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Book Title: Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters|
The author of the book: Suzanne Weyn
ISBN 13: 9780545425339
Edition: Scholastic Press
Date of issue: January 1st 2013
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 24.30 MB
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Reader ratings: 6.7
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Imagine being orphaned at birth, knowing nothing of your mother or father, only to find out 17 years later, that your father was on the run and considered a lunatic. Despite this, the mysterious man owned a castle and had managed to amass a huge amount of money, which he left for the daughters he never knew. Oh, and he happens to be Dr. Frankenstein.
Okay, that part is really a bigger deal to the reader than to the main characters. No one knew what Dr. Frankenstein had accomplished. The name did not bring to mind a flat-headed, greenish/gray man that walked like a robot with his arms outstretched. None of the characters in the book compulsively shout out “It’s aliiiive!” at the mention of Frankenstein’s name.
The discovery of their father’s name, along with the receipt of a gargantuan inheritance, begins the story of twin girls, Giselle and Ingrid. Although identical, Giselle is considered “the beauty” as she is quite fond of her looks and spends a great deal of time primping. She wants to entertain the world. Ingrid is absorbed with the practice of medicine. The book is set in the early 1800s; women were forbidden to obtain an education. Ingrid had to do her studies behind closed doors or dressed as a man.
The girls quickly relocate to the castle. As Giselle spends day and night cleaning and decorating the castle, Ingrid obsesses over her new treasure, her father’s journals. Giselle is planning a huge party to fill the castle. Ingrid couldn’t care less about the party, aside from coaxing Giselle to invite prominent doctors and researchers so that she could discuss her new theories about limb regeneration. As life goes on, Ingrid becomes quite taken with an injured man in a small cottage near the castle, Giselle continues working feverishly, and the town becomes nervous as men begin to go missing.
The initial premise of the book is intriguing enough for anyone to grab it off of a bookshelf. Once in hand, the story quietly snares the reader and draws him in. On one hand, the readers see a bit of romance begin to bloom. It is sweet, but clearly complicated. Will love prevail or will the fear of heartache keep it dormant? Worse, will a slow, painful and untimely death rip them apart?
On the other hand, the reader begins to sense mystery and danger slowly surrounding Giselle, like a fog creeping in. Men are disappearing. Some are later found, as mangled corpses. Who is doing this? The reader (having the advantage of knowing about Dr. Frankenstein’s creation) may believe that the monster is exacting revenge on the unsuspecting and totally unaware girls. But that seems a bit too pat, so surely, it is someone else, right?
I won’t tell, but I promise that if you read the book, the answers to these questions will surprise you.
This review was written for Buried Under Books Blog.
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Read information about the authorSuzanne Weyn grew up in Williston Park, Long Island, New York. She has three sisters and a brother. As a girl she was very interested in theater and in reading. Louisa May Alcott was her favorite author, but she also read every Sherlock Holmes story. Suzanne lived pretty close to the ocean and going to Jones Beach was one of her favorite activities Even today, if she goes too long without seeing the ocean, she starts feeling restless.
Suzanne now lives in upper New York State with her husband, two teen daughters and Abby the cat. Her house is at the edge of the woods and is nearly 200 years old. She graduated from State University of New York at Binghamton and received her Masters degree from Pace University. She teaches part time at City College in New York.
Suzanne’s other books for Simon Pulse include South Beach Sizzle, a romantic comedy written with Diana Gonzalez. Her novels for the Simon Pulse line, “Once Upon a Time” are The Night Dance; a Retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, Water Song: a Retelling of the Frog Prince, and The Crimson Thread: a Retelling of Rumplestiltskin. She very much enjoys rethinking these classic tales from an original point of view, always looking for the real psychological underpinning of the story. Suzanne is currently doing revisions on her fourth book in the line, which will be coming in '09.
Suzanne’s other recent novels are include The Bar Code Tattoo (2004) and its sequel. The Bar Code Rebellion (2006). The Bar Code Tattoo was selected by the American Library Assoc. (ALA) as a '05 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and was a ’07 Nevada Library nominee for “Best Young Adult Fiction”. It is currently translated into German and was nominated for the '07 Jugenliteraturpreis for Young People’s Literature.
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