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Staff Pick:

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein

By Kenneth Oppel

Within the walls of Chateau Frankenstein, teenager Victor and his identical twin brother Konrad fill their days with lessons, fencing, and imaginary adventures. Alongside their beautiful cousin Elizabeth and best friend Henry, the brothers discover a hidden passageway leading to The Dark Library. Although his father forbids him from re-entering the room, Victor’s curiosity about the forbidden knowledge grows. When Konrad falls ill, Victor returns to The Dark Library in search of a recipe for The Elixir of Life. Henry, Elizabeth, and Victor begin a journey for ingredients that will force them to scale the highest trees, dive into the deepest cave lakes, and sacrifice emotions, sanity, and even someone’s body part.

Why I like it: I grabbed this book based on its tagline: The purest intentions can stir up the darkest obsessions. I enjoyed reading a prologue to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein that really explained how a teen boy may grow up to one day ‘play God’ and create the monster.

Three words or phrases that describe this book: tense, adventurous, and gritty

You might want to pick up this book if: You like dark adventure stories with impossible odds. These characters will push all boundaries of nature, science, and love in order to succeed.

If you like this book you may also like: The second installment in the This Dark Endeavor series, Such Wicked Intent, Mister Creecher by Chris Priestley, and The Monstrumologist by Richard Yancey.

Reviewed by Julie Crabb, Library Assistant. Find more great books in our Staff Picks Archive.


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