Mechanica by Betsy CornwellMechanica by Betsy Cornwell

Mechanica

byBetsy Cornwell

Paperback | August 2, 2016

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In this inventive Cinderella retelling, there?s a ball and a prince, sure. But this heroine wants to earn her freedom?and create her own fairy-tale ending.A New York Times Bestseller

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 pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday-and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse-Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself. And the timing may be perfect: There's a technological exposition and a royal ballon the horizon. Determined to invent her own happily-ever-after, Mechanica seeks to wow the prince and eager entrepreneurs alike."
Betsy Cornwell is the New York Times best-selling author of Tides, Mechanica, Venturess, and The Forest Queen. She graduated from Smith College and was a columnist and editor at Teen Ink before receiving an MFA in creative writing from Notre Dame, where she also taught fiction. After grad school, she ran away to Ireland to live wi...
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Title:MechanicaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.87 inPublished:August 2, 2016Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544668685

ISBN - 13:9780544668683

Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre As much as I wanted to love this novel, unfortunately, it fell flat for me. I love retellings of classic fairy tales, especially when an author takes creative license and makes the story their own. If anything, the author definitely did succeed in making this a very unique retelling of Cinderella. Actually, I wouldn't even consider it a retelling because it took elements of the original story but it was truly different. This may be a great read for others but unfortunately I could not get into the story. The writing was good but nothing was catching my attention. I could not become interested or invested in the story or the characters no matter how hard I tried. I finished this novel because I'm stubborn, but if I was to set down a novel unfinished, that would have definitely been the case with this one. I hope others enjoy this more than I did because the premise of the story is good and the cover is beautiful but for me...meh.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre Read As much as I wanted to love this novel, unfortunately, it fell flat for me. I love retellings of classic fairy tales, especially when an author takes creative license and makes the story their own. If anything, the author definitely did succeed in making this a very unique retelling of Cinderella. Actually, I wouldn't even consider it a retelling because it took elements of the original story but it was truly different. This may be a great read for others but unfortunately I could not get into the story. The writing was good but nothing was catching my attention. I could not become interested or invested in the story or the characters no matter how hard I tried. I finished this novel because I'm stubborn, but if I was to set down a novel unfinished, that would have definitely been the case with this one. I hope others enjoy this more than I did because the premise of the story is good and the cover is beautiful but for me...meh
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! This is a totally new interpretation of the classic Cinderella story. This young woman is strong, determined and creative and the ending will surprise you.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A mechanical Cinderella story with a heart I really appreciate a story with a positive attitude. Suitable for younger readers, this version of the classic Cinderella story has a great plot, excellent character development and a fun twist for the ending. I highly recommend it to all ages.
Date published: 2015-09-03

Editorial Reviews

With a unique mix of steampunk and the maker movement, Mechanica introduces a smart, strong, talented heroine who may be able to find her prince, but doesn't necessarily want to." -BookPage "If you are a fan of fantasy or fairy tale retellings, you'll love Mechanica ." - Miss Literati "Combines a feminist Cinderella story with a beautiful steampunk world." -Hypable "Betsy Cornwell twists Cinderella to her own unique take, and Mechanica will definitely please readers." - USA Today " Cornwell creates a diverting plot starring a unique cast of characters." - RT Book Reviews "Sure to appeal to fans of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles. . . With a strong focus on making your dreams happen no matter what, this feminist fairy tale breathes new life into an old favorite." -Bookish * "A smart, refreshing alternative to stale genre tropes." - Kirkus , starred review " Mechanica has a thoroughly modern theme and teaches young readers to find their passion and become self-reliant." -VOYA "Readers looking for an atypical fairy tale will find this refreshing because it relies less on traditional romance or happy endings, and more on living independently and unconventionally, loving freely, and being able to choose your own destiny." -School Library Journal "Fans of fairy-tale updates will find it easy to lose themselves in this bright, romantic story, whose hero shows she can not only have it all but also do it herself." -Publishers Weekly "Readers who can't get enough of the growing steampunk trend will happily pick this up."' - Booklist "