Review of AngelMonster by Veronica Bennett
In 1814, poet Percy Shelley enters the life of young Mary Godwin like an angel of deliverance. Seduced by his radical and romantic ideas, she flees with him to Europe, where they mingle with other free-spirited artists and poets. Frowned on by family and society, Mary becomes haunted by hideous visions — and as tragedy strikes, she realizes her dreams have become nightmares, and her angel . . . a monster. Has the time come for Mary Shelley to set her monster free?
While I recently hailed The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong the best book of the year, AngelMonster would be the most enjoyable. AngelMonster is a gripping tale of Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein.
Now, I wanted to review this book for mainly 2 reasons, 1) because I loved fiction biographies like this, and 2) I was actually very well acquainted with Percy Shelley, Mary's husband. For those who are not familiar with his work, it is some of the most gratifying pieces to come out of the 19th Century. I was also very familiar with his life, so I knew how this would end.
I cannot tell you which is more painful, knowing how it ends or not knowing. However, I can tell you it was like watching TITANIC or A Walk to Remember, reading and knowing. The book has an epic feel to it. You know from the ominous style, that horrible things are to come.
The book deals with a lot of things, but mainly Mary's internal fight on whether or not Shelley is her angel or her monster. I won't tell you what she decides on in the end, but it gives a wonderful sense of completion.
The only big difference between this book and Mary's real life, is when she wrote Frankenstein. Frankenstein was finished in 1818, in this book she finishes it in 1822.
The most beautiful part of it all is, despite the fact that Percy Shelley lied to her and more than likely cheated on Mary-in the end, they both truly did still love one another.
Books like this are the reason I review books. These are the kind of books I get thrills and chills out of-they are the best kind.
In Conclusion: An epic, wonderful novel all literature buffs, like myself, should read. Reccomended to everyone who doesn't mind a few tissues.