I love a good biographical novel. History has so many stories in and of itself, and yet it leaves room for the imagination to conjure its own legends. Mary Shelley, author of FRANKENSTEIN, is a woman that intrigues so many readers, and who clearly inspired Stephanie Hemphill, author of HIDEOUS LOVE.
Told in verse, HIDEOUS LOVE begins with an origin story of sorts, with Mary narrating portraits of her family — her half sisters, her obnoxious Stepmother, her hard-to-impress father. And then she meets Percy Shelley, the poet, and Mary falls so head over heels in love that there’s no looking back. Even if it means disgracing her family and being outcast by the ones she loves.~ read more ~