years later, we are introduced to Helen, a girl who first swore not to love at all and live the rest of her life alone, afraid that she too will end up the way the rest of the women in her family did before her; which is they die after giving birth. Is it a genetic defect? But science cannot seem to explain the cause of the deaths, so Helen turns to another theory, might it be a curse? As Helen investigates her family’s history, things just get more eerie by the minute…I think this book is more focused on the plot rather than the characters because although I didn’t hate them, they didn’t come out as likeable as I would have wanted from fictional people. They were okay to the point that you can just read through the book but it didn’t give me much to think about them other than what’s already stated. The only character I found to be fascinating was Syrenka, obviously the star of the book. And a little further in second comes the sea Queen; her features just terrified me so yeah she’s definitely memorable.I’m still puzzled by the part before Syrenka earned her human form though. How the heck did Olaf actually do it??? I mean she’s a mermaid and all… no legs… where??? I need a little more visualization here…wait a minute… actually, no. Never mind. Wow… awkward. Forget I said anything. *Whispers* Psst! But if you’ve read this book and you do know what I’m talking about, give me some details on how it occurred, okay? Teehee!I didn’t expect this book to be this good. I was wowed by how the author weaved together the events of the past to the present into such a riveting story with twists of romance and mystery. It is a bit darker, not to mention a bit more on the mature side of mermaid tales, but very good nonetheless. *Thank you, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and NetGalley for the copy of Monstrous Beauty.For more of my reviews, please visit my blog: The Blair Book Project @ www.theblairbookproject.blogspot.com