Published by Delacorte Press on September 25, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
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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.
Welcome to my stop on the highly sought after, new release – The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by the lovely acclaimed author, Kiersten White.
I really wanted to love this book, I really did. I love the cover, the synopsis and the ability to read from a new to me author. So I began the treacherous journey following the dark descent of Elizabeth Lavenza, before she became a Frankenstein. In the beginning Elizabeth and her trusted sidekick, Justine, are scouring the town for her beloved Victor Frankenstein. You see she was taken from her village and life of a foster child to live with the wealthy Frankenstein family. She was a gift to Victor, but unlike many gifts, this came with a price. While trying to save Victor from his madness, she ended up loosing herself in the process. Or did she? Has she ever truly known who she was?
As I stated above, Elizabeth and Justine were traveling to find Victor. Normally they say that when you get to page 20 you can pretty much decide if this will be worth continuing, well page 20 came and went and I was still like…ehh. However I pushed on and came upon page 66, where the journey became successful and the downward spiral and unraveling of life as they knew began. Throughout this time Elizabeth gives us insight in to her past as Victor’s “gift”, however you can tell that she is hiding or simply forgetting some of the truth and instead picturing him as a loving, caring future spouse. Someone to mark her way in the world and keep her safe and important.
The story continues and starts to follow the story line of the original Frankenstein with a few twists and turns. It is in part three that this book goes from ehh to what what the…? I was constantly reading ahead, skipping lines, going back re-reading. The madness went from level 1 to level infinity and my love for Elizabeth increased. She is an amazing smart woman, who is not afraid to burn things to the ground to get what she wants. Not to mention she knows just how to work her beauty on the men in the town, after all that is how women are looked at in this time period. Nothing more than objects and property. That is okay with Elizabeth, as long as she has a home and safety, but what if it causes her her sanity? Like for real, put you in an insane asylum crazy. Is it worth it to know that death will never touch you and that you will always have a place in society? I think not, but then again I am not the main character of this story.
What blew me away the most, believe it or not, was the ending. There was this HUGE, not really a cliff hanger, but ending that could go either way. So ending this book and placing it on my shelf leaves me thinking wow, so glad I finished this and wow, my head is still slightly spinning. It is a wonder to me how we can easily look at something different and think monster, whereas, a true monster could just as easily be cloaked in a handsome package.
“Death is never allowed to touch you.” Victor traced his fingers along the spill of my hair across the pillow, and then walked from the room.
“All my work, all my sacrifice, has been for a single purpose: I am going to defy death. I am going to steal the spark of creation from it, to make life eternal, untouchable by corruption. And I am doing it for you. When I succeed – and I will succeed – then you will count yourself the most blessed creature on God’s earth, because you will no longer be subject to Him. I will step into that place. I will be your god, Elizabeth. I will re-create you in my image, and we will have our Eden. And it will never be taken from us.”
“And then, because he was a man and I his wife, they would hand me over to him, and he would finally have full power over both my body and soul.”
Laudanum – in the 1800s the drug was often opium, usually sold as a liquid, and given to patients for pain or trouble sleeping. Like a sedative. Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Cuckold – when a man watches his wife have sex with another man. Urban Dictionary
About the Author
KIERSTEN WHITE is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, the And I Darken series, comprised of And I Darken, Now I Rise, and Bright We Burn; the Paranormalcy series; Slayer, and many more novels. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, which, in spite of its perfection, spurs her to dream of faraway places and even further-away times. Visit her below.
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