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Publisher's Summary

Get your Halloween chills on with a monster of a New York Times best-seller! "Exquisitely disturbing," raves internationally best-selling 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, number-one New York Times and internationally best-selling 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." (Victorial Schwab, number-one New York Times best-selling 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 best-selling 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 best-selling author of The Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue)

©2018 Kiersten White (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"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, New York Times and internationally best-selling author of Caraval)  

"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, number one New York Times best-selling 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 best-selling author of The Madman's Daughter trilogy)

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Different and Lovely

I am a big fan of the Frankenstein novel. I was nervous and excited about this release from Kiersten White retelling the tale from a different perspective. However, from the very start....even the dedication...this book was wonderful. It was beautifully written and narrated.
I loved hearing this tale from Elizabeth's point of view. I loved the small changes and the possible expanded details of the original story.
I would recommend this to all fans of Frankenstein, even if you are only fairly familiar with the original story- this is one not to miss!
Mary Shelley would be proud!

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i wish i could give it more stars!

Love everything about this book! I didn't want it to end! The narrator was great too!

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Highly Recommend!

Loved it. Dark, often intense, w lots of twists and turns. The inner dialogue of the main character is perfectly complex. The narrator was an amazing match to the main character's voice and persona. The ending wasn't my fave, but it wasn't enough to make me feel any differently ab the book as a whole. This was my bookclub's pick for October and everyone enjoyed it. I highly recommend this book.

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Perfect for dark nights & Frankenstein fans

Fantastic, satisfying and a perfect read for dark fall and winter days and night. It got stronger as it went along. Great ending. Well done! A must for fans of Mary Shelley and her Frankenstein. Wonderful narrator!

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Beautiful retelling

It had some very slow points, but overall was good. The story itself is beautifully retold. The narration was wonderful.

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Solid YA book

I really enjoyed this book. First half was perfectly paced. But the second half was rushed, too rushed.