The atmosphere is deliciously gothic and the pacing relentless. The cast woks wonderfully together and has individual voices that are allowed to shine. Henry had me cracking up with his various phobias and his poetic spirit while I admired Elizabeth's strong will, wit, and courage. Polidori is an excellent creepy alchemist with a great feline familiar. Konrad is the ultimate hero: intelligent, athletic, level-headed, kind. But the story is really about his twin: the infamous Victor Frankenstein. It was interesting to read about how this famous horror character might have been as a teenager. I'd give this to readers looking for a good gothic tale or just a fast-paced story with supernatural undercurrents.
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
6th - 8th Grade
Tags: Fast-Paced, Horror, Retellings, Supernatural