Cadaver & Queen
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. Where they are usually empty-minded and perfectly obedient, 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. 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 Elizabeth finds herself intertwined in dark secrets and sabotage that puts her life, and the lives of Victor and their friends, in danger. But Elizabeth’s determined to succeed—even if that means fighting an enemy who threatens the entire British Empire.
Here’s the link to learn a bit more: Harlequin Books»
Cadaver & Queen (Book One of the Cadaver & Queen Chronicles) is available in paperback as a Scholastic Book Club pick!
More info here: https://clubs.scholastic.com/cadaver-and-queen/9781338670691-rco-us.html
Cadaver and Queen Reviews:
“This is not a parody of Mary Shelley’s classic but a clever new take on its elements in a mystery complete with Victorian writing flourishes and the mild titillation expected from a romance novel. Here the evil scientists are surgeons with an ambitious plot to change the course of politics… Fans of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles will enjoy this.” — Kirkus Reviews on Cadaver & Queen
“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 on Cadaver & Queen
“A page-turner from start to finish, fans of Marissa Meyer, Gail Carriger, and Cassandra Clare will find much to love. Highly recommended.” — School Library Journal on Cadaver & Queen
“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
“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