Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

But 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.

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I picked up this book because I’ve been hearing some cool things about the second book Venturess.

Mechanica is cute book overall, I enjoyed the character of Nicolette. I loved the steampunk world, and I loved that Nicolette was an inventor. The incorporation of magic and steampunk is always cool. All of these things made for a fairly easy read.

I found the prose a little odd at times, it made the book feel like it was more middlegrade than YA. Thankfully it didn’t bother me too much as I found myself continually sucked into the plot.

Despite being a retelling of Cinderella, romance is not a huge part of this book! I found myself really enjoying that.  I loved that Nick was friends with both the guy and the girl in the love triangle, and the ending set things up very nicely for the second book.

I gave this book 3.5 stars on Goodreads.

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