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Review-The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 4 stars ⁣

Synopsis from GoodReads:

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.

My Thoughts

"You are mine, Elizabeth Lavenza, and nothing will take you from me. Not even death."

This is a true retelling of the original Frankenstein with a delicious twist.

Elizabeth Lavenza is adopted as a child by the Frankenstein's as a plaything for Victor. Their love for her was the only love she ever knew. Sadly, their love was conditional, as Elizabeth heartbreakingly discovers at the end of the novel.

This story is told completely in Elizabeth's POV. We see Victor in her eyes and we see the lengths to which she will go to keep his love for her. It is a dangerous and abusive love, that unfortunately for Elizabeth she believes to be true.

On her journey searching for the man she grew to love, she finally sees who the real Victor is and what he is truly capable of. She wrestles with the lies she told herself over the years as she blindly ignored or covered his actions. Elizabeth pays a great price for those lies, and it is devastating to see her heart crumble before us, yet it is also satisfying as she slowly accepts the truth.

She comes into her own set on making things right to the best of her ability. With friends she didn't know she had, she faces her greatest foe; the man she ever loved.

While reading, there were times when I was mad at her for covering up the truly evil things Victor did, but then there were times where my heart broke for her as we realize she only ever wanted to be loved. This strong desire for a such a natural, basic, human need can make people blind to the abuse.

If you loved the original Frankenstein I encourage you to pick this one up and settle in for a dark and delicious story.

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