This was my first steampunk and WOW, I loved it!
Rebel Mechanics (Rebel Mechanics #1)
A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing.
It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children’s young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.
What I loved!
- Verity, the main character: I don’t know about you but there are many main character heroines that seem to have similar voices. But I found Verity to be refreshing and I loved how smart and clever she was. She was always able to come up with a plan on how to fix whatever circumstances she was dealing with.
- The pacing. I read this book very quickly and the pacing was perfect. I NEVER WANTED TO PUT IT DOWN. There are books that I find it easy to set aside or able to if I need to, but I found this story so engaging. Lots was happening and it was a fun ride.
- No criticisms: I honestly have nothing critical to say about this book. All the characters from the magical kind to the rebel mechanics were so vividly written. The worldbuilding was spot on! I loved seeing the world during the revolutionary time WITH magic! The parties for both the aristocrat and the mechanics were so richly written.
- The romance: I loved how the romance was handled in this book. I thing Shanna really does think about how people think and how they would react. I found many of their responses, whether it was in romance, friendships or other areas.
- Henry: Henry is Verity’s employer and I don’t want to spoil you about him but I LOVE HIM! LOOOOVE!
What I didn’t like:
- Again, nothing. I loved everything.
If you’re looking for a quick read that will sweep you away, Rebel Mechanics is for you! If all steampunk is like this book then sign me up for more! I highly recommend you pick it up because it’ll leave you aching for book 2, Rebel Magisters (which I read and LOVED too!). If you want to fall in love with a story and characters this book is for you!
I gave this book 5 stars!