Eliza and Her Monsters
Young Adult Fiction
May 30, 2017
Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble. Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds meets Nimona in this novel about art, fandom, and finding the courage to be yourself. Features illustrations by the author throughout. Perfect for readers of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, this is the second novel by the acclaimed author of Made You Up. In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, smart, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea. With millions of followers and fans throughout the world, Eliza’s persona is popular. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community. Then Wallace Warland transfers to her school, and Eliza 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. With pages from Eliza’s webcomic, as well as screenshots from Eliza’s online forums, this uniquely formatted book will appeal to fans of Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.
Yay! a book review after a long time. Today, I am going to talk about my latest read, Eliza and Her Monsters, by Francesca Zappia, and why I loved it so much!
Eliza and Her Monsters is a story of a high school senior, Eliza Mirk, who hates school, who is treated as a nobody and all she want to do is draw. Secretly, Eliza is a creator of the famous web comic, Monstrous Sea and has a huge fandom dedicated to her. Her drawings are exceptional and everyone wants to know who the LadyConstellation really is! Eliza does not think she can survive the fact the world knows about who the creator of Monstrous Sea is and prefers being a nobody. And when the new kid at school, Wallace, turns out to be an admirer of LadyConstellation, and one of the most famous fan-fiction writer of Monstrous Sea, and also wants to become Eliza’s friend without knowing her true identity, Eliza’s life takes a turn for good, and Wallace helps her to be drawn out of her shell.
Eliza and Her Monsters is a story of a typical introvert, Eliza, who no one seems to understand. Her parents think she needs help because she constantly locks herself up in her room, online talking to her “friends”, or with her head in her phone, not having too many friends, not behaving as other kids do. She cannot relate to her outgoing, sporty younger brothers, she doesn’t feel like mixing with the rest of the world. For her, her world is online with her fandom, with online friends to talk to and forums to discuss her web comic on. Eliza is very relate-able to any one who ever had to struggle with introvert nature being misinterpreted as a problem.
I loved the book, Eliza and Her Monsters but I had a little problem with her panic attacks. I mean I get that introverts may go under extreme stress in social situation but I have never experienced it to this level, being a introvert myself. But I totally understood the whole “online universe” which helped Eliza with her own identity though an anonymous one. Also I loved how her best friends where both her online friends and still she was very much in touch with them. I myself have made so many friends here online that i can understand that you don’t need to meet people in person really to call them friends!
I would recommend Eliza and Her Monsters to all the YA lovers out there and also to those who want to get a feel of how an introvert’s world might look like especially if you don’t understand introverts!
Have you read this one? What are you all reading? Do let me know!
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.
For those who might have been following my blog would be knowing that I had taken a break from blogging two months back. I had a lot of things going on and I just couldn’t find the time to sit and write anything! But now I think, I finally have the time to get back to blogging, or at least I hope so.
What was happening? Like I said, a lot!
I was in Pune doing my internship with Dell EMC till June end.
I shifted back home to Mumbai at the start of July and then was just trying to reorganize everything (my studies, final submissions, my room, and maybe, my life too)
Woot… it’s been 2 months since my last post! I have been neglecting Dramatic Soul a lot 🙁 Well, I had many many things to write about but by the time I sat down to right about it I felt like the moment had past long back and it was too late to write about it!
So, about this post: I went to this place called Petsitters situated about 5-10 km away from my office in Pune, with my family on last Saturday. It’s basically a place which provides lodging for dogs, has a few rescued dogs, provide activities for dogs and their owners, and also have puppies up for adoptions at times.I had found about them a few years back through a few school friends and I have been wanting to visit there ever since then. Last month, after my sister’s college exams got over, she contacted the owner of Petsitters and asked if we could come over and see the place and interact with the dogs there. The owner was more than happy to have us over as volunteers, and allowing us to play with and interact with some of her dogs and those of her clients’. So we planned a trip on last weekend.
My parents don’t allow us sisters to keep any pets of any kinds and sizes in the house. My father has the opinion that we won’t be able to bear the loss of the pet and this he says from his own experience of having a pet dog and my mother simply refuses because she will have to take care of the pet completely since she is always at home and my sister and I would leave all responsibility on her when we go out for work or college. But they allow us to make as many stray animal friends as we want and were more than happy to let us volunteer at a place like Petsitters.
When we first arrived there, Shalaka, the owner, asked if we were scared of anything like dogs biting, jumping on you, licking you, etc. which we totally weren’t, except my mom and she decided not to enter the play area and just watch from outside. After saying so, Shalaka let out a gang of 6-7 dogs, most of them from the rescued lot and only a couple of client dogs. When she let them out they all rushed to greet us by jumping on us, 2-3 of them at a time, running around in a frenzied manner. I tired to greet them sitting down on on knee and calling them to me, which was sort of a mistake cause they just dashed into me, with me losing my balance as the dogs tried to lick my face all at once. One of the dogs, Poppy, was the most excited golden retriever I have met in my life. She just wouldn’t stay put! If you sat some where on the blocks around the fence she would run from under your knees with extreme enthusiasm.
Our dad had also entered the play area with us, and my default, my dad usually have all dogs fawning over him even if he did absolutely nothing and there guys were no exception when they fell for his canine magic and gather all around him just to get a pat on their heads!
After playing with the dogs for over an hour or so, we were given the task of grooming a few of the client dogs. They had about 20-25 dogs currently there for lodging and we got to brush about 5 of them… the friendlier ones and those who weren’t afraid of new people.
Our first canine to be groomed was a male golden retriever called Pegasus. Before we entered his kennel he was sit calmly without any great interest of what happened outside his kennel, but once we entered, he was so overjoyed that he came again and again to meet me and my sister by climbing and jumping on us. He had the softest coat ever and was so super friendly and obedient as we tried to brush him down. If I could ever adopt a dog, I would surely get some one like Pegasus.
After Pegasus, we got to groom a few more dogs, a brown Labrador called Yuko, and a few other dogs whose breeds and names I forgot. There were all kinds of dogs in the hostels like Rottweilers, German Shepherds, even Shih Tzus! We would have loved to play with them all but may be next time 😀
Me with the canines!
Pegasus is supposed to be groomed but is being petted instead
Poppya again playing with my sister
This one loved being groomed!
Since there was some time before an activity arranged for the dogs began, we were allowed to spend some time in the kennel of any one dog of our choice from the ones we met. We immediately chose Pegasus who was again jumping with the same excitement after we entered his cage! 😀
We were called after some time for the swimming activity for which some client dogs were also brought in by their owners for an explicit swimming lesson. Bonnie, a lodging dog and Pegasus’s kennel mate was brought out for a swim because she needed it to built her hind leg muscles as she suffered from hip dysplasia. Man, she loved swimming! This dog did not want to move out of the water once she jumped in and swam really beautifully. She also loved to come out of the pool from time to time and spray water on her audience. There were a few Beagles who were brought in for a first time swim and it was fun to watch how the trainers put them in the water with a lease tied to train them to swim. We got to meet and talk to the owners too and all were so extremely proud and happy of their dear canines!
Between all this, Shalaka asked us if we would like to meet some bigger dogs and we readily agreed. That day it was an open day for the dogs were dogs came over with their owners to socialize. Since the inside area near the pool had some really small dogs, a bull mastiff was playing on the outside ground areas with his owner, alone. So we went out to meet him. That dog was huge. He first sniffed us cautiously and after believing that we were not a threat to him he allowed us to pat him, but after few pats he wants to show his appreciation back by climbing on us like the other dogs had. But in Mickey the Bull Mastiff’s case, he weighed about 65 kg and was really heavy to try to do this on us so this owner had to pull him back! 😀 The owner also told us that Mickey was a shy type of a dog who didn’t allow strangers to easily touch him, but he must have realized that we really love dogs and meant him no harm to allow us to pet him! (this was so awesome to get the doggie approval)!
We went back to the pool area where Bonnie was still swimming to her heart’s content. Finally she was pulled out and Shalaka asked us to dry her off since it would be a great cardio exercise for us too! 😀 I have never ever drier a dog and it is really a fun experience to ask a dog to sit down while you rub his body with a huge towel. Bonnie was a sweetie and did not trouble us at all as we rubbed her dry.
We played with the other dogs for some more time and then finally took our leave promising to return and help again, anytime we can!
This was one unforgettable experience for us, that’s for sure!
It often is the situation that you have a friend, whom you consider very close to you, whom you trust completely, but with whom you are not committed. If the world asks you about your relationship with this person, you may not be able to put it in words, because that person is more than a friend but not really at the girlfriend or boyfriend stage.
I have seen this situation so many times. Two people talk to each other, spend most of the awaking time with each other, they even know that there is something more than just friendship between them, yet neither of them are ready to say the words and commit to their relationship.
So I’ll tell you a story of two people whom I would prefer not to name, and which falls in this category of Half girlfriend / Half boyfriend. They had been friends for ages and the world around them thought of them as a couple all the time. The guy was indifferent to the world’s teasing and jabs. The girl used to get frustrated over the people ruining the two of their relationship. She tried to fight with the world, trying to explain how they were friends and didn’t want others to misinterpret their relationship. Secretly even I believe that they knew they meant more to each other than they tried to portray. The girl was unsure of the whole commitment and knew she trusted the guy more than anyone else and trusted him to be there for her no matter what. The guy was ready to anything for the girl and even go against the world if he had to. Eventually the girl got over her insecurities and didn’t mind committing her relationship and I think that strengthened their bond too. So may be if taken in the right direction relationships that are more than friendship but less than a committed relationship can still work and bloom out in a great committed relationship. On the other hand it can also end peacefully without any burdens of broken promises and stuff because the relationship just did not work out.
Yes, if taken a lot of time to get over your inhibitions this can scar your friendships too if one of the two want some thing more out of the relationship. This is actually a complicated situation which is growing in more and more individuals’ lives, in my opinion.