Angel Monster

By Veronica Bennett

1. The book is set in the spring of 1814 and it is about Mary Shelley, the author of the book Frankenstein and her life with the poet Percy Shelley. The book talks about her losses and joys, and how events led to her famous book. Life around that time was not well described in the book. Sometimes it was left behind in the book, and the reader might have wanted to know more about it. The book moved very fast paced. The people around her are jealous and so they gossip bad things about her. Mary becomes haunted by scary imaginations and hideous visions. This happens to her more than one, and she then realizes that her dreams might have become nightmares, and her angel could be a monster. The story is about Mary setting her monster free.

I liked reading this book as it had a mixture of genres from mystery to historical. It was an interesting book; however it wasn't as gripping and exciting to read as the devil's promise also by Veronica Bennett. I think that the book has an equal amount of mystery and historical. It's not a very long book to read so you won't find it hard. The book didn't give me a good visual image, though I really enjoyed the experience of reading a different book like this. I didn't find this book very challenging to read, as there wasn't a wide range of vocabulary. I would definitely recommend this book to children aged between 10 and 12.

By Sharukaa

2. This is a fascinating idea for a novel, a fictionalised account of history rather than historical fiction,  which is based around the lives of real people, Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley.  At times the author seems to be trying too hard to make the writing style conjure up the time she writes about, making the story quite tricky to get into.  The characters though, from Mary and her sister, Jane, to Byron and Shelley seem very realistic.  At first we feel as though we are reading a romance story as Mary and Shelley's relationship develops but it soon turns to tragedy as Mary's romantic dreams turn into her worst nightmares, their children die and Shelley's treatment of Mary becomes more and more cruel and thoughtless.  Through their characters and life together the reader learns a lot about the social roles of men and women and the ideas and values of the time.   Their story is shown to be the inspiration for the world-famous Frankenstein, written almost as revenge for Shelley's harsh treatment of Mary which is something we hadn't realised.   The one thing which bothered us about the story is that at times we almost lose patience with Mary because she is portrayed as such a victim whereas she was clearly very intelligent to have written such a classic book as Frankenstein.

By Cramlington Learning Village, Northumberland

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