The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White Review

Title: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

Author: Kiersten White
Publisher:  Delacorte Press

Format: eBook

Publication Date: September 25, 2018 

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Libby (Overdrive)

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.

I love Kiersten White, I know I haven’t been a big fan of her “The Conqueror’s Saga” series, but this. THIS BOOK IS WHY I STILL READ HER. Man, it was just fantastic. At it’s core this book is a retelling of Frankenstein. Elizabeth Lavenza is the fiance to Victor Frankenstein, and it is her view of those events. Elizabeth is so interesting, and I am still fascinated even now that I’ve finished it. She is devious and calculating, but mostly with a mind to her survivial. She knows that she is reliant upon Victor’s good graces and that she must keep him happy.This book had such a creepy atmosphere and tone, and hit the Victorian horror feel straight on. There were so many things I can think of to show this, but at the heart of this the characters are what made this book. Elizabeth is so amoral, but it doesn’t feel like she’s the villain (newsflash she’s not). She was forced to be that way because her survival depends on others. I don’t think it can be stated enough that I would NEVER want to be a woman in Victorian England, it was terrifying to watch Elizabeth, Mary and Justine try to navigate that world.

This book was not what I expected and I already want to re-read it. It was absolutely fabulous. 5 out of 5 stars.


**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
 “I would lie silent and still, like a corpse, as he studied me. His careful, delicate hands explored all the bones and tendons, the muscles and tracings of veins that make up a person. “But where is Elizabeth?” he would ask, his ear against my heart. “Which part makes you?” I had no answer, and neither did he.”
― Kiersten White, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein