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Publish Date: January 8, 2013
Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Blurb: Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.
A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry’s boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetery and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.
When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she’s intrigued despite herself. He’s an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely… familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel’s.
The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there’s something very wrong with Alex Franks. And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks’ estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.
I’m a big fan of retellings. I was excited because this was a spin on Frankenstein, which is probably one of my favorite novels of all time. I ended up not caring for this book all that much. I think I was expecting something completely different.
I did love certain aspects of the main character, Emma. She’s strong when it comes to dealing with the mean girls at school. They typically make her life hell, and she does her best to not let it effect her. She also questions things. She doesn’t take answers at face value. I didn’t like how self-centered she is. She makes everything about her, and it was annoying. Alex was going through a lot of things too, and she didn’t really take into consideration how he was handling things. Emma’s mom reminds me of how my mom was toward me when I was that age. I loved her strength, and firm actions. Emma may not understand how much her mom truly loves her. I was ecstatic that there was a father present. There aren’t many books that have a complete family unit. I didn’t feel a connection to him though. It seems like he was just kind of there. He didn’t add anything to the story except for his presence.
For me the story line was dragging. We get too many mundane details. There wasn’t a lot of depth to the story or characters either. And the series of killings mentioned in the blurb is only touched on twice. I also feel we get just a little too much insight into the major plot arcs from the blurb. I might have liked it more if there wasn’t so much information given from the beginning.
The concept was great, I just don’t feel she hit the nail on the head. Had there been more mystery to the story, or even the characters, I think I would have enjoyed it more.