The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

4 stars

Reviewed by Elexis.

"The sound of rain hitting an ever-deepening puddle competed with the wild pounding of my heart to make music of discord and chaos. In a place of a symphony to accompany me, there was a stench.

A stench of things rotten.

A stench of things dead."

Elizabeth Lavenza, despite her innocent, sweet appearance is an orphan with a ferocious past. She will do what it takes to survive by lying, stealing, and
manipulating the people around her. Taken in by the Frankensteins, her life depends on controlling Victor's deadly temper, and becoming his friend. When Victor goes of to school for a couple of years, her secure spot in the Frankenstein family is being threatened. Receiving no letters from Victor she becomes worried. Set of to find him, her very world could come crashing down with the slightest mistake.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein was written in honor of the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein. If you are a fan of retellings, historic fiction, gothic horror, or the original Frankenstein I would recommend this!

Some things I didn't like was how at first the plot is slow. I was kind of tempted to set it down, but having read some of Kiersten White's other books, I kept with it and was defiantly rewarded. Secondly, for me, there were too many flashbacks and not enough dialogue. Usually I love reminiscence in stories but I also love conversation.

What I did like about this story was how Kiersten gave Elizabeth, a side character, a perspective. I also like how it shows the relationship between Victor and Elizabeth. Their bond is a chilling, true reflection of toxic love. The ending was so thrilling and so well written. My actual rating is a 4.5.