Kelley Armstrong recommends

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The annual Word on the Street Festival took place in six cities across Canada on Sunday, September 25. CBC Books was at the festival in Toronto, and we asked some of our favourite authors what they've been reading.


Kelley Armstrong is a fantasy author with 16 novels under her belt. She's best known for her Darkest Powers trilogy, which follows 15-year-old necromancer Chloe Saunders. When we asked Kelley to recommend a favourite recent read, she chose This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel. Here's what she had to say:


"I was looking forward to Oppel's Frankenstein prequel, but I enjoyed it even more than I expected. It help fills a void in the girl-dominated young adult market by telling a story that should be an easier sell to boys, while still appealing to girls."

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This Dark EndeavourThis Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein
by Kenneth Oppel


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"Victor Frankenstein leads a charmed life. He and his twin brother, Konrad, and their beautiful cousin Elizabeth take lessons at home and spend their spare time fencing and horseback riding. Along with their friend Henry, they have explored all the hidden passageways and secret rooms of the palatial Frankenstein chateau. Except one. The Dark Library contains ancient tomes written in strange languages and filled with forbidden knowledge. Their father makes them promise never to visit the library, but when Konrad becomes deathly ill, Victor knows he must find the book that contains the recipe for the legendary Elixir of Life.

The elixir needs only three ingredients. But impossible odds, dangerous alchemy and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest at every turn.

Victor knows he must not fail. Yet his success depends on how far he is willing to push the boundaries of nature, science and love and how much he is willing to sacrifice."

Read more at HarperCollins Canada.





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