Corpse & Crown by Alisa KwitneyCorpse & Crown by Alisa Kwitney

Corpse & Crown

byAlisa Kwitney

Hardcover | February 12, 2019

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Agatha DeLacey’s family isn’t rich or titled, so studying nursing at Ingold’s East End hospital in London is a rare opportunity for her. Despite the school’s focus on the innovative Bio-Mechanical program, Aggie cares more about the desperately poor human patients who flood the hospital, even if that means providing unauthorized treatment after-hours…and trusting a charming, endlessly resourceful thief.

But the Artful Dodger is barely a step ahead of his underworld rivals, the menacing Bill Sykes and mercurial Oliver Twist, and Aggie’s association with him soon leads her into danger. When a brutal attack leaves her blind, she and the Dodger find themselves at the mercy of an experimental Bio-Mech surgery. Though the procedure restores Aggie’s sight, her new eyes come at an unnerving cost, and the changes in Dodger are even more alarming—instead of seeing Aggie as the girl he fancies, he now views her as a potential threat.

As war between England and Germany brews on the horizon and a sinister medical conspiracy threatens to shatter the uneasy peace in Europe, Aggie and the Dodger must find a way to work together so they can protect their friends and expose the truth…even if it means risking their own survival.
Title:Corpse & CrownFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.51 × 5.77 × 1.13 inPublished:February 12, 2019Publisher:Inkyard PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1335542221

ISBN - 13:9781335542229


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This is a fun series! It is set in Victorian times, with science fiction themes. The first book in the story, Cadaver and Queen, is an adaptation of Frankenstein. This story is an adaptation of Oliver Twist. I actually haven’t read either of those books, so I’m not sure how much of the original story is included, though the characters are there. There are a lot of medical scenes because it is set in a hospital. I’m quite squeamish, but I was able to get through those scenes. There were some blood and surgeries involved. However, these scenes were limited so I was able to enjoy the story. The biomechanicals in this story are corpses who have been turned into machines by attaching different body parts. An interesting aspect of these creatures is that they can continue to experience the lives and memories of the donor. This was similar to the phantom limb syndrome, which is when a person can still feel their limbs after they have been amputated. I really enjoyed this book! I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2019-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous series and Frankenstein re-imagining Oh my, CORPSE & CROWN did not disappoint. In fact, it surprised me. Like a hydra beast of Frankenstein meets Oliver Twist (I’m laughing because for real what is this mash-up and how did it work so well haha) this book proved to be much different than its predecessor in all the best ways. I have to admit the very short back jacket didn’t instill me with overwhelming confidence, because there wasn’t much to anticipate, but now that I’ve finished, I understand the vagueness. Because holy moly, things things got crazypants. Glorious, unpredictable, escalating surprises, each chapter got wilder than the last. Had the back jacket mentioned any specifics, they would’ve been spoilers, so while the description doesn’t have much “hype,” don’t be deceived. There are a ton of bananapants-level twists and overlapping storylines. This series remains my favourite Frankenstein retelling, and I really hope there are more books on the way because a lot of crazy stuff went down that left things wide open. While some readers have skipped the first and headed straight for CORPSE & CROWN, I wouldn’t recommend it. Yes, the POVs are different in the sequel, but the concept behind Bio-Mechanicals is explained in greater detail in the first, and there are several crucial scenes that give context for certain relationships. Also, CADAVER & QUEEN is awesome and you need to read it just because of the awesomeness.
Date published: 2019-02-21

Editorial Reviews

"Corpse & Crown brings Dickens' London to life in this electrifying sequel to Cadaver and Queen. Alisa Kwitney is a stunning writer." -Carol Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of The Metropolitans"Corpse & Crown is fantastical and fun while grounded in believability. Even the undead must behave in Victorian England." -Mark Russell, Eisner-nominated author of The Flintstones: Bedrock Bedlam"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"Alisa Kwitney has an understanding of human foibles and follies and a light, intelligent touch that marks her as an author to watch and enjoy." -#1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman on Cadaver & Queen