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Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  358 ratings  ·  118 reviews
A new generation is creating a monster....

Giselle and Ingrid are the twin daughters of Doctor Victor Frankenstein, but they are very different people, and when they inherit his castle in the Orkney Islands, Giselle dreams of holding parties and inviting society -- but Ingrid is fascinated by her father's forbidden experiments.
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Scholastic Press
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Ferdy
2.5 stars — spoilers

This wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. There were some aspects that I enjoyed such as 1. The book being written in diary format 2. Two sisters (Giselle and Ingrid) taking turns narrating 3. How short it was 4. The slight eerie and gothic vibe 5. The mystery of Frankenstein and Giselle/Ingrid's father and 6. The setting on the quiet island.
I thought the contrast between Giselle and Ingrid was very cliched but it kind of worked for the story. Giselle was the beautiful, ou...more
Jon
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I knew I had to read Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters once I saw it. It was being marketed as a sequel to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and I just loved the idea! The problem with Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters is that it is poorily executed and it doesn't live up to it's potential.

It's extremely hard to like a book where you dislike all of the characters. Giselle is extremely superficial and too concerned with the way people view her.Does Giselle enjoy being abused? She is hur...more
Jessica
The best thing I can say about this book is that it reads quickly. If it had spent any time in between chapters reflecting on the book, I probably would have left it unfinished. But, I breezed through it, frequently scratching my head in puzzlement, as I turned to the next page.

So many weird glitches. From little anachronisms like the phrase "homemade bread," as if that was not the norm of the day. Oh and Castle Frankenstein is on the Orkney Islands. I guess that is from the MacFrankenstaihn si...more
Dianne
This story follows the identical twin daughters of Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein, the man who created a creature from spare body parts. (Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley) As teens, they discover their birthright, inherit a castle owned by the late scientist they never knew. Deep under the castle, the girls find his laboratory.

The story is cleverly written in the form of journal entries made by each twin, using the manner of writing for the 19th century, giving the story even more depth!...more
Ian Wood
This is a rather abridged version of the review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here.

I rated this novel WARTY!

(Spoilers - well, not really. No one could spoil this novel any more than the author already did)

Here's a good rule of thumb by which to measure all pretenders to the throne of Mary Shelley (whether y...more
Kelly Hager
This book is ridiculously fun. Obviously it would help if you read the original Frankenstein, but I read that freshman year in college and not since, so I can't say that I remember it all that well. I do think that this book would still make sense even if you didn't read it because, after all, it's not like Frankenstein hasn't seeped its way into pop culture.

(If you don't read the original book, you should know that Frankenstein is the doctor who created the monster; the monster doesn't have a n...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I immediately loved the rich, dark, gothic feel this had. With each new chapter opening with a journal entry, it was so well done and flowed so nicely. I loved watching the personalities of the sisters change over time as they took in all that was around them and as they discovered more about themselves and their family.

I couldn't help but feel like I had been transported back into another era. A darker time when very little was still known in the medical profession and with each new discovery a...more
Mara
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? Despite the character impersonators, I actually do really like the cover. It's got the Gothic feel, with Giselle holding the candle, and Castle Frankenstein in the background with a full moon.

Characters: Giselle and Ingrid are practically opposites when it comes to their personalities. Ingrid is obsessed with science and discovering how things work; she could not care less about fancy dresses or what society expects. Giselle, meanwhile, is a social butterfly and hopes to...more
Emily
*A copy was provided by Scholastic for review purposes*

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like this one…and that is totally not a good thing. I haven’t ever read a book where I couldn’t figure out why on earth it was even written, but I have now. This book was POINTLESS! There was absolutely no reason to write this book, because hello! Books actually have a story line that goes somewhere. This one, however, didn’t. I really, really loved the idea and how it connected with the original Frankens...more
Renee
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Darleen
Dr Frankenstein's Daughters
-A review

Basically, the story follows the twin daughters of the infamous Victor Frankenstein that inherited the family castle. Ingrid wanted to take her late father's work further than he ever dreamed, while Giselle dreamed of the complete restoration of the castle for her lavish party.
But things take a drastic turn for the worse, as events start occurring from the time that they get settled into their inherited castle in Gairsay. Victor Frankenstein was a mad scienti...more
Lucy
When I read the blurb of this book, I thought the general concept of the book was pretty interesting but, unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations.

The world building was poor, to the point where I can't even define the genre of the book. I guess it was supposed to be horror but I don't even see the horror in it, except for the mentions to Dr Victor Frankenstein, the beast he created and a bunch of people that were killed by said beast.
There's also a bit of historic fiction, giving tha...more
Inkyfox
Also posted here: http://ireviewyalit.blogspot.ca/2013/...

Great idea, mediocre execution.
Introduction
Before Victor Frankenstein died, he had twin daughters. Ingrid is her father’s daughter, possessing a scientific mind. Giselle is frail with her cough, but is beautiful. They inherit Castle Frankenstein on a lonely little island and relocate with their new wealth. Ingrid becomes fascinated with her late father’s scientific research, and Giselle is a budding socialite looking for love. The peace...more
Alexandra Bayer
Ingrid and Giselle Frankenstein grew up without a mother or father. Raised by their grandmother, the girls always wondered who their parents were and why they didn't know them. However, in 1815, at the age of seventeen, the twins discover a bit more about their family tree. Their father has died, and left behind the Frankenstein castle for the sisters to inherit. Giselle plans on restoring the castle to its former glory and throwing lavish parties; however, Ingrid is more interested in her fath...more
Catherine
A lovely read! This is the first book I have read by Suzanne Weyn and I would enjoy reading more from her.
The story itself follows the twin daughters of Dr. Frankenstein, who we all know from Mary Shelly's original book. The twins Ingrid and Giselle are best friends but two very different people, Ingrid (who I liked more) is very interested in the sciences, and her fathers research. Giselle is a social climber. When they are at their family castle we see the two grow as individuals instead of...more
Laura
Awful, awful, awful, awful, awful, awful, awful awful.
There. Reading that sentence of awfuls is as good as reading the book. Now just walk away.

Everything wrong with this book:

- The diary format is ineffective. You cannot call it a diary and then treat it like you would first person POV. People don't write that way.
- Clicked twins are completely opposite trope.
- Telling telling telling. Where is the showing? There are some really important things the author just told, which would be okay if...more
Jess
There was so much potential to make this a longer, creepier novel. It was too short, too rushed, and the journal entry style was used to move time along faster. Had one sister taken the forefront of the story it would have been easier to follow. Still, it was interesting enough to earn 2 stars.
Andrea
This was not my favorite book. There were just so many things that really bugged me. First of ask I was hoping for something scary. This was not scary at all! Next, the girls were very frequently left unescorted. This would never have happened. One sister was even taken into a rough party of town and attacked by her escort...a young man. Seriously! Another thing, the journal entry style for this book just did not work! It never sounded like a journal. I mean who puts dialogue in their own journa...more
Lisa Nocita
In this reimagined version of Frankenstein, Frankenstein fathers identical twins but his wife dies during childbirth. On the run from his monstrous creation, he abandons the girls to the care of family members, never to be seen again. Just as the girls reach seventeen, their father's body is discovered in the arctic circle and the girls inherit their birthright, the family fortune, the remote castle, and their father's journals. Thus, Dr. Frankenstein's grim legacy continues.


A very quick read w...more
Debby Zigenis-Lowery
I really enjoyed this YA novel. It was a mysterious puzzler, a psychological thriller, and a winsome tale of the love between sisters. Making strong (and some fun) connections to Shelley's original Frankenstien, the novel proposes the birth and secret rearing of Dr. Frankenstein's twin daughters from a secret first marriage, and then picks up the tale after his death when these daughters inherit his castle in the Orkney Islands. It was a quick and gripping read told through the alternating diary...more
Yu-chi
Interesting concept, but a little too predictable. There was an incident with Giselle that I could smell from a mile away. I expected a little bit more twin interaction, but aside from one night in a hotel, the author left their relationship to the imagination. Ingrid took off after Victor Frankenstein almost too well, like a female version of Mary Shelley's character. The ending was abrupt and felt rushed.

However, I did enjoy the author's spin on the classic story, and she matched up her versi...more
Allie
Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters had one thing going for it---I read it at a point in time (aka 2 days after Discovery of Witches) that I was so stinking tired of details in writing that I just wanted a super fast-paced story. Weyn, in 240 double spaced pages, gave us that. I almost felt as thought the "book" was more like a short story, of sorts. Anyways.

This book follows the twin daughters of Dr. Victor Frankenstein-Ingrid and Giselle. Guess which one is super graceful and beautiful and which one...more
Hannah
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Ms. Yingling
Victor Frankenstein had twin daughters whom he abandoned at their birth to keep them safe from the monster that was stalking him and murdering his closest friends. They were raised by a grandfather in Germany, but when Giselle and Ingrid receive news that their father has left them a legacy, they leave Germany and head off to the Castle Frankenstein on a windswept Orkney isle with their uncle. There, the two determine that they will renovate the castle and stay there. Gisele is the more fashiona...more
Aylee
In short: I had fun with Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters by Suzanne Weyn, but ultimately, I wanted a story with a little more substance.


Set sometime after the events of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters tells the story of, well, Dr. Frankenstein's orphaned twin daughters, Giselle and Ingrid. The girls - complete opposites in personality - inherit Castle Frankenstein on a remote island in Scotland. Beautiful and shallow Giselle takes on life as the new Baroness of the castle...more
Jenea Whittington
This is a spin off from the original Frankenstein. This is told from the journal entries of the daughters, Giselle and Ingrid. Two very different sisters.

Ingrid is beautiful and intelligent, but keeps to herself. Whereas, Giselle is just as beautiful but more of a social lite. She is shallow and just wants to get ahead in the world socially. They begin to explore the castle finding their father’s diaries entailing all of his research. Ingrid finds all of it fascinating, definitely her fathers da...more
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Cover Impressions: The cover has a little bit of an old school feel. It reminds me of ghost stories that I would have read in elementary school. The colors are pretty and the setting is ominous.

The Gist: Giselle and Ingrid have discovered that they are the daughters of the brilliant and wealthy Dr. Frankenstein. As his only heirs, they inherit his castle in the Orkney Islands and set about making it their own. While Giselle renovates...more
Diamond
This book was provided to me by Netgalley/Scholastic Publishers.

I really enjoyed this book! I was skeptical because of the many mediocre reviews, so I wasn't expecting much. The premise, that Victor Frankenstein had two daughters (twins) Giselle and Ingrid, and tells the story of their lives.
The twins don't know their father or mother and are raised by their grandfather. They come to inherit their fathers castle and meet their Uncle. Who doesn't love a haunted story with a castle?
The entire b...more
Ms. Drake

Cover Impressions: The cover has a little bit of an old school feel. It reminds me of ghost stories that I would have read in elementary school. The colors are pretty and the setting is ominous.

The Gist: Giselle and Ingrid have discovered that they are the daughters of the brilliant and wealthy Dr. Frankenstein. As his only heirs, they inherit his castle in the Orkney Islands and set about making it their own. While Giselle renovates and plans an elaborate party, Ingrid becomes lost in her fathe...more
Heather Wood
This book had a lot of potential that it never fully reached. I liked the premise and the gothic feel of the novel, but some plot issues undermined my enjoyment of it.

The story starts out with two twin sisters finding out that they’ve inherited a castle from their estranged father Victor Frankenstein. The pacing at the start of the book was a little off for me. I would’ve liked a little more background on the twins’ upbringing rather than a large amount of time learning about the castle and the...more
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Suzanne Weyn grew up in Williston Park, Long Island, New York. She has three sisters and a brother. As a girl she was very interested in theater and in reading. Louisa May Alcott was her favorite author, but she also read every Sherlock Holmes story. Suzanne lived pretty close to the ocean and going to Jones Beach was one of her favorite activities Even today, if she goes too long without seeing t...more
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