The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Author Kiersten White
Publisher Delacorte Press | 2018
horror | fantasy
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. (from Goodreads)
This review is spoiler-freeeee! 🙂
I LOVED THIS BOOK. LOOOOOOVED IT! I’m super into all kinds of retellings and this one definitely did not disappoint! I didn’t really know the story of Frankenstein, so about 50 pages into this I finally looked up the Wikipedia summary of the original; at first I was mad at myself that I might have spoiled this book for me but in retrospect I actually am really glad I had the background knowledge, because this story definitely takes a spin.
“You are mine, Elizabeth Lavenza, and nothing will take you from me. Not even death.”
I sooooo adored Elizabeth. She is such an interesting character and it’s super awesome to see her character fleshed out so thoroughly. I loved everything about her and her way of thinking. She is cunning, intelligent and at times morally questionable but she was still my absolute favorite. I was rooting for her throughout the entire book and I love her dark personality. I’ve read about so many incredible female characters already this year and I’m so enjoying it!
The other characters were fantastic as well. Victor was astonishing to read about and Elizabeth’s relationship with him was so compelling. I really liked seeing their dynamic develop from the day they met and throughout all of Victor’s experiments. I loved Mary by the end of the book and her friendship to Elizabeth was endearing. So many characters have a hidden agenda and it makes the story so gripping! All of my coworkers now know all about this book because I couldn’t stop talking about it at work, haha.
“I sought to puncture heaven and instead discovered hell.”
I was reading a handful of other reviews on Goodreads right after I finished this, and was surprised to see so many 3 stars or less! I was suuuuuper into this book and didn’t find the pacing bad at all. I also did NOT see any of the plot twists coming. Some said it was predictable but I was SHOOK. I looooved the twist White took with the retelling and the last 50 pages or so were AMAZING. The epilogue made me want even more but I really, really enjoyed the ending. I’m super excited to pick up another one of Kiersten White’s books as soon as I get the chance!