Review – The dark descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

Title: The dark descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

Author: Kierstin White

Format: Audiobook

Narrator: Katherine McEwan

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publisher audiobook: Penguin random house audio

Page count: 304 (10hours and 16minutes)

Release day: September 9th 2018

Series: Standalone

Rating: 3.5 stars

What is it about?

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.

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What I thought:

The concept of this book sounded really good, so I decided to listen to this even though I have not loved Kiersten White’s And I darken.

The beginning of this book was a bit confusing, I didn’t see who was who and what their relation were. But after like 2 hours of listening, I saw the relations.

I struggled with the switching between now and the past without any introduction. So sometimes it took me a little while to see what time it was haha.

I really liked that I’ve read the original classic, so that I could see all the similarities 🙂

I enjoyed listening to it, but it was not that special in my opinion, so two thirds into the book it started to get a bit boring, but then there was a plot twist! And it was amazing! It took me by surprise, did not see it coming at all. Enjoyed it, really fitted the story.

My favourite character was Justine, I didn’t feel so much for the other characters, especially the main character, she is a whining a lot in my opinion.

Okay this review is all over the place.. But I would have rated to book lower, if not for the unexpected ending!

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Do you like retellings of Frankenstein?

2 Replies to “Review – The dark descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein”

  1. I loved this retelling! I think it stayed true to the source material while still bringing a lot of new things to think about. Loved White’s take on Elizabeth. I think Frankenstein retellings are a hard thing to do well though.

    1. I think so too! Especially if you want to stay really close to the original story!

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