Such Wicked Intent Review + Giveaway!

Friday, August 03, 2012

Title: Such Wicked Intent
Author: Kenneth Oppel
Series: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein #2
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Suspense
Format: Hardcover, 310 pages
Publication Date: August 10, 2012
Published By: HarperCollins Canada, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

When does obsession become madness? Tragedy has forced sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear off alchemy forever. He burns the Dark Library. He vows he will never dabble in the dark sciences again, just as he vows he will no longer covet Elizabeth, his brother's betrothed. If only these things were not so tempting. When he and Elizabeth discover a portal into the spirit world, they cannot resist. Together with Victor's twin, Konrad, and their friend Henry, the four venture into a place of infinite possibilities where power and passion reign. But as they search for the knowledge to raise the dead, they unknowingly unlock a darkness from which they may never return.

My Thoughts:
When I first read the first novel in this series, This Dark Endeavor, I fell in love right away. The story was original and amazingly well written. When I saw that there would be a sequel I was just as excited, but I have to say that this one did not live up to my expectations. Sequels are tricky creatures that either blow you away, or leave you feeling a little flat, and I hate to say that for me it was the latter. 

I hated Viktor in this novel, he was selfish and a little whiny at times and I just wanted to smack him. I know that Viktor is not supposed to be a likable character, since in the original story by Mary Shelley he was just as unlikable, but I really wanted there to be a redeeming quality in there somewhere, and I didnt see until the very end of the book, and at that point I think it was too late. 

In this sequel, Viktor and his friends cross the barriers of the living a dead going in search of yet another way to bring Konrad back to life. Although the imagery and scene setting were absolutely stunning and well written, I felt like at times it went too far into the unknown, and I felt myself disbelieving the events that took place. 

The end was something that will stay with any reader, and I had to read it over a couple of times to actually grasp what was happening and wow was it a fantastic scene, filled to brim with fantastical elements and amazing imagery that has stayed with me even weeks after I finished reading it. If you have read the original Frankenstein the last line of this book will leave you giddy and wonder is there is another book in the works or if it will be left at 2. It is all left in the air at the end of Such Wicked Intent, but I loved the last line, It was fantastic.
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  1. I love Kenneth! I can't wait to start the series. I just bought the first book :D

    1. I really look forward to what you think of it!

  2. Great review. :) I loved the first book of the series and I'm looking forward to continuing on.

    GFC: Hushed Paradox

    - Stella C

    1. thanks :) I look forward to what you think once you read it!

  3. Sounds like such a good book, when I'm back to buying books I'm definitely adding these to the collection.

    1. YOU REALLY SHOULD! they are amazing books, especially of you are a fan of the original Frankenstein.

  4. It is hard when you look forward to a sequel and feel let down a bit. But the fact that you disliked Viktor so much means it got to you in an emotional way which is good, I think. Can't wait to read this as I really enjoyed the first book.

  5. I hate that the last one ended so suddenly! I can't wait for this to come out.

  6. Can't wait to read this! Thank you so much for the giveaway!