Just finished Kenneth Oppel's This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein #1 yesterday. Loved it.
Though Victor and Konrad Frankenstein are twins, they couldn't be more different. After Konrad grows gravely ill with a mysterious sickness Victor, cousin Elizabeth, and Victor's best friend Henry set out in search of a cure. After stumbling upon a "dark library," (rife with books on the study of Alchemy, an outlawed subject), Victor discovers a recipe for "The Elixir of Life," and against the specific command of Victor and Konrad's father, the trio seeks for an infamous alchemist to help them.
In their quest for the ingredients, Victor, Elizabeth, and Henry experience close calls and some nail biting moments--I already am a terrible nail biter, but somehow managed to gnaw my nails into smaller stumps during a certain scene. I must have looked nuts as I sat at a stop sign, pounding the steering wheel and screaming, "RUUUUUNNN!" Yes, I really did this. Fortunately I wasn't in Sticks while doing this.
I can't wait until I can get my hands on the sequel: Such Wicked Intent: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein #2, and speaking of sequels, I finally got Insurgent, book 2 in the Divergent Trilogy. Can't wait to dig into that later this week. Ah, where was this fun YA fic when I was a teen?!