~My mostly old book haul~
"Girls, I am not sure it is a great idea to read this book to you while I'm babysitting!"
"Who brought the random head?"
"I guess we can read this, but you sure you don't want to pick another book?"
"What are you whispering about, Belle? Pay attention! You guys asked for this, after all."
"Hope, Alice... this is too scary for you, right? Fine...fine, I'll read it!"
The dolls are:
Aimerai: Belle (1/6 Scale) - Name: Alice
Doll Love: Fuyumi (1/6 Scale) - Name: Annabelle
IslandDoll: Aurora (1/3 Scale) - Name: Lucy
Gem of Doll: Yummy 1 (1/12 Scale) - Name: Hope
Doll Family H: Xiao Xin (1/3 Scale) - Name: Cole [Needs Body]
Tor, and her best friend Owen Bloch are on the fringes of High School society, until the night that changes their lives for good. On her way home during a storm, Tor hits and kills a boy. Fueled by guilt and driven by scientific curiosity, Tor brings the dead boy to her late fathers laboratory and is finally successful in her attempts to reanimate a dead body. Adam (because what else do you name someone who has no recollection of anything prior to waking up in a saline bath) becomes Tor's greatest triumph, but one that she can't share with anyone besides Owen.
Tor and Owen try their best to help Adam fit into High School, but it's not the easiest thing they've ever done. Adam imprints on Tor, relying on her for everything from his history to the need to "recharge his batteries" by being electrocuted. And when Adam gets involved with the football team, which is a second religion in small town Texas, it becomes even harder to pretend things are normal. Until the murders start happening. Body parts being harvested from High School aged boys gets plenty of attention, and Tor begins to wonder if she could have a part to play in the murders.
Teen Frankenstein has a great story, but there were some very, very slow parts which failed to keep my attention. There is also a scene in which Tor is drugged with the intention of being raped, and the entire community dismisses Tor's being drugged as her fault. The scene was pretty disturbing, and perpetuates the belief that when someone is drugged and raped, they did something wrong, and it is the victim's fault. I was very disappointed to see this in a book marketed towards HS aged people.
I can't recommend this book in good faith, knowing that a rape stereotype is being perpetuated. The book was well written, but that scene ruined it for me. I wanted to stop reading, but I felt I had a responsibility to finish, so that I could give an honest review.
I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This wasn't bad, but unfortunately the concept was better than the actual book.
We're not really looking at a completely normal "Frankenstein" story, here, as should be evident from the synopsis of the book. This isn't a pieced together monster, this is a dead guy.
Also, the main character, Tor, is insane.
Mad scientists are kind of a trope that I admit to not being particularly fond of. Tor fits it to a tee, even better, perhaps, than Victor Frankenstein himself. She has absolutely no qualms about lying, torturing, and pretty much destroying lives. She's also extremely careless, which causes a large chunk of the problems in the book.
I don't generally fall into the camp of "you must like the main character to like a book," but I just don't quite care enough about Tor to have much interest in following her. She's unscrupulous without it being interesting, unscrupulous in a fussy way that keeps her so detached from her work and the reader that it is hard to get invested in what is going on at any point. Add to it that Tor herself causes pretty much all of the problems that need to be solved because she has some kind of God complex and also makes a crop of mistakes, and we've got a really awkward set-up as our driving force of the novel.
Owen is a much better friend than Tor deserves, and I regret that he wasn't the main character.
I was hoping to enjoy this more than I did, but this felt like Frankenstein with all of the moral questioning and actual feeling ripped out, and unfortunately that was what I enjoyed about the original.
This book was provided to me for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.