Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters

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A new generation is creating a monster....

When Doctor Victor Frankenstein died, he left behind a legacy of horror...as well as two unacknowledged, beautiful twin daughters. Now these girls are seventeen, and they've come to Frankenstein's castle to claim it as their inheritance.

Giselle and Ingrid are twins, but they couldn't be more different. Giselle is a glamorous social climber who plans on turning Frankenstein's castle into a center of ...

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A new generation is creating a monster....

When Doctor Victor Frankenstein died, he left behind a legacy of horror...as well as two unacknowledged, beautiful twin daughters. Now these girls are seventeen, and they've come to Frankenstein's castle to claim it as their inheritance.

Giselle and Ingrid are twins, but they couldn't be more different. Giselle is a glamorous social climber who plans on turning Frankenstein's castle into a center of high society. Ingrid, meanwhile, is quiet and studious, drawn to the mysterious notebooks her father left behind...and the experiments he went mad trying to perfect.

As Giselle prepares for lavish parties and Ingrid finds herself falling for the sullen, wounded naval officer next door, a sinister force begins to take hold in the castle. Nobody's safe as Frankenstein's legacy leads to a twisted, macabre journey of romance and horror.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In 1815, upon receiving news of the death of their distant father, Victor Frankenstein, 17-year-old twins Giselle and Ingrid travel to Castle Frankenstein in Scotland's Orkney islands to live with their uncle and receive their inheritance. Though the castle is a "fearful place," surrounded by damp weather and superstition, Giselle plans a grand party while Ingrid buries herself in her father's notebooks and begins a romance with their neighbor, retired Lieutenant Walter Hammersmith, who suffers from "a disease of the nervous system." Strange events soon occur: Giselle starts sleepwalking and sees a "bad man" threatening to take them away, and someone has been committing murders in the vicinity. Ingrid begins to resemble her father in an obsessive quest to restore health to one she loves. Weyn (Invisible World: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials) has created an atmospheric and dramatic mystery, which incorporates many historical details and thematic elements from Shelley's gothic tale. The girls' alternating journal entries will keep readers equally invested in both of their stories in this psychological thriller with a dash of romance. Ages 12-up. Agent: Nancy Gallt Literary Agency.
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From the Publisher

Praise for Suzanne Weyn's Distant Waves:

* "Weyn's take on the infamous disaster is wholly original."
- Booklist, starred review

"Told in gripping first-person narrative, this novel features interesting characters and creates a strong sense of time and place, while exploring the mysteries of the spirit world."
- School Library Journal

"Weyn weaves fantasy together with factual threads of the Spiritualist movement, Nikola Tesla's inventions and the celebrity-studded passenger list of the doomed ocean liner....A page-turner."
- Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
What if Mary Shelley's legendary scientist Victor Frankenstein, unbeknownst to Mary Shelley, had married a woman who died giving birth to twin daughters? What if he abandoned his infant daughters into the care of others for fear that they would be hunted by the murderous monster he created? What if, after their father's death, the two young women inherited his castle in the Orkney Islands of Scotland? And what if brainy, bookish Ingrid discovered there her dead father's journals and hidden laboratory and sought to continue his scientific labors, while her glamorous, elegant sister was haunted by strange dark dreams and pursued by dangerous, disturbing assailants? And what if both twins found themselves in love with men who were deeply problematic, each in a different way? Author Weyn serves up a Gothic thriller/romance that should appeal to adolescent girl readers who hanker after a vicarious doomed love with their own Rochester or Heathcliff. The language remains at a pedestrian level—neither girl's diary entries read convincingly like the observations of young ladies in 1815—but most readers are unlikely to quibble, glad to spend time in the company of threatened, lovelorn heroines in a ruined castle, gazing down at a tempestuous sea. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
VOYA - Jamie Hansen
In homage to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818), Weyn explores the possibility that Victor Frankenstein's monstrous creature was not his only offspring. She imagines that Frankenstein fathered twin daughters, Giselle and Ingrid, while still a university student. At the age of seventeen, the girls, who have grown up motherless and unacknowledged by their notorious father, are ready to claim their legacy—Frankenstein's ruinous castle on a remote island in the Scottish Orkneys. Although identical in appearance, the twins differ widely in character. Giselle is a luxury-loving, ambitious social climber who intends to make the castle a gathering place for the social elite. Studious Ingrid finds herself drawn to her father's notebooks describing his disturbing experiments with galvanism and the reanimation of corpses. In the best traditions of Gothic fiction, inexplicable sinister forces begin to assert control over the castle and influence the lives of those residing within its weathered stone walls. Alternating journal entries reveal the growing mental instability of Giselle and Ingrid in their love for their reclusive neighbor, a sick and wounded naval officer. Weyn allows Ingrid and Giselle to tell their own stories, using the constraining fictional device of diary entries. In general, she succeeds in capturing the nuances of early-nineteenth-century diction and literary style, with only a few lapses. In the matter of character development, however, she is less successful. Neither Giselle nor Ingrid seems fully developed as a character, and the minor personalities are unmemorable. Libraries should purchase this title as demand warrants. Reviewer: Jamie Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—An alchemy of romance and suspense, science and history, this book would make Mary Shelley proud. Written in diary form, the novel consists of entries belonging to Victor Frankenstein's identical twin daughters (liberties are taken with the original story). Upon learning that their father is dead, the girls also discover that they have inherited his fortune, and on the eve of their 17th birthday, arrive at a remote Scottish island to claim Castle Frankenstein. Deftly characterized, glamorous and vibrant Giselle is determined to turn the moldering mansion into a showplace, overseeing renovations and planning a grand party, while thoughtful and studious Ingrid becomes consumed by Victor's diaries describing his experiments and resolves to heal a handsome neighbor who is dying of an incurable disease. When acquaintances are found dead, the sisters wonder if some macabre family curse plagues them. Weyn carefully doles out answers to tantalizing questions. What lies at the root of Giselle's dramatic sleepwalking episodes? Is Ingrid's prideful obsession with science leading her into insanity as it did Victor? Why are people being murdered and who is the culprit? The book reaches a dramatic conclusion at the much-anticipated house party. Real 19th-century luminaries are guests, and when readers get to the final showdown scene in the underground laboratory, Mary Shelley will not be the only one left mouth agape.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC
Kirkus Reviews
Abandoned at birth, twin teen sisters Giselle and Ingrid discover that they've inherited a castle in the Orkneys from their father, Victor. For giddy Giselle, it's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to throw a huge party, with the likes of Lord Byron and the Shelleys on the guest list. For the more studious Ingrid, her father's old journals—and the dusty science lab hidden underground—provide not only exciting insights into her father's work, but also the tools with which to outfit Walter, the moody and disabled ex-soldier to whom she's given her heart, with a new arm and leg. Weyn plays this unlikely scenario as gothic romance. She folds in stilted dialogue ("But we are entirely different in personality and presentation"), chapters written as alternating journal entries, and a supporting cast of historical figures and likely young men with varied agendas. There is also a sudden spate of local murders and occasional grisly details, such as a decayed but strangely familiar woman's head that washes ashore. In the climactic flurry of revelations, it turns out that one sister is a decidedly unreliable narrator. This thriller is saddled with such a wildly contorted plot that readers may be more inclined to snort than sigh. (afterword) (Gothic romance. 11-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545425339
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 805,452
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Weyn has written many books for young adults including Distant Waves, Reincarnation, Empty, and Invisible World. She lives in New York, and you can find her at www.suzanneweynbooks.com.
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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    This was a good book with a nice twist on the Dr. Frankenstein t

    This was a good book with a nice twist on the Dr. Frankenstein tale. Some of the dialogue was a bit strange, but I still enjoyed it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Overall Great

    The main part of the book was very entertaining and perfectly paced. I could not put it down! This was a twist on a classic tale for a younger generation. However, I found the ending to be unsatisfying. It does not tell you what you really want to know. That aside, I enjoyed this book overall!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

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    Great Teen Goth!

    his 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!

    Giselle is the more socially adept of the two girls, the one who primps, worries about appearances and is the more fragile twin. She is also the twin with night terrors of an unknown origin.

    Ingrid is equally as beautiful as her sister, but chooses to rely more on her intelligence. She is down-to-earth, and completely enthralled by the sciences and medicine. Her father's journals fascinate her.

    As characters enter and exit the story, the reader sees there is more going on than meets the eye!

    There is some age-appropriate romance which doesn't overtake the plot, although it is because of Ingrid's love for Walter, a war veteran, that we see her possibly repeating her father's mistakes in the laboratory.

    This is fast read, full of detail and imagination without getting too deep or creepy! This is NOT Mary Shelley's book redone! It is an original take on the 'what ifs,' written for a younger audience!

    This review copy was provided by NetGalley and Scholastic Press in exchange for an honest review!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013


    This is a great book everyone should try it out i love it. It deals with heartbreak adventure and more hope you like it!


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

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    This was a fun read. Twin teenage sisters, Ingrid and Giselle, a

    This was a fun read. Twin teenage sisters, Ingrid and Giselle, are the offspring of Dr. Frankenstein. They show up at his castle as their legacy and make themselves at home, though with decidedly different interest. As a fan of Frankenstein, Dracula, and other creatures of the night, it's always nice to see a new twist to these old themes. Recommended along with the entertaining young adult vampire novel, COUNT DRACULA'S TEENAGE DAUGHTER, by R. Barri Flowers.

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