Release Date: 10/01/2013
Published by: Balzer + Bray
If you follow me on twitter, you know that I was super excited to have won an ARC from the #ARCParty that Epic Reads was hosting. You know that I was super excited when something from NY arrived. Then I opened the package and read the first page, and a part of that excitement withered.
I can't read verse novels. I really can't, and I totally must have missed the announcement that Hideous Love was one (more than that: I didn't read the synopsis all the way through? I don't know. Tweeting while watching the #TeaTime video and the other streaming tweets was pretty overwhelming for me.). A part of me has always wanted to try Ellen Hopkins' work, but I also know that I wouldn't have the attention span to follow through the read. (No, I promise you, even if I tried, I would not enjoy this style of story telling.) So let me give Hideous Love to someone who will appreciate the ARC more.
Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Stephanie Hemphill
From award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill comes the fascinating story of Mary Shelley, a brilliant teenager who wrote one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time: Frankenstein.
An all-consuming love affair.
A family torn apart by scandal.
A young author on the brink of greatness.
Hideous Love is the fascinating story of Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, who as a teen girl fled her restrictive home only to find herself in the shadow of a brilliant but moody boyfriend, famed poet Percy Shelley. It is the story of the mastermind behind one of the most iconic figures in all of literature: a monster constructed out of dead bodies and brought to life by the tragic Dr. Frankenstein.
Mary wrote Frankenstein at the age of nineteen, but inspiration for the monster came from her life-the atmospheric European settings she visited, the dramas swirling around her, and the stimulating philosophical discussions with the greatest minds of the period, like her close friend, Lord Byron.
This luminous verse novel from award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill reveals how Mary Shelley became one of the most celebrated authors in history.