I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Published by Penguin Random House, Delacorte Press on September 25, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Retellings, YA
Format: ARC, eARC
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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.
The Good, The Bad, and The GIF
The Good: The storyline. The characters. The creepiness. The heart pounding terror I had for the end of the book. Basically everything.
The Bad: Nothing?
Judging a Book by its CoverThis cover is perfection. Every time I see it I feel like I can feel the texture of it just by looking at it. The font is perfect, and it matches the needlework so well. The color is nice and light pink and deceiving, just like Slytherin supreme Elizabeth. 10/10 stars.
Read AlikesFor more retellings of gothic stories, read My Plain Jane by the Lady Janies For more creepy books to read around Halloween, read Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand For more “unlikable” female characters, read The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Sorting HatAs always, I’m using the system created by Sorting Hat Chats for this! For more information on what I’m talking about, click here. Today’s character is… Elizabeth: Elizabeth is a great Slytherin Primary and Slytherin Secondary. But the fun part is that we only see that as the reader because we know her inner thoughts and motivations. If you asked anyone from her life, they would tell you Elizabeth is a Gryffindor Primary, Ravenclaw Secondary, because that’s what she performs. It’s great, and wonderful, and I love it.
Spoilers SweetieView Spoiler »That ending! I can’t believe Victor almost killed her, but then she won. *happy dance time* Also, can we talk about the fact that almost everyone in the insane asylum was just trying to escape from a bad situation?! Because I don’t know how to move on from that… « Hide Spoiler
Let’s DiscussWhat minor character would you like to see get their own book? Personally, I’d like to see a lot more minor historical characters get their own story! But number one on my list is Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby! Someone write her story, pronto!
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