Wednesday, October 10, 2018

REVIEW: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White - 4 stars

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 9:00 AM
Title: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication: September 25th 2018
Cover Rating: 4/5

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White is a very interesting retelling of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. In this retelling, Victor Frankenstein is portrayed as this mentally ill genius who would do absolutely anything to figure out a way to cheat death. But he didn't just want to cheat death for the sake of science, he wanted to cheat death because he can't imagine his life without his love, his Elizabeth.

Elizabeth lost her father at a young age. That made her an orphan. The woman who was raising her told a wild story about Elizabeth being royalty/she had come from a wealthy family. Elizabeth didn't believe the story, she just thought the woman spun the tail to get her out of her hair. Then, the Frankenstein family bought her as a playmate for their young, strange son, Victor.

We enter the book when Elizabeth has left the Frankenstein estate in order to search for Victor. Victor was away for school after his mother's death and Elizabeth hadn't heard from him for a long time. She sent their friend Henry after him but Henry decided to venture off and do his own thing as well so it was up to Elizabeth to find Victor and bring him home.

Victor was a very odd character. His brilliance was amazing but it would ultimately cause his downfall. Or maybe that was Elizabeth. It all depends on perspective. Either way, I think Victor would have met his downfall one day either by succumbing to his persistent fevers or by killing the wrong person. Regardless of how he dies, I still did not like him from the beginning and quite honestly I didn't like Elizabeth either but together, they wove the most macabre story that was pretty enjoyable.

In the end, everything got turned upside down, things got bloody and Elizabeth had to make some pretty tough decisions in order to survive. The story ended a lot differently than how the actual Frankenstein did

Overall, I gave the book 4/5 stars.


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