Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.
on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the
cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the
mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie,
led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary
existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the
horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her
freedom at last.
Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and
family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an
indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn't
want a fairy tale happy ending after all. @goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1323356526 5 STARS
I totally loved the book. I must say when I first saw it, I had one of
those, choose a book by it's cover moments. I read the blurb and
promptly put it on pre-order, got it today and read the whole thing.
is an awesome rendition of a Cinderella steampunk novel. But this isn't
the fairy-tale ending you are used to so if your going for that, it's
not going to happen.
You have Nicolette, Nick for short, who is
learning to make mechanical animals, bugs etc from her mom who is an
excellent mechanic with the help of Fey magic. A few things go wrong and
the Fey are banished from the land and their magic.
We all know
the story that Nick's mom passes away, I'm just not telling you from
what :) Her dad marries the evil Stepmonster and the jerk sisters that
are a package deal. They are the ones that eventually name her Mechanica which is cute and I love it. It's her name mixed with her being a mechanic.
love all of her little mechanical friends, but Jules is my favorite, he
is her little horse. That changes a bit toward the end but I won't say
This is a book that you are going to just love or not like
at all, I'm in the love category. I thought it was brilliant and
FYI: If there are any mechanics out there that can make me some steampunk animals and bugs... send me a message :)