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Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match: A Novel

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uk will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing. For generations, every Frankenstein has found their true love and equal, unlocking lifetimes of blissful wedded adventure. She desperately wants a husband and children, especially now that her brother is getting married and another woman will become mistress of the family home.

The mystery of who Will was had me guessing until the end and I loved the pace at which it was unraveled.Yes, the gothic mansion was interesting, but you don't really get a dark or foreboding feeling from it.

But Angelika is a romance heroine, not a horror villain, and I wish I’d had a better sense that both her, and the book as a whole, understood that re-shaping someone, then forcing them to live as your dependent in mental and physical torment (Will is explicitly in pain the whole book and his recovery of self-agency is represented largely by gardening) isn’t all that cute, no matter how disenfranchised or unloved you feel. Of course, it’s also really well-written, there’s some wonderful moments of sexiness, banter and pathos, and I felt Sally Thorne adapted her voice super successfully to an irreverent histrom style. I didn't need to read page after page of Angelika being like, "Well, I can't deny this guy is handsome and could give me everything I want and also that I really like him. Victor wants to one-up him by using body parts of different people and bringing that patchwork person back to life. It gave me Bridgerton meets The Addams Family vibes - a little bit spooky, a little sweet, with a wonderful, loving cast of friends and a creative, heartwarming romance that kept me on edge right up until the very end.Where I think AFMHM, potentially, runs into trouble is that its premise is sort of inherently and inescapably problematic. There is no thought about those people being actual human beings and the ramifications of what this act could be. There’s very little here in terms of responsibility for actions and hey, maybe it’s not the best thing to just be bringing random dead people back to life and expecting them to love you for it?

I didn’t find myself frustrated with the romance part of this book because of characters like Victor’s fiancé Lizzie who is a duchess but isn’t a duchess, and Clara the poor widow down the lane and her chubby baby Edwin and her soulful puppy eyes at Christopher but also didn’t her husband JUST DIE? And I think where AFMHM lost me as a reader early on, and never quite regained me, was that, for me, I didn’t feel it managed to extract a successful romance from the inherited problems of its premise.It's definitely my least favorite of hers, but I still couldn't put it down for a second, and when I swooned, I swooned. Another thing I've seen other reviewers complaining about is the element of religion in this book, being thrown in the plot like a life jacket. And girl, if you are going to make me wait until OVER 80% of your book to have a sex scene, at least make it a good one, holy shit. However, I think you do have to let this book just be what it is and not think too hard about the weird bits that don't quite work. I shouldn’t have read this and now I truly need to just remember how much I love The Hating Game and ignore all that comes after.

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