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Such Wicked Intent

(The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein #2)

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When his grieving father orders the destruction of the Dark Library, Victor retrieves a book in which he finds the promise of not just communicating with the dead, but entering their realm, and soon he, Elizabeth, and Henry are in the spirit world of Château Frankenstein, creating and growing a body.

[Book two of The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series.]
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published August 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Shpunx Well, to answer the first part of the question, no Elizabeth does not die. If you had actually taken the time to read Frankenstein you would know that…moreWell, to answer the first part of the question, no Elizabeth does not die. If you had actually taken the time to read Frankenstein you would know that at the beginning she is alive, and seeing this as a prequel, no she does not die. But that does not mean she doesn't die in Frankenstein (if ya know what i mean)(less)
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as much as i hated the opening sentences,

The books flew open like startled birds trying to escape the flames. One after another I savagely hurled them into the hottest part of the bonfire, watching them ignite almost before they landed.

**no!! don't burn the bookas!!**

i really liked this book. more than the first one, actually. although they both get four stars because i don't do math. i think this one skews darker than the first one, and builds upon the consequences arising from the first book's
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
Who will go rogue? Who will lose their mind? Who is the wicked?

In the sequel to “This Dark Endeavor”, Victor, Konrad, Elizabeth and Henry are transported into a paranormal spirit world. Alchemy and potent potions will first lend to superior strengths, but won’t stand against time. Slowly, these characters go through their own little nightmares influenced by grim and dark forces from the other side.

“Here's all I know: that the world is uncontrollable. Chaos reigns. That anything and everything m
Ashley Daviau
I was hoping that this book would blow the first one out of the water and come to a stunning conclusion. That wasn’t the case but it was just as good as the first one so at least there’s that!

I found this book to be much darker than the first and I quite enjoyed the twists and turns it took. Quite a few times I was completely caught by surprise by the turn of events. This book was definitely action packed and a page turner!

My main issue with this series is the love triangle. It’s actually quit
"Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful."-Frankenstein

Setting:Geneva, Switzerland; the early 1800s (I think)

Coverly Love?:Yes! I think the image of Victor and Elizabeth is exquisite.

Plot:After the events of the last book, Konrad Frankenstein is dead. While Henry Clerval has lost one of his closest friends and Elizabeth has lost her betrothed, perhaps the person lost greatly affected by his tragic death is his twin brother Victor. Wracked with raw grief over the death of his belov
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Let's do this!

Oh and this is the guy( I forgot his name)

Wow!!!!! I loved this!!!! A bit sad at the end though. Full review to come.
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

**WARNING: This review contains unavoidable spoilers for the first book in the Victor Frankenstein series. If you have not read This Dark Endeavor and do not wish to be spoiled, LOOK AWAY.**


It has been weeks since Konrad's death, and Chateau Frankenstein is frozen in a state of cold grief. Victor's failed concoction - the elixir of life, brewed at much danger and cost Victor the fingers of his left hand - is a bitter blow. In his grief and rage, V
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
4 Stars

Much like the first book, this was an ominous and gripping Frankenstein-inspired story about a character enticed by power and the bond between twins.

In fact, I would say this book was even more ominous than the first, and also a little bit creepy at times, because of the things happening in the plot.

Once again, Victor was an intriguing character with some darkness in him, but a character who was definitely not all bad. Something he did near the end was especially touching. As I've
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh dear, my heart. Where to begin?

I picture Oppel thinking something like this: How am I going to beat the rather disturbing three trials from the first novel? Solution- let's have some creepy mud children and butterflies mixed with a little body snatching and maybe we'll even drown someone.

I have to say I rather hated Elizabeth this novel. She can be as religious as she likes, please stop forcing it on Victor, and stop being so self-righteous. I suppose the ending explains some of her stupidity
Kat Heckenbach
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have to say that I liked this book better than the first in the series (This Dark Endeavor) although I did find a few minor things frustrating. My biggest gripe was that the pacing was a bit too fast in places. But overall, the story was pretty gripping. This book is even darker than the first, and there were times I somewhat regretted reading so late at night ;). The ending resolved things for the most part, although I felt there could have been more exploration/discover of what the pit god w ...more
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
I must say that I enjoyed the first book of this series MUCH more than this volume. I wouldn't say this is a "bad" book, but honestly it was just okay. It had a few moments of triumph that were exciting and heart pounding, but for the most part all the characters just became more annoying or whiny versions of the great characters they were in book one.

I did enjoy it enough to keep reading and I honestly wanted to finish it, but it is not a book I think I would ever want to read a second time. I
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
What an amazing adventure of a book. I'd read This Dark Endeavor, book 1, a while ago and absolutely loved it. Dark and gothic, it took me to an unbelievable time and through awful tragedy.

and here we are, Elizabeth and Victor, after that tragedy. Even Henry is touched by the loss. When Victor burned the dark library and all it held, I really couldn't imagine where this could go.

But then the life board, the pendulum, the creepy words. The clock, the elixir and the story just took off. I'm still
Anna Shelby ☕
I'm such a klutz, I've read the sequel first *sigh* ...more
Eva B.
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
The spirit world is interesting, but nothing much is happening. I'm pretty sure I know exactly where the story is going and I just don't care enough to continue. Also I do not have the energy to read a book with a fucking love square where Victor, Henry, and Kondrad all are into Elizabeth :/ ...more
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, 2012
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Those Seeking Excellence will Definitely Find it Here

There are not so many YA Canadian authors out there. But let me tell you something, Kenneth Oppel alone, counts for a thousand more.

There is no biggest pleasure in the world than to read a book written by Kenneth Oppel. He was born to write and to express his thoughts in the most eloquent and graceful way. From tender and heartwarming moments, to the most gruesome and ghoulish scenes, Mr. Oppel's quill
Nicola Mansfield
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reason for Reading: This is the author's latest book.

Absolutely stunning. The first book was good and this one is twice as good. Oppel has stepped up the gothic atmosphere, introduced the supernatural element, played the romance element and kept the entire story very dark. There is not one character in this book who is not immune to the elements of the darkside. The reader doesn't really know if anyone is truly a 'good' character. I found this to be one of the best books I've read by Oppell and
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
A weaker 4 stars than the first in this duology.
I quite enjoyed this series that is a sort of prequel to Frankenstein I prefer the first book, just because Elizabeth's character was unbearable in this book. It seems unreal to me that these 2 people keep going along with Victor when clearly they should know better by now.
Definitely a fun entertaining read and I hope you check it out some day :)
Set as the second of two sequels to Frankenstein, this book is darkly twisting and wildly unpredictable. Although more fantasy than the first, the science-fiction theme is strong and prevalent. Maybe not better than the first, it is at least as good. I'm really happy I finally got around to ready this! ...more
Liv Chanin
I got this as an ARC from the PLA conference this past week, and I read it on the bus ride home. I LOVED this book. To me, it's always a happy day when the sequel is better than the original. Oppel did some fantastic character development in this book. I repeat, fantastic. He has really delved into Victor's psyche, and what can I say about Henry other than I love him. This book was downright frightening at points, and the unexpected plot-twists had me flying through the pages. Nothing about this ...more
Jennifer Rayment
Positively brilliant sequel to Oppel's This Dark Endeavor. Plenty of fast paced action, twists and turns. Had me on the edge of my seat and I had no idea what was going to happen, even after having read Mary Shelley's tale. All of the characters are richly developed and feel so very real. Once again Oppel doesn't write down to his readers and he has created a dark gothic tale for readers 13 plus. The ending is left open so even if Oppel doesn't write another story, you feel satisfied with what h ...more
Chelsea Gouin
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
It's been a very long time since I read the first book, and I remember really liking that one. This one however I had difficulty focusing on. Victor was so unlikable and his decent to obsession came on so quickly that I didn't care what happened to him. The rivalry with Henry was stupid and why did literally every guy fall head over heels for Elizabeth? She was terrible. Perhaps I would have felt differently if I had not waited so long to read this one, but I just wasn't feeling it. ...more
Maci Dierking
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful duology! So much adventure, mystery and magic. I loved this series!
Sierra Abrams
Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel (#2)
Pages: 310
Release Date: Aug. 21st, 2012
Date Read: 2012, August 11th-12th
Received: ARC (borrowed)
Rating: 5/5 stars
Recommended to: 14+

There are some maaaajor spoilers in this review, so if you don't want the first book ruined for you, I suggest you skip reading this! Howevvver...I HIGHLY recommend this series, so if you're interested, check out my review of the first book, This Dark Endeavor.

Victor has made a promise - an oath. After the death of th
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was extremely lucky to be able to feature Kenneth Oppel's first installment in The Apprenticeship Of Victor Frankenstein series during my MEN in YA event in 2011. This Dark Endeavor was fabulous and I absolutely and utterly loved it. It ended up being one of my TOP 10 favourite reads of 2011, and since then I have re-read it at least 5 times. When back in June 2012 I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of the second book in Oppel's gorgeous series, I won't lie - my eyes prickles with te ...more
Emma Peck
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
amazing book, highly reccomend
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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'Such Wicked Intent' by Kenneth Oppel
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Kenneth Oppel's most recent book, 'Such Wicked Intent' (sequel to 'This Dark Endeavour'), has fascinated readers of many ages with its captivating and gothic tale regarding the early life of Victor Frankenstein. Being one of this year's Red Maple picks, just as 'This Dark Endeavour' had been last year, it has a promising look towards being this year's winner!

Sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein has been coerced to cease his passion for alch
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I wasn't sure whether to give this book five stars or drop it down to four. I loved almost everything of this sequel to 'This Dark Endeavour' except for one thing - Elizabeth.
Elizabeth in 'This Dark Endeavour' was a likeable, strong female character. But just a few chapter into 'Such Wicked Intent' I was sick and tired of hearing about how fricking wonderful she is. Victor goes on and on and *on* about how beautiful and spirited and smart she is, and then as if that's not irritating enough, we g
Michelle Isenhoff
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I loved the occult-free scariness of book one. It left me with the same nicely unsettled feeling as the classic novel, Frankenstein, for which this series serves as a prequel. But in book two, after the Elixir of Life fails to save his brother, Victor burns all his books of alchemy and turns his focus to the spiritual. Mr. Oppel does weave a page-turning story which I did finish and enjoy, but I do advise much more caution than with book one. My fear of dabbling with spirits closely resembles El ...more
Emily S.
I've decided that I'm a fan of gothic horror novels. Really, no time period does horror better than gothic. It's dark, twisted, terrifying...while being free from all the gore and disgusting stuff that turn me off in modern horror.

This series is no exception. When I read the first book, I was a little put off in the beginning by the slower pacing. By the time I finished, however, I realized that it was perfect. The story NEEDED it. It didn't need to speed by at a pace I couldn't keep up with.

Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Such Wicked Intent. When does obsession become madness?
April 26, 2012

I must confess, I begged the wonderful assistant marketing manager at Simon & Shuster for an early copy of Such Wicked Intent, Kenneth Oppel’s second installment in the Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein. I LOVED This Dark Endeavor (see “There is a Passion in You That Scares Me,” November 2011). I danced around the room when TDE was put both on the Texas Lone Star and the TAYSHAS reading lists (it has also won many other aw
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
The apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by #2 Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel
October 2015
*I read the French translation “L’apprentissage de Victor Frankenstein #2 Un vil dessein”*
Translations ruin everything. Do not read the translation of a book if you can read it in its original language, kids. The writing style will feel awkward and like something is off, and the reading experience will seriously be affected by it. Also I hate sentences like this ‘Victor thought what Elizabeth said w
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