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Anatomy: A Love Story
Anatomy: A Love Story | Dana Schwartz
Dana Schwartzs Anatomy: A Love Story is a gothic tale full of mystery and romance. Hazel Sinnett is a lady who wants to be a surgeon more than she wants to marry. Jack Currer is a resurrection man whos just trying to survive in a city where its too easy to die. When the two of them have a chance encounter outside the Edinburgh Anatomists Society, Hazel thinks nothing of it at first. But after she gets kicked out of renowned surgeon Dr. Beechams lectures for being the wrong gender, she realizes that her new acquaintance might be more helpful than she first thought. Because Hazel has made a deal with Dr. Beecham: if she can pass the medical examination on her own, Beecham will allow her to continue her medical career. Without official lessons, though, Hazel will need more than just her booksshell need corpses to study. Lucky that shes made the acquaintance of someone who digs them up for a living. But Jack has his own problems: strange men have been seen skulking around cemeteries, his friends are disappearing off the streets, and the dreaded Roman Fever, which wiped out thousands a few years ago, is back with a vengeance. Nobody important caresuntil Hazel. Now, Hazel and Jack must work together to uncover the secrets buried not just in unmarked graves, but in the very heart of Edinburgh society.
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Kimberlone
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I really wanted to love this book, but ultimately it was just okay. Most obviously inspired by Frankenstein, the plot was kind of underbaked and had a fantasy/supernatural element I wasn‘t expecting that I think it would have been better without. The romance was sweet, but a bit underdeveloped; somehow they did make a gravedigging make out scene work. 2.5 ⭐️ just for the book, but an extra 1/2 star for a fabulous cover. 3⭐️ final, mild pick.

Kimberlone The author Dana Schwartz has a fantastic podcast that I will highly recommend instead of this book: Noble Blood. It‘s an interesting intersection of the true crime genre and Royal history. I‘d read the shit out of a book based on the podcast. (edited) 5d
thegreensofa What a really great cover! 5d
Saknicole It‘s on AK library Libby now, so I put it on my holds list. 5d
Kimberlone @Saknicole awesome! Will be curious to discuss with you. 5d
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Beachbum
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Started this new YA about being female and not having the rights to study to be a surgeon in the 1800‘s.. it‘s gothic, you have cadavers and a love story!!! #danaschwartz #gothiclovestory #summerreads #beachreads

bibliobliss 😍 that cover 3w
Beachbum @bibliobliss Right!!!!❤️❤️ 3w
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AmandaBlaze
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I liked this book, but didn't love it. It was a quick read that I finished in two sittings. I read the reviews before reading the novel. It seemed like we were reading a different book entirely. Yes, there is a love story, but it's not main focus of the novel. There were gothic elements, but I didn't find the eeriness that is prevalent in other novels. I chose it as a pick because it was well-written. It just wasn't the book I thought it would be.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cool cover ❤️ 1mo
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lumbricuslibri
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Hmm, nope.
Didn't know much about this when I picked it up, I just liked the cover.
Ending was abrupt and dissatisfying.
Not gonna read the sequel (if there'd be one).

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lumbricuslibri
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Kindle edition: found a couple of typos so far.

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vlwelser
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This is a fun YA fantasy/historical fiction. It is nothing like Frankenstein IMO. Just throwing that out there. And the cover is gorgeous. This was a runner up pick for book club. So I read it on my own. TBH I'm a little glad they didn't pick this. Not sure this goes with the group vibe.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

KristiAhlers I really liked this one as well. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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lumbricuslibri
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I've already reached my reading goal this year! 🥳

Still going to read, of course. But with a challenge! Will try to do it monthly.

This month: only read books by new-to-me authors.

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emmaturi
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I finished this today, and it was an enjoyable read. Set in Edinburgh in 1817, Hazel wants to be a doctor unfortunately in this time, women are not allowed to study. She makes a deal with a Dr Beecham who will let her study if she passes an entrance exam. But she needs bodies to learn from, in cones Jack who robs bodies from their graves. It's a gory, some supernatural elements and a romance.

Nute Cool cover! It sounds like a book that I would enjoy. Stacking! 1mo
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Zuhkeeyah
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I liked this book but I wasn‘t blown away by this book. The attitudes of 19th century men regarding female intelligence are incredibly frustrating. Hazel is smart, determined, and spoiled. Not spoiled in a terrible person way. More like she‘s so used to things working in her favor, she‘s too trusting. The ending was not my favorite. I don‘t need roses and a bow, but it felt abrupt and not quite in keeping with the rest of the book.

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Zuhkeeyah
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#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

“The frog was dead, there was no doubt about that.”

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emily_roamswild
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Panpan

An enthralling summary that fell short: plague, missing bodies & clandestine doctoring. Unfortunately, the mystery isn‘t enough to hold your attention—easily puzzled out within the 1st half of the book. Main character is a bit bland & the sudden “instant-love” is boring. The city & timeline of this novel open a lot of doors that go unexplored & the writing lacks the quality & plotting to pull off any suspension of disbelief. Quick read but eh.

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RebeccaRoo7
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Love this book already!!! I checked it out at the high school where I teach, but I might have to own this book because the cover is so gorgeous.

#anatomy #romance #mystery #readKY #gothic #beautifulcover #springbreak #rainyday

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MaggieCarr
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A few years back I devoured David Oshinsky's Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital for the way it made me think about the history of cleanliness and ethical practices in an ever changing world of medical advances. This YA book transported me back into those feelings and across the ocean through time to spin a story both gothic yet stitched together with real historical events and other figments....

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BookBelle84
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This book was an impulse buy for me because I absolutely love the cover. The story was enjoyable as well, not really the ending I was hoping for but I'm not sure what would have made me happy. I loved how strong Hazel was, the resurrection men and setting were greatly entertaining. I would read more if this became a series. #pantone2022

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MartinaLove
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Book number 10. 📚

A Reese's Witherspoon book club pick. 😃

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TravelsWithBooks
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BookwormAHN
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This is a ya Gothic about Hazel, a girl who wants to be a surgeon & Jack, a boy who works as a resurrection man. They team up to help Hazel pass her exam. There is the somewhat predictable ya element with them & the supernatural element is rather farfetched but still an enjoyable tale 🫀
#Pantene2022 #GossamerPink @Clwojick
#NoShameReadathon #yaromance @Nessavamusic
#RoaringWolf #history @Roary47 @Littlewolf1
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Clwojick Glad this was a pick for you, as I have it too! (edited) 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Love the cover ❤️ 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
Roary47 Yay! 💛 3mo
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MallenNC
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First of all, this cover is awesome. I didn‘t even notice the woman at first, just the heart. This is a Frankenstein-inspired book about a privileged young woman in 1817 who wants to be a doctor. It started a little slow but overall I liked this. There is mystery and a bit of romance but the love in the subtitle is of Hazel and medicine/science. Plus that whole Frankenstein thing!

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ErraticElle
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This book was amazing. I could NOT walk away. A bit of Frankenstein, a bit Dickens, a bit Sherlock Holmes, Anatomy is Gothic, Victorian, & mysterious with a strong female protagonist. The writing is excellent & the pacing just flies. The narrative is gritty & awesome. Hazel is a badass female character & I freaking adored her. Not for the squeamish. Dark, gory, & weird. Potential sequel coming, which makes sense based on the ending. LOVED THIS!!

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TorieStorieS
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With a stunning cover, I have been looking forward to reading this one since I first saw it! This YA fantasy features a likable and intelligent heroine, Hazel, who is more interested in books and medicine than participating in society events or becoming officially betrothed. Hazel aspires more than to be a wife- and her encounters with a resurrection man, changes her life. The unresolved ending spoiled this for me- it just leaves so much hanging!

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SpookyDonut
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I forgot to post this when I got it. I was so looking forward to this when I heard about it on the Noble Blood podcast. The ending was so disappointing and left me completely unsatisfied. She‘s writing a sequel so I hope she ties up the loose ends and elaborates on an event that happened in this one. I still recommend it but not as excitedly as before.

TorieStorieS Good to know about the sequel! I felt the same way! 4mo
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robinb
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This is billed as a YA Alternative History, but I think I‘d call it YA Fantasy. Set in 1817 Edinburgh, Hazel is an aristocratic young lady who is determined to be a surgeon. Jack is a poor, streetwise resurrection man just trying to survive and avoid arrest. After being turned away from classes at the Anatomist‘s Society, Hazel studies on her own for the medical examination. Jack provides the cadavers for her studies. 🔻

robinb But strange (at times gruesome) things begin happening, including people disappearing and then reappearing not as “whole” as they once were, and all of this while a miraculous discovery is made by a renowned surgeon whose grandfather became a recluse obsessed with the occult and longevity. They must work together to uncover dark secrets and save lives. I enjoyed the first half of this one more than the second. 🔻 4mo
robinb I absolutely loved the spunky, tenacious Hazel and her devotion to her craft. And her interactions with Jack were fun. But I felt as the story wore on it became more implausible (and yes, I KNOW it‘s fantasy LOL) and too “convenient”. And there were instances where I felt confused about aspects of the plot (including the ending). Overall, I‘d give this a thumbs-up just for Hazel alone. 4/5 #coverlove (edited) 4mo
Sharpeipup Clever cover design! 4mo
robinb @Sharpeipup Isn‘t it?! Love it! 4mo
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KristiAhlers
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I found this one to be oddly intriguing. Set in Scotland a young woman wants to learn how to be a doctor in the 1800‘s. This book has a great cast of characters and the author even managed to make me tear up.

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Was this mostly a cover buy? (Yes) but I did 🤣 at her backlist containing a book called “the white man‘s guide to white male writers of the western canon” and the opening lines are a mood - so 🤞🏼 I enjoy it!

CrowCAH Love the cover too! 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick It was largely a cover love impulse buy for me, too! 4mo
BookwormM Great cover 4mo
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jenniferajanes
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I‘m so glad Reese recommended this as her YA Winter Pick. It had some sweet YA romance and a great story about a gifted young woman who wants to be a surgeon during a time when that was a laughable idea. Definitely recommend. #Libby #Kindle #ebook

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julesG
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Cover and blurb are good, well-done marketing team!

The story though, would have needed more research and editing.

Full review on the blog: https://scepticalreading.com/2022/02/19th-century-edinburgh-in-two-novels/

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mavey
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A glowing endorsement from Neil Gaiman himself!

Reese's Book Club's Winter YA Pick!

And look at the gorgeous cover!😍

Anybody reading Dana Schwartz's Anatomy: A Love Story?

kamoorephoto It‘s one I almost bought the other day…I stopped myself. BUT I still want to read it badly… 5mo
BookBelle84 I plan on picking it up this week! The library wait is too long. 5mo
Kimberlone This looks so good! I love this author‘s podcast Noble Blood also. 5mo
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mavey @kamoorephoto I have to start it soon too! The premise looks so interesting! 5mo
mavey @BookBelle84 Started reading?😃 5mo
mavey @Kimberlone Oh wow! I hear many glowing reviews about it! Have to try it soon! 5mo
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Books_n_Whatnot
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You can judge this book by its cover. I loved it so much. Written by the host of one of my favorite podcasts, Noble Blood. I‘ve had this book on pre order since May. As an aspiring physician, I loved the medical history and ethical scandal. I loved the unique combo of practicality and romanticism. Highly recommend, and I hope Dana Schwartz writes more novels in the future.

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mdemanatee
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I loved the voice in this and the active class commentary layers of the plot (and what I am fairly sure is a Tom Stoppard Arcadia Easter Egg reference) but also wish some of the gothic elements had built a little more naturally and that the romance element was more developed. (Also that cover? Obsessed.) https://youtu.be/djp81X2rYQY