I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it down and I didn't want it to end. I highly recommend it.
Book 4/100 for 2020
I've been MIA for awhile with family, holidays, road trips, snow days and stressful life stuff. Things seem to have calmed a bit so hopefully I can get on a regular posting schedule. I did read while away and the family listened to some audiobooks while on a 24 hour road trip (each way) 🙄 I also picked up these books today from the library. I'm diving into the Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein first.
One of my #jolabokaflodswap packages arrived today along with the next #HGPBC #TeamCthulhu pick. @the readingmermaid I finally sent you the first two books from this rotation. I'm sorry. I have no excuse other than I've been behind on everything in my life the past few months. I apologize and understand completely if you all want to drop me.
I have always loved the original Frankenstein and I thought this re-telling really did the story justice. It poses the very good question of what the experience would have looked liked from the perspective of a woman. I was impressed by the insight into the real narcissistic horror here. I think Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley would be proud and I will look further into this author.
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.
I really loved this book. This is the retelling of Frankenstein through Elizabeth's eyes. The main focus is on her determination to save Victor from himself 👻
#Scarathlon #TeamStoker #teamtheme
This gem is a retelling of Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein, but it starts with what most readers of the original understand—who the real monster is—and takes it up a few giant notches.
My full (slightly spoilery) review is on my blog:
The next book for #TeamCthulhu came today. Nice pick @TheReadingMermaid this has been on my tbr for awhile. Thank you for the Halloween decorations my bookshelves were in need of some holiday decor 👻
The ebook for The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is just $1.99 right now. I LOVE this book. It‘s brilliant for the lovers of the original Frankenstein and for anyone who wants a clever calloutb of blatant misogyny run amok. #bookdeal
Here is my stack to choose from for the #scarathlon #teamstoker.
It may change once I open my #screamathonswap 📦.
It also includes a trashy Holloween themed romance I bought years ago and never read. Maybe this year...
@TheReadingMermaid @Clwojick @mdm139
A book that means so much to me for its prose, it‘s horrors and it‘s deep sadness, Frankenstein will forever hold a special place in heart ♥️ as one of the best classics ever written. That said, I had high hopes for a retelling from the perspective of Elizabeth and excited about being back in the Frankenstein universe.
What a complete disappointment! Fan fiction at best! Can not recommend! Read the original and be wow‘d.
Another brilliant audiobook! I almost wished I saved this one for closer to Halloween, but I suppose there are always others to read. 🤷🏻♀️
I‘m currently on a bit of a cleaning freak out, so I managed to finish this in one sitting... and now I‘m starting another one. 😉 #AudioCleaning
I read this book as a possible supplemental text for my students while we read Frankenstein together. I didn‘t hate it, but was left feeling kinda meh. I liked the premise very much but wished that Elizabeth‘s character was less 2-dimensional and more complex. The novel was plot driven and I wasn‘t surprised by very much. Typically, I love YALit but this felt contrived. Feeling badly to give it such a hohum review, but I just wanted more! 3/5⭐️
I didnt like this book as much as i thought i would. I'm not sure why but I think it was a combination of high expectations and the writing. This was a collosal disappointment for me. this was my first book I've read by this author so maybe I'll give her other books a try.
Alright...what am I listening to on Audible next???? British accents preferred, baby. They lull me into a comfortable doze.
I looved this although the ending was a bit ambiguous and I'm not sure I loved it overall (the end). The mind games between Elizabeth and Viktor left me breathless. Super creepy, atmospheric, and thought provoking. The audible version was PERFECT.
The Dark Descent of Ella Fuzz...she's a monster. At this moment she's plotting the demise of this innocent bone...anyways...
I am LOVING this book. The narrator's voice on audible is perfect. Unrelated...but related?...werewolf books? Suggestions?
Some of the best fiction I‘ve read in a while. I love the original Frankenstein. It is a brilliant write. This is a nuanced, thoughtful tribute that is a great take, and using Elizabeth as the protagonist is a clever idea. She is a layered and complex character, and I thoroughly enjoyed this read.
Not read anything for a few days, easing myself back in with a audiobook, hopefully I‘ll enjoy this one I‘ve got bad associations with Frankenstein after having a supply teacher in high school who had us read the same few chapters over and over for about a month 😫
A different perspective from the original story. Unable to deal with their son Victor‘s fits, the Frankenstein family takes Elizabeth in as a ward. From an early age, she knows that Victor‘s emotional stability and happiness is all that keeps her safe. They form a weird codependency. When Victor leaves for school and does not correspond for a long time, she sets out to find him. She discovers his madness and goes to great lengths to cover it up.
I love books that tell a story from another character's point of view. This was a good companion to Frankenstein except with a strong female protagonist. Very imaginative yet true to the setting and events of the original Frankenstein. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Thanks for sending it my way @OriginalCyn620 ! I am thinking I will put it in my classroom library, unless you want it back--which I can totally do, too.
Look what arrived @OriginalCyn620 ! Thank you so much! I love retellings, too, and I have had to read Frankenstein in high school, in college for my degree and I have taught it to my juniors. I am verrrry familiar with the original, so I am excited for this take on it.
**correction of title of book** my last post I chose the wrong title cause I wasn‘t paying attention **. So I was in the library yesterday waiting@to do my daughters passport for her 8th grade trip to Mexico and you know it‘s like being in the dmv so I decided hey I need something to read I saw this and I have been wanting to read it.. I was in there so long I got threw a quarter of the book. Well I was invested now so I checked it out..
I had to take a break from reading this book to actually teach #Frankenstein. Go figure. The last 60ish pages took an unexpected-though-welcome turn. I particularly love the Author's Note at the end and this part in her Acknowledgements: "To Lord Byron and Percy Shelley, thanks for being insufferable and thinking there was no way Mary could write something better than you two could. Joke's on you." ? #teachersoflitsy #ya #scifi #reimaginedclassic