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.
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.
First of all i have to say that i picked this book cause that cover is just gorgeous i can;t wait to see on a book shelf in real life. I am happy to say that the book totally fit the cover. Ok i totally loved this book and am sad now that i look at goodreads all the negative bashing about how it a cinder retelling. Why bash the poor author taking a concept and making it her own. Everyone oh and ahhing over all the other retelling that are out their why is this one being bashed so horribly.
I for one loved this book, i love how Mechanica not only comes to realize that her circumstances are not what she is, but have made into who she is. If she had ran away right after she became a slave to the steps she never would of discovered all the joys that were to be found in her mothers workshop, nor would she have learned to hone her mechanical talents that she inherited from her mother. I love all the little twists at the end of the story that i did not see coming. I also love this author take on the glass slipper and the carriage that Mechanica takes to the ball. It was very nicely done and i for one thoroughly enjoyed it.