September 05, 2018

#BookReview: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by @kierstenwhite

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Historical (Retelling)
About the Book:

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

This title will be released on September 25, 2018.



About the Author: 
KIERSTEN WHITE is the New York Times bestselling author of the And I Darken series, comprised of And I Darken, Now I Rise, and Bright We Burn; the Paranormalcy series; Slayer, and many more novels. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, which, in spite of its perfection, spurs her to dream of faraway places and even further-away times. 

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Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Short and so so good! 
Do I Recommend this book? Yes

Notes and Opinions: I could have seen this one as a series but am glad that its a stand alone.  This one started out really good I really love White's writing and these short novels are some of the best that I have ever read.  They are like a 400+ page book but so much shorter.  I have never read the story of Frankenstein so I have no idea how much of a retelling this is.  But for me, this was a perfect story with only one issue.  Which the last part of the story seems a little slower than the rest.  But even with that, it was a very enjoyable read that I could see people reading this October. 

This one was told not by a main character but a side character which gave me a different view of the story as well as a new voice. I have to say that I really loved Elizabeth in this one she was such a strong character and did what she had to do to survive in this world she lived in.  Which in this was making her a staple in the life of Victor.  She never let up in this story and I would really love a follow up to this story to see what she is up to down the road after the events and that incredible ending. 

This was a well paced (for the most part) fighting tale about what it means to be a monster. And well who you think is the monster may not be.  It threw in some twists and shocks and I just couldn't put it down.   

I can not wait to see what White comes up with next!! I would really love her to tackle some more retellings as she has a beautifully creative mind to do these in such a way that they stick with you long after you are done. 



Go Into This One Knowing: Twists, Retelling, Amazing Ending 
 









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