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.
Hi bookworms! I hope you all have time for a trip to Barnes and Noble because I have just read a book that you all have to read. Cadaver and Queen by Alisa Kwitney is a quick but incredibly enjoyable and powerful read. I loved the idea of a Frankenstein retelling but it was the empowering women undertone that really had me hooked on the story. Lizzie is the first female medical student at Ingold and has to withstand gender stereotyping and all of the double standards present. Not only does Lizzie handle the misogyny with grace but she proved that she could hold her own and excel at medical school. Throughout the story, Lizzie manages to remain true to herself and proud of her wonderfully quirky intelligent nature. I loved that Lizzie was a bold female who was unafraid to speak her mind despite some of her male peers implying that they didn’t care about what she had to say. Lizzie quickly proved that her words were more than worthwhile to listen to. Lizzie was curious and quick witted, which made all of her banter with the other characters particularly delightful. Most of all, Lizzie was determined. She knew that she wanted to become a doctor and she wasn’t going to let the stereotypes believed by other people get in the way of that. Lizzie wanted to be educated at the finest medical school there was, so she went to that medical school even though she was the only female medical student to go to that college. Lizzie a very human character with flaws and strong points who I found to be very relatable. I felt that Lizzie was the type of character that you just want to have a study session with.
All of the characters were lovable (except for certain unethical scientists- read the book) and the plot was entrancing, although the ending was much too abrupt for my liking because I loved the book so much I didn’t want it to end. The romance between Lizzie and Victor is sweet and fluffy, perfect for curling up by the fire on a cold day (by the way: happy first full day of spring guys! Maybe winter is over but considering it is a balmy 33°F outside, we probably still have some more cold to go). The story is engrossing and I was wishing that there was another book by the end (I hope there will be a sequel). Alisa Kwitney’s Cadaver and Queen was a beautifully written novel with a romance that was absolutely adorable and had me wishing I could find my Victor Frankenstein. I strongly advise all of you to immediately go to your nearest bookstore and buy this book so you can experience the trials and triumphs of Lizzie Lavenza- I assure you that this book does not disappoint.
I hope you all have a wonderful spring break that is relaxing and filled with books! Until next time!