Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

“We create art for many reasons – wealth, fame, love, admiration – but I find the one thing that produces the best results is desire. When you want the thing you’re creating, the beauty of it will shine through, even if the details aren’t all in order. Desire is the fuel of creators, and when we have that, motivation will come in its wake.”

Eliza and Her Monsters is the second book I’ve read written by Francesca Zappia. Eliza live in two different world: the online and offline. In real life, is a weird, introvert, and friendless girl who likes to draw. Online, she is secretly known as LadyConstellation the webcomic artist and genius behind Monstrous Sea. She’s able to express herself through online because of her fans and online friends. Her parents cannot understand all of these and kept pushing her for the things she doesn’t like. Until Eliza met Wallace, a fan fiction writer of Monstrous Sea and swept her off her feet and showed her what the real world means.

The romance is well-paced and no insta-love. Eliza and Wallace became friends at first without knowing that she’s LadyConstallation. They’re cute, funny, and talks nerdy about Monstrous Sea. The perfect blend of romance and friendship.

A quick lighthearted read that’s perfect for the fans of virtual reality, fandom, comic arts, virtual-friend, and fan fictions. Plus this books includes some snippets of Eliza’s drawings from Monstrous Sea. I could relate to Eliza expect for the fact that she’s a webcomic artist. It’s like the book is solely written for me. I adored every characters. This book talks about mental health issues. It has a real depiction of what social anxiety and panic attacks are. It doesn’t seem cliche considering there are a lot of books published that talks about social anxiety and panic attacks. I could say, Eliza and Her Monsters is one of the best. Perfect for teenagers who suffers for the same mental health issues.

This book reminds me of Geekerella by Ashley Poston with a twist of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I highly recommend this! Listened to it on audiobook and Kindle platform. Giving it a 5 out of 5 stars

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