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Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match: A Novel (English Edition) Format Kindle
From USA Today bestselling author of The Hating Game Sally Thorne comes something a little unexpected… a historical rom-com that imagines Victor Frankenstein’s sheltered younger sister, and her attempts to create the perfect man.
For generations, every Frankenstein has found their true love and equal, unlocking lifetimes of blissful wedded adventure. Clever, pretty (and odd) Angelika Frankenstein has run out of suitors and fears she may become the exception to this family rule. When assisting in her brother Victor’s ground-breaking experiment to bring a reassembled man back to life, she realizes that having an agreeable gentleman convalescing in the guest suite might be a chance to let a man get to know the real her. For the first time, Angelika embarks upon a project that is all her own.
When her handsome scientific miracle sits up on the lab table, her hopes for an instant romantic connection are thrown into disarray. Her resurrected beau (named Will for the moment) has total amnesia and is solely focused on uncovering his true identity. Trying to ignore their heart-pounding chemistry, Angelika reluctantly joins the investigation into his past, hoping it will bring them closer. But when a second suitor emerges to aid their quest, Angelika wonders if she was too hasty inventing a solution. Perhaps fate is not something that can be influenced in a laboratory? Or is Will (or whatever his name is!) her dream man, tailored for her in every way? And can he survive what was done to him in the name of science, and love?
Filled with carriages, candlesticks, and corpses, Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match is the spooky-season reimagining of the well-known classic that reminds us to never judge a man by his cadaver!
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"Take everything you’ve come to love in a Sally Thorne novel: witty banter, a sexy, toe-curling romance, and voice that pirouettes off the page, but add one part Tim Burton. Dear reader, that is what’s waiting for you, and we are OBSESSED. This is Sally Thorne at her absolute best." — Christina Lauren, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
“Second First Impressions is about realizing that life is short, and that to live it to the fullest we must be both selfish and selfless. It urges us to soak up the beauty of each passing moment—and this wondrous book is a good place to start.” — Entertainment Weekly
“Thorne manages to bring all the characters to vivid life, endearing them to the reader through the enumeration of their quirks and fleeting revelations about their pasts. Each scene between the protagonists—whose first meeting will make you laugh and wince simultaneously—is a delight, as is Ruthie’s motley found family.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Second First Impressions
“Second First Impressions is the warmest, coziest, sweetest book of the year, an absolutely perfect blend of humor and heart. I want to live inside Sally Thorne’s brain.” — Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read
“Sally Thorne satisfies hearts longing for laughter in their love stories….Their battle of wits is tremendously fun—acerbic and sexy and filled with tension. The result is a wicked, witty romance that will capture readers’ hearts long before Joshua manages to capture Lucy’s.” — Sarah MacLean, Washington Post, on The Hating Game
“If you miss romantic comedies, the kind that were so funny, you would pay $15 to see them in the theater—plus the cost of popcorn and candy—this novel will make you very happy indeed...The rising tension and Thorne’s biting dialogue will make you wish for the romantic comedies of days gone by—or just more books like this one.” — NPR Books on The Hating Game--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition paperback.
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- ASIN : B09N9817DM
- Éditeur : Avon (6 septembre 2022)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 4362 KB
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 389 pages
- Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 006327163X
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I'm generally not fond of historical romance, but with the wit and talent we've grown to expect from Sally Thorne, this was such an unexpected delight. It possibly won't be for everyone, but if you like your tales multi-layered, a little kooky, with strong female characters, and lots of humour, this one is for you. I guessed 'Will's' origin almost immediately, but that in no way stopped me from enjoying this story immensely. I found his and Angelika's chemistry both palpable and incredibly moving. Chapter 33 wrecked me, as did the final chapter. I really appreciated Angelika's development from a spoilt, selfish heiress to the charitable and caring woman she becomes.
Mary, Clara, Lizzie, Christopher, and of course, Victor and his creation added so much depth to this often bittersweet love story. And, of course, Belladonna, the enamoured pig.
Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match addresses the ethics of reanimation, as well as themes such as wealth, class, faith, duty, and feminism. Thought-provoking, whimsical, at times irreverent, but above all else heartbreakingly beautiful. An absolute triumph.
Overall Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Heat Rating: 🔥🔥
Emotional Rating: 🤦🏻♀️😬🙈😂🥰😢💔🥰
*Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to leave an honest review*
What in the hell is going on with this book's attitude regarding The Poor? Every single person in the Frankenstein household should see the guillotine. Where is Jean Valjean, he would kick every ass in this house! It is chilling how quickly the narration whips from "blood thirsty dangerous poors!" to "pathetic, sympathetic, still smelly poors". <Spoilers> The two big offenders here are the way Angelika treats/describes Clara the widow and the baby Edwin, and Angelika's old servant Mary. The way the book describes Angelika's thoughts about the baby comes off as weirdly obsessive. I started to worry that Angelika was going to steal that baby. Every time she's spinning around with the baby (right after she has a major concussion!) or slinging the baby around next to the fireplace, I would shout, "Don't let her hold the baby!!" Angelika thinks of Clara like a stray, dirty cat. Very similar to the way she thinks of Deadzo, she does not seem to give any consideration to her humanity or internal life at all. It's weird, I don't like it. Mary, meanwhile-- the narration constantly calls attention to how insane it is that Mary does such grueling labor at such an old age. When Angelika finally thinks to herself, "Hm maybe I shouldn't have an octogenarian lugging my bathwater," she goes up into Mary's private room, mentally criticizes the decor (aw sad, the poor have to decorate with garbage) and then wakes her out of a stone cold sleep to say, "Hey! I don't think you should work here anymore!" Then when Mary runs away with one of Angelika's brooches, Angelika has a massive fit until Deadzo can calm her down. THEN AT THE END when Mary comes back (for no reason!!) Mary says "you'd be in your rights to hang me". WHAT??? NO! BAD!
Smaller offenses, but there are many! 1) So many weird incestuously tinged interactions with her brother (ewww). She listens to him having sex with his fiance and describes it with great wistfulness. 2) The same. Damn. Joke. Over and over and over. We get it. You shopped for his dick. You picked it out. You want to bone him, so you picked out a big ol' dick. Sweet jesus, move along. 3) The "period specific language" was generally vague and it felt like Sally Thorne frequently wrote around words she wasn't sure of. 4) The sex scenes are written in the same winking vague way, avoiding words for genitalia and skipping verbs, which is confusing because this book is certainly not short on jokes about his cock!!
I heard some people being dismayed by the "religious overtones" of the book. Idk man, sure, I guess, but there is so much to be disappointed and grossed out by in this book.
Do not buy this. Don't read it. Send it back if you ordered it.
A few penis jokes later, Angelika and Victor have their test subjects. They mix and match their body parts. Angelika gives her dude a new, sportier penis. Then presto-chango and they have reanimated men running around. Immediately Angelika starts calling her subject her "love," and Victor's runs off into the woods. Angelika is dismayed that her test subject does not immediately love her in return. It's just so, so weird.
Eventually, Angelika's dude is named Will. Will has no memory of who he is, and she's further dismayed that he's more interested in figuring out more about his past than he is in boinking her. It's...so weird! I...okay. Focus. Will and Angelika eventually come to an agreement that they have to figure out his past if he's to ever have a future, especially with her. As a very, very weird historical sci-fi novel this sort of works. As a romance, it doesn't really. Never does Will actually seem all that interested in Angelika aside from his, um, member showing her affection. Will is not actually there for the romance much of the time--he's an amnesiac who discovers that he likes gardening and hiring help for his weirdo hosts. While Angelika does come into her own, growing as a person and realizing that the whole world does not exist merely to bring her pleasure, the book never really convinces me that Will is actually interested in being in a romantic novel. The relationship, when it does eventually form, is hampered by the beginning where when you get right down to it, Will is completely stripped of his autonomy and his anatomy for the whims of a person who is obviously crazy. It just reads more like Stockholm Syndrome than it reads sexy, especially as Will can't really seem to decide if he wants her or not. It goes back and forth with no rhyme or reason. Angelika has a steady character progression, but Will just never gets there for me. It made the romance super strange and unsatisfying.
There is also a religious twist that kind of comes out of nowhere, deus ex machina-like. I have no idea what to make of that.
Ultimately, I give this all sorts of points for being brave enough to be this bonkers, but I don't think the premise really ever works to deliver the romance it was promising. Will was just too flat, too pieced together (haha), and too ambivalent about his situation too much of the time. The writing is lovely, but the rest is just a big fat question mark.
I prefer Thorne’s voice and style in contemporary romance, based on comparison here. She is an excellent writer and typically her characters and plots leap off the page and demand that you love them, warts and all. This book *almost* accomplished that but fell short. I had a hard time with the borderline necrophilic start to the novel and it really prevented me from rooting for anybody for the rest of the novel. Angelika does grow in leaps and bounds as a character but her development wasn’t as artfully or subtly done as some other heroines I’ve read. A bit clunky, as was the plot. I really wanted to like this book more than I did! I didn’t hate it, there were some lovely moments, humorous lines, and one particularly compelling romantic scene.