OMG! I absolutely loved this book and not just because I was actually able to read it!
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Publication Date: September 25th, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction/ Gothic/ YA Retelling
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.
I snagged this beauty for a song a few weeks ago and just had a feeling it was going to be really good. I have always enjoyed this author so was surprised that I had never heard of it before. I learned it came out several years ago which is why it escaped my radar.
Even with my high hopes, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to read it any time soon due to the monstrous reading slump that has persisted since the pandemic started. But, I was determined to try!
I was hooked instantly!
I do enjoy a good gothic tale and this one ticks all the boxes. It is such an imaginative retelling of Frankenstein. Imagine, a little girl growing up alongside the notorious Victor Frankenstein?
I don’t want to ruin such a special reading experience with spoilers of any kind so I am going to keep this on the short side. Suffice it to say, not only was this book able to keep my attention which is a herculean task for any book right now, it was also well-written, suspenseful, exciting, and it even had a good amount of gore! I really can’t recommend this one enough! It was so fun!
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein gets an easy 5 stars from me!