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Frankenstein comes to life for the wired generation.

Following her critically-acclaimed iDrakula, award-winning author Bekka Black breathes life into a modern re-telling of iFrankenstein, using only text messages, web browsers, tweets, and emails.

Homeschooled teenager Victor Frankenstein is determined to write his own ticket to independence: a chatbot to win the prestigiou
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Published September 16th 2012
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I have to start by saying iFrankenstein is BRILLIANT! I have never read a book that was composed of text messages, online chats, tweets, and e-mails. I have to say that when I first started reading it I was like this is weird but after the first five pages I was like OMG this is totally different and in a good way. I could not get enough and I devoured this book in a few hours. What i also liked was that I have not read a re-telling of Frankenstein so it was refreshing to see someone do it ...more
Judith Starkston
Oct 28, 2012 Judith Starkston rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Review of iFrankenstein by Bekka Black

Bekka Black has retold Frankenstein in the 21st century by text, email, tweet, and web browsers, primarily for a teen audience. Bekka Black is also Rebecca Cantrell, the adult-fiction author of the outstanding Hannah Vogel series set in Nazi Germany. She’s an excellent storyteller and it carries over into this highly unconventional book. If you’re interested in writing that breaks the traditional mold, this meets the bill. From my perspective, a middle-aged
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Prangon
Oct 01, 2012 Prangon rated it really liked it
This is the second cell phone novel I have read from Bekka Black. And like iDrakula this too was impossible to put down till the very end. iFrankenstein is the modern techie take of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein.

Over the years there have been allot of movies, series, plays based on the original book, I ought to know cause I am a big no HUGE Frankenstein fan. However from all the Frankenstein takes I have witnessed thus far, iFranktenstein is one of the most memorable one. I suppose if Frankenstein
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Sharon Stevenson
Jan 04, 2015 Sharon Stevenson rated it really liked it
'iFrankenstein' is a modernised version of the classic monster story, told in a cutting edge style that uses text messages and emails rather than a typical narrative.

When I started reading this I will admit I found it quite hard to get into, as I didn't find the format very engaging. It got interesting very quickly, however, and I was drawn in more and more as the story progressed, taken by surprise by the well written plot twists.

This is a brilliant story written in a very unique way. It's on
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Kaitlyn Francis
Oct 24, 2012 Kaitlyn Francis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Ever wonder if technology can be used against us in the end, whos thought process is like our very own. In Ifrankenstein, we get a glimpse of a possible outcome if a person ever voices his or her computer. The machines rise in this spunky tale that allows us the reader a chance into messages, emails and also communication from the other side. Victor Frankenstein is on cruise with his father and also Elizabeth and her mother, since he is not prone to venture outside the cabin and comes up with an ...more
Dani
Mar 28, 2014 Dani rated it really liked it
Bekka Black’s iMonsters series is something truly in a class all its own. Clever and innovative both in style and formatting, Black’s reimagining gothic horror classics in a wonderfully creative and imaginative way, seamlessly incorporating her own interesting twists and adaptations for a modern YA audience. In this particular instance? Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Drawing on the original epistolary format of Shelley’s novel, Black updates it by telling her story through emails, texts, chats and ...more
Roxanne Kade
Nov 26, 2012 Roxanne Kade rated it really liked it
I loved the way in which this story was told. It is probably one of the most unique and brilliant ideas I have ever seen. Texts, emails, online chats, and blog entries – yup, think of all the ways in which we communicate in this digital age, and you will find it in this book. It even mentions our favorite social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace.

I have to admit though, that I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to connect with any of the characters or the story because of this
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Julie Read Our Lips! Book Review Blog
Utilizing cell phone texts, emails, and chat messages, iFrankenstein by Bekka Black is about Victor Frankenstein, a computer genius who forsakes reality and prefers to live his life in the cyber world. He’s obsessed with inventing an internet chat bot cloned after himself for the prestigious Turing Award.

While Victor’s father is on an overseas cruise on the S.S. Walton, chronicling the last voyage of the famous ship for the National Geographic, Victor spends all his time locked in his cabin, tr
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Vidya-BooksAreMagic
Full review and my reading notes can be seen at Books Are Magic.

This is the retelling of the Frankenstein (original by Mary Shelley). I do not know the original story of Frankenstein. But, when I read a retelling, I have to know the original story right? So, I referred the fastest way - Wikipedia.

So, coming back to the review of iFrankenstein, I loved it. Victor is a computer geek, upset with his dad (calling him The Sperm Donor), never having time with Elizabeth - the girl he likes/maybe love,
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Savannah (Books With Bite)
Oct 23, 2012 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it really liked it
After reading, iDracula, I knew this book I had to read. If you love a good progressive story, entirely in emails, text, chats.

I loved that this book is so easy to get into. All text, chats, emails are short yet filled with so much info. All information flows well, guiding the reader to a fast paced plot. I like that the plot of Frankenstein is so different yet up to date with modern times. I was anxious to see what exactly the Frankenstein will be, so when it came up, I thought it was clever an
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Angela
Nov 14, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing
Kindle version free via author for honest review

This book is a modernized, "techy" version of Frankenstein. Victor is a homeschooled teen who wants to win admission to the higher tech university he wishes to go to. To do this he decides to create a chatbot who can talk to people all over the world and answer questions by taking information from all the online places Victor has gone. He is so focused on his chatbot creation that he seems to forget that he is on a cruise with a beautiful girl whom
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April
Oct 12, 2012 April rated it liked it
(Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)

3.5 Stars - A great deal of what I put in my review for iDrakula still applies and that has made this review somewhat difficult to write as I really don't like to repeat myself or come up with new ways to say virtually (no pun intended) the same thing. But the fact remains that both books, while different, had similar strengths.

As with iDrakula, I felt the liberties and changes that made Shelley's classic novel into a modern sequence of events worked in wond
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Jen
Oct 31, 2012 Jen rated it it was amazing
Using only text messages, web browsers, tweets, and emails, Bekka Black tells an awesome story.

The "monster" isn't pieced together from recycled (read "stolen") body parts, but from "recycled" awareness and conversations. While the world is clamoring for artificial "intelligence" that evolves it's own thought processes, I think we all fear that the computer is going to go a little "HAL9000" on us. Black's monster is creepy, super creepy, and not too far removed from what is currently possible w
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Valentina
Nov 06, 2012 Valentina rated it really liked it
The level of originality alone should put this book on must-read lists. Imagine, the entire Frankenstein story told through text, emails and tweets. It really is groundbreaking work.
I must admit, it took me a few pages to get used to the narration’s flow, but once I did, I breezed through the pages, looking forward to what was going to happen next. Something that I found fascinating was the way Bekka Black managed to “piece” together her monster, not from human body parts, but from different ele
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Ashley
Oct 25, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-book
Full review will be up on my blog in the coming days... http://ashleysgotbookcitement.blogspo...

My Thoughts: First off, I just want to thank the author, Bekka Black, for sending me iFrankenstein to review. I read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in high school and really enjoyed the twist Bekka Black put on this classic tale.
I found the story highly enjoyable and a very quick read. I love the format of the story. Reading though e-mails and texts is a refreshing change from normal book format. I also
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Andrea
Nov 16, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it
Have you ever read a book, finish, and thought "What just happened?" That's what happened when I read iFrankenstein. It's not that I didn't like the story, but I really didn't understand what was going on throughout the first half of the book. I felt as if I had been dropped into the middle of an ongoing story.

Once I got my bearings, I actually got into iFrankenstein. The story is told in a series of texts and emails, a format I happen to enjoy. I will say though, that actual story doesn't incl
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Medeia Sharif
Oct 27, 2012 Medeia Sharif rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
The monster in iFrankenstein was not what I expected. I was thinking it would be a flesh and blood creature or a robot, but this monster is 100% virtual, a chatbot created by Victor Frankenstein. The monster is all-knowing, powerful, and demanding as he gets into people’s business, threatens them, and attempts to control them. The story is told in texts, tweets, websites, and emails. It’s suspenseful and I couldn’t put it down, reading it in one sitting, which wasn't hard to do because of the le ...more
Tillie
Nov 02, 2012 Tillie rated it really liked it
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I absolutely loved the retelling of Frankenstein. It did take me a few pages to get use to the different writing technique, but I absolutely loved it. It was an amazingly intriguing story. I seriously couldn't stop reading it the second I started and devoured it so quickly.

I loved the way the author utilized text messages and emails to make the story believable and extremely gripping. I found myself eagerly turning each page wanting to see what happens nex
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Cassie
Dec 13, 2012 Cassie rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book scared me, but I really liked it. I loved how the author incorporated all of our electronic ways of communicating, that was not expected. iFrankenstein is a great read, you will not be disappointed.
Dotti Enderle
Jun 20, 2016 Dotti Enderle rated it it was amazing
Such a clever play on the original story. It's amazing how the author could pull off great characterization through texts and emails. This was a quick read that I highly recommend.
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After a childhood often spent without electricy and running water, Bekka escaped the beautiful wilderness of Talkeetna, Alaska for indoor plumbing and 24/7 electricity in Berlin, Germany. Used to the cushy lifestyle, she discovered the Internet in college and has been wasting time on it ever since (when not frittering away her time on her iPhone). Somehow, she manages to write novels, including th ...more
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