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What makes a monster? It’s such a simple question with such a complex answer. Especially when we are looking at Elizabeth and Victor and their lives and this story.
Elizabeth is a women who is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure her safety. She needs security in this world and as a penniless woman that means through a man and marriage. It’s a complicated and stifling situation.
Victor is a genius who is seriously twisted yet protected by his position and power as a man and a person of wealth. His insanity is masked by his intellect and so much is forgiven in his behavior simply for the benefit of his being male.
The entire structure of society works against finding the truth and really highlighted what made these flawed people. You understand what twisted them and inspired them and in the end it makes you wonder just how monstrous you are yourself for being able to understand how things got this far, even while knowing that seeing the flaws means you understand how they turned wrong.
I am a big fan of the Frankenstein novel. I was nervous and excited about this release from Kiersten White retelling the tale from a different perspective. However, from the very start....even the dedication...this book was wonderful. It was beautifully written. I loved hearing this tale from Elizabeth's point of view. I loved the small changes and the possible expanded details of the original story. I would recommend this to all fans of Frankenstein, even if you are only fairly familiar with the original story- this is one not to miss! Mary Shelley would be proud!
Introspective retelling! Thanks to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for the opportunity to read and review The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White! The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is a fresh and unique retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic story. I love the female protagonist, Elizabeth. Her background has been lonely and she’s always struggling to secure her place in the world, much like women of the time period the story takes place in. The mystery intrigued me and after Elizabeth’s background was set, the action and mystery picked up the story’s pace. Tragedy seems to strike all too often around the Frankenstein manor where Elizabeth was taken in as a young girl. Her favorite companion has always been Victor Frankenstein and he claims ownership and complete companionship of Elizabeth. The story becomes darker as it progresses, which makes it even more interesting to read. Historical fiction, horror, and a retelling earn 5 stars! Kudos to Kiersten White for her remarkable retelling! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
Well-deserved Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel. An entirely fresh and thoroughly creepy revisit to Victor Frankenstein and his creation from the perspective of a young woman whose life is tied to his. Kiersten White does a tremendous job of recreating the period and the language without ever stumbling. Not only does this first-person story feel authentic but it's honestly even more horrifying than the original while never straying from Mary Shelley's vision. Today's young adults must have stronger constitutions than I did at that age because The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is genuinely creepy.
This is the first book I have read from Kiersten White and she did not disappoint. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein opened a whole new perspective and world from the old story of Frankenstein. The characters and their development was unique, she allowed for each character to have layers. Throughout the whole book I couldn't decide who would be the true villain. The main character Elizabeth was created as a innocent beauty while also being manipulative and cunning. I loved everything about the book from the characters to the storyline and even the format of the book itself. I greatly recommend to anyone !
The perfect spooky book to start out the month of October and Halloween. Kiersten White is one of my favorite authors and the way she takes and turns Frankenstein actually makes me love it! Elizabeth is almost a caricature of a person due to her circumstances growing up needing to be there for someone else all the time, never knowing her own self. But I love her for it because she has to learn who she is. It’s the Frankenstein I always wanted.
I couldn't put it down and read the whole thing in 2 days. Its dark and creepy and absolutely incredible. Just don't read chapter 8 at night. This book is so well written with characters that are endearing as well as horrifying. This book is an incredible retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Kiersten White dives into Elizabeth Lavenza Frankenstein's brain and life and tells the story from her point of view, a strong passionate girl who is determined to keep her place in her new life at nearly any cost. This will be a book I reread every October. But not at night. Definitely recommend!
Not sure what I expected, but not this. Loved it. Twisty and dark and a really great re-imagining of Frankenstein. The author held back on details and gave you hints, but leaves you a little unsure and hoping you're wrong. I was really impressed that she gave the heroin a credible reason for being who she was. One of the best 'retelling' of a classic I've read.
I gasped and wept openly over the last three pages of this book.
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is, at its core, about Mary Shelley: a teenage girl who created a monster, and whose greatest accomplishments were claimed by the men around her. It is remarkably convincing as a retelling of the original Frankenstein, an honest reaccounting of Victor's actions and legacy. Elizabeth offers a fresh, crisp perspective as brilliant and single-minded as Victor's own, and a hundred times as tragic. I love this girl. I would follow her to the ends of the earth.
This is a story that is as driven as Elizabeth herself, that culminates in an ending so pure and clean that I feel hungry after reading it. Highly recommended.