Angelmonster Veronica Bennett
  • Title: Angelmonster
  • Author: Veronica Bennett
  • ISBN: 9780763629946
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Angelmonster Veronica Bennett Angelmonster Veronica Bennett s lush reimagining of the life of Mary Shelley on the eve of her authorship of the classic gothic novel Frankenstein is a gripping story of love and obsession In the spring of p
    Veronica Bennett s lush reimagining of the life of Mary Shelley on the eve of her authorship of the classic gothic novel Frankenstein is a gripping story of love and obsession.In the spring of 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 and her stepsister to EuVeronica Bennett s lush reimagining of the life of Mary Shelley on the eve of her authorship of the classic gothic novel Frankenstein is a gripping story of love and obsession.In the spring of 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 and her stepsister to Europe, where they forge a hardscrabble life while mingling with other free spirited artists and poets Frowned on by family and society, persecuted by gossip, and plagued by jealousy, Mary becomes haunted by freakish imaginings and hideous visions As tragedy strikes, not once but time and again, Mary begins to realize that her dreams have become nightmares, and her angel a monster Now the time has finally come for the young woman who would become Mary Shelley to set her monster free.
    • [E-Book] ☆ Angelmonster | BY ☆ Veronica Bennett
      Veronica Bennett

    About Veronica Bennett


    1. Veronica Bennett is a children s novelist Until recently, she worked part time as an English Lecturer she now writes fiction full time She graduated from University College, Cardiff in 1975 with an Honours degree in English She began her writing career as a freelance journalist, but soon moved into fiction Her first book, Monkey, was published in 1998 and was acclaimed by The Times Educational Supplement as an impressively well written and audacious debut Veronica Bennett is married to a university professor and has two children, and currently resides in Middlesex.


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    1. I am just going to come out and say that I though this novel was terrible Not because it was written poorly or because it was unbelievable, but because it just made one feel depressed and dark reading it.After reading the description, I was excited to read a fictional novel about how Mary and Percy Shelley cam e together, and how Mary received her inspiration for Frankenstein From page one, however, it was hard to push through the pages It wasn t until Percy came in around the second chapter tha [...]

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    2. I ve had this book on my shelf for a while, but decided to wait until I finished reading Frankenstein And now that I ve had, I m ready to read this book Okay, I didn t like this book at all I got to page 66 when I was like screw it, I m dropping this thing like a rotten potato Here are the reasons why 1 Frankenstein had way better writing, and while this writing is not that bad, it s not that good either.2 The author changed Mary s history And while it was okay, and I got why s was like the real [...]

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    3. a fictional, though fairly historically accurate, take on Mary Shelley s early life Mary falls in love with titled, nearly penniless poet Percy Shelley, and runs away with him They, and her step sister Jane Claire Clairemont, live lives full of poetry and squalid emotional scenes amidst a sea of dead babies, suicides, and affairs Their lives were amazingly tragic, but Bennett mostly manages to keep the book on an even keel My one problem with this book was the constant, heavy handed foreshadowin [...]

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    4. I usually refrain from reviewing Young Adult books I don t like, because I know I m not the book s intended audience But this novel was so awful, I m writing a review just to purge it from my mind BEGONE, Angelmonster After enjoying The Countess so thoroughly, I wanted to read another novelization of a historical figure s life I regret that I chose Angelmonster, Veronica Bennett s telling of tumultuous relationship between Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley.We all know that Mary Shelley was t [...]

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    5. perhaps I am biased by my existing fascination with Mary Shelley s life, but I adored this book it was tragic, wonderful, and inspiring but not in an awful Chicken Soup for the Soul way this is the perfect way to find out a bit about the life of Mary Shelley incidentally, my hero this is the perfect bit of easy to read background after reading Frankenstein.

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    6. I was totally psyched to find this book in the Harvard Book Store basement Mary Shelley led a fascinating albeit incredibly sad life, which I read all about back when I wrote my college thesis Writing a novel about her elopement with Percy Shelley, the deaths of their kids, the death of his wife, the death of her sister, his death I said it was really sad , and, of course, the writing of Frankenstein, seemed like it could make a fascinating book And Veronica Bennett is a college English professo [...]

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    7. I originally posted this review on in 2007, and I felt it should be repeated here.I m a grad student in literature, and I ve studied Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley s Frankenstein many times I looked forward to reading this book because I liked the idea of a fictionalized history of Mary and Percy s courtship and marriage I was greatly disappointed Without spoiling the book too much, I felt that it cheated Mary Shelley Veronica Bennett drastically changes the timeline of Shelley s life in order to u [...]

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    8. Wow, I did not like this book at all I found the writing terrible, the characters inane, and the plot just strange and totally different from what I thought The story is a teenage romance drama about Mary Shelley s scandalous life, from age sixteen when she ran off with the poet Shelley when he was already married to having multiple babies and she starts thinking up her own plot to become Frankenstein based on demons and stories she s heard I thought the story would be fantastical and horrific [...]

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    9. Well, my friend Brittany lent me this book, and I have to say that the plot is veryting If you want to know if I d recommend this book, I d say yes and no It depends Do you enjoy a sixteen year old girl running off to Europe with a man in his twenties and having four kids If that s the kind of thing you like, then this book is definitely for you It s a short, easy read only 233 pages, fairly large print Personally, it wasn t my favorite book, but I m sure someone else would enjoy it.

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    10. A ruined reputation without a doubt is the only kind to have Mary, p.55.

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    11. Now that I ve read this book, I want to read the book Mary wrote It s been on my TBR pile forever I really liked this book It touched me and made me cry by the end.

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    12. Frankenstein is one of my very favourite classics and having studied Mary Shelley in college, I was excited to read this fictionalised account of her life I found it to be reasonably accurate from what I remember from my Gothic literature course, though I did find it odd that the author made Mary older when she finally wrote her masterpiece Surely part of the controversy was that she was so young when she wrote the book It s not exactly a cheery book but it s an interesting read for people who, [...]

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    13. A decent enough little read, and reasonably accurate as historical fiction goes.

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    14. This book details the lives and backdrop behind one of the most famous novels of all time Frankenstein It moves through the life of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin and how events in her life helped develop this monster of fiction.Beginning when she is sixteen, it briefly details her life before she is introduced to Percy Bysshe Shelley the catalyst of change in her life She feels an immediate attraction to this married poet her angel and slowly the infamous love affair begins However, Mary is not jus [...]

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    15. This book is one of my favorite book that I ever read because it made me feel as if I were looking at the lives of the people that the book was about It made me feel as if I were in the book This book had a mixture of feelings that gave you many thoughts to think about This book was about this 16 year old girl, whose father owned a book shop and a little house above it The main character was the 16 year old girl named Mary Mary had two sisters named Jane and Fanny Her Papa had accepted Marys mot [...]

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    16. Veronica Bennett reimagines the life of Mary Shelley, author of the novel Frankenstein, in her novel AngelMonster It is 1814 and Mary is a smart but dreamy 16 year old She and her sister, Jane, often imagine finding true love with a poet because as Mary remarks, a poet is the only acceptable sort of lover these days Jane and I had often discussed the possibility of falling in love with a poet If poetry was any measure of a man, we had observed, everything we longed for in a lover romance, desire [...]

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    17. This is the story of Mary Shelley, from the time when she was a young girl and falls in love with the married Percy Shelley, through the writing of Frankenstein, completed after Shelley s death I had hoped this would be a lot about Frankenstein than it was, although the idea returns to Mary again and again over the book I was under the misconception that she had written it during the time she lived at the Villa Diodati with Shelley, Byron, and her half sister Jane Claire It was during this time [...]

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    18. After reading Veronica Bennett s fictional biography of Jane Austen, Cassandra s Sister, I went looking for of her books.Thinking that Angelmonster, the fictional account bio of Mary Shelley, would be just as good, I picked up the book without looking at any reviews bad idea Angelmonster is the story of Mary Shelley, the author of one of the greatest known horror stories in history.Mary was the daughter of an English radical, and due to the death of her mother, Mary s upbringing was a bit rough [...]

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    19. Disappointing novelization of the life of Mary Shelley Yes, I know the author of Frankenstein had a rough life but, from reading this book, you d think she d never had any fun either.At 16, Mary runs away with the poet, Percy Shelley The fact that he s already married and broke doesn t stop her There must have been something between them, some great romance, but Bennett fails to capture it The reader is left puzzling over why any girl with sense, even an impressionable teenager, would fall for t [...]

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    20. Mary Shelley was obviously a terrible judge of character, because apparently everyone around her life used and abused her This novel suggests, initially, that Shelley is a victim of her own youth and upbringing, and her judgments were based on her desire for Percy Shelley who should find a special place in Hell, if half of what he did were true I m not sure how much of this is fact or fiction, but it s engaging, nonetheless The story begins a little slowly and stereotypically beautiful, strong w [...]

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    21. I did not expect to like this book I m not one for romance stories, but seeing as it s based on the true life relationship of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Mary Shelley I had to give it a shot I know that it s fictionalised, by its written really authentically.I m SO pleased I did What a tale her life was I was raging at Percy s attitude and actions I would have sent him running but what with the way society was for women at the time and the way Mary wanted things to be.This was s [...]

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    22. I love books that give personality and voice to long dead figures This was no exception Although dark and full of Mary s personal sorrows, I found myself riveted Bennett takes some creative license with timeline, which she clarifies in an end note, but this does not bother me in the slightest Mary is melancholy, vindictive, romantic, angry, literate, and afire with something from her long dead mother And I loved her Perfect cover art, wonderful pacing, and achingly lovely writing at times.

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    23. This is the story of Mary Shelley author of Frankenstein and her romance life with poet Percy Shelley Talks of her losses joys and how events led to her famous book.This was a really good book Neither thoroughly enjoyed nor dislikedjust good Up until I read this, I had no idea Frankenstein was written by a woman I was filled with emotion on all Mary s despairing times in her life Although the author lets us know at the end of this story that it is based off real events and people it is purely fi [...]

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    24. I went into this book thinking it would be another cheesy fictional biography However, I was pleasantly surprised Knowing a considerable bit about the romantic poets, I was rather impressed at how close Veronica Bennett kept to the real life of Mary Shelley Granted, there was some fictional license that she took, but for the most part, the tragic tale of young Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley remains intact This actually was one of the better adaptations of a real life I ve read I rather enjoy [...]

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    25. I guess I never realized how macabre the Shelleys life together really was Holy dead babies, Batman Pretty awesome book, but I think it d be the rare teenage boy who could get through those first few chapters with much enthusiasm.Applause for the nice author s note, though I always like it when a historical fic author gives you some background or some idea where they might ve taken liberties, and where they stuck to the facts It would ve been even awesome if Bennett had given us some source not [...]

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    26. What I expected from this book and what I received where very different.This book is set in the early 1800 s Life is not well described from this book, and I often felt at wit s end, or as though I d been left behind in this book It moved very fast and skippy, and you will often need to reread in order to obtain the actual information that was given This book doesn t give a very good visual Though I enjoyed the social status experience in the book, that s about the only feel I got from it.

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    27. Why this book is marketed as YA, I have no idea It will work for YA or for adult readers An interesting fictional take on what led Mary Shelley to her lifestyle, and to her conception of Frankenstein Not the most favorable pictures of Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and others, but all the characters are flawed and interesting The book was very well written, and kept me interested the entire time Highly recommended.

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    28. Frankenstein,or The Modern Prometheus,I read Then I dipped the pen in my ink and added,By Mary Shelley.Last line from Angelmonster A monstrously bad novelisation about the life of Mary Shelley Badly written, it was as though Bennett aimed to imitate Austen but without the wit, it makes dry reading Shame, because Shelley led an interesting life.

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    29. It s not that it s horribly written It s just not written well Historical novels are tricky sure but I just hate the characters so much They re way too dumb and annoying It felt like reading a soap opera I learned a lot which I suppose is the point But it took me forever to read this thing which at my reading pace, should have only been four hours not four months.

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