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Angelmonster by Veronica Bennett
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Oct 07, 08

bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read in October, 2008

After reading Veronica Bennett's fictional biography of Jane Austen, Cassandra's Sister, I went looking for more of her books.
Thinking that Angelmonster, the fictional account/bio of Mary Shelley, would be just as good, I picked up the book without looking at any reviews-bad idea.
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Angelmonster is the story of Mary Shelley, the author of one of the greatest known horror stories in history.
Mary was the daughter of an English radical, and due to the death of her mother, Mary's upbringing was a bit rough was filled with outrageous ideas.
At the age of sixteen, Mary eloped with Percy Shelley, a young poet.
Though already married, Percy was determined they should be together-no matter the terms or the gossip.
(Mary had two children before she was actually "married".)
After the deaths of her three children, Mary began to write her horror story:
Frankenstein!
Mary sought happiness with her "angel", but because of her wrong doings and tragedies, those things turned into a "monster".

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I did not like this book because of Mary Shelley's choices: eloping and affairs with married men.
But what do you except? From Mary's sad mind came Frankenstein!
Although it's a girl's true story, I wouldn't recommend it.
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