In 1818, Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, a pivotal book that changed the course of literature forever. Now, two-hundred years later, Kiersten White created a deliciously dark retelling of the haunting story we all know and love. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein features a young girl, Elizabeth, as she navigates the precarious life she is forced to live when she becomes best friends with Victor Frankenstein himself. Victor, a boy who thirsts to know the human body inside and out, will go to any extent to defeat death itself, even if it means having to sacrifice the only girl he has ever loved. The gothic setting and twisting plot breathes a whole new life into the age-old story that will captivate readers who love mystery and thrill. The question is, will Elizabeth be able to make it out alive?
This fast-paced sequel to Marissa Meyer’s Renegades was not a disappointment; Archenemies was just as entertaining and action-packed as its first installment, but with a sprinkle of romance and teenage angst. The first novel follows supervillain Nova Artino as she infiltrates Galton City’s group of superheroes, the Renegades, to enact her revenge on leader Captain Chromium. Adrian, Captain Chromium's son, has to hide his alter-ego from everyone to keep Galton City safe. Both Nova and Adrian have things to hide, and might be forced to reveal their true selves to each other in order to keep their relationship intact. Overall, Archenemies was an extremely enjoyable read, and it kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time.