Cadaver & Queen (Cadaver & Queen, #1) by Alisa Kwitney

Cadaver & Queen (Cadaver & Queen, #1)

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 jumps at the chance to fix it and get ahead in the program.Only this Bio-mecha...

Details Cadaver & Queen (Cadaver & Queen, #1)

TitleCadaver & Queen (Cadaver & Queen, #1)
Release DateFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherHarlequin Teen
GenreYoung Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Retellings, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Reviews Cadaver & Queen (Cadaver & Queen, #1)

  • Kristen Burns
    3.5 StarsReview: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 ...
  • Jay G
    Want to see more from me? Check out my youtube channel: 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 name...
  • 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 total...
  • 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 thi...
  • 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.
  • Kayleigh
    3 stars.“It is dangerous to be right on matters in which the established authorities are wrong.”Cadaver & Queen follows Elizabeth Lavenza, who has enrolled at Ingold as its first female medical student. From class demands to being an outsider among her male peers, she will 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...
  • Katherine Paschal
    I have no idea why this book has not gotten the hype that it should! I had not even heard of Cadaver & Queen until I was rummaging at the library and I stumbled across the book, with it's eye catching cover and intriguing synopsis. This was a Frankenstein retelling with steampunk elements, a strong female main character, and the best kind of romance! I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was great, giving personality and voice to each char...
  • Mandy
    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...
  • Devann
    Listen I could literally sit around and read Frankenstein retellings all day every day. I'm not exactly sure why because the original novel is really very so-so for me, but I just love all the retellings so much! And somehow they still all manage to be different enough to be interesting. This one features all the familiar faces [plus a guy with a club foot named 'Byram', one guess who he's supposed to be lol] and is set in a steampunk-ish world w...
  • Jennifer
    Cadaver & Queen is the story of Lizzie and Victor while they are attending medical school in Britain. Lizzie is the first females to be allowed to study medicine at Ingold while Victor was a previous student but met with some not so great circumstances but they somehow meet during this book and a huge ordeal takes place.Lizzie is our main character. We start the book out on her first day at Ingold, a medical school in Britain. She is the first fe...
  • Ella Schantz
    I won this uncorrected proof from a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you for allowing me the chance to read this book prior to its release! Elizabeth (Lizzie) Lavenza is the first female medical student at Ingold, a school in 1800's England. While she struggles to fit in and work around the sexism of a male-dominated school setting, there is a worldwide movement to create a whole army of Bio-Mechanicals. Their purpose is to serve as a soldier in the wa...
  • Jackie
    I’m a big fan of retellings and anything that offers up a bit of a twist with a female lead tackling the mystery and horror along with a male dominated society but overall this book as just okay. “Cadaver and Queen” begins with first year medical student Lizzie who wants nothing more than to prove herself amongst the men in her class but quickly finds that it will be an uphill battle with few allies. Meanwhile, Victor, another medical stude...
  • Cocktails and Books
    I liked this twist on the story of Frankenstein. It's one of those books you just have to experience for yourself. Victor was perfect as the tortured hero and strong-willed Lizzie was immediately likable and you couldn't help but want this couple to figure out how to get their HEA.
  • Caitlyn
    DNF@ pg 118.Unsalvageable. An unusual premise, abominably executed—and a romance which, while true to the period, offended my modern sensibilities.
  • katie
    I really really really liked the beginning of this book. Elizabeth was a girl against the world. She was smart and she knew it and she wasn't about to let some egotistical male teachers keep her from becoming a doctor. I enjoyed her friendship with the other misfits, and even her strange relationship with her roomate, because they felt like real relationships. The romance wasn't too quick, and it was nice to watch them develop feelings for each o...
  • Liz
    I received this book as an ARC. Lizzie Lavenza is a medical student, the first female in fact, at a school in England during the 1800’s. In spite of her male classmates and professors, she is determined to make a name for herself and become a doctor. In addition to serving as a medical school, the professors are also experimenting on creating Bio-Mechanicals, a new class of soldiers for England who are modified and put together using the parts ...
  • Jovy
    Cadaver & Queen had potential but I felt like the story was executed poorly. The book dove into a promising start as it was rather creepy and intriguing. Halfway through the book, the story was flooded with irrelevant dialogue between characters. There also wasn't very much character development to make the reader relate or actually develop a liking to the main characters.
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    There was nothing really wrong with this book, but after it started off strong with an interesting female protagonist in a room full of boys at medical school, it dragged. I liked some of the twists, but it wasn't enough to keep me engaged throughout the book.
  • Sionna
    ended up not really liking this one... :/ A huge shame since this was one of my most anticipated reads this year. I loved the concept and started out being really interested in what was going on, yet the middle became a bit stale-- or more like a book without direction. Which makes sense considering the ending was confusing to me and left many loose ends. In fact, many things which I considered problems are just looked over, gone along with, or f...
  • Mary Ditmer
    I must admit that when I first picked up this book I was wary as to whether or not I would like it. The cover was eye catching, but I was unsure of the story itself, I am presently surprised at how much I loved this book. A retelling of Frankenstein as a steampunk alternate history book??? Kwitney had the perfect blend of gothic horror, with a dash of steampunk. Lizzie was smart, savvy, and fearless a perfect heroin to balance out the biomechanic...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    MEH.There was nothing remotely scary, terrifying, or gasping about this story. I found it rather uneventful and dull. :( Disappointment is the only word I can really think to properly describe my thoughts on this one.
  • Marlene
    Interesting story
  • Tina ( As Told By Tina )
    Maybe a 3.5 but this was pretty interesting for the most part.
  • Rachel
    We have a bit of a love/hate relationship. I think it was an interesting premise, although not very well justified or explained. The characters all started off pretty intriguing and interesting, although there wasn't a lot of growth or development. The plot became all kinds of interesting, but then it was wrapped up really weakly and left a lot of loose ends.First, characters. I like how strong-willed and determined Lizzie is, even (especially) i...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    Alisa Kwitney’s latest novel, CADAVER AND QUEEN, is a romantic-thriller that reinvents Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN. Kwitney is a prolific writer who is well known for her romantic appeal, such as in her novel, DOES SHE OR DOESN'T SHE. Kwitney’s familiar tones of romance remain in CADAVER AND QUEEN and are interwoven with strands of mystery, science fiction, and political turmoil.Elizabeth Lavenza is determined to prove herself. As the first...
  • Sarah Pedersen
    Oh, I'm not sure what to do with this. I'm just... It's a story. Frankenstein-style, taking place in a world where it's morally okay to turn dead bodies into mindless half-living creatures to serve others, though because they're mindless it's really unclear how that works well in general. However, I love a good YA school story in a supernatural setting, so I bit. We are promised a smart and nerdy heroine from the description of the book, and I th...
  • Kacey
    I love Frankenstein and love re-imaginings of classic stories, so I was down for this when I saw it. It has a really cool concept and definitely plays in some of the haunting and creepy feelings one should expect from this kind of stories. As well as the questions of morality in scientific exploration, and just how far people would go.I'm going to get my critiques out of the way first. Sometimes Elizabeth could be so stupid. Yeah, I know it was e...