Cadaver & Queen

Cadaver & Queen

When Lizzie 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 jum...

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Title:Cadaver & Queen
Author:Alisa Kwitney
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Edition Language:English

Cadaver & Queen Reviews

  • TheYALibrarian

    I have to say I kept low expectations for this one so since it turned out to be pretty good I'm impressed. This a really interesting, almost steampunkish twist on the classic Frankenstein and this one was not a dud.

    I have to start off on how I really liked Elizabeth. She had the strive and the will to learn to be a doctor in a time when it was unheard of for women to really be in many professions. Despite all the bullying and the professors banning her from classes, she still was d

    I have to say I kept low expectations for this one so since it turned out to be pretty good I'm impressed. This a really interesting, almost steampunkish twist on the classic Frankenstein and this one was not a dud.

    I have to start off on how I really liked Elizabeth. She had the strive and the will to learn to be a doctor in a time when it was unheard of for women to really be in many professions. Despite all the bullying and the professors banning her from classes, she still was determined to pass and become the first full fledged female doctor ever. Her affinity for engineering was great as well added even more to her character and I just overall liked her and rarely found her annoying.

    Victor Frankenstein is not the one we know of from Shelley's work. In this tale he is truly the "monster" as well as the doctor. Well, not precisely doctor since he was a studying to be one before he was murdered and turned into a biomechanical, but he still had a lot of knowledge from the classes he had took and now he gets to return as a student to finish his schooling and officially become a doctor. I liked his sweet disposition and how he really did not brood much despite being now part machine. His affection and protectiveness for Lizzie was cute and I appreciated that he never questioned her desire to be a doctor and actually helped her by tutoring her on things she was banned from learning. His alter-personality, Jack I don't have much to say about only that he was cheeky and for a criminal he seemed like a decent guy so no issues there either.

    Will and Byron were not in the book enough to really access them as characters but I did wish they were in the book more. Them and Lizzie made a cute trio against all the assholes who bullied them and the professors being as much dickheads as the students. Aggie, another friend of Lizzie's I did not like at first since she was so standoffish but once I got to know her and what she does as a nurse in training, it gave me more respect for her. I appreciate that Aggie made a point to show how much nurses do and how their jobs are equally as important as a doctors, even more so in some cases. So, in the end I really did not have any problems with the protagonists and side characters of this story. I really look forward to meeting them again in the sequel.

    As for the antagonists that was a issue with me. I still don't get why these professors were totally okay with murdering someone and using their body to experiment on. It's so immoral and wrong and it's not addressed if they just rationalized it in the name of science and also why they wanted to turn the queen into a biomechanical as well. She in this time was just a figure head with no real power so I'm just kind of scratching my head and wondering why this was all okay at the end and the professors were not punished for what they did to the queen and Victor. I guess all the characters are at fault for that in a way even Lizzie who still respects these men and still wants to learn under their tutorship despite how horrible they were to her and how they basically made Victor what he is. He was a jerk before but still really not okay. I also did not get when this was all exactly happening. I'm guessing 1800s since that's when Queen Victoria reigned but I don't know nothing was really specified and I honestly thought at the very beginning this was taking place in the 1900s due to how Elizabeth's clothes were described but I guess not? Anyway Kwitney should have paid more attention to this.

    Anyway great book that made a unique twist on the Frankenstein tale and I look forward to the next one.

  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    Update: wait...there's a sequel now?!

    Ohhhh this was actually fun and not what I was expecting! It kinda reminded me of Stalking Jack the Ripper and some Frankenstein. Victorian era sexism really does piss me off. The romance was kinda cheesy but I actually didn't mind it. Lots of mystery and science which I'm always a sucker for. Pretty decent for a sci-fi/fantasy stand alone.

  • Lauren Stoolfire

    I really enjoyed this historical sci-fi take on the classic story of Frankenstein more than I expected to like it. Bio-mechanicals (reanimated corpses who perform menial tasks and follow orders), a top of the line British medical school, a female American student, and Victor Frankenstein - a once great student who has since died a been transformed into a bio-mechanical who still seems to be himself - doesn't that sound like a cool story? It totally was and I loved getting to know our cast of cha

    I really enjoyed this historical sci-fi take on the classic story of Frankenstein more than I expected to like it. Bio-mechanicals (reanimated corpses who perform menial tasks and follow orders), a top of the line British medical school, a female American student, and Victor Frankenstein - a once great student who has since died a been transformed into a bio-mechanical who still seems to be himself - doesn't that sound like a cool story? It totally was and I loved getting to know our cast of characters and discover this alternate history world set in 1903. I'm really looking forward to the companion sequel Corpse & Crown which retells Oliver Twist.

  • Kristen Burns

    I reread Frankenstein recently and am on a quest to read all the retellings! And this one proved to be a thought-provoking, feminist Frankenstein-inspired story with a twist.

    While not a retelling, per se, this story took characters and ideas from the original novel as a springboard and twisted them in really interesting ways to form something new and really highlight some of the thought-provoking aspects of the original. Our main character was Elizabeth, our love interest Victor,

    I reread Frankenstein recently and am on a quest to read all the retellings! And this one proved to be a thought-provoking, feminist Frankenstein-inspired story with a twist.

    While not a retelling, per se, this story took characters and ideas from the original novel as a springboard and twisted them in really interesting ways to form something new and really highlight some of the thought-provoking aspects of the original. Our main character was Elizabeth, our love interest Victor, except, in this story, Victor

    the monster. He was a bio-mechanical---a reanimated corpse, usually made of stitched-together parts from various different bodies, although Victor was mostly intact with just the arm of a stranger to replace his mangled one.

    The characters were well-written with flaws but also good qualities. My favorite was Byram because of his dry humor and support of Lizzie. I liked Jack too, despite his small role. Lizzie was the protagonist though, and I loved that she was intelligent, strong-willed, and determined. She didn't let the sexism and all the obstacles in her way stop her from chasing after her goals, which made this a fantastically feminist book. Buuuuuut she could also be so self-assured and focused on trying to succeed that she was uncaring toward patients and didn't listen to them, and she butted her head into things that's weren't her business which put not only herself but also others in danger. So she could be frustrating, but she was realistically flawed (which I like), and she did get called out on a lot of her behaviors by other characters.

    Although the pace of the plot was slow, I found myself engrossed by the story. There was so much great stuff going on---mystery, friendship, bio-mechanicals, sinister plans. Oddly enough, I wasn't all that into the romance (though it was plenty believable)---I was more interested in what was going on with the school and the professors, what exactly had happened to Victor, how it would all impact Lizzie, etc.

    I had one main issue though. There were a some threads left hanging, things I didn't quite understand, and things I wanted to know more about. It was like so many of those mysterious/sinister parts of the plot about the school just got dropped. According to the author, there's going to be another book that continues the story (albeit with the focus on different characters), so hopefully these will still get addressed. Maybe someone who's finished the book can help me in case I just missed some things? *SPOILER*

    *END SPOILER*

    One other thing I wanted to mention is that Lizzie thought about how Byram was so attractive that he wouldn't even be friends with her if it weren't for his bad foot bringing him down to her level. She mentioned something similar about some boy she had a crush on and got to know while he was ill. I didn't like the implication that having a disability brings a person's value down. I chocked it up to just being Lizzie's beliefs as a product of the time she lived in, but I wanted to point it out so readers could be aware of this kind of thing not just in this book but in life in general.

    Last but not least, I wanted to talk about the thought-provoking aspect of this book. I mentioned that Victor was entirely intact except for having someone else's arm. That one little arm, however, had a big impact. *SPOILER*

    *END SPOILER* I loved that the author used that to explore the concept of souls and memories and whether our body parts retain a bit of ourselves if they're kept alive after the rest of our body has died. I've heard stories, for example, about people who got heart transplants and then started acting like the person the heart originally belonged to, and things like that make me wonder. When we die, if some part of our body remains alive, does part of our soul, or maybe some imprint of it, remain with it? Or in cases like the heart transplants, is there a scientific explanation? (I did read something about cell memory.) But in the case of fictional Frankenstein stories, if someone is reanimated, do they get their soul back? What if they're composed from the parts of a whole bunch of people, do they even get a soul? A whole bunch of souls? Maybe that's why the other bio-mechanicals were mindless---they were confused by having too many souls in one body. This book doesn't go in-depth into any of this, nor does it force any belief on the reader, but it's definitely an interesting part of the story.

    As for the audio, I struggle with audiobooks in general, but I thought Saskia Maarleveld did a wonderful job. She read in a way that sounded normal rather than overdramatic, and she did men's voices well and made them sound natural with proper inflection and emotion (those are the two things I usually have the biggest issue with).

    Overall, this book gripped me with its mysteriousness and its feminism and its unique twist on the Frankenstein story, and hopefully those loose threads will be wrapped up in the next book!

    Readers who like Frankenstein retellings, feminist characters, mysterious plots, and thought-provoking reads.

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    A thought-provoking, feminist Frankenstein-inspired story with a twist! Full review soon.

  • Heather (Curious Fox Reads)

    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 explain

    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.

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    Lizzie Lavenza is the first female medical student to be enrolled at the prestigious Ingold School in England during the 1800s. She faces a lot of prejudice and quickly realizes she will need to work twice as hard as her male counterparts. Upon arriving, she meets a former student named Victor Frankenstein who was murdered a few month

    Want to see more from me? Check out my youtube channel:

    Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me a copy for honest review

    Lizzie Lavenza is the first female medical student to be enrolled at the prestigious Ingold School in England during the 1800s. She faces a lot of prejudice and quickly realizes she will need to work twice as hard as her male counterparts. Upon arriving, she meets a former student named Victor Frankenstein who was murdered a few months earlier. Victor is now a Bio-mechanical - part human, part machine. As time goes on, she discovers a sinister plan that the head professors of Ingold are planning that involves the Queen of England and these new Bio-mechanical soldiers.

    I absolutely love retellings, so I was very excited for this Frankenstein retelling! The book was very quick to read and enjoyable. At times, I did find it to be a bit slow, but I enjoyed it none the less. I liked the banter between characters, especially Lizzie and the three boys. The romance was really well done in my opinion and I really enjoyed the slow burn of it. The idea of the bio-mechanicals was also a really cool concept. One major downfall I found was that the ending felt a bit too rushed, but overall it was an enjoyable read!

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    Not sure how I feel about this cover...

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    This sounds amazing! I love Frankenstein, so I am excited to see where this goes.

  • Stephanie

    I've heard this called a Feminist Frankenstein Retelling? I am so here for that!

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    A YA reimagining of

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    I just received a free copy of the hardback book from Harper Collins for review. Thanks!!

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