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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Clever retelling of horror classic from female perspective.

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age 15+

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age 15+

Very gruesome

This book is not for the fainthearted. It has very descriptive and gruesome descriptions of animals being cut open to find out how they died, small children (that are alive) having their arm cut open, and bodies cut apart. Also, people are murdered to be made into monsters. Many important characters are strangled descriptively, cut apart, and go mad. Elizabeth and Victor end up being married, but sex is limited to a few embraces and kisses. Language is a bit strong, with a*s, piss, b**ch, and sh** used pretty frequently. Elizabeth starts off as an awful role model that only does things for personal gain, but she ends up realizing the errors in her ways. Again, it is awfully gruesome in its descriptions and is for older teens. If this retelling became a movie, it would be R+. It is very intriguing and suspenseful.

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Familiar tales can sometimes be reworked into something new and compelling, and this creepy retelling of a horror classic has intelligence and inventiveness to spare. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein does justice to its source, but with a modern, feminist sensibility. Author Kiersten White devises some shocking twists, keeping the suspense high on two different timelines. Reading the original book beforehand is recommended. The changes White makes to the story are more fascinating the more one knows where she started from.

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