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 und ...more
“Magic vs. Machines” seems to be a recurring theme in my YA lately, and Shanna Swendson’s alternate history steampunk fantasy novel Rebel Mechanics is my latest venture. In it, we go back to 1888 New York City in the American colonies still under British rule. The revolutionary war never happened because the Britain have magic on their side, but the desire for independence cannot be extinguished. Instead, a new faction o ...more
First of all, I thought Verity is a few months away from 18, which means she's already 17. So that mojo that she's 16 yrs old is weird.
Anyway, Rebel Mechanics is an okay read despite the fact that the characters (all of them) are kinda bland. There wasn't any witty remark, any funny scenes or any thrilling part in the book. It's a tad boring for me, but some of my friends enjoyed it.
This book has:
No foul language.
No gory scenes.
No sex scenes.
Possible love ...more
I went into Rebel Mechanics with a bit of trepidation. I haven’t had the best luck with steampunk books so I was thinking this would fall into the same traps. I was so surprised with how enjoyable I found this story to be. I enjoyed that the book combined an alternate history with steampunk. This combination made for a really enticing read.
I was immediately absorbed into the world and main character, Verity. The pacing was fas ...more
Read the full review @ A Perfection Called Books
I adored reading that! My god, was that some delightful fun. Adorable boy, fun rebel shenanigans, a feisty yet practical heroine, plays on a bunch of tropes, and alternate history to boot.. If you love stories about governesses, nobility, magic, New York City, steampunk gadgets, or--must be said again--completely adorable boys, read Rebel Mechanics, because reading it was pure pleasure. It's short and zippy and not too deep, but sometimes that's perfect. I'm so full of SQUEE. (And I too ...more
Swendson’s alternate reality to this steampunk 19th century story was brilliant and cleverly done. As someone who just loves history, this was something I was excited to read from the get-go, and Swendson did not disappoint—she gave me everything I expected and a lot more.
I was quite amazed by how she seamlessly inserted magic to this historical fiction novel. She hit it in all the right places; magic affected social class, mobility, technology, and even the course that h ...more
*Genre* Steampunk, Alternate History
Rebel Mechanics is an Alternate History/Steampunk driven novel that takes place in the 1888 American Colonies. Yes, you did read that right. In this universe, the Americans lost the Revolutionary War, the British still rule, and those with Magic, magisters, are ...more
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I really liked the main character, Verity. I also enjoyed the alternative world in 1888, New York where non-magical mechanics want to start a revolution against magisters (people with magic). I wish there was a bit more magic rather than just powering machines and transportation though. I really like Henry and I wasn't super surprised that he wasn't just a magister. I wasn't sure who to trust because everything wasn't black and w ...more
I loved Verity and her feistiness. She knows what is expected of her position, but it doesn't stop her from doing the things she thinks are right. The kids are adorable and Lord Henry was quite fun. There are a few of the rebels who were also fun characters.
The description of the magic and the machines was easy to follow and I didn't feel overwhelmed at the history portion of the book. Even the ending was satisfying.
All in all, a q ...more
-#Ampersand2019 Reading Challenge: A book with a two-word title
-Beat the Backlist Reading Bingo: Alternate history or future
-Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge: A book you've been meaning to read
-Read Harder Challenge: An alternate history novel
-#ReadingUSA: New York ...more
I'll start off the review by saying that what I was hoping for this book was exactly what I got--perhaps even better than I had hoped for. It's a fantastic steampunk ligh ...more
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.
Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson caught my attention with the title and held it with the synopsis. This sounded like a great fit for me and the perfect read for the mood I was in at the time. While I have a few quibbles, it is a fun read that brought me much enjoyment.
Verity Newton is newly arrived in New York City after being not so gently pushed out the door by her father. Her trip to the city was eventful as the train she wa ...more
Quick & Dirty: Steampunk historical fiction mixed with magic, an unconventional governess and plenty of secrets.
Opening Sentence: If I’d let myself think about what might lie ahead for me, I’d have been terrified.
Rebel Mechanics has the ideal mix of historical fiction and magic. I love a gutsy heroine who is conscious of society expectations but will overlook this for the people that matter. And that is exactly what Ver ...more
First we meet Verity Newton, the main character. She had just moved to New York in fetch of a job because she no ...more
Steam punk has alway seemed interesting, but I haven't had too much success with this genre. I was looking for something a little different to read, and this was perfect! The steam punk elements fit seamlessly into the story and it doesn't feel like the plot is just built around the steam punk.
I don't think I have read a character more like myself than Verity. I was almost weird to read about at times! She pretty much thought and acted the same way I would ...more
Read full review here - http://winterhavenbooks.blogspot.com/... ...more
Rating & Review To Come... ...more
First off, I connected with Verity [whose name always made me think of Code Name Verity, a very fabulous s ...more
Before I talk about Rebel Mechanics and while I have you here reading my review, I want to talk about Shanna Swendson’s Enchanted, Inc. series. Back when I was in high school, I found Enchanted, Inc. at the library. I was into so-called chick-lit at the time, and I grabbed it. Of all the novels I found randomly perusing the library shelves, that one was my favorite. I’ve only read the first four books in the series, not having managed to find time to read the self-published books that c ...more
My feelings ab ...more
Verity Newton as the main character was boring. Seriously, Swendson couldn't have chosen a more tedious character to narrate this novel, despite being a half-breed that can potentially cause conflict down the road. And while she wasn't unlikeable per s ...more
'Rebel Mechanics' is the kind of book that I really enjoyed while reading; an interesting and unique concept that kept me invested as I read. But at the end of the day, I can't say that I have any passionate feelings for the book one way or the other. If someone were to ask me if I liked 'Rebel Mechanics', I would answer with an enthusiastic "YES!" However, when I think back to what I really loved about the book, I can't really pinpoint anything that blew me away. I will say that m...more
|Hobbs Spring & Suspension Inc||1||1||Aug 09, 2018 10:50AM|
|Flights of Fantasy: May 2016 - YA/MG: Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson||19||21||May 31, 2016 08:39AM|
|Crazy for Young A...: Rebel Mechanics (Rebel Mechanics #1) by Shanna Swendson → Start Date: December 7th, 2015||21||21||Dec 10, 2015 01:37PM|
|Book Assassins: Rebel Mechanics||7||5||Oct 24, 2015 02:14PM|
|Uppercase Box Boo...: August Book Chat||11||88||Oct 02, 2015 05:50AM|
|Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish||1||3||Aug 24, 2015 04:14PM|
A little girl learned to amuse herself by making up stories in her head. She turned everyday activities into exciting adventures, and she made up new adventures for characters from her favorite movies, TV shows and books. Then one day she realized that if she wrote down those stories, she'd have a book! But that was crazy, she thought. Real people don't become novelists. That w ...more