Eliza & Her Monsters: A Review



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.


I loved this book so much. As an introvert and an anxious person myself, I could relate to Eliza and understand her actions. I loved Francesca Zappia’s writing and she captured the emotions and mindset of Eliza very well. I am a part of various bookish fandoms and this book gave me a perspective on the pressure that a creator such as an author or artist may feel when their work becomes famous. Overall, I enjoyed reading this story immensely and am looking forward to reading more of Francesca Zappia’s work.


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  1. I felt the absolute same !!
    And she had the same anxiety-driven irritability that I had at the beginning; even though you know it’s not their fault and you cannot take your anger on them .. it just slips out of you..

    1. Exactly! We can’t help it! I am glad you could relate.

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