The Rebel Mechanics aren’t the only group plotting revolution against the magical British Empire. There are rebel magisters, as well, and Verity Newton and her magister employer, Lord Henry, know that the only way for the revolution to succeed is if both groups work together. A diplomatic mission seems like the perfect opportunity for them to m ...more
*presses pillow to face and squeals into it*
Okay. I'm better.
While there are a few mysteries I totally know the answer to, ever since the first book) (though it hasn't been revealed in text yet so I could be wrong but I'm so not) and one I totally guessed also in the first book, I lived the plotty shenanigans in Rebel Magis ...more
What a great second story in this series. I love the characters. All roads lead to rebellion and who doesn't love that. A nice mix of steampunk and magic with some romance on the side. I didn't want the book to end. Can't wait for the next book.
Before I get into the whole reviewing business, I want to exhort you guys to give this series a try. I’ve been reading Shanna Swendson since I was a teen, and she excels at magical plots, romance, cuteness, and surprising levels of intensity (surprising because of how cute her books are). I reread Rebel Mechanics before launching into Rebel Magisters, and it was every bit as absurdly delightful as on my first read. Rebel Magisters may be a self-published sequel, but it loses absolutely ...more
It was fast paced and had a very innocent G rated romance. The steam punk and alternative magic history was fun to read and explore.
At times it did seem to focus on some dull, mundane aspects of life bUT better than the first book.
It does end in a bit of a cliffhanger so I hope book 3 comes out.
Flora, oldest girl, was surprising in this book and really stepped up a ...more
Rebel Mechanics is an alternate history book with the premise that the American Revolution did not occur in 1776 but happened in 1888 instead because the British, wait for it, were all magicians and had ruthlessly put down the "troubles" in 1776.
By 1888, the rebels had discovered ste ...more
I love the alternate history plot and the similarities of that history and ours is fun to point out and notice; and also I have a weak spot for Lord Henry the magister who wants a revolution and Verity the nanny who helps him see it.
The only bad thing with this book is I want the next in the series like right now. Oh w ...more
With a nice mix of polite romance, enjoyable characters, and just enough world building shown rather than explained, this a clever series worth enjoying.
Verity and her employer, Magister Lord Henry have already met the Rebel Mechanics and helped them escape out of the city with their machines to avoid being captured by the British Government so they can keep working towards an eventual revolution. ...more
Much like Rebel Mechanics , this follow-up is fast-paced and entertaining. Verity continues to assist the Mechanics and Henry in starting a revolution against the high-ranking Magisters, only now she becomes a liaison between the Rebel Mechanics and a few choice Magisters who no long ...more
Good sequel- interesting parallels to actual history, especially the allusion to how the Natives were initially blamed for the tea party/used as a scapegoat due to costumes used while dumping tea.
The plot was a little loose and non-coherent, though it picked up towards the end, thankfully, once the real action started. I felt slightly bored in the beginning, as almost nothing actually happened. The best sustained part of this book was the romance between Liberty? Verity? (I can' ...more
The ending, not a cliffhanger, but a hint enough to know what's coming.
I felt that the author did a good job of showing how fractured the Magister group really is, with the ...more
Rebel Magisters was better than its predecessor. There was more progress in the development of a revolution and not as many people who were trying to deceive Verity. There wasn't a love triangle in here and we get to see more of Lord Henry.😉 The kids were also a great part of the book, and I love how Flora has developed as a character. She contributed a decent amount to the story.
It's amazing how many events and thoughts parallel with the real American Revolution. This made it feel as if that wa...more
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