The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten WhiteThe Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein

byKiersten White

Hardcover | September 25, 2018

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The New York Times bestseller! "Exquisitely disturbing," raves internationally bestselling author Stephanie Garber of this stunning and dark reimagining of 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 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. 

"Exquisitely disturbingThe Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is a beautiful tapestry of horror, sewn together with threads of madness, obsession, and murder. Kiersten White has written a masterful and monstrous retelling."—STEPHANIE GARBER, #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Caraval and Legendary

"Visceral, sinister, and inescapably compelling, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein feels at once reverent of its inspiration, and entirely new. White's skill is scalpel-sharp." VICTORIA SCHWAB, #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Savage Song

“Kiersten White has breathed fresh life into a much-loved classic. Even Mary Shelley herself would be riveted by the dark lengths Elizabeth Lavenza would go to in order to survive. A dark and lovely midnight read.—MEGAN SHEPHERDNew York Times bestselling author of The Madman's Daughter trilogy 
"In the hands of master storyteller Kiersten White, the bones of a familiar story are reconstructed to form an inventive, grotesque, and completely unexpected reimagining of FrankensteinMary Shelley would be proud."—MACKENZI LEE, New York Times bestselling author of The Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue
KIERSTEN WHITE is the New York Times bestselling author of 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 fur...
Title:The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth FrankensteinFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.31 × 6.38 × 1.06 inPublished:September 25, 2018Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0525577947

ISBN - 13:9780525577942


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Medium-grade horror that kept me on my toes! It's October, so bring on the creepy reads!! I flew through THE DARK DESCENT OF ELIZABETH FRANKENSTEIN, a remarkable retelling that shifted the POV to the "bride" of Frankenstein. Getting down and dirty with what she needed to do to survive, Elizabeth was a wild card. The narration delved into Elizabeth's mind, which is where Kiersten White's high level of craft came into play, because even though I could see behind the curtain of Elizabeth's behaviour, knowing her intentions--her ultimate desires and goals--I still didn't know what she'd do from one moment to the next. And I LOVED THAT SO MUCH. White took the original concept and created a completely unique story, one where a female character claimed centre stage, and I really enjoyed the twisted ride. I will say that one element took me by surprise and not in a great way. Animal abuse is a real challenge for me to read, even in this sort of context. So if you're an avid animal lover, proceed with caution.
Date published: 2018-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Retelling Thank you, Penguin Random House Canada, for my copy of this well-crafted retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and on the 200thanniversary of its original creation no less, in exchange for my honest review. The story is told from the perspective of Elizabeth Lavenza, a young orphan who is rescued by the family of Victor Frankenstein, from her desolate life.  Elizabeth is taken in by the Frankenstein family as a companion to Victor Frankenstein, whom she ultimately falls in love with, obviously!   Her love for Victor grows so quickly and intensely that she will pay any price to remain his focus and the only one he loves.  But we all know the story of Victor Frankenstein, and his experimental catastrophes; Elizabeth doesn’t stand a chance at coming out unharmed, or is she stronger than we give her credit for? When Victor leaves for school and then disappears without a trace, Elizabeth sets out on a manhunt for her beloved Victor and is determined to return him to his family and back into her heart.  Sadly, her journey is filled with loss and the ultimate revelation into Victor’s true mania and as she nears the truth of his experiment to create life from death, Elizabeth is forced to decide whether love is really worth all the loss and sadness it has already brought her.  She discovers Victor in a new (and darker) light than what she remembers of him and she is forced to decide if this is the Victor she wants to keep. I really enjoyed this reinvention of such an old tale that once again explores the meaning of being a monster and the consequences of playing with death. I enjoyed Kiersten White’s writing style as I felt it closely mirrored that of Mary Shelley’s, which truly gives this retelling some original value. I will admit that it started off a bit slow for me, but as soon as Elizabeth discovers the monster and exactly what Victor has been up to during his hiatus, I was immediately engrossed in the story.  It was interesting to see the story of Frankenstein played out the way Kiersten White has written it; from the perspective of a young impressionable girl, who is only looking for love and to be loved but whose strength quickly grows as the boy she falls in love with is darker than any storm she has ever experienced. I highly recommend this book to fans of the original Frankenstein as I think it gives you a different but interesting perspective into the mind of madness and how it not only affects its owner but those around them
Date published: 2018-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from RIVETING! I must read for fall!!! First and foremost, it needs to be said that I would happily give this book 20 out of 5 stars if that was such a rating. This is one of those rare books that seemingly comes out of nowhere to land itself squarely on your Top 5 Reads of 2018 list, and which will be a favorite and often revisited read for many, many years to come. Kiersten White has produced a dazzling reimagining of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, completely and entirely stealing my bookworm heart in the process. In this newest version of the story, Elizabeth Lavenza is an orphan who has no hope in this world, until the Frankenstein's embrace her into their family, hoping she will be a friend for their oldest son Victor, a child whose dangerous temper and odd personality have left him entirely solitary. Elizabeth flourishes, and soon her only focus in life is being exactly what Victor needs her to be, regardless of what she must overlook to maintain that. Told in alternating time periods of the present, where Elizabeth is working to bring an adult Victor home to her, ensuring her safety within the Frankenstein family, and the years of their youth, growing up together and becoming inseparable friends, this is a book you literally cannot put down. I was torn between wanting to tear through the pages to see what would happen, and wanting to drag this story out forever, so that this magical, horrible world would never end. All of our favorite characters are here, and Kiersten does phenomenal work of making them all deeply interesting, complex and relatable. I was instantly drawn into this new perspective of Elizabeth being the central voice of the story, especially as her world slowly begins to fall apart at the hands of Victor's madness; a madness that she has worked so hard to protect him from and contain. Having a strong, willful and determined female voice lead this particular version was deeply satisfying, and unexpectedly breathed new life into a beloved story. This should WITHOUT QUESTION, be on your fall reads list this year - it will be the perfect book to usher in the Halloween season. As for me, this book now has a home on my permanent re-read list, and I already cannot wait to dive in again.
Date published: 2018-09-16

Editorial Reviews

“If you read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and thought the ladies in that were getting a bad deal, then this is the book you've been waiting for….White is unafraid to dig in the graveyard and piece together a creature of her own design out of old parts, and the resulting tale is dark and chilling.” —NPR★ "Breathtaking."—PW, starred review  “In this clever retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, White neatly undercuts the original by making Victor’s narrative wildly unreliable . . . this character-driven novel with a healthy amount of gore should appeal to horror fans, too.” —Booklist   “White adds emotional depth to a character who was passive in Shelley’s original. She highlights, with feminist sensitivity, Elizabeth’s total dependence as a woman of her time, playing whatever part is necessary to ensure her future. The novel continues in the gothic tradition of the source material, and the title speaks volumes about the darkness of tone and content. The language is often surprisingly lyrical with the narrative flowing smoothly despite frequent flashbacks. Twists and tweaks, especially toward the end, may take readers of Frankenstein by surprise, but will not spoil either book. Recommended for YA collections traveling on the dark side.”—SLJ   “An all-around win.”—KirkusPRAISE FOR THE AND I DARKEN SERIES:“A dark and twisty fantasy. . . . Think Game of Thrones . . . but with teens.”—Seventeen, on AND I DARKEN“Sinister, suspenseful, and unapologetically feminist.”—Buzzfeed, on AND I DARKEN“Will completely spin you into another time and place.”—Bustle, on AND I DARKEN“Takes no prisoners, offering up brutal, emotional historical fiction.”—, on AND I DARKEN“Gleams with fierce, cunning characters—absolutely riveting.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Bracken, on AND I DARKEN“As richly complex and glittering as the Ottoman Empire itself.” —Robin LaFevers, on AND I DARKEN“Kiersten White is a genius.”—Justine Larbalestier, author of MY SISTER ROSA and LIAR, on NOW I RISE“This complex historical fiction offers a gender-switched take on the story of Vlad the Impaler, and Lada is as cold and bloodthirsty as her real-life male counterpart. . . . Readers will find her and (perhaps even more so) Radu relatable and human, flawed and engaging.” —VOYA, on AND I DARKEN“Lush and ominous . . . teens will be entranced.”—SLJ, on AND I DARKEN