2018 | Books read (2018) | Fantasy (YA) | Historical Fiction (YA) | Horror (YA) | Retelling (YA) | Young Adult fiction

Review: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

24. November 2018

GENRE & SYNOPSIS

YOUNG ADULT/HISTORICAL FICTION/RETELLINGS/FANTASY/HORROR

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.

Credit: Goodreads.com

RATING & REVIEW

★★★★☆/5

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, the longest title of the year I think? This is such a beautiful book outside – I love it when publishers choose to use other colors than blue or black as the main color of the cover. This one has the cutest pink, and I love the stitching on it. Simplistic and gorgeous. Just how I like it. Anyways, the book is about Elizabeth, a girl who was gifted to young Victor Frankenstein as a child, and they became close over the years. She had to change herself to his liking, because she was terrified the Frankenstein family would cast her out when she wasn’t needed anymore.

I really liked Elizabeth, she was a strong female character who showed that also women can be independent and not just simple and do whatever they’re told. She was ahead of her time, and she was a very relatable character. I also liked reading her view on Victor, and how Elizabeth revealed small hints throughout the book about who Victor was and what he did as a child. I also liked how it moved from being told stories of just how he was, and small glimpses of their times together – to what is happening now.

It’s a cool book, and I loved it as a retelling – but it didn’t really excite me. It didn’t make me want to read long until the night. So that’s why it’s a four-star rating from me. It should have had more adventure or action. And not such an open and kind of rushed ending.

FAVORITE MOMENTS

  • When Victor wanted to see what was under the skin of Elizabeth (p. 58)
  • When Elizabeth totally covered up for Victor all the time, but especially with Ernest (p. 62)
  • When Elizabeth finally found Victor and he was in a really bad shape (p. 73)
  • The foreshadowing of Victor’s true purpose when being a student: “You are mine, Elizabeth Lavenza, and nothing will take you from me. Not even death.” (p. 92)
  • When Elizabeth was in the hospital, and the nurse was like “Good boy, knows his bible“, and Elizabeth thought “That was one of the few books Victor had never found any use for” (p. 108)
  • Sometimes we were strangers even to ourselves” (p. 135)
  • When William died, it was so sad (p. 149)
  • When Justine was pointed as the suspect of William’s death and I was like “nooo” (p. 156)
  • When we got the knowledge that Justine confessed to the murder from Victor, and that she would be hanged (p. 168)
  • When Victor left again (p. 182)
  • When there was talk of Elizabeth marrying Victor and I was slightly happy and terrified at the same time (p. 210)
  • When we realized that father Frankenstein was a total douche (even though we already knew) (p. 217)
  • When we realized Victor was in fact the blame for Justine and William’s death (p. 225)
  • When Mary got Elizabeth out of the asylum! (p. 244)

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