Book Review: Mechanica – Betsy Cornwell

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Title: Mechanica (2015)
Betsy Cornwell
Genre: Young Adult, Steampunk Fantasy
Extent: 304 pages
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Review: Mechanica is a retelling of Cinderella set in a steampunk fantasy world, where the Fae is hated and magic is outlawed. Our Cinderella reincarnate in this story is called Nicolette, a young woman who is left a slave to her stepmother and stepsisters after the death of her parents.

The story begins on her sixteenth birthday, when she receives a key to her mother’s workshop and soon begins inventing things on her own. You see, her mother was an inventor—a pretty good one at that—and Nic has inherited her talents. Sounds great in theory, huh? And it’s feminist, too: Nic is determined to stand on her own two feet, not to be swept by some prince at a ball.

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Book Looks: Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

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I stumbled upon Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell while browsing around last week, looking for a book to read after I finish Egan’s A Window Opens, and was immediately taken by its utterly gorgeous, utterly captivating cover (pictured left).

How can I not? The dark, enchanting colours! The semi-silhouette of the pretty girl! The dragonflies flying around her! And shadows of gears, implying a steampunk element to the story? I’m in. Oh, I’m in so deep. I’ve always loved fantasies with a twist and this one seems to have what I would really enjoy. I’m inclined to let a book sit a day or two before I actually review it, however, so for now, you guys get the drill:


Dress | Clutch | Earrings | Bangle | Heels

Who else loves themed outfits? I’ve never been quite able to pull it off in real life (mostly because I have so many random accessories that don’t really fit into one neat category except for the category of ‘random accessories’), but I can see why it sometimes works. Thoughts?