Books Young Adult Fiction This Dark Endeavor (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein #1)

This Dark Endeavor (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein #1)

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12+
Release Date
August 23, 2011
ISBN
1442403152
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Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures...until the day their adventures turn all too real.

They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor's curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not be satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life. Elizabeth, Henry, and Victor immediately set out to find assistance in a man who was once known for his alchemical works to help create the formula.

Determination and the unthinkable outcome of losing his brother spur Victor on in the quest for the three ingredients that will save Konrads life. After scaling the highest trees in the Strumwald, diving into the deepest lake caves, and sacrificing one’s own body part, the three fearless friends risk their lives to save another.

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I loved this book~ I read in two days- it was a simple read but I'm lovin the story line. This book was hard to put down. I bought a used copy on Amazon and I loved it so much I'm going to purchase a brand new copy. I won the ARC of the second book in this series* Such Wicked Intent- which is why I picked up this one. I can not wait to receive the book to carry on with this wonderful story. I will follow this series as far as it goes, and I also loved the writing style in this book so I will be looking forward to trying other books also from Kenneth Oppel. Five stars all the way~ This is my second favorite read this year for 2012 now. I'm sure you all know what this story follows- and I can only say I'm impressed with this very well written book.
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Theresa Nowaczyk Reviewed by Theresa Nowaczyk November 10, 2012
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A Fantastic Book :)

I loved this book~ I read in two days- it was a simple read but I'm lovin the story line. This book was hard to put down. I bought a used copy on Amazon and I loved it so much I'm going to purchase a brand new copy. I won the ARC of the second book in this series* Such Wicked Intent- which is why I picked up this one. I can not wait to receive the book to carry on with this wonderful story. I will follow this series as far as it goes, and I also loved the writing style in this book so I will be looking forward to trying other books also from Kenneth Oppel. Five stars all the way~ This is my second favorite read this year for 2012 now. I'm sure you all know what this story follows- and I can only say I'm impressed with this very well written book.

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A forbidden secret library. Adventure. A love triangle. Suspense.
The quest to find the ingredients to the elixir of life...

What an amazing prequel to Mary Shelley's classic, Frankenstein -
Victor is your typical 15 year old teen boy, everything seems to be fun and games until something serious and life-changing happens and Victor must decide if doing the wrong thing is actually the right thing to do.
He enlists his twin brother, Konrad, their 'distant' cousin, Elizabeth, and family friend, Henry, on an adventure never to be forgotten.
Yes, there is a bit of a love triangle going on, but it is done so perfectly that you will not lose the pace of the story, nor be distracted by it either.
There were a few 'gasp-out-loud' moments where I had to will the images out of my head - but I am squeamish, lol, and those who are not, will love every single detail of their journey.

This is a definite 'buzz-worthy' must read!
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Margie Cortina Reviewed by Margie Cortina May 03, 2012
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Adventure, love triangle, suspense!

A forbidden secret library. Adventure. A love triangle. Suspense.
The quest to find the ingredients to the elixir of life...

What an amazing prequel to Mary Shelley's classic, Frankenstein -
Victor is your typical 15 year old teen boy, everything seems to be fun and games until something serious and life-changing happens and Victor must decide if doing the wrong thing is actually the right thing to do.
He enlists his twin brother, Konrad, their 'distant' cousin, Elizabeth, and family friend, Henry, on an adventure never to be forgotten.
Yes, there is a bit of a love triangle going on, but it is done so perfectly that you will not lose the pace of the story, nor be distracted by it either.
There were a few 'gasp-out-loud' moments where I had to will the images out of my head - but I am squeamish, lol, and those who are not, will love every single detail of their journey.

This is a definite 'buzz-worthy' must read!

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