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Audio ARC Review: Immortality: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz

Immortality: A Love Story
Series: The Anatomy Duology #2
Author: Dana Schwartz

Mhairi Morrison
Tim Campbell
To Be Published: February 28, 2023
Audiobook: 12 hours 2 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 12-19, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Hazel Sinnett is alone and half-convinced the events of the year before—the immortality, Beecham’s vial—were a figment of her imagination. She doesn’t even know whether Jack is alive or dead. All she can really do now is treat patients and maintain Hawthornden Castle as it starts to decay around her.

When saving a life leads to her arrest, Hazel seems doomed to rot in prison until a message intervenes: She has been specifically requested to be the personal physician of Princess Charlotte, the sickly daughter of King George IV. Soon Hazel is dragged into the glamor and romance of a court where everyone has something to hide, especially the enigmatic, brilliant members of a social club known as the Companions to the Death.

As Hazel’s work entangles her more and more with the British court, she realizes that her own future as a surgeon isn’t the only thing at stake. Malicious forces are at work in the monarchy, and Hazel may be the only one capable of setting things right.

Jessica’s Review:

Immortality is the second novel in the Anatomy duology and I enjoyed it just as much as the first! Hazel’s story continues and not always in the best of ways.  After trying to save a life, Hazel finds herself arrested until a turn of events happens: The King wants her to be the doctor to Princess Charlotte.  Hmm.. either that or rot in prison? What kind of choice is that?

Hazel finds herself in all kinds of situations she never expected and that even includes a secret society! And of course, possible romances pop up for Hazel.

This duology is quite the mix of historical fiction, gothic, romance and more. I really like Hazel, she is so ahead of the times, and so young as well! Who knows where she might have gone had she been born in modern times. She is very determined and independent. 

The novel was slower moving, but as it progresses it does speed up and I was fully involved in all the elements of the story.  Immortality answers questions that were left open in Anatomy and we do have an ending to this duology that I was pleased with. Definitely read both of these books if you like historical fiction, YA novels (though Hazel comes off as so much older than her actual age!) Gothic novels, and strong female characters that are way out of their element.

I really enjoyed both Anatomy and Immortality. Many thanks to Macmillian Audio for granting me an audio arc to listen to and review.  The only other thing I can say is: These covers are just gorgeous and are worth the price of buying this duology all on its own!  If you enjoy these books in the slightest, you will have to own your own copies!

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Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz

Anatomy: A Love Story
Author: Dana Schwartz

Published:  January 18, 2022

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: February 13-28, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

A gothic tale full of mystery and romance about a willful female surgeon, a resurrection man who sells bodies for a living, and the buried secrets they must uncover together.

Edinburgh, 1817:

Hazel Sinnett is a lady who wants to be a surgeon more than she wants to marry.

Jack Currer is a resurrection man who’s just trying to survive in a city where it’s too easy to die.

When the two of them have a chance encounter outside the Edinburgh Anatomist’s Society, Hazel thinks nothing of it at first. But after she gets kicked out of renowned surgeon Dr. Beecham’s 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, the university will allow her to enroll. Without official lessons, though, Hazel will need more than just her books – she’ll need bodies to study, corpses to dissect.

Lucky that she’s made the acquaintance of someone who digs them up for a living, then.

But Jack has his own problems: strange men have been seen skulking around cemeteries, his friends are disappearing off the streets. Hazel and Jack work together to uncover the secrets buried not just in unmarked graves, but in the very heart of Edinburgh society.

Jessica’s Review:

Anatomy is a YA Historical Fiction novel that is so much more than what meets the eye!  We have Hazel who is a young woman ahead of her time: She wants to become a surgeon when women were not. This is also a time when being a surgeon is looked down upon versus being a regular doctor. Hazel was attending lectures disguised as a man, and she is kicked out when her true gender is discovered. She does make a deal with the professor that if she can pass the doctor’s test then he will let women attend his lectures.  Being kicked out she is forced to find her own ways to learn about the human body which involves a ‘resurrection man’ (a man who is paid to steal bodies of the newly deceased. We also have a mystery when resurrection men start to go missing.

The title is a bit deceptive, there is a love story, but it is minor to the story itself.  If you go in expecting a full-on love story, then you will be disappointed.  Anatomy was a solid four star read for me until we got closer to the ending and the novel went in a direction I would have never expected!  It was a bit mind blowing for me and this unexpected twist brought this novel up to five stars and I anticipate that it will be in my top ten of this year. 

Being this is a YA novel, Hazel comes off older than her actual age, but that is due to the times she is living in. She is smart and determined, yet also unsure of herself due to her young age.  I couldn’t help but like Hazel.

This is a dark novel that will have some scenes that could make some readers squeamish. It is not entirely accurate: towards the end there is a particular medical scene that most readers would know that the procedure would not actually ‘work’, so you have to suspend disbelief and I did because the story was so intense at this point!  Towards the end there is no way a reader can put this novel down!

I listened to the audiobook version which includes a conversation with the narrator and author.  Definitely listen to this as you will learn more, which includes a possible sequel which I hope Schwartz delivers on!   She also started writing this novel before our current pandemic hit and changed the world.

I thoroughly enjoyed Anatomy and very highly recommend it! Another positive:  Just look at the gorgeous cover options available to a reader!

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