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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Sep 25, 2018 | 304 Pages
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“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.”—Kirkus


“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

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