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Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein | Kiersten White
"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 disturbing. The 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 SHEPHERD, New 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 Frankenstein. Mary Shelley would be proud."--MACKENZI LEE, New York Times bestselling author of The Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue
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mirsophie
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IndyHannaJones
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Alright...what am I listening to on Audible next???? British accents preferred, baby. They lull me into a comfortable doze.

Eggbeater I just finished Deanna Raybourn's Veronica Speedwell series on audio. The narrator was excellent, British accent, historical mystery, Victorian era, I was obsessed with it. My dog also prefers British accents. 5d
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IndyHannaJones
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I looved this although the ending was a bit ambiguous and I'm not sure I loved it overall (the end). The mind games between Elizabeth and Viktor left me breathless. Super creepy, atmospheric, and thought provoking. The audible version was PERFECT.

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glitterkitty459
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A great reimagining of Frankenstein!! Loved the main character!
Really creepy with interesting twists at the end.
#ya #retellings #frankenstein

Putting trigger warnings in comments ⬇️

glitterkitty459 Trigger warnings for child and animal abuse 1w
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IndyHannaJones
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The Dark Descent of Ella Fuzz...she's a monster. At this moment she's plotting the demise of this innocent bone...anyways...
I am LOVING this book. The narrator's voice on audible is perfect. Unrelated...but related?...werewolf books? Suggestions?

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Krisjericho
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Some of the best fiction I‘ve read in a while. I love the original Frankenstein. It is a brilliant write. This is a nuanced, thoughtful tribute that is a great take, and using Elizabeth as the protagonist is a clever idea. She is a layered and complex character, and I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

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Boooooks
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Not read anything for a few days, easing myself back in with a audiobook, hopefully I‘ll enjoy this one I‘ve got bad associations with Frankenstein after having a supply teacher in high school who had us read the same few chapters over and over for about a month 😫

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Bookladylinda I saw this book on a Goodreads today and wondered about it. 🤔 2mo
Felso @Bookladylinda I‘m only at 11%, but so far the set up is good. Hopefully it will continue so, Frankenstein is one of my favorites. 2mo
Bookladylinda Cool! I like Frankenstein too! 2mo
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A different perspective from the original story. Unable to deal with their son Victor‘s fits, the Frankenstein family takes Elizabeth in as a ward. From an early age, she knows that Victor‘s emotional stability and happiness is all that keeps her safe. They form a weird codependency. When Victor leaves for school and does not correspond for a long time, she sets out to find him. She discovers his madness and goes to great lengths to cover it up.

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EmilyM
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I love books that tell a story from another character's point of view. This was a good companion to Frankenstein except with a strong female protagonist. Very imaginative yet true to the setting and events of the original Frankenstein. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Thanks for sending it my way @OriginalCyn620 ! I am thinking I will put it in my classroom library, unless you want it back--which I can totally do, too.

OriginalCyn620 No, no...definitely put it in your class library! 😁 3mo
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Melli
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Well I throughly enjoyed this book.. I am a big Fan of Keirsten White and love her work. This was a dark and chilling twist on the story of Frankenstein. I think Mary Shelley would approve!

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Melli
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What I‘m doing this Friday night.. #reading#readingissexy

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catielynn
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Seriously, so good. A wonderful retelling of one of my favorite classic novels; true to the voice of the OG story but with its own feminist, albeit creepy, twist.

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EmilyM
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Look what arrived @OriginalCyn620 ! Thank you so much! I love retellings, too, and I have had to read Frankenstein in high school, in college for my degree and I have taught it to my juniors. I am verrrry familiar with the original, so I am excited for this take on it.
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OriginalCyn620 I hope you enjoy! 😀 3mo
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LeticiaToraci
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This was a magnificent retelling. And the Audiobook was 5 stars too!

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Melli

**correction of title of book** my last post I chose the wrong title cause I wasn‘t paying attention **. So I was in the library yesterday waiting@to do my daughters passport for her 8th grade trip to Mexico and you know it‘s like being in the dmv so I decided hey I need something to read I saw this and I have been wanting to read it.. I was in there so long I got threw a quarter of the book. Well I was invested now so I checked it out..

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bookish_wookish
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Im book hopping! Ive settled on this one and so far so good!

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ninergrl6
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I had to take a break from reading this book to actually teach #Frankenstein. Go figure. The last 60ish pages took an unexpected-though-welcome turn. I particularly love the Author's Note at the end and this part in her Acknowledgements: "To Lord Byron and Percy Shelley, thanks for being insufferable and thinking there was no way Mary could write something better than you two could. Joke's on you." ? #teachersoflitsy #ya #scifi #reimaginedclassic

SmartBookaholicsIncBookstore Is that printable of your own creation or did you find it somewhere? 3mo
ninergrl6 @SmartBookaholicsIncBookstore The Frankenstein ch 1-4 quiz? I made it myself. 3mo
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jouleian
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This is yet another book written like a Jane Austen novel, BUT it suited the story VERY well. This is a different side to things and I think Adam is my favorite. It's a bit slow in the beginning but it eventually wraps you up with it's charm. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I would recommend it.

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OriginalCyn620
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Loved this book! A creative, fabulous retelling of Frankenstein.
Read for #llb19 #amrbooktbrtemptation and #booked2019 #newtomeauthor

vkois88 This was so good!!! 3mo
EmilyM I've had my eye on this one.. 3mo
OriginalCyn620 @EmilyM I can certainly send it your way! 😉 (edited) 3mo
EmilyM I'd love that if you don't mind! 3mo
OriginalCyn620 @EmilyM Don‘t mind at all. I‘m a big believer in passing a good book on to others! 3mo
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A retelling of Frankenstein from the perspective of a teenage girl, ward of the Frankenstein family. This is a well told story with a theme of men abusing power over women. Who creates a monster...and who really is the monster?

businessmermaid This sounds very intriguing! 3mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A retelling of the Frankenstein story from the perspective of a young woman ward of the Frankenstein family. Creative and interesting.

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catielynn
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Yeah, ok I have like three other books I'm reading right now. What's one more? 🤷😁

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StaceyKondla
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Not as awesome as And I Darken, but a satisfying spin on Frankenstein from a unique POV, and very much a love letter to Mary Shelley 💕💕💕

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StaceyKondla
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I started reading this last week and was thrilled with this lovely design element under the dust jacket 💕

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Lylah
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A very match-y little book haul.

TheReadingMermaid The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein was so good! 💕 4mo
Lylah @TheReadingMermaid I‘m a fan of everything I‘ve read by Kiersten White so far. I‘m excited to read it! 4mo
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BillBlume
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While I‘ve started quite a few books this month, this audiobook is the first I‘ve finished. This reimagining of Frankenstein from the perspective of his beloved Elizabeth does more than add new layers to Mary Shelley‘s classic. This novel rewrites the story itself, and when it diverges, it‘s jaw-dropping. White has crafted a brilliant evisceration of white male privilege. And Katharine McEwan‘s reading is fantastic. #Frankenstein #audiobook

Ms.Story Nice review! May need to start this one sooner rather than later!! 4mo
Kaye Great review. 4mo
BillBlume @Ms.Story @kaye Thanks! 4mo
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BillBlume
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I‘m nearing the end of this audiobook, and that I‘ve been listening to it amid this collective group of asshats dominating the news for essentially being the worst humanity has to offer just drives home what Kiersten White has written. Whether intended or not, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is a tale of white male privilege run amok. As the best fiction so often does, it says much more about our world than the setting within.

sprainedbrain Love this review! 4mo
LibrarianRyan I completely agree. I missed that upon my reading but you have nailed it. 4mo
Kaye First - thank you for an honest review and opinion. Second - you‘ve ruined my appetite. No breakfast for me after looking at that group of MISFITS this early in the morning. Next, wouldn‘t you just like to smack the SMIRK right off that kid‘s face ? Little brat. Wet behind the ears and he thinks he knows it all. 4mo
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BillBlume @kaye I am so sorry and completely understand. I debated a long while on whether to inflict this image on others. And God, yes! Faces like that are made to kiss the delivering end of an aluminum bat. 4mo
BillBlume @LibrarianRyan I don‘t think I‘d have realized it either if not for the timing. And it‘s certainly intentional. Kiersten White tweeted last night that it‘s exactly what she was going for. 4mo
Kaye No need to apologize to me. Not your fault all this mess is going on. We are all paying the price daily. 4mo
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Currently reading this gem! Kiersten has done a wonderful job of setting up the plot and characters. I‘m just getting into the mystery and I‘m anxious to meet Victor already!

Lindy Welcome to Litsy! 😁 4mo
BookishPisces Thank you very much @Lindy! ☺️🖤 4mo
Reggie Welcome to Litsy!!!🤗 4mo
Erofan Welcome! 🎉📚 4mo
BookishPisces Thank you guys very much 🥰✨ @Reggie @Erofan 4mo
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Loved this line from a bookseller in Kiersten White‘s novel, and I think it could be applied to many authors, as well. #bookquote #KierstenWhite #Frankenstein

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BillBlume
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I‘ve been in an audiobook slump for the past few months, but I started The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein today and am loving it. The novel Frankenstein is the book that started my love to read. Kiersten White has found a fantastic twist on Mary Shelley‘s novel. I‘m also loving Katharine McEwan‘s reading. She does a nice job bringing this gothic tale to life. #audiobook

MMFinck I have that on my nightstand to read. I‘ve read one other of hers and really liked it. 4mo
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This was a good book. The story revolves around Frankenstein but is about finding yourself and that as women you have ability to do great things. I enjoyed this book 📚 📚💚💚. Photo cred to instagram (I don‘t know who posted it, I just found the photo and thought it was pretty)

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It‘s interesting that the main character builds herself around Victor and doesn‘t know how to be a person without him. She is smart and would like to learn more things but thinks that she couldn‘t make it without Victor. It‘s a very interesting narrative.

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I. Love. This. Book. Frankenstein is one of my favorite novels and Kiersten White does a fantastic job telling the story of Elizabeth Lavenza and her journey to discover her true self. This novel introduces us to the females in Frankenstein, Elizabeth and the doomed Justine, illustrating the constraints on women during the time period. And like Mary Shelley‘s iconic novel, this one also asks the question of who makes a monster.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hope you're enjoying Litsy so far 📖💙 4mo
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This book might be seriously creepy, but at least I‘ve got my chocolate tea-latte to warm up my insides... I‘ve been alternating this book with an #arc of “An Anonymous Girl” for the past day or two. I think I‘m going to have to read something a bit...fluffier after this. (Although neither seem that scary at the moment).

BookishTrish I have this one too; my dark and twisty reader friends highly recommend it. 4mo
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I‘m starting this tonight after meeting Kiersten White. She was a delight. Next in the list is her newest book, Slayer, which is based in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series.

catielynn That's awesome!!! 4mo
CoffeeNBooks So cool! Welcome to Litsy! 📚 4mo
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Kasie
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Listening to this while working today…
So far it‘s pretty good.

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Could not get into any of these three. Thankfully they were all library check outs so I don‘t feel bad about DNF-ing. Since the new year I‘ve been in a bit of a reading slump, but I am hoping that I can pull myself out before the end of the weekend. Going to take a look at my bookshelves to find something that will grab me hopefully.

hermyknee I bailed on Elizabeth Frankenstein, too 4mo
Kimberlone @hermyknee the blurb made it seem like an interesting take on the Frankenstein story but I couldn‘t stand how it reframed everything so that it seemed like Elizabeth was pulling all the strings. I like retellings but this one isn‘t even in the same playing field as the original 4mo
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As someone who adores Frankenstein, I wanted to adore this book. However, it fell short for me when it came to the “retelling portion”. White‘s writing was the saving grace. Visit my blog for a more in depth spoiler free and spoiler review as well as a side by side comparison of “Dark Descent” and “Frankenstein” https://literarylabyrinth.home.blog/2018/12/31/the-dark-descent-of-elizabeth-fra...

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My first book of the year and meh.... 3/5

Shley9225 Oh but that quote sounds so good! And so dark!! 5mo
TheEmpress It was okay 5mo
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I love this description of a library 📚 #ya #winterbreak #teachersoflitsy

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Surpassed my goal. Tagged book will be last completed book of the year and I gave it 5 stars...for being faithful to the classic Frankenstein up to a point and then taking the story to a place I wasn‘t expecting at all with some last minute plot twists.

JoScho 🥳💜🥳💜🥳 5mo
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The last book I‘ll read this year.

WanderingBookaneer @BookishMarginalia bought this one recently. 5mo
Midlife_nerd_girl I really enjoyed this one! Read it as part of a good reads group late in 2018. 5mo
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Carolyn11215
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Tagged book will probably be the last one I finish in 2018. 2019 bookish resolutions:

1) Read minimum of 70 books.
2) Complete Read Harder 2018 challenge/try to complete the 2019 challenge.
3) Read 10 books from #GilmoreGirlsreadingChallenge, which should help me make headway with the #litsyclassicsatoz I‘m still working on.
4) Complete the #booked2019 challenge.
5) Participate in more Litsy swaps and buddy reads.
#sundayfunday @sebrittain

sebrittain 🎉❤🎉❤🎉 5mo
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Carolyn11215

The author continued “And that was where I found my story. With a girl given to a boy as a gift. With a girl whose whole life revolves around the brilliant boy she loves. With a girl who inadvertently helps create a monster. With a teenage girl, because, as Mary Shelley proved, nothing is more brilliant or terrifying than that.”

LibrarianRyan I did find that part interesting. I just wished I like the entirety of the book better. 5mo
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Carolyn11215

I am loving this retelling of Frankenstein from the perspective of his “cousin” Elizabeth. From the author “So my questions began to take shape. How much of who we are is shaped by those around us? What happens when everything we are depends on someone else? And as always: Where are the girls? Even Mary‘s wild and expansive imagination could not put a girl at the forefront of this story. They are relegated to the background, mere caricatures.”

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I can't sleep, but #Ash is sleeping just fine. #CatsOfLitsy