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Such Wicked Intent (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  3,493 Ratings  ·  564 Reviews
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
Alicia O'Carrick
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: retellings, steampunk

"Victor, I believe there is something on this earth you desire more than anything, and it isn't me."

Actual rating: 2.5 stars.

Well, I have to say that Such Wicked Intent is definitely more interesting than its predecessor, This Dark Endeavor, but I don't think I enjoyed it as much.

For starters, there are so many unanswered questions that were never tied up at the end. There are these caves and a burial ground discovered underneath Chateau Frankenstein, as well as this monster that is being slow
"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 beloved
Kisses A
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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 ☕
I'm such a klutz, accidentaly I've read the sequel first *sigh*
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 :)
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
Stefanie Hasse
"Ein Tropfen Blut quoll aus meinem Finger auf das Schmuckstück und sofort wurde das Ding in meiner Hand zu etwas Lebendigem."
(S. 15)

"Immer schneller wächst die Kreatur heran, sieht jede Sekunde mehr aus wie ein Mensch. Seine Haut ist nicht länger lehmig, sondern nach Farbe und Beschaffenheit menschlich."
(S. 133)

"Ich kratzte mich an der Stirn und wurde irgendwie das Gefühl nicht los, dass wir einen Fehler begangen hatten, aber der konnte jetzt nicht mehr rückgängig gemacht werden."
(S. 167)

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
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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'Such Wicked Intent' by Kenneth Oppel
Done By: Khwahish

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
Shelves: ya-fic
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 othe
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
Shawn Spjut
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Oppel has managed to successfully lead me down the dark and twisted pathways of the heart and mind of the young Victor Frankenstein in such a way, that even now, twenty-four hours after reading those hateful words, "The End", I have yet to decide whether to embrace the main character in hopeful love, or toss him in an asylum for the criminally insane before it’s too late. I don't know whether to applaud his willingness to explore all the possibilities to try and save his twin, or resi ...more
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People reading red maple books or like frankenstein
Recommended to Victoria by: red maple/Mr. Gould
In the second installment of the The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, a great tragedy has forced 16-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear never to dabble in the dark arts and sciences of alchemy again-just as he had promised to no longer covet his brother's betrothed, Elizabeth. If only these things were not so tempting to him. One day, Victor and Elizabeth discover an easy portal into the spirit world, where Victor's dead brother, Konrad, is. With their best friend Henry, Victor, Elizabet ...more
I was a HUGE fan of the first book of The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series, This Dark Endeavor. That book was chock full of genuinely creepy surprises, and I loved the whole Gothic, claustrophobic feel of the story.

Unfortunately, this book seems to suffer from "2nd Book Syndrome". Which is what I call the annoying trend of sequels never living up to the awesomeness of the first book in a series. I have been running into this quite a bit lately, and it's more than a little depressing.
Oct 21, 2012 rated it liked it
This book picks up shortly after the first one leaves off. Just as Victor is dealing with the death of his twin, Konrad, he discovers a portal into the spirit world where he finds his brother in a state of limbo. Together with his friends he searches for a way to bring his brother back from the dead.

This one is slightly darker in tone. Where the first one focuses on science and the dark arts, this one is centered around the spirit world and the paranormal. I found I did not like this approach qu
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kenneth Oppel spins a delightful twist on the classic tale about a young man who would aspire to the greatest heights, giving up all he holds dear for the promise of triumph. Konrad is dead, and his twin, young and ambitious Victor Frankenstein, despairs of ever seeing his brother again. The failed brewing of the Elixir of Life has brought him, his best friend Henry, and Elizabeth, his brothers' betrothed, to an all-time low. The burning of the Dark Library was just the icing on the cake, until ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Mourning the loss of Konrad, Mr. Frankenstein has ordered the books from the hidden library burned and the well filled and bricked up. But Victor finds a metal box that doesn't burn in the fire of books. Inside the box is the key for enter a dimension that holds the dead. He tries out the instructions and is able to meet up with his brother once again. Elizabeth and Henry visit the land of the dead with him. Victor's jealousy of Elizabeth and Konrad's love don't prevent him from trying to resurr ...more
Thea Aurora
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Ok...I read this book series in french. The first book I finished reading in one sitting... that's how good the first book was but honestly the second book was kind of a dissapointement for me. I was expecting way more and I thought maybe there should be a third book or even make the book longer cause after all that's happend I thaught it finihsed poorly. The ending was happy but not happy cause I thaught Konrad would be back in the mortal world in a form whatsoever but that did not happen some ...more
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