Book 121 of 2018: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White.
Elizabeth Lavenza has entertained the idea of leaving her "caregiver" and her defeaning hatred, until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein in his parents last resort to give him a relatively normal childhood.
Elizabeth knows she can't go back to her life of loneliness, misery and hunger so she does everything in her power to gain Victor's affection, and comes out triumphant. She is taken into the Frankenstein family with the promise of a stable home and warm meals, and her and Victor become inseparable.
Elizabeth has always known her survival depends on Victor's love and approval. When she starts feeling threatened, she vows to find him and remind him why he loves her. With a calculating mind, Elizabeth will traverse hell to secure her future, but even that will prove to be more severe than her worse nightmares.
Having read and loved Frankenstein at a really young age and being able to re-read it a few years ago, I got extraordinarily excited when I heard the matriarch of dark re-tellings would be publishing her take on the story from Elizabeth's perspective. And I can tell you right now it truly did not disappoint.
Kiersten White accomplished to merge the gothic, atmospheric feeling of the original story and added a twist so magnificent and original, one I was not expected, that I can't help but recommend The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein to every person out there who fell in love with Mary Shelley's innovative tale.
We get to see the events that transpired in the original story (for the most part) through Elizabeth Lavenza's eyes and every memorable event that occured in order for her to be in the position she is currently in. Destitute and, soon after, thrust into the unforgiven arms of a woman that blamed her for existing, Elizabeth has understood from a very tender age that women can't have a sheltered space in the world without the safety of a man or a good name. Honestly, the way she has to act in order for people to love her and accept her broke my heart... 5/5 ⭐. Full review on my Goodreads account, link in bio!