“Alisa Kwitney has an understanding of human foibles and follies and a light, intelligent touch that marks her as an author to watch and enjoy.” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman
Frankenstein meets Marissa Meyer’s Cinder in this tightly paced historical thriller packed with secrets, betrayal and steamy romance.
When Elizabeth Lavenza enrolled at Ingold as its first female medical student, she knew she wouldn’t have an easy time. From class demands to being an outsider among her male cohorts, she’ll have to go above and beyond to prove herself.
So when she stumbles across what appears to be a faulty Bio-Mechanical—one of the mechanized cadavers created to service the school—she jumps at the chance to fix it and get ahead in the program. Only this Bio-Mechanical isn’t like the others. This one seems to have thoughts, feelings…and self-awareness.
Soon Elizabeth realizes that it is Victor Frankenstein—a former student who died under mysterious circumstances. Suddenly Elizabeth finds herself entwined in his dark secrets, ones he might have been murdered to keep buried.
“Fiendishly clever and gorgeously romantic. Alisa Kwitney spins an electrifying tale of beautiful monsters and mad scientists that will keep your nerves tingling and your heart racing long into the night.” —Carol Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of The Metropolitans
“Fans of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles will enjoy this.” —Kirkus
“In this inventive Victorian-era steampunk tale…Kwitney blends elements of murder mystery, classic science fiction, and gothic romance, all cleverly framed around a Beauty and the Beast take on Frankenstein.” —Booklist
“A dark, thrilling and ingenious riff on the Frankenstein legend.” —M.R. Carey, author of The Girl with All the Gifts
“Strikingly written and impeccably conjured.”—Gwenda Bond, author of the Lois Lane series
“It swept me right away.” —Delia Sherman, author of The Great Detective
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
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Fun sci-fi mystery! Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for the opportunity to read and review Cadaver & Queen by Alisa Kwitney! The prologue narrator is Victor, who’s lying awake and alert but can’t move a muscle as his surgical adviser begins to saw into his arm because of extreme damage. The adviser and the surgical students observing believe that Victor is no longer alive. Lizzie has traveled to England from America for a medical degree. She’s the only female medical student at the school but she resides in the nursing students’ housing. She meets Victor and helps him by talking with him. This helps Victor form words again. His memories aren’t clear but he does remember being a medical student. The story grows more complicated as Lizzie discovers what happened to Victor and why. She also learns a great deal about who she can and can’t trust. The prologue captured my interest and the story’s uniqueness kept me reading. Mystery surrounds the school and its professors, as well as a bit of danger. Lizzie is a lovable, strong character with a thirst for knowledge. Sci-fi mystery worth 4 stars! *I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
There wasn't anything particularly bad with this book, but it just didn't enthrall me at all. I would sit there, looking at the page and being bored. I will say that I was quite confused at first. I kind of went into this book, forgetting that it was a Frankenstein retelling of sorts. I was very confused on the world. I couldn't tell if this was supposed to be straight up Historical Fiction or if it was supposed to have fantasy elements, so I got a bit lost on what exactly Bio-Mechanicals were. It took me a while, but once I got it, I was pretty impressed. The author showed a lot of creativity with the world and taking on the retelling aspects of it, and I really was interested in the details she came up with. Also, Frankenstein retellings are so super cool, and the world needs more of them. I also thought the world was realistic. Elizabeth, our main character, was constantly being put down by other men for her desire to be a doctor, and I have to say that despite it being disgusting and enraging, it was what would have happened if she walked into a school wanting to learn to become a doctor. I thought Kwitney did a great job of showing this but still showcasing Elizabeth's strength and empowerment. Elizabeth kicked some major butt, which was so great to see. The other aspects felt cool as well when it came to realism. I liked how she really made it feel very Victorian and very London and very HF. I liked the vibes, and Kwitney did a great job with the medical descriptions. The characters were okay. The issues is that I never really connected with any of them. I thought all of them were just okay. Elizabeth was okay. Byram was okay. Victor was okay. All of them were just okay, and that disconnect really stuck around for me for the entire novel. The ship was just okay as well. I thought it was a bit too fast for me, and I think I might have checked out very quickly on. I wasn't invested in the two characters that it was involving, and therefore, I wasn't invested in the romance either. The plot was...omg, okay again. I thought there was intrigue in it, but about halfway through, I just got bored. I felt like we were going to slowly to get anywhere and we were just doing the same things like going to class. I just wanted more excitement and intrigue, and I was left just feeling really bored and wanting the novel to do something faster. Overall, as I said, there was really nothing wrong with it. It just couldn't keep my attention or make me connected with it at all. I just needed something more of it that it didn't give me. But there were some good things in it like the atmosphere and world that was created! 2 crowns and a Cinderella rating!
This book was one of my most anticipated reads for the year. I mean look at that Cover! Intriguing right? And a Frankenstein retelling! Psh.. Heck Yes!! However, it fell a little short for me. The idea of the story was definitely there and intriguing, but as I got reading, I felt the story start to get a little choppy, Jumping from here to there, or having conversations with characters that were unnecessary. Then by the ending, I had all these things come up... that were never answered or explained. The ending literally felt like a well... I need to end this, so this is going to happen. It didn't leave me satisfied, left too many things unanswered, and was extremely rushed. There was easily about 50 pages more that could have been written to tie everything up nicely. The idea was there, it was good, but I felt it wasn't executed as well as it could have been. So I'm giving it 3 Stars.
I have to admit I was most intrigued by this cover. I had no idea what it was about, but there was a skeleton and a crown on the cover and I needed to know what it was about. Come to find out, this is me falling back into my old ways of falling for the cover but not the inside. In this re-telling of Frankenstein, Lizzie has enrolled in a medical school that was previously only for men. There she comes across a the Bio-mechanics. She quickly finds out the one she meets isn't like the others. He has feelings and thoughts and so much more. She finds out that what she really knows nothing about all that's going on and she's in deeper than she even imagined. The main thing I disliked about this, was the fact that there was absolutely nothing going on during the story. Yes it was a re-telling, but at least the real thing has some sort of creep factor. This one was very boring. I found myself tuning out while it was playing and not wanting to even rewind it back to see what I missed. I did like Lizzie through. She was super smart and I loved how she showed them that a woman could become a doctor. I loved how she said she watched her dad and how she made his invention everything it was. She was very impressive as a character and as a doctor. She was the only reason I didn't DNF this. This wasn't what I was expecting when I started this, but I kept reading it in the hopes that it would change. It did in the end, but that still didn't make up for the nothingness that was happening during the story. I did like the characters, but they didn't make up for it completely. Others who like the original story may like this more than me, but for me, it just wasn't my thing.