THE DARK DESCENT OF ELIZABETH FRANKENSTEIN
Genre: #YA #Retellings #Historical #Horror
My rating: 5
Publication: September 25th 2018
Read: October 10th 2018
POV: First-person single perspective
Harcover: 304 pages
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.
Warning: This book is very dark and is not for the faint of heart. If you have trouble reading content with graphic animal deaths, the death of children, or graphic murder this is not the book for you
All that being said I absolutely loved and adored this book. It is so beautifully dark and haunting.
I have never read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley but after this book I can barely contain my eagerness to read it. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is a very dark YA retelling of the original Frankenstein tale that is so beloved by many. Elizabeth is the forefront of this novel as she desperately tries to save Victor from himself for her own devices. I adored Elizabeth and Victor but we will get into that a little bit later. Kiersten White is an extremely talented writer. This book was beautifully written and each page sucked me deeper into the story. The plot was so interesting. Since I never previously read Frankenstein I had no idea what to expect. I loved every twist and turn it took no matter how dark it got. The darker it got the better.
Elizabeth is extremely manipulative but I loved it. Seeing how her past shaped who she became was fascinating. She always knew how to handle a situation. Her willingness to do anything to protect those she loved was her strongest driving force. I really loved Victor. I know I shouldn’t considering everything that he did but I can’t help it. There was just something about him that was so fascinating and his twisted sense of love was his driving force. I wish we got to see more of him in the present time of the novel, besides flashbacks of him when he was younger he entered into the book rather late.
Victor Frankenstein and his monster were not the focus of this novel. This story was about Elizabeth Lavenza and the life she led protecting and taming Victor until she could not anymore. I know that I will read this book again come next Halloween. The story is amazing and the characters have such depth to them. If the dark content does not bother you than I recommend it 100%.
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