Title: Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match
Author: Sally Thorne
Publication Date: September 6, 2022
Publisher: Avon Books
Number of Pages: 384 Pages
From Goodreads: 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!
Thank you Harper Collins Canada for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This Frankenstein reimagining was such a fun and wild ride. The premise was unique and bizarre, and it made for a very memorable read that was perfect for the start of spooky season.
Angelika Frankenstein is looking for the perfect man, the only problem is, she can’t find him. While helping her brother, Victor, work on his experiment to bring a reassembled man back to life, she decides that she should try to make her perfect man instead. What follows is a memorable adventure full of courting and trying to help Will, the reassembled man brought back to life, remember his true identity.
My favourite thing about this book is how bizarre it is. The premise is just weird, which made for some laugh-out-loud moments.
I really liked the characters in this book. Angelika is flawed and she has some moments where she’s quite selfish and annoying, but I still really liked her. Will is a cinnamon roll and I thought he was delightful. Victor and Lizzie are a perfectly weird couple and I adored them. Finally, Belladonna is the most delightful pig I’ve ever encountered.
I also enjoyed Angelika’s growth and her journey of self-discovery in this book and how her character arc mirrors the arc of the Frankenstein home. As Angelika starts to become more self-aware, the Frankenstein home starts to become less neglected while returning to its former glory.
I also liked the mystery aspect of this book. When Will is brought back from the dead, he doesn’t remember anything about his former life. I liked watching him and Angelika trying to solve the mystery of his past and watching all of the pieces fall into place.
This book is a romance book, so I should probably take a minute to talk about that. I thought the romance in this book was sweet. There were some steamy moments, but it was on the lower end of the steam scale.
Another thing I enjoyed about this book was the nods to Mary Shelley and the original story.
Overall, this was a weird book, but I really enjoyed it. It had memorable characters, a whacky storyline, and it made for an excellent spooky season read.
Rating: 4 Stars!