Saturday, November 3, 2012

iFrankenstein by Bekka Black Review Blog Tour Stop

Frankenstein comes to life for the wired generation.

Following her critically-acclaimed iDrakula, award-winning author Bekka Black breathes life into a modern re-telling of iFrankenstein, using only text messages, web browsers, tweets, and emails. 

Homeschooled teenager Victor Frankenstein is determined to write his own ticket to independence: a chatbot to win the prestigious Turing prize and admission to the high tech university of his choice. He codes his creation with a self-extending version of his own online personality and unleashes it upon the internet. But soon he begins to suspect his virtual clone may have developed its own goals, and they are not aligned with Victor’s. The creature has its own plan, fed by a growing desire to win darker and more precious prizes: unfettered power and release from loneliness.

As the creature’s power and sentience grows and its increasingly terrible deeds bleed over from the online world into the real one, Victor must stop his creation before his friends and humanity pay the ultimate price.



First I have to start by saying iFrankenstein is BRILLIANT! I have never read a book that was composed of text messages, online chats, tweets, and e-mails. I have to say that when I first started reading it I was like this is weird but after the first five pages I was like OMG this is totally different and in a good way. I could not get enough and I devoured this book in a few hours. What i also liked was that I have not read a re-telling of Frankenstein so it was refreshing to see someone do it and pull it off. 

Victor Frankenstein is home schooled and determined to write about his life. He is determined to get into a prestigious Online University of his choosing. So he decides he will post his comings and goings to the cyber world. Shortly after releasing his online personality something goes wrong and his online personality is doing sinister things and does not have the best interest of Victor in mind. What is Victor to do when he finds out that everything he has worked hard on is not what it seems? His online personality is dark and wants to create it's own havoc on the world. It wants the ultimate power and will stop at nothing to gain it and it's freedom from loneliness. 

Come along for the ride of a lifetime with iFrankenstein. Reading each text, e-mail and tweet leads you to another clue as to what Victor's online personality wants to do.
After a childhood often spent without electricy and running water, Bekka escaped the beautiful wilderness of Talkeetna, Alaska for indoor plumbing and 24/7 electricity in Berlin, Germany. Used to the cushy lifestyle, she discovered the Internet in college and has been wasting time on it ever since (when not frittering away her time on her iPhone). Somehow, she manages to write novels, including the award-winning Hannah Vogel mystery series set, in all places, 1930s Berlin, and The Blood Gospel series (with James Rollins).

She lives in Berlin with her husband, son, two cats, and too many geckoes to count. iDrakula is her first cell phone novel.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: iFrankenstein is a retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, written entirely in text messages, emails, voice mails, twitters, and web browsers. It is the second in Bekka Black’s iMonster series, following iDrakula. The app version of iDrakula was was nominated for an APPY award for best app book, was on PC World’s Best Halloween Apps list and also chosen by YALSA. The print version was chosen as a selection by Girl’s Life and the Junior Library Guild, was in Booklist’s Top 10 Horror for Teens list, and received positive reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, New York Journal of Books, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, The Examiner, and the Horn Book blog, among others. For more information, see

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