Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Release Date: September 25th 2018
Summary: “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” (Goodreads).
Disclaimer: I have not read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley nor have I seen any movie adaptations of it. I have a general idea of the story based off what the media has said, so that’s what I’m going by. I do not intend to review based on the accuracy of the retelling.
Onto the review…
I picked up this ARC at Comic-Con, which was really exciting for two reasons: 1-It’s a major YA release this year and 2-It’s a major YA release this year from one of my favorite authors, who also signed it. Needless to say, I had high expectations.
Unfortunately, this didn’t really meet them. Obviously I enjoyed it because I wouldn’t have rated it so high, but the first half was regretfully boring. I think the pacing was off a bit; things didn’t seem to happen when they felt like they should have. Elizabeth finds out something really important to the story within the last part and that’s when the action really picks up. The first fifty pages or so are spent looking for Victor, and that wasn’t really exciting. I think it would have been better off starting when she found Victor.
However, the writing, of course, was amazing and well-done for the era, and the character development was the book’s strong-suit. I shouldn’t have expected anything less considering Kiersten White wrote this, queen of character development in The Conquerer’s Saga. I started off disliking Elizabeth because she let men roll all over her, but she grows into this strong woman with a “don’t need no man” attitude by the end. I fell in love with Elizabeth for this.
Victor, on the other hand, was the subject of a plot-twist that killed me. I was expecting it, but at the same time, was in denial because I really liked him. Honestly, knowing the story of Frankenstein, this wasn’t much of a plot twist, but it still felt like one coming from Elizabeth’s POV.
Anywho, I don’t recommend this over The Conquerer’s Saga, but it’s also very different. I recommend it for fans of horror, even if it’s not all that frightening. It has an…eerie…nature to it.