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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

Hijo VictorEn pos de volverse imprescindible Elizabeth se convirtió en una maestra dela manipulación y el engaño capaz de hacer cualuier cosa por sobrevivir y mantener su vida acomodada Cualuier cosaEspecialmente cubrir las excentricidades y perversiones de su Vi you know what s really fun and in style right now retellings of old famous tales but focusing the spotlight on the lives of the women in them and carving spaces for their storiesI m so excited to read this book

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Antes de conocer a los Frankenstein Elizabeth Lavenza moría de hambre sufría los maltratos de su cuidadora y estaba a un paso de ser expulsada a la calle LosFrankenstein le dieron un hogar pero a cambio de un precio muy alto ser la amiga más íntima de su extraño Sometimes we were strangers even to ourselves For the first two thirds I thought this book was pretty good Frankenstein is one of my favourite books and I like it when authors give a voice and different perspective to a side character But it is in the final third when this book goes from pretty good to excellentThe Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is essentially a retelling of Frankenstein from the perspective of Elizabeth an orphan taken in by the Frankenstein family and later the fianc e of Victor I think this book will work much better for those familiar with the original as it gives a lot of nods to the story It s hard to appreciate some of the clever twists the author takes without knowing what it s based onIn this book Elizabeth becomes an ever complex character She s smart and manipulative And if she lingers in Victor s shadow then that s because she knows that s where she needs to be to get what she wantsThrough her eyes the tortured genius of Victor becomes a sometimes frightening thing and yet nothing is as terrifying as being a woman in 18th Century Europe The stifling constraints placed on women and their ambitions are palpable as the story unfolds It was so easy for a woman to be dismissed as whiny or silly or worse madWhen Victor goes missing in Ingolstadt and writes no letters Elizabeth begins to track him down Her investigation leads her down dark paths to charnel houses and secret laboratories What has Victor been up to Knowing the truth didn t take anything away from reading In fact it made those mysterious dark shadows all the creepier This story largely fills in gaps in the original tale while shedding a completely new light on it It s smart how Kiersten White has managed to keep a lot the same while also creating a bigger and very different looking pictureThe original Frankenstein calls into uestion what it really means to be a monster and indeed who the real monsters are I think White might have answered that uestionBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube

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CtorPara todos es un ángel La luz de la vida de VictorSOLO ELLA CONOCE LA VERDADSOBRE SÍ MISMA EN SU INTERIOR ALBERGA OSCURIDAD Y NADIE JAMÁS PODRÁ DETENERLA DESCUBRE ESTA NUEVAVERSIÓN DEL CLÁSICOINMORTAL DE LA MANO DEKIERSTEN WHITE AUTORA DEHIJA DE LAS TINIEBL ARC provided by Random House in exchange for an honest review Some nights when even my child s heart knew that what I had been asked to endure was too much I would stand on the edge of the lake lift my face to the stars and scream Nothing ever called back Even among the creeping things of the lake s night I was alone Until Victor Kiersten White wrote this book to honor the fact that 2018 is the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley It has been ten years since I picked up Frankenstein and even though I didn t completely love this with my whole heart Emily May s review not only made me want to pick it up again this fall but it also made me realize that I probably missed a ton of beautiful homages within these pagesSo my review is coming to you from someone that s no longer familiar with the source material My rating is pretty much strictly based off the story that Kiersten White crafted And even though I loved how beautifully feminist this was and I was completely enthralled with the writing tone and setting I just didn t love the actual story The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein stars young Elizabeth who finally feels safe living in the Frankenstein home And she will do anything to ensure he place in the family so she can continue to have that safety And she does this by getting close to the oldest son of the manor Victor Frankenstein himself Victor is prone to outbursts of anger and Elizabeth is the only one that can keep him calm But Victor has been away for a while and Elizabeth is scared to lose her place in the family Therefore her and the governess who is also her good friend go on a hunt to find Victor and bring him back home I have waded through hell to deliver you heaven And that governess Justine Moritz is honestly the star of this book I love her with the sum of my being Kiersten White did such a wonderful job really fleshing out her character and making me feel even for her I truly think Mary Shelley would be so damn proud My other favorite is the bookseller that is cutely and conveniently named Mary These two girls were easily my favorite and probably the reason this book is getting three stars instead of two And if I were Elizabeth I would have been doing everything in my power to date either or both of them I do not fear to die I do not want to live in a world where devils can take such perfect beautiful innocence without punishment But them going to retrieve Victor is truly only the first part of this story There are two others that hold within them the events that take place when they return back home Also this story is told with constant flashbacks to events from the past so you are kind of able to see why everyone acts the way they do Sadly I just feel like the biggest problem with this novel was the predictability Again it has been a hot second since I ve read Frankenstein but I don t even remember everything being as obvious as it was in this And again I know this is an homage to the book but I feel like the book still has to sort of hold up on its own for today s audience regardless of their familiarity to the original source material I dreaded another flash of lightning for what it might reveal of the person in the trees watching me He stood at least seven feet tall a hulking and unnatural creature Fear drained my fury And that truly is the biggest problem with the book for me I really enjoyed the rest and I feel like the setting of this book was completely mastered And the writing It s wonderful This is a relatively short book but I was able to pull over twenty uotes that I could have used for that review That s seriously impressive Kiersten White s beautiful prose really shines through and I think she really is a master crafter of words And as I touched upon before the feminism in this book is so very beautiful and so very unapologetic In general I think the inclusion of just creating Elizabeth and making her the star of this tale was genius But I mean women still aren t truly considered eual to men in 2018 but in the 1800s Lord help me Elizabeth goes from one abusive home to another but they are just very different kinds of abuse This story constantly shows how women are only truly safe with protection from a man Yet even then a woman can be institutionalized and put away in an asylum if they do anything to cross the man that is supposed to protect them I feel like this story really shines a spotlight on toxic love and how it can be the most destructive thing on Earth The cycles of abuse that Victor shows is something that I wish I could highlight for all young kids to see Sometimes it s very hard for the person being abused to see acknowledge and realize that they are being abused This story really showcases that and gaslighting and how hard it is to break the cycle and those abusive relationships in the 1800s and in the 2000s You are mine Elizabeth Lavenza and nothing will take you from me Not even death Trigger and content warnings for child abuse and abuse in general medical experimentation murder death heavy dictions of surgical practices especially different cutting and sewing procedures animal abuse animal cruelty animal death and talk of suicideOverall I was a little let down by this because I truly did expect to love this Yet I think there is something here for every human to appreciate reading this retelling Also I think big fans of Frankenstein will probably really appreciate this rendition even Lastly I just want to remind you all how much of a badass Mary Shelley the ueen of horror and science fiction really was What a damn blessing to literature 200 years later and for all the rest of time Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch The uotes above were taken from 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About the Author: Kiersten White

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of many books for teens and young readers including And I Darken Now I Rise Bright We Burn The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein and Slayer She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego where she perpetually lurks in the shadows Visit Kiersten online at KierstenWhitecom and follow KierstenWhite on Twitter



10 thoughts on “The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

  1. says:

    Sometimes we were strangers even to ourselves For the first two thirds I thought this book was pretty good Frankenstein i

  2. says:

    Well that was dark and delicious

  3. says:

    You are mine Elizabeth Lavenza and nothing will take you from me Not even death I do not think I expected one of the best books I read this year to be a retelling of Frankenstein where it’s not just about the nature of monstrousness but about the power of women working together and escaping an abusive relationship with intoxicating writing and a morally grey lady as the protagonist And yet here we are I don’t think

  4. says:

    you know what’s really fun and in style right now retellings of old famous tales but focusing the spotlight on the lives of the women in them and carving spaces for their storiesI’m so excited to read this book

  5. says:

    “Elizabeth” he said his tone firm and chiding He lifted my chin and fixed my eyes with his “You are mine You have been since the first day we met You will be mine forever My absence should not have caused you to doubt the firmness and steadfastness of my attachment to you It will never fade” This turned out to be a pretty t

  6. says:

    I'm so disappointed oh myI really enjoyed the first 150 pages or so even though most people who disliked this seem to think it was the boring part of the book lol but it just went downhill after thisEverything happened so fast and was unnecessarily rushed Why not write a longer book It only had around 280 pages anyway I

  7. says:

    i'm so sad that this didn't do much for me mind you there were a few moments that were written in such an intensely captivating way that i couldn't stop myself from reading on it's just that a lot of times i felt like the story was being dragged out and that's where i feel conflicted i still loved the writing s

  8. says:

    Closer to 45 stars due to pacing issues but I enjoyed the book enough to round it up to 5 stars This is a creepy gothic story that reframes the narrative from a woman’s perspective and a toxic relationship that she must navigate What’s fascinating here is the dynamic of a female character who purposely pigeonholes herself to

  9. says:

    ARC provided by Random House in exchange for an honest review “Some nights when even my child’s heart knew that what I had been asked to endure was too much I would stand on the edge of the lake lift my face to the stars and scream Nothing ever called back Even among the creeping things of the lake’s night I was alone Until Victor”

  10. says:

    ”While I saw the destruction of the tree as nature’s beauty Victor saw power – power to light up the night and banish darkness power to end a centuries old life in a single strike – that he cannot control or access And nothing bothers Victor than something he cannot control”This book was recommended to me by Mar

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