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Corpse & Crown

(Cadaver & Queen #2)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  60 reviews
From Alisa Kwitney comes a connected novel set in the same alternative Victorian England of Cadaver & Queen. Corpse & Crown follows the story of Agatha DeLacey, an Ingold nursing student who travels to London and uncovers a devastating secret about the country's Bio-Mechanicals. Inspired by the classic story of Oliver Twist and complete with a dashing Artful ...more
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Published February 1st 2019 by Harlequin Teen
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Candace Robinson
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a super fun companion! I love the whole Frankenstein concept, and this one added in Oliver Twist inspiration!

I wasn’t so sure if I was going to like Aggie based on the last book, but I loved her! And Dodger! The cute romance between them was adorable! And oh my heart, Will! I really enjoyed reading his chapters, too!

The historical fantasy stuff was just so cool here with the biochemical people! I seriously need to read more from this author, and I’d love even more from this world!
Dark Lordette Jennymort ♔

**DNFed at 15% because i'm an idiot and didn't see that this was book 2**

i am so goddamn pissed at myself for NOT FUCKING PAYING ATTENTION when getting fucking ARCs.

it was alright for the first 15% i read. reminded me of frankenstein mixed with oliver twist.

Julia (ten_thousand_books)
Corpse and Crown ARC Review

I received a copy of Corpse and Crown from Harlequin TEEN in exchange for an honest review.


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
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Corpse & Crown by Alisa Kwitney is an excellent companion novel to Cadaver & Queen. The first book in the series was such a pleasant surprise that I was so excited to be approved for book two. Luckily for me, this companion was just as good. You could read this without being familiar with book one, but you won't be sorry if you take the time to read it before diving into this novel. I loved seeing how a retelling of Oliver
Patty (IheartYA)
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: won-net-galley
Corpse & Crown is the companion novel to Cadaver & Queen. While it's a smooth adventure, it fails to live up to its predecessor's passion, and it lacked substance in comparison. The plot could have been stronger. However, it is an easy read with fun characters, a well developed atmosphere and laughs along the way. It can be understood on its own but I highly advise reading the other book first for it to really make sense. I like the writing style and pace a lot. I will be on the look out ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC Received from Netgally for honest review!

First can we all take a second to worship this cover!

This was a pretty good book. It takes right off and really pulls you in! This isn't a stand alone, you absolutely should read the first book before digging into this one!

Aggie quickly became on of my new favorite characters, even though she wasn't a main character in the last one. She's a lead character now and thank the sweet gods for that. She's everything.

I think anyone can read this, but the
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I’ll start by suggesting that you read Cadaver & Queen first. Though this largely works as a standalone, there is some character background that would be extremely useful for this 2nd book.

Now, in Corpose & Crown, we change main characters. I wasn’t sure at first (and our old characers still feature), but this was actually a welcome change. Aggie is wonderful. She’s definitely from a different background than Lizzie and it plays very well with our Oliver Twist and Artful Dodger
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Sometimes, it was more important to have the hope things would improve than to have the security of knowing that things would not get worse"

It’s no secret, I’m a sucker for Frankenstein retellings, so last year I jumped on the chance to read Cadaver and Queen and was lucky enough to read it early. I came for the Frankenstein retelling and stayed for the excellent writing and the bio-mechanicals plot. I liked Cadaver and Queen, and I liked Lizzie and Victor but the novel wasn’t everything I
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

Unfortunately this wasn't as good as the previous one in terms of the romance - I just love the chemistry between Victor and Lizzie. I didn't get that here and I feel like Aggie was cheated. But the plot was interesting, and I'm keen to see where the series goes next.

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Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff-kick
320 pages of my life I'll never get back!

So I normally hate when sequels or later books in a sequel change POV from the first book (with the exception of the His Fair Assassin series) so I was prepared to hate this book already. I didn't care much for Aggie in the first book and I didn't understand how suddenly she and Lizzie were best friends.

But when Aggie meets Dodger, I thought 'hey up, this could work and I might not hate this book'. No, it didn't work and I did hate this book. The author
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book much more than the first one, Cadaver and Queen. I found myself just jumping right into this book. That is because the back story and introductions of the characters from the first book were over. Therefore, for this reason I do suggest you start with the first book to get the better reading experience with this book.

In the prior novel, Aggie was not as prominent. Yet, in this book, she was one of the main lead characters. I really liked her. The other person that also made
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
We follow the infamous tale of Frankenstein back into the world of BioMechanicals only this time we follow a different set of characters as they tackle the consequences of the scientific breakthrough.

“Corpse and Crown” follows Aggie as she works to prove herself as a nurse when she meets an unlikely friend in need of her assistance. When things go wrong she finds herself at the mercy of the doctors researching the BioMechanicals and finds that sometimes getting what you want comes with a price.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize Corpse and Crown was part of a series. Reading the first book would have been better. Turns out, I'm not a fan of Frankenstein retellings. I could not get interested enough to really care about the characters. Unfortunately, this story was a miss for me. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Stephanie Ward
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Corpse & Crown' is the thrilling second book in a young adult series that blends together historical fantasy with retellings of classic novels. In this case, the author gives us a retelling of Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' The world building really caught my attention, as it brought the historical setting to life in front of my eyes. I was pulled into Aggie's world right from the beginning and it felt as if I was right there beside her during the entire story.

Aggie was a great main
Jennie Shaw
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ) 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, ...more
Lauren James  (storied.adventures)
Not sure why I haven't reviewed this one on here? I read it back in February and it's now April. Whoops!

3.5 Stars! I really thought this was a fun conclusion to the duology! It is a retelling of Oliver Twist with Frankenstein! This was such a fun sereis and I would definitely read more from this author!
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Harlequin TEEN in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and Thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I knew from the looks of the cover and the detailed description that this was going to be an intensely captivating book and was I right. I was not expecting the direction the book took with the plot incorporating the characters from Oliver Twist to get involved with Aggie and her family. I am a huge fan of overcoming adversity and achieving
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Corpse & Crown picks up a few months after the end of Cadaver & Queen, with the Ingold students now set in London. With the approaching visit of the Kaiser, Ingold is trying to create the perfect Bio-Mechanical in order to avoid a war between England and Germany. While everyone seems to only have it on their minds, Agatha DeLacey is helping the poor patients staying alive - even if it means putting herself and her career at risk. In the dark streets of London, Aggie meets the dashing ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Adding in the characters of Oliver Twist to the unique world of Bio-mechanicals created in the first book, this stand-alone continues the story begun in the first book. Agatha DeLacey (Aggie), who is Lizzie’s roommate from the first book, is a nursing student, who is glad to be at the school and away from her impoverished background. She is dedicated to saving lives, but since the mission of the hospital is Bio-mechanicals,
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Mandi Schneck
I'll start this by saying I completely missed that this was the second book in a series when I requested it. That being said, it was still very easy to figure out what was going on. Corpse & Crown by Alisa Kwitney is a YA historical fiction blended with sci-fi (with a little bit of a retelling thrown in!) that is definitely different from anything on the market today.

It's the Victorian era in England, and Aggie is training to be a nurse. The hospital where she is completing her studies is
Lisa girlsinbooks

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
Tonja Drecker
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set in foggy London's past, this tale takes an interesting turn on Oliver Twist and weaves an intriguing magic, which is hard to put down.
Agatha is a nurse in training and has a difficult path, but finds herself in one of the top places to learn. That the school's focus is on Bio-Mechanicals doesn't phase her in so much, especially since she is more concerned with people who need care. Still, London holds a life different than she's accustom to, which also leads her to Dodger, an intriguing man
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked the first book of this duology, and when I saw this one was taking inspiration from Charles Dickens, I was eager to see what would happen. What we get is basically the same story, except it focuses on Dodger and Agatha. It's hugely disappointing.

I will say that the author has built this world convincingly. I can believe in all of things that are happening, no matter how fantastic they seem. I also like that the side characters got more fleshing out. Also, there wasn't much by the way of
Stars In Her Eye
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Corpse & Crown drew my attention even though I didn't realize it was part of a series. I was intrigued by the idea of Bio-Mechanicals people in this alternative history story.
Aggie is a practicing nurse at the Royal Victoria the home of England’s most promising Bio-Mechanical Victor Frankenstein. Victoria has been tasked with creating a Bio-Mechanical shoulder that will take of Germany’s creation. Aggie find herself directly connected to the project when her sight is ruined. Now Aggie must
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Harlequin TEEN publishing for allowing me to read the ARC of Corpse & Crown in exchange for my honest review.

A delectable and captivating story that I just could not put down!
Aggie is an up and coming nurse who came from a poor town and had wanted nothing more than to become something better than what her mother claimed she would be. She is fierce and headstrong yet with every healed patient that leaves the Royal Victoria Hospital brings her a loneliness that gin just doesn’t
Courtney Pate
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
First, let's get this out of the way. I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and Harlequin Teen in exchange for my honest review.
Now then. Maybe I didn't fully read the synopsis. Maybe I stopped at 'oh there's a nurse treating patients at night on the down low? THIS IS FOR ME!' I'm a nurse, so I was like, I can totally relate to this character. I would be the one in these times who would try to treat HUMANS in the age of bio-mechanicals. I would take from the hospital I worked at to
Jill Jemmett
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Jessica McAllister
This had A LOT going on in just a 300 page book. There were too many storylines and POVs to follow that it seemed messy and incomplete. I did enjoy following the characters in this one especially Dodger and Aggie and Will but I think it would have been better if we focused on only a couple of them and saved the rest for another book. I would love a Will and Byram book. I also felt like pieces of the stories were missing. We were told things happened but we didn't get to experience them so it ...more
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I'm the author of YA, graphic novels and novels for adults who still feel young, at least most of the time.
My latest books are Cadaver & Queen from Harlequin Teen, a Feminist Frankenstein meets Grey's Anatomy tale, and Mystik U from DC Comics, which features Zatanna and other magical characters in their first year at college.

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