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High school meets classic horror in this groundbreaking new series. It was a dark and stormy night when Tor Frankenstein accidentally hit someone with her car. And killed him. But all is not lost--Tor, being the scientific genius she is, brings him back to life... Thus begins a twisty, turn-y take on a familiar tale, set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school High school meets classic horror in this groundbreaking new series. It was a dark and stormy night when Tor Frankenstein accidentally hit someone with her car. And killed him. But all is not lost--Tor, being the scientific genius she is, brings him back to life... Thus begins a twisty, turn-y take on a familiar tale, set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying.


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High school meets classic horror in this groundbreaking new series. It was a dark and stormy night when Tor Frankenstein accidentally hit someone with her car. And killed him. But all is not lost--Tor, being the scientific genius she is, brings him back to life... Thus begins a twisty, turn-y take on a familiar tale, set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school High school meets classic horror in this groundbreaking new series. It was a dark and stormy night when Tor Frankenstein accidentally hit someone with her car. And killed him. But all is not lost--Tor, being the scientific genius she is, brings him back to life... Thus begins a twisty, turn-y take on a familiar tale, set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying.

30 review for Teen Frankenstein (High School Horror Story #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    www.melissa413readsalot.blotspot.com Who doesn't love Frankenstein? I thought the book was okay for what it was, I loved the concept. I just didn't love the book to death. That being said, there will be tons of people to love this book and that is great :) As you can read in the blurb, Victoria (Tor) Frankenstein takes after her late father in the Science department, but she goes a little bit further and creates her own re-animated being. She does this with the help of her best friend Owen, which www.melissa413readsalot.blotspot.com Who doesn't love Frankenstein? I thought the book was okay for what it was, I loved the concept. I just didn't love the book to death. That being said, there will be tons of people to love this book and that is great :) As you can read in the blurb, Victoria (Tor) Frankenstein takes after her late father in the Science department, but she goes a little bit further and creates her own re-animated being. She does this with the help of her best friend Owen, which he wasn't on board with at first, but you kinda have to when it happens.. right? right? Tor names "him" Adam and he doesn't recall any memories of who he really is.. just nothing. Adam is very sweet and acts like Tor is his mama, which, I guess she is this time around! I mean he's not a randomly pieced together boy, he was in a tragic accident and then boom...he's back :) I guess what got me for the story is when right the next day they take him to school before teaching him too much of anything. There were some fun things go on at school that involved Adam. There are some twists, turns and some other things that will lead up to the next book. *I would like to thank NETGALLEY and MACMILLAN for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.*

  2. 4 out of 5

    grace

    3.75!! Video review to come!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chandler Baker

    Writing this book was a five-star experience, so there you go.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lori Goldstein

    A modern spin on the tale of Frankenstein brings a character in Tor who is complex and determined. But the cost of "success" begins to gnaw at her edges once her "Adam" is brought back to life. Full of scenes that haunt in true horror form, it's also a book that speaks to what friendship and love mean and the lengths we'd all go to keep them alive. And in the author's very capable hands, it does all of this while being well-written, entertaining, and surprising. Great read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jazmen

    This review can also be found on YA Books Central: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaficti... A unique retelling, with humor on almost every page. I laughed out loud quite a bit--but what should have been it's saving grace, just barely saved a fairly slow moving story. Victoria Frankenstein aka "Tor," is a mad scientist...okay maybe she's not mad--but she is a scientist. Following in her father's scientist footsteps--Tor's been attempting to raise the dead--dead mice that is. It's something she's bee This review can also be found on YA Books Central: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaficti... A unique retelling, with humor on almost every page. I laughed out loud quite a bit--but what should have been it's saving grace, just barely saved a fairly slow moving story. Victoria Frankenstein aka "Tor," is a mad scientist...okay maybe she's not mad--but she is a scientist. Following in her father's scientist footsteps--Tor's been attempting to raise the dead--dead mice that is. It's something she's been working on for quite some time much to her best friend, Owen's chagrin. Then one day she hits a boy and kills him. But, not to fret she brings him back to life in true Mary Shelley fashion--which of course sets off a series of both fortunate and unfortunate events. What I liked: The cast of characters, I liked them all. They were funny, and odd--and just the kind of people I would hang out with if I were in high school. Adam, in particular stole my heart. His rebirth was a thing to see, and how he so quickly became attached to his "creator," or rather "savior," made my heart swoon just a little bit. He was affectionate in the most deadpan way possible--but it was endearing. Tor. Tor was hilarious, all of her sarcastic quips tickled me pink. As well as Owen, who had a funny sarcastic, nerdy way of being. What I didn't like: Although the characters were strong, the story itself was pretty slow moving, and seemed to go on with no particular ending in sight. I kind of felt like I would never finish, and even if I did I wasn't sure what I was going to wind up with. There are a lot of almost action moments throughout the story but, the climax comes fairly late and left me feeling a little let down. There was an overwhelming sense of being underwhelmed by the important parts of the story. All in all the story was quite enjoyable, easy readable but underwhelming--which was disappointing. Final Verdict: A readable story with intriguing characters--and a decent plot. Recommended for readers that like their books, with a little less action, and a lot more snark.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sparkleypenguin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wow, it took me so long to get through this book. Okay as a whole, this book was average. This retelling didn't capture all of the elements of the original story that I wanted it to encapsulate except towards the end which was disappointing. The main bit I wanted was for the MC to have more of a complex within herself which didn't happen because she appeared to feel nothing (except towards Adam really) about anything relating to what she had done. I predicted who the Hunter was from a mile away Wow, it took me so long to get through this book. Okay as a whole, this book was average. This retelling didn't capture all of the elements of the original story that I wanted it to encapsulate except towards the end which was disappointing. The main bit I wanted was for the MC to have more of a complex within herself which didn't happen because she appeared to feel nothing (except towards Adam really) about anything relating to what she had done. I predicted who the Hunter was from a mile away which I guess was okay because I doubted myself for a brief period. I kind of thought that Owen and Tor would become a thing but I'm glad they didn't become a thing because that would have been weird in context. Also, I was glad Tor didn't get raped by Knox, and I'm glad he died because he was a horrible character. From what I can tell, we will not see the MC from this book again, but the next one sounds sort of interesting. I probably won't pick it up. I don't know if I would read anything else by this author. Yeah. A big positive for me was all the science that appeared in this book. It was good to see some geek representation. Would I recommend this book? I'm not sure. Probably not which is really unfortunate. I think that concludes my review. Thanks for reading this ramble and I shall see you all next time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Once Upon a Twilight

    I wanted to read this book because of the twist on a very classic story: that of the monster of Frankenstein. In this version of the story, the genius is a 17 year-old girl named Victoria and it takes place in the present time. The reason I didn't give it a higher rating is because, in my opinion, there were a few flaws to the story to make it more interesting and entertaining. So the book starts with Victoria driving back home from her friend Owen's house late at night in the heavy rain when she I wanted to read this book because of the twist on a very classic story: that of the monster of Frankenstein. In this version of the story, the genius is a 17 year-old girl named Victoria and it takes place in the present time. The reason I didn't give it a higher rating is because, in my opinion, there were a few flaws to the story to make it more interesting and entertaining. So the book starts with Victoria driving back home from her friend Owen's house late at night in the heavy rain when she suddenly gets a text from Owen and she simply glances down at her cell quickly, when she turns back up, she sees a young man wondering the streets. She slams on the breaks hard, but due to the pavement being soaked, she ends up hitting him -and killing him. She then gets the idea of taking him back to her father's shed (her father, like her, was a genius and she followed in his footsteps. He had made the shed of their home into his laboratory and she kept it for the same purpose) to try to revive. After all, she had basically perfected the formula (so to speak) of how to revive an animal, and the anatomies are so similar! So far in the story, so good, right? Yes, indeed. Until she has another not so brilliant idea... So once Victoria had successfully revived the young guy she had killed, and named him Adam, she decides to enroll him in the same high school as her (by the way, the way he gets enrolled is just so not feasible). Poor Adam is like a child basically and just follows her around, repeating all he is told to say. As the story progresses, he becomes a little more independent, but not entirely. Here's where the story took a nosedive in my opinion: Chandler Baker then starts to focus way too much on all the high school drama. It's a distraction from you figuring out who the creepy bad guy is, but still. She takes us to football games and parties and home comings. Some really horrible things do happen during these events, but I felt like the focus on which cheerleader is after Adam and who hates Victoria more was so much that it took away from the horror (and it's supposed to be a horror story!). Also, I felt like the bad guy was a little too obvious from the beginning. I read two sentences about him and I already knew it'd be him -and I was right! Another thing I did not like is that Victoria becomes obsessed with Adam. All of a sudden, her whole world revolves around him and even the smallest and most insignificant event that happens in regards to him gives her an anxiety attack. I wanted to tell her "Take a chill pill" so many times! Like, I get you're scared to be found out, but it's not to be THAT scared. Also, those stupid things about whether he was in love with a cheerleader or not were more important and significant to her than what she actually does in the end of the book, which I was NOT ok with. But, my biggest problem with the character of Victoria is that she is a total b*tch! I couldn't stand being in her head because she was just this super cocky girl who thinks she is better and smarter than everyone else, and she treats her ONLY friend (Owen) like he is the scum attached to her shoe! Yet, he keeps staying there, next to her and supporting her. I never understood why he did, but oh well. All in all, the idea of the retelling of a classic story in a modern world and also having a gender swap, is a fantastic one! I absolutely support and love that idea. I just didn't like the too much focus on ridiculous and unimportant high school drama (I know it's a book about kids in high school, but I've read other young adult high school stories that focus WAY less on the drama and more on the story). http://www.onceuponatwilight.com/2016...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads

    Victoria "Tor" Frankenstein didn't mean to hit someone with her car—and kill them—when she was driving home one stormy night. It might be too late to take the stranger to the hospital, but maybe his death can finally give Tor the breakthrough she needs in her research on reanimation. Ignoring her small pang of guilt, Tor drags the broken body back to her car and shocks the teen boy back to life in her cellar, her makeshift laboratory where she experiments on dead animals. With the help of her bes Victoria "Tor" Frankenstein didn't mean to hit someone with her car—and kill them—when she was driving home one stormy night. It might be too late to take the stranger to the hospital, but maybe his death can finally give Tor the breakthrough she needs in her research on reanimation. Ignoring her small pang of guilt, Tor drags the broken body back to her car and shocks the teen boy back to life in her cellar, her makeshift laboratory where she experiments on dead animals. With the help of her best friend and co-conspirator Owen, Tor must now keep a careful eye on her creation, newly named Adam. Because while she may have successfully reanimated him, the experiment is far from over. How will he respond in social settings? Is he capable of emotions? And will people accept him? Navigating the hellish halls of Hollow Pines High has never been harder... The first half of Teen Frankenstein was entertaining with its morbid humour as Adam tried to engage in conversations and then failed to "normally" respond. He was so sweet, kind of like a child learning everything for the first time, really. And he completely adored Tor as his creator, never fully understanding the wrongness of what she'd done to him. But I think the book lost some of that humour the more Tor became obsessed with her experiment, trying so hard to control all the variables even as her creation gained more independence. It's soon apparent Tor is more than just an eccentric, ambitious scientist—she's an utter sociopath. Other than Owen, Tor is completely anti-social unless she must deign to speak with her teachers or classmates at school. It's kind of exhausting to be in her mind after awhile because she just looks down on everyone, believing her genius mind sets her apart from everyone. (I mean, it was funny in the beginning, but then it became sort of stereotypical and lost its freshness, you know?) And poor Owen! He tries so hard to be Tor's moral compass and steer her on the right path, but it's a lost cause; Tor will never change. She feels zero empathy for anyone other than herself. Owen can only sigh and strongly protest to Tor's plans before inevitably giving in. He's a loyal sidekick who receives little recognition for his hard work, and Tor only seems to notice him when she needs his help for something. If you want a book that's uniquely offbeat and sure to stand out on your bookshelf with its dark humour, then I'd totally recommend Chandler Baker's Teen Frankenstein. It's a really fun YA horror novel that is sure to bring on the laughs as much as frighten you with gory details of bloody body parts. The modern horror setting of high school is a perfect idea, really. Honestly, the premise of Teen Frankenstein would make such a great teen movie! * I received an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review. *

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cherry (_forevermint)

    In terms of enjoyment, this is easily 4 stars. However, the ending was not what I expected at all and I hoped for a little more. Overall, this is was an incredibly fun, fast-paced read that takes the original Frankenstein story and adds a quirky high school twist to it. The title of the book couldn't have been any more perfect. I suspected this would be like a retelling of sorts based on the title alone but it never really felt like one until the very end, which was the exact opposite of what I In terms of enjoyment, this is easily 4 stars. However, the ending was not what I expected at all and I hoped for a little more. Overall, this is was an incredibly fun, fast-paced read that takes the original Frankenstein story and adds a quirky high school twist to it. The title of the book couldn't have been any more perfect. I suspected this would be like a retelling of sorts based on the title alone but it never really felt like one until the very end, which was the exact opposite of what I wanted. The story had so much promise and was quite enjoyable and fun to read overall, but then the ending came it was like cold hard reality. Maybe I just didn't take the story and its characters seriously enough. From the very beginning the uniqueness of Teen Frankenstein took me by surprise. I easily found myself sucked into the small Texas town of Hollow Pines where Tor Frankenstein and her best friend Owen are trying to make a break through in science by reanimating life. What struck me as interesting was how unlikable Tor's character was, which is unusual for a protagonist. She's pretty selfish and her morals are kind of out the window. I enjoyed her sense of humor though. Even though she was an unlikable character, it was entertaining to see her interacting with the other characters. Another reviewer mentioned that the beginning of Teen Frankenstein felt like a cheesy Disney movie like Halloween Town and I definitely agree! At first I saw this book playing in my head like one of those movies, complete with all the high school cliques and drama. However, this is in the horror genre for a reason. I liked that this was a quick read and didn't mind that in the beginning things seemed to happen a little too fast. (view spoiler)[Honestly, I'm questioning everyone's morals in this book--it's like dead body? Okay, let's go hide it, quick! (hide spoiler)] I hardly ever say this, but I wish there was more romance in the book. I felt like I was waiting for something to click but it never did and now I'm disappointed because my OTP didn't happen. As someone who is a huge fan of the original Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, this is indeed a fun take on the story, complete with all the horror aspects and some high school drama to make things even more interesting. *Thanks to NetGalley & Macmillan for providing me with a copy of this ARC*

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tanja Voosen

    Auf dieses Buch habe ich mich im Januar mega gefreut, aber es konnte meine Erwartungen leider nicht erfüllen. Ich fand es auch alles andere als schlecht, allerdings kratzt der Autor immer nur die Oberfläche sämtlicher Themen an und die Logik ließ auch etwas zu wünschen übrig, was die Erklärungen zum ganzen "Frankenstein Thema" anging. Dabei fand ich die Idee echt mega! Es geht um ein junges Mädchen, das eine Nachfahrin von Frankenstein in der modernen Zeit ist und eben Experimente durchführt, in Auf dieses Buch habe ich mich im Januar mega gefreut, aber es konnte meine Erwartungen leider nicht erfüllen. Ich fand es auch alles andere als schlecht, allerdings kratzt der Autor immer nur die Oberfläche sämtlicher Themen an und die Logik ließ auch etwas zu wünschen übrig, was die Erklärungen zum ganzen "Frankenstein Thema" anging. Dabei fand ich die Idee echt mega! Es geht um ein junges Mädchen, das eine Nachfahrin von Frankenstein in der modernen Zeit ist und eben Experimente durchführt, in denen sie versucht Lebewesen wiederzubeleben - vor ihr hat das schon ihr Vater getan. Das Ganze ist in einem normalen Highschool Setting angesiedelt und spielt zu unserer Zeit. Die Protagonistin "Tor" gefiel mir ganz gut. Ich fand ihre skurrile Art ziemlich einnehmend und auch der Humor konnte bei mir punkten. Leider waren sämtlich Nebenfiguren von ihrem besten Freund bis hin zu Mitschülern einfach wandelnde Klischees - furchtbar! Niemand hatte eine richtige Persönlichkeit und es gab keinen Stereotypen, der umgangen wurde. Von der Story her wurde es erst gegen Ende spannend und davor gab es nur dummes Highschool Teenie Drama, das mir echt gestohlen hätte bleiben können. Der Autor hat versucht schnell eine Beziehung zwischen Tor und Adam aka Zombie Teen Frankenstein herzustellen, aber die beiden hatten einfach kaum Chemie - schon gar nicht, als es um tiefergehende Gefühle ging. Mir kam es eher so vor, als würde Adam nur an Tor hängen, weil er...naja, ohne sie eben sterben würde. Auch, dass Tor nie versucht hat herauszufinden, wer Adam eigentlich ist oder ob man ihn vermisst, hat mich tierisch aufgeregt. Das wäre ja die logischste Reaktion nach einem solchen Unfall. Eigentlich ging es um Buch um einen etwas gestörten Mörder, der irgendwie mit Tors Familie in Verbindung steht, aber davon sieht man erst viel zu spät etwas. Es war, als dachte sich der Autor: ach, streuen wir mal ein paar Morde ein, damit es spannender wird. Trotzdem war das Buch nicht schlecht. Zeitweilen sehr amüsant durch die Dialoge und die doch sehr originelle Idee habe ich es ganz gerne gelesen. Empfehlen würde ich es dennoch nicht. Ich finde es einfach immer wieder schade, wenn Potenzial verschenkt wird.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ionia

    There have been a lot of Frankenstein remakes, but few that I thought were worth reading. This book, however, is an exception. This novel was a lot of fun, and if you like horror, this has some of the classic horror elements, but fits neatly into the modern day world. The author did a good job of making this book feel dark and atmospheric and never quite giving away enough info that the reader could guess what was going to happen next. From the beginning, this book was entertaining and drew me r There have been a lot of Frankenstein remakes, but few that I thought were worth reading. This book, however, is an exception. This novel was a lot of fun, and if you like horror, this has some of the classic horror elements, but fits neatly into the modern day world. The author did a good job of making this book feel dark and atmospheric and never quite giving away enough info that the reader could guess what was going to happen next. From the beginning, this book was entertaining and drew me right in to the story. This is a book that older kids will fall right into and want more of. Recommended. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Petra

    Well, I liked this. It was creepy, and very thought provoking.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

    Between a 4.5 and 5. I kind of loved this, but won't lie the ending fell a little flat for me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jezire C Akin

    I know it looks like it took forever for me to read this and that is only because I have been so busy! Finally done. Really enjoyable and a fun mix of highschool drama and the classic Frankenstein tale.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    After Tor Frankenstein's dad's unexpected death, her mom loses herself in an alcoholic stupor and Tor spends more and more time in the science lab she and her dad had shared. She's conducting experiments to bring dead rats back to life. When she hits and kills a person, she decides to try it on a person instead - and it works! However, there are some unexpected side effects. For those who aren't ready for either the classic Frankenstein by Shelley or the horror novels of Stephen King, this might After Tor Frankenstein's dad's unexpected death, her mom loses herself in an alcoholic stupor and Tor spends more and more time in the science lab she and her dad had shared. She's conducting experiments to bring dead rats back to life. When she hits and kills a person, she decides to try it on a person instead - and it works! However, there are some unexpected side effects. For those who aren't ready for either the classic Frankenstein by Shelley or the horror novels of Stephen King, this might be a good alternative. There is definitely a conflict of good/evil that Tor is struggling with - although her best friend sees it more clearly than she does. Not the best writing but still engaging.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shannon L. Gonzalez

    Book Review: An awesome way to get YA readers interested in STEM via fiction! Teen Frankenstein: High School Horror by Chandler Baker Meet Victoria “Tor” Frankenstein, a high school student on track to be valedictorian. She and her best friend, Owen, are in her Hollow Pines, Texas root cellar turned science lab. They are trying to reanimate dead rats ominously named Mr. Bubbles. As a storm approaches and it nears two o’clock in the morning, Victoria drives Owen home. On her return the rain is tor Book Review: An awesome way to get YA readers interested in STEM via fiction! Teen Frankenstein: High School Horror by Chandler Baker Meet Victoria “Tor” Frankenstein, a high school student on track to be valedictorian. She and her best friend, Owen, are in her Hollow Pines, Texas root cellar turned science lab. They are trying to reanimate dead rats ominously named Mr. Bubbles. As a storm approaches and it nears two o’clock in the morning, Victoria drives Owen home. On her return the rain is torrential and he can't see past the hood of her car. She hits a boy walking in the middle of the road. In shock he dies in her arms. The realization of the consequences hits her hard and her first thought is that she has to bring him back to life. Her altruism ends when she successfully brings him back to life. She dubs him Adam as his memory is wiped and he doesn't know who he is. The story continues as she and Owen enroll him in their high school. At this point Victoria only sees Adam as an experiment. Trouble follows them and they have to escape situation after situation. When teen boys are found murdered and missing body parts, Victoria and Owen suspect thy might have bought back a monster in Adam. Victoria’s father was a scientist and died two years ago during an experiment utilizing lightning. She has to navigate her grief, her scientific aspirations and the day to day happenings of high school. As they dig themselves deeper into trouble and their secret continually looks like it'll be exposed they have to re-evaluate the whole thing. Author Chandler Baker brilliantly intersperses science information throughout the storyline. It is woven not only in the characters actions, but in journal entries also. While the readers probably won't want to reanimate dead things, the story brings science to life. It makes science entertaining and interesting. Not only is this twist on the classic a fun read it is inspiring as well. It delves into the age old question of just because scientific advances allow us as humans to do certain experiments doesn't mean we should. It also looks into the human soul and the human experience. When is death actually death, and what makes life? Is it a body that can move on its own, a heart that beats or beyond that when a person reacts with emotion? And then how Victoria becomes more monster like when she only views the world through scientist lenses and forgets about her humanity, her emotions. By the end of the book, the reader has to ask, which one is truly the monster. An excellent read, an entertaining adventure, an inspiring story that all teens and adults can relate to. Be sure to visit her website to learn about her other books at http://www.chandlerbakerbooks.com FTC Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this title via NetGalley and Macmillan for review purposes only. No other compensation as awarded.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)

    While this took me a while to read, I really enjoyed this book. Setting it down didn't influence my opinion of it, mainly because I was in the midst of finals season. I know I put other books ahead of this once, but, still, I really enjoyed it. I absolutely adored the characters. Victoria was great and I definitely saw some of my personality in her. Then, Owen, also was great. A sarcastic shit the whole time and 100% another part of my personality. Adam was great as well, our little Frankenstein While this took me a while to read, I really enjoyed this book. Setting it down didn't influence my opinion of it, mainly because I was in the midst of finals season. I know I put other books ahead of this once, but, still, I really enjoyed it. I absolutely adored the characters. Victoria was great and I definitely saw some of my personality in her. Then, Owen, also was great. A sarcastic shit the whole time and 100% another part of my personality. Adam was great as well, our little Frankenstein monster. Cute and incredibly hilarious at times. And, again, the hilarity of this astounded me! There was no real romance in this. I mean, there was some, but it wasn't a huge part of characterization or plot. So, I loved that. No tension between Owen and Victoria, just friends. A bit of tension between Victoria and Adam, but not enough that I hated it. Mainly they were just cute together, which I love. However, no matter how much I enjoyed the plot, characters, and the way the book went, there were parts I wished had been left out. 1) Adam's past. I won't go into it since it's spoiler-y, but it just didn't fit in with the story as a whole for me. Felt clunky and tacked on. So, I wasn't a fan. 2) The almost rape scene. This is a slight spoiler, but I'm not going to treat it as such. If anything, I want to warn people who might be triggered by it. I personally don't think rape scenes are needed in books. And, I don't have a problem with rape used in books, but I just have a specific breed that makes me uncomfortable. Party rapes with drugs/alcohol being used to incapacitate the person, with people all around who could do something. And, that was the sort in this book. BUT. No rape. It didn't happen. Just an almost that was too close and I could smell it a mile away. 3) The ending. As I know this is going to be a series (at least a duology), but I've also heard the books aren't going to be connected. The ending was just awkward for me. Too rushed for my liking, and the random pieces just felt unconnected. Going to put some actual spoiler stuff here, so stay away. (view spoiler)[Like with the Hunter. The killer didn't come in until ~50% through the book, so it was just sort of random in the first place. And the ending with discovering Old McCardle was the killer felt like an easy out. My theory was that Cassidy Hyde had something to do with it; I mean, that last name couldn't have been a coincidence, but as far as I know it was. Then, the fight with Owen and Tor. Eh. Plus the last thing of wanting to try again, I just sort of went, "Meh". (hide spoiler)] Overall, I really good book. I was going for 4.5 around the almost rape scene. Then, the ending left me with a solid 4 stars. Highly recommend for 2016 YA.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)

    Posted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell I’m a fan of horror, but for me classic horror is hard to appreciate. For some reason, I just am not the kind of person who could fall in love with Dracula. However, when I saw this cover of book one, of the High School Horror series, I couldn’t resist requesting it to see if it was any good. This is the kind of young adult fiction I would have really enjoyed as a teenager. Hell, I enjoyed it as an adult. The author does a great job creating a sit Posted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell I’m a fan of horror, but for me classic horror is hard to appreciate. For some reason, I just am not the kind of person who could fall in love with Dracula. However, when I saw this cover of book one, of the High School Horror series, I couldn’t resist requesting it to see if it was any good. This is the kind of young adult fiction I would have really enjoyed as a teenager. Hell, I enjoyed it as an adult. The author does a great job creating a situation where even though you might think Tor is weird and a bit demented, you can’t help but appreciate her as a character. She’s a young, mad scientist in the making, who at 17, is determined to reanimate rats as part of her science project. But when she accidentally hits and kills a boy in the middle of the night, she finds herself moving her project from animal testing to human testing. It’s an interesting story because the boy, Adam, is like a huge teddy bear and without his memories, he’s also extremely childlike. Watching him try to assimilate into Tor’s high school was a fun experience to read about and there were times I found myself just laughing at some of the things that happened to him along the way. I felt there was a lot of development for a relationship between him and Tor, but she ultimately pushes him towards another girl in his school. This caused Tor to be extremely jealous during much of the second half of the book and sadly, my feelings towards her started getting colder and colder. By the end of the book, I couldn’t even convince myself she ever cared for Adam or even her best friend, Owen. It’s like she becomes more closed off after everything she endures and the discovery of who is really killing and teenage boys in her small town, pushes her to cross the line yet again (but in a different way). This and her constantly calling Adam dead, even though he was healing and clearly alive, really bothered me. Because in the end, it is Tor who is the monster, not Adam. But none of that is enough to ruin the book for me and for anyone who knows of the classic, this is exactly what you should expect from that character. This book will probably never compare to the classic, but it’s a fun and entertaining read that I would recommend if you enjoy mixing humor, mystery and horror. I’ll admit I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the book and I find myself excited to see what the next book in the series will hold. Maybe he’ll find a way to turn that dreadful Dracula into something just as enjoyable and fun. Reviewer's note: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    C. Stuchl

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZTT It's Alive, It's Alive. (Sorry, I just had to.) I remember those high school science projects. Some kids really came up with astonishing projects. Others not so much. Tor and Owen are working on their project in the "lab" that was an underground tornado shelter. They were on their seventh rat, the others didn't make it. I'm not sure if this was supposed to be so funny but it is. The dialog between the two as the experiment progresses and the discription of the of their progress, or ZZZZZZZZZZZZZTT It's Alive, It's Alive. (Sorry, I just had to.) I remember those high school science projects. Some kids really came up with astonishing projects. Others not so much. Tor and Owen are working on their project in the "lab" that was an underground tornado shelter. They were on their seventh rat, the others didn't make it. I'm not sure if this was supposed to be so funny but it is. The dialog between the two as the experiment progresses and the discription of the of their progress, or lack of, can bring a smile and sometimes a laugh. This is a first person narrative told from Tor's point of view. Keep in mind that Tor has a rather unusual way of looking at things. So many things from high school are brought into this book. Popular and not so popular, the clicks, the jocks, and the "new boy" with the "memory problem," Adam. All these things combine to make for a great read. Maybe more for the14 to 18 age group, but I really liked it. The way Tor kept getting in deeper and deeper to keep the others from discovering who and what Adam is, is so much like real life. One lie leads to another them Boom the whole thing blows up. Add into mix a deranged serial killer who knows what Tor and Owen have done and want's the same thing done to his son. Throw in a gun, bear traps set in the woods to catch victims, and the lighting storm of the century, and you have a fantastic remake of a great classic. I hope you will find out for yourself how good this book is. I didn't tell you some of the major points of the story because to do so would spoil your finding out for yourself. I got my kindle version from NetGalley

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (Life of a Female Bibliophile)

    Rather than waiting for a slow build-up in suspense like most horror novels, Teen Frankenstein jumps immediately into action. Majority of the story takes elements from the original tale by Mary Shelley since it is a retelling, but gives it more of a modern spin. Before each chapter the reader is given little snippets from a scientist’s journal which turns out to be our narrator Tor and I liked that it kept the story grounded in that Dr. Frankenstein vibe. The novel is definitely got more of light Rather than waiting for a slow build-up in suspense like most horror novels, Teen Frankenstein jumps immediately into action. Majority of the story takes elements from the original tale by Mary Shelley since it is a retelling, but gives it more of a modern spin. Before each chapter the reader is given little snippets from a scientist’s journal which turns out to be our narrator Tor and I liked that it kept the story grounded in that Dr. Frankenstein vibe. The novel is definitely got more of lightweight feel to it than its original predecessor and this comes from someone who really enjoyed reading Shelly’s tale in school. It’s got an overall suspenseful atmosphere, but I personally felt it was wasn’t as heavy as the original and has a lot more comedy (dark humor) in it. I thought perhaps maybe this was because it was a retelling or that it’s genre was YA? I did appreciate the dark humor brought into the story to reinvent the tale of Frankenstein. Tor is toting around a dead guy (Adam) as her “cousin” and he takes everything at face value so he ends up blurting out and doing random things that will have the reader laughing out loud. Plus Tor and her best friend, Owen, have a fun relationship and deliver witty banter as well as cynical comebacks with dealing with the snobby popular crowd. While Teen Frankenstein was an enjoyable read, I felt it was lacking in terms of being a horror novel. The thrill and suspense were there as well as a couple of gory happenings, but it was a bit underwhelming. It didn’t really feel like a horror novel until the last hundred pages. I just wished it would have deviated more from the original story and spiced things up some more.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kylie Kaemke

    In the beginning of this book it felt like something I would watch on the Disney channel. You know, the Disney channel original movies, the awesomely cheesy ones like Halloweentown and Under Wraps; yeah those gems. It had that same great feeling to it, and then it started to get a little dark… and people started dying. Teen Frankenstein is about teen scientist Victoria Frankenstein (Tor) who is determined to bring something back from the dead for her school science experiment. However, bringing t In the beginning of this book it felt like something I would watch on the Disney channel. You know, the Disney channel original movies, the awesomely cheesy ones like Halloweentown and Under Wraps; yeah those gems. It had that same great feeling to it, and then it started to get a little dark… and people started dying. Teen Frankenstein is about teen scientist Victoria Frankenstein (Tor) who is determined to bring something back from the dead for her school science experiment. However, bringing the dead boy she hits with her car back to life isn’t exactly the kind of thing Tor can turn in for a grade. So naturally the solution is to dress up her new zombie boy toy and take him to high school. This book is funny, and dark, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I dig the monster scene, so that’s why I gave this book a shot, but the idea of bringing Frankenstein’s monster into a high school setting seemed too far-fetched for me at first. But like I said, I enjoyed it more than I thought. The end got a little weird, and that’s why I went 4 stars versus 5. I don’t particularly love what Chandler Baker did with the characters in the end, and as much as I want to elaborate on that I don’t want to spoil anything. I recommend this book to anyone who also likes classic monsters, or just a crazy murder mystery, because as I stated in the beginning, people die. But who dunnit? Hmmm.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Hager

    Chandler Baker is becoming one of my favorite YA horror authors. This book creeped me out multiple times! One thing you should know about Tor Frankenstein is that she takes after her father. She's obsessed with science, and is currently working to figure out how to bring something back to life. Rodents don't work and she wonders if maybe she needs (a) more electricity and (b) a bigger body. When she accidentally kills a teenage boy, she's pretty sure she can bring him back to life. She hopes so, Chandler Baker is becoming one of my favorite YA horror authors. This book creeped me out multiple times! One thing you should know about Tor Frankenstein is that she takes after her father. She's obsessed with science, and is currently working to figure out how to bring something back to life. Rodents don't work and she wonders if maybe she needs (a) more electricity and (b) a bigger body. When she accidentally kills a teenage boy, she's pretty sure she can bring him back to life. She hopes so, anyway. (And, obviously, she does. Because otherwise, we wouldn't have much of a story.) The creature (who actually gets a name this time, Adam) is clearly alive and is able to speak but he doesn't have much of a personality and he doesn't have any memory of who he was before. (Which is actually kind of helpful to Tor---it's much easier to keep someone with you if he doesn't have any reason to want to leave.) (Note: there is absolutely no mention of the fact that Tor's last name is Frankenstein, so whatever world this book takes place in is one where Mary Shelley didn't write a book---or at least not that one.)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ryley (Ryley Reads)

    Well. Thanks to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC for review. All opinions are my own. This was a weird book. After science genius Tor Frankenstein kills a pedestrian with her car one rainy night, she decides to take him home and bring him back to life. Yeah, the books a little weird. Anyways, after a few weeks, "Adam" starts experiencing issues, and violent streaks, and several people from the town go missing and turn up dead and mutilated. Number one suspect is Adam. Long story short, this is a Well. Thanks to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC for review. All opinions are my own. This was a weird book. After science genius Tor Frankenstein kills a pedestrian with her car one rainy night, she decides to take him home and bring him back to life. Yeah, the books a little weird. Anyways, after a few weeks, "Adam" starts experiencing issues, and violent streaks, and several people from the town go missing and turn up dead and mutilated. Number one suspect is Adam. Long story short, this is an intense, weird tale that I think you would enjoy if you like science stuff, Frankenstein, or just a weird, creepy read. I think my favourite character was Owen. Even though he goes along with Tor's crazy plans, he is witty, smart and adds some much needed reality checks throughout the story. The end is wrapped up, but there is definitely more to the story, hence the sequel. I don't think everyone will love this book, but it's definitely interesting.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    This book was HORRIBLE! Maybe it's because I never read Frankenstein, but I hated this book. The only reason I finished it was because I needed it for a reading challenge. Tor, the main character, was wholly unlikable and the story itself was just ridiculous. Tor hits someone with her car and kills him (not a spoiler, it happens in the first chapter or so). She manages to bring him back to life. Fine. I guess I can go along with that. Then, dead bodies start showing up in the small town she live This book was HORRIBLE! Maybe it's because I never read Frankenstein, but I hated this book. The only reason I finished it was because I needed it for a reading challenge. Tor, the main character, was wholly unlikable and the story itself was just ridiculous. Tor hits someone with her car and kills him (not a spoiler, it happens in the first chapter or so). She manages to bring him back to life. Fine. I guess I can go along with that. Then, dead bodies start showing up in the small town she lives in. Really? Less fine, but I kept going. Then (view spoiler)[ her 'creation' starts getting weird and angry and ends up killing someone, but that's ok because Tor herself ends up killing someone as well. And she doesn't even care. (hide spoiler)] Seriously?! I will never recommend this to anyone unless they specifically ask for one of the worst books I've ever finished.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    So if your looking for a quick teen book to read with a little gore this is the book for you. It was just full of fluffy teen book goodness

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Tor fancies herself a scientist. Never moving past experimenting on rats she catches in traps. Then, one fateful day, while reading a text message, Tor hits and kills a boy who was crossing the street. Knowing that she can't go to jail, she brings him back to her lab and is successful in reanimating him. One problem, this newly alive experiment cannot remember who he is, where he's from and most importantly, how he died. The story weaves through "Adam" joining a new school and finding an unhealt Tor fancies herself a scientist. Never moving past experimenting on rats she catches in traps. Then, one fateful day, while reading a text message, Tor hits and kills a boy who was crossing the street. Knowing that she can't go to jail, she brings him back to her lab and is successful in reanimating him. One problem, this newly alive experiment cannot remember who he is, where he's from and most importantly, how he died. The story weaves through "Adam" joining a new school and finding an unhealthy attachment to Tor. There are mysteries and fears of a kidnapper who keeps taking boys - no one knows who is next. The question for the readers ultimately is who is the monster? Adam, the mystery kidnapper or in fact Dr. Frankenstein. Grades 9+. Deals with some difficult issues and difficult situations. Suggested for Purchase for your Horror/Drama fans.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    Review originally posted at: https://lafoiaveugle.wordpress.com/20... I am so excited that I am getting this review in just under the wire. This book is officially released tomorrow. The ARC was provided kindly by NetGalley (back in October...for Halloween...) Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker January 2016 Format: ebook, arc Genre: horror, gothic, young adult, classic retellings Rating:  3.75/5 Moose Synopsis Victoria "Tor" Frankenstein became obsessed with curing death after her father is kil Review originally posted at: https://lafoiaveugle.wordpress.com/20... I am so excited that I am getting this review in just under the wire. This book is officially released tomorrow. The ARC was provided kindly by NetGalley (back in October...for Halloween...) Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker January 2016 Format: ebook, arc Genre: horror, gothic, young adult, classic retellings Rating:  3.75/5 Moose Synopsis Victoria "Tor" Frankenstein became obsessed with curing death after her father is killed by lightning during one of his experiments. Unfortunately, she and her best friend Owen keep failing at bringing back rats. One dark and rainy night, Tor accidentally hits a boy with her car, killing him pretty quickly. Rushing him back to the lab and increasing the voltage, she is able to bring the boy back to life, now named "Adam" as he suffers memory loss. Adam is a nearly perfect human specimen, minus the memory loss and the occasional angry temper. Shortly after he starts at her high school, kids go missing and turn up violently murdered. And in a small town, a new kid and serial killer arriving at the time doesn't seem like much of a coincidence. Characters Victoria "Tor" Frankenstein - A junior, who excels in the science field. She's a bit of a nerd and genius, causing her to think she's better than everyone around her. After her father died and her mom spiraled out of control, she began researching bringing back people from the dead. Owen Bloch - Owen is Victoria's best friend, who is a bit of a tinkerer. He'll take apart and put back together anything. Victoria frequently thinks he just doesn't get her, and he unwillingly helps her out after she kills a boy. Adam Smith - Not much is known about Adam's past in the beginning. But after he is bright back from the dead, he is a naïve, overgrown toddler. He joins the high school while Victoria tests his ability to blend into normal culture, eventually joining the football team and dating one of the prettiest girls in the school. He has a terrible temper and occasionally disappears. He needs to be recharged every so often as well. Rants, Raves, and General Thoughts I'll admit, I put this book off as long as possible. I read the first 2-3 chapters and set it down. I don't know what it is about Frankenstein, but I'm a bit of a purist I guess. In fact, I regretted accepting this ARC shortly after doing so. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that after 10%-15% of the book, I was actually enjoying it. I'm not sure if I just was so against reading it at first that I didn't realize the MC was female, but it took her killing a guy before I finally realized it. At first, I thought that was a really bad sign, but actually, kudos to the author. Victoria comes off as a sociopathic teenager, just how you would expect Sherlock Holmes to be as a teenager. She "doesn't react like a normal teenage girl," as a she frequently realizes, but what's even more so is she doesn't like a normal person, period. She's out to protect the main goal: her science experiment Adam. The book was dark without being overly gruesome, a decent horror mix. I blame the bumpy beginning on my own issues, and rereading it would probably show it to be much better than I remember it. The issues I had with the book aren't anything major. The amount of times "My Adam" is started driving me nuts, or consider making a drinking game. I get it, I do, but cut it in half and it'd probably still have the same affect. The twists — Adam's past, who the Hunter is — could have been done a bit better. They're both a bit rushed for my taste. Also, I really loved her dog's name — Einstein. Final Verdict I'm super apprehensive about this being a series rather than a standalone, but I'll definitely check out book 2 when it comes out. I'm assuming it's about someone else? I can't imagine Tor finding another body so soon, or having a different story. As for this book, give it a shot. If you like Frankenstein retellings, totally worth a quick read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I enjoyed the writing and the plot. Tor was such a funny character and I loved how different she was. She didn't care what others thought of her and did whatever she wanted. Owen was easily my second favorite. Loved him as a 'sidekick' of sorts to Tor. I didn't give this book 5 stars because it was just so slow! Lots of hype all the time but things didn't happen quick enough to me. This novel reminded me a lot of Stalking Jack the Ripper with the indepth writings of human anatomy. Interesting an I enjoyed the writing and the plot. Tor was such a funny character and I loved how different she was. She didn't care what others thought of her and did whatever she wanted. Owen was easily my second favorite. Loved him as a 'sidekick' of sorts to Tor. I didn't give this book 5 stars because it was just so slow! Lots of hype all the time but things didn't happen quick enough to me. This novel reminded me a lot of Stalking Jack the Ripper with the indepth writings of human anatomy. Interesting and a little cringy.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This whole story was weird but in a bad way. The premise is that Victoria(tor) brings a boy back to life after she kills him with her car. It set in a Texas high school where she tries to assimilate her creation/boy into daily high school life. The plot was interesting but not enough to keep me entertained.It was very difficult for me to finish the book. I had no love for any of these characters. The book was a bit bland, characters were unlikable, and the ending in my opinion was awful. .

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I enjoyed this retelling of Frankenstein, except, as a fun-killing grownup, I was kind of aghast at the whole killing-someone-with-your-car-and-secretly-bringing-him-back-to-life plot, because the whole time I was worried about his mother. If my son got hit by a car and brought back to life in a secret lab, I'm just saying, I would want to know. (I'm not the demo for this book, obvy)

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