The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

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 fami...

Details The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

TitleThe Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
PublisherDelacorte Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Retellings, Horror

Reviews The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

  • Emily May
    Sometimes we were strangers even to ourselves. For the first two thirds, I thought this book was pretty good. Frankenstein is one of my favourite books, and I like it when authors give a voice - and different perspective - to a side character. But it is in the final third when this book goes from pretty good to excellent.The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is, essentially, a retelling of Frankenstein from the perspective of Elizabeth - an ...
  • Victoria Schwab
    Well that was dark and delicious.
  • Melanie
    ARC provided by Random House in exchange for an honest review. “Some nights, when even my child’s heart knew that what I had been asked to endure was too much, I would stand on the edge of the lake, lift my face to the stars, and scream. Nothing ever called back. Even among the creeping things of the lake’s night, I was alone. Until Victor.” Kiersten White wrote this book to honor the fact that 2018 is the 200th anniversary of Frankenst...
  • Kai
    "I thought to puncture heaven and instead I discovered hell."Everything about this book screams READ ME. And yes, it does so in caps lock.It is so promisingly creepy and twisted, exactly what a perfect book sounds like to me. I am a big fan of Penny Dreadful (it's on Netflix and you need to watch it right now) and this book had some major PD vibes. It started out strong but the thrill of it all lost itself toward the ending. I immediately fell in...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Elizabeth Frankenstein could murder me and I would thank her for itreview to come!!⭐⭐⭐⭐HEY!! ⬆ check ⬆ out ⬆ the ⬆ release ⬆ date ⬆ I ⬆ just ⬆ added ⬆ and ⬆ the ⬆ new ⬆ cover ⬆💜 buddyread with my literal favorite person, Melanie Elizabeth Frankenstein could murder me and I would thank her for itreview to come!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️HEY!! ⬆️ check ⬆️ out ⬆️ the ⬆️ release ⬆️ date ⬆️ ...
  • Stacee
    I struggled with this book and it legitimately breaks my heart. I liked Elizabeth. I like how devoted and well meaning she is. Victor was intriguing and somehow I was rooting for both of them. There are a few other characters, but I don’t want to say anything else here. Plot wise it was slow, but expected. My main complaint is the pages and pages and paaaaaages of description and passive action. There is very little dialogue. The story did pick...
  • Bitchin' Reads
    I am happy to announce that I, Bitchin' Reads, ended up liking this book much more than my one update would lead you to believe. :)The update I mention ranted about believability of Elizabeth piecing together previous moments to realize (view spoiler)[that Victor had stolen away Justine's body to create a mate for the monster. (We end up finding out that wasn't what was happening, Victor was just practicing for when he would remake Elizabeth into...
  • Meli
    No estoy bien, bye.
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    thank you to Penguin Random House for the ARC.full disclosure: I DNFed And I Darken and I've never read FrankensteinDark, creepy, messed up and suspenseful.i think White's writing did a great job of painting a dark yet alluring setting and tone--even for someone like myself that doesn't like horror. There were several twists and reveals that I didn't see coming which really influenced my enjoyment. I particularly loved the historical detail given...
  • Kristen
    4.5 Stars probably Ooooh that was a creepy, great retelling! So captivating- so DARK and gruesome. Very impressed with how White retold the famous Frankenstein story and yet made it unique and hard to put down.
  • Britt
    This is the first Kiersten White book I've read and I have to say, I'm incredibly impressed with her writing. Her prose is beautiful, meaningful, and often haunting in The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein. I have always been obsessed with Mary Shelley and the original tale of Frankenstein, so when I heard there would be a fictionalized version of Elizabeth's POV, an expansion on her character, I jumped at the chance to read it.Each and eve...
  • Jenn
    It's been 200 years since Mary Shelley blessed us with the amazing Frankenstein. So what a better way to honor that than have one of the top YA writers on the scene give us her take - but not on Victor or the monster, but on Elizabeth, Victor's wife. When I heard that Kiersten White was going to be giving out ARC's of this at Comic Con, you bet your ass I was first in line for that! This has been on my radar since she announced it last year and t...
  • Lauren [DontGoBrekkerMyHeart]
    To start this review off, I’m really upset that I didn’t enjoy this book. Frankenstein is my favorite classic, and I love Kiersten’s Conquerors Saga. I wasn’t expecting to finish this novel with a less than loving rating. Things just happen though.I love watching authors take liberties within historical fiction or reimagined tales, but this one felt all sorts of wrong to me. I expected to see Elizabeth growing up with Victor and her notic...
  • hannah ✧/ᐠ-ꞈ-ᐟ\ (on hiatus)
    wow, this was a WILD RIDE. it was so delightfully creepy and dark... and I basically adored it so much? I mean: ✓ morally ambiguous antiheroine✓ even more morally ambiguous love interest (and i say this veryyy broadly)✓ deliciously gory descriptions ✓ frankenstein!!also, just look at that beautiful cover. I want to marry 💞instagram 💞twitter 💞email yours truly review to come closer to the release date! 💜
  • Allison
    UHYEAH so ..... make sure this is on your 2018 pre-orders when it becomes available.
  • Christy
    This is more than I could have imagined - not a retelling but a companion. The story had the patriarchy not existed. This is the book you need for fall!
  • Rachel Strolle
    *heavy breathing*
  • Clephiro
    As a disclaimer, it's been about a decade and a half since I actually read Frankenstein. So I'm judging this book on its own merits, and what little I remember of the Frankenstein story. To be fair, I also think that most people aren't likely to have read Frankenstein recently either. It's a wonderful classic, but it's not exactly making the best seller list on a regular basis anymore.I like the fact that this book follows Elizabeth. Exploring so...
  • Jenny
    I had the privilege of reading an advance reader's copy of this book (working at a bookstore has its perks!), so my comments are based on that version. Therefore, I won't directly quote or anything like that, just comment generally. This book is amazing. It has incredible characters, stunning plot twists, and great, great writing! It is a retelling of Frankenstein from Elizabeth's point of view. Elizabeth is a fascinating character—so manipulat...