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 jumps at the chance to fix it and get ahead in the program.Only this Bio-mechanical isn't like the others. Where they are usually empty-minded and perfectly obedient, this one seems to have thoughts, feelings...and self-awareness.Soon Lizzie realizes that it is Victor Frankenstein--a former student who died under mysterious circumstances. Victor, it seems, still has a spark of human intelligence inside him, along with memories of things he discovered before his untimely death...and a suspicion that he was murdered to keep that information from getting out.Suddenly Lizzie finds herself intertwined in dark secrets and sabotage that put her life, and the lives of Victor and their friends, in danger. But Lizzie's determined to succeed--even if that means fighting an enemy who threatens the entire British Empire.

Cadaver & Queen Details

TitleCadaver & Queen
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherHarlequin Teen
ISBN-139781335470461
Rating
GenreRetellings, Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Cadaver & Queen Review

  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I've heard this called a Feminist Frankenstein Retelling? I am so here for that!
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    Not sure how I feel about this cover... ---This sounds amazing! I love Frankenstein, so I am excited to see where this goes.
  • Ella Schantz
    January 1, 1970
    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 wars the countries keep waging against each other - 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 wars the countries keep waging against each other - thus drastically reducing the number of human casualties. They are portrayed to be dumb, simple creatures. However, she meets a former student named Victor Frankenstein (I got a chuckle out of the name), who was purportedly murdered by the head professors at Ingold for discovering a dangerous secret that could threaten the stability of the British Empire. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a very easy, but engrossing read. The blossoming romance between Lizzie and Victor was no secret from the very beginning, but the author does a good job at drawing out the interactions between the two of them, so they are not thrust into any sort of romantic encounter too soon. Each character is individually different, although there are a few stereotypical cliches attached to each one (i.e. the very wealthy, and very snobby British boy who despises Lizzie on contact, and tries to make her life miserable). The latter half of the book held some subtle plot twists that (in retrospect) I could see coming, but I didn't notice them as I sped through it. However, just because some parts of the plot may be predictable, that doesn't stop this book from being very written and enjoyable. The author interspersed occasional historical facts throughout the novel, which as a historical fiction fan, I appreciated. It can become so easy to let a book exist in a vacuum, rather than blended into actual history. This is the perfect young adult novel for anyone who likes history and the creativeness of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    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 of the newly deceased. One day, while trying to figu 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 of the newly deceased. One day, while trying to figure out how to be treated equally among her classmates, Lizzie meets a Bio-Mechanical named Victor Frankenstein. At first, she views him as such another experiment, but it isn’t long before sparks start to fly between the two and it develops into more. With the help of Victor, Lizzie soon learns that there is something more sinister brewing at her school, something that includes how Victor actually died and became a Bio-Mechanical and how this may be a threat to the very nation of England. When I first heard about this book, I was so stoked. I love a good re-telling, especially ones which dabble with some steampunk elements, Gothic literature and the macabre in general. The book was fast paced, easy to read and keeps the story engaging. While Lizzie and Victor are the main characters, I thoroughly enjoyed how fleshed out some of the secondary ones where; Auggie in particular. Towards the end, I felt like the plot was becoming a bit muddled and there were one too many things that wrapped up all around the same time, it was an enjoyable book; one I would recommend to my teen patrons and other readers who like retellings of classic literature.
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  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Viva
    January 1, 1970
    Alternate time line kind of book where bio-mechanicals are a thing in Victorian England. Bio-Mechanicals are reanimated dead bodies used as low level servants and being developed as soldiers so people don't have to be killed in war.A lot goes on in the beginning. We are introduced to Lizzie, a lone female and American medical student starting medical school in Victorian England. A medical school that also has a bio-medical department. It's a promising beginning but the strong start fizzles out a Alternate time line kind of book where bio-mechanicals are a thing in Victorian England. Bio-Mechanicals are reanimated dead bodies used as low level servants and being developed as soldiers so people don't have to be killed in war.A lot goes on in the beginning. We are introduced to Lizzie, a lone female and American medical student starting medical school in Victorian England. A medical school that also has a bio-medical department. It's a promising beginning but the strong start fizzles out as there are too many plot lines to follow: An American in England, a female student in a Victorian male dominated field, bio-mechanicals in general, the top rated but somehow isolated school, the story line of developing bio-mechanicals for war, Lizzie's background, etc.Several interesting threads are abandoned: Lizzie's education, her two friends, her two antagonists, etc. I had also expected to read about how bio-mechanicals were developed. Instead the story focuses on Victor (who just happens to have the non-English name of Frankenstein) and Lizzie. Victor is the other story line. His story starts abruptly in the very beginning of the book and fills in as we read on. He is also the only bio-mechanical who retains (partly) his consciousness. As we read on, we discover the rest of Victor's story and Lizzie's developing relationship with him. There's also a bit about Queen Victoria but I found that part a bit contrived and not really interesting. I liked the book because it was well written and easy to follow. I liked the background and the backdrop of the story and the relationship between the protagonists.So overall this is a romance with a Frankensteinian backdrop. The book doesn't end meaningfully and I'm sure there will be a sequel (or more) as many questions are left unanswered. I got this as a free ARC.
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  • Erin Calderman
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fairly good read. I didn't have many big issues with it, but it did feel a little rushed after the half way mark. The arc I received is only 315 pages, and it seems like the story could have been drawn out a little more with no problems. There were a lot of questions that weren't answered, and I had more in the final chapters. The romance was cute, and I did like the relationship between the characters, but it felt a little too 'love at first sight'. But the development of the feeling This was a fairly good read. I didn't have many big issues with it, but it did feel a little rushed after the half way mark. The arc I received is only 315 pages, and it seems like the story could have been drawn out a little more with no problems. There were a lot of questions that weren't answered, and I had more in the final chapters. The romance was cute, and I did like the relationship between the characters, but it felt a little too 'love at first sight'. But the development of the feelings between them felt genuine. All in all I did like the book. There were a few lines that were said that genuinely made me laugh, and it did give good insight to what women had to deal with to get ahead in the Victorian period. I would recommend it to anyone who likes Frankenstein retellings.
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  • Susie
    January 1, 1970
    I won this uncorrected proof from a Goodreads giveaway. This book is a nice alternative telling of the story Frankenstein. It is a fast, fun, and enjoyable YA read. It has steampunk-ish theme, with science, mystery, and just a hint of romance. The story itself is good, but could have been better. More of it. However, the ending was a bit rushed. Also, the gap between the final chapter and the epilogue could have been explained. What happened in that time frame? I liked the romance between Lizzie I won this uncorrected proof from a Goodreads giveaway. This book is a nice alternative telling of the story Frankenstein. It is a fast, fun, and enjoyable YA read. It has steampunk-ish theme, with science, mystery, and just a hint of romance. The story itself is good, but could have been better. More of it. However, the ending was a bit rushed. Also, the gap between the final chapter and the epilogue could have been explained. What happened in that time frame? I liked the romance between Lizzie and Victor, it was sweet. There could have been more of their interactions, showing the developing feelings and such. Overall I really enjoyed this book and am happy I was able to receive and read it.
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  • Nickie
    January 1, 1970
    I got an advanced reading copy of this book and enjoyed it. It starts off pretty creepy and I'm not really into that, but it quickly turns into a thrilling mystery with a dash of romance. The science is questionable but I was willing to suspend my disbelief for the interesting characters. It was a playful homage to Frankenstein and a look into extending life at any cost. YA
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  • Penny
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book through a giveaway on the Harlequin Teen website. I was intriqued by the back of the book blurb but it didn't live up to the hype. The ending was way too rushed and most of the big questions the book raised were not answered.
  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    In Cadaver and Queen, Elizabeth Lavenza (Lizzie) is a strong protagonist who is the first female student accepted at Ingold Academy of Medicine. Along with her intelligence, she is not afraid to express her opinion at her first day with the other students at the prestigious university. This behaviour attracts the attention of several fellow students.When Lizzie realizes that one of the Bio-Mechanicals is not what he appears to be, she investigates further and a trust develops between them. This In Cadaver and Queen, Elizabeth Lavenza (Lizzie) is a strong protagonist who is the first female student accepted at Ingold Academy of Medicine. Along with her intelligence, she is not afraid to express her opinion at her first day with the other students at the prestigious university. This behaviour attracts the attention of several fellow students.When Lizzie realizes that one of the Bio-Mechanicals is not what he appears to be, she investigates further and a trust develops between them. This YA story is an enjoyable and easy read.Thank you GoodReads for the book.
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  • Tova
    January 1, 1970
    I just realized this was a Frankenstein retelling. Give me all them retellings, I have 3 on my TBR already.
  • Hesione
    January 1, 1970
    Frankenstein, the book I hated reading the most, is now following me into every aspect of my life: my writing, Halloween, and more and more YA. This sounds great.
  • ♠ Tabi ♠
    January 1, 1970
    INSTALOVE FOR THAT COVER
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