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Mechanical Heart

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Can you save someone who doesn’t know if she’s alive?

Breen lives locked away, separated from the world by the walls of her clock tower and the machine of gems, gears, and magic that replaces her heart. That is, until an unexpected visitor appears in her tower, offering a dangerous gift: freedom. His promises awaken hope for a life unbound by the tower walls — but she knows
Paperback, 408 pages
Published August 7th 2019 by Independently Published
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Deborah O'Carroll
THIS BOOK! I’ve been so excited for it and anxiously awaiting its release FOREVER and now it’s finally here and aaahhh! I. loved. it. The premise is the coolest ever: Steampunk Rapunzel in a clock tower. By one of my favorite authors. Um, yes please!

I was utterly hooked from the first chapter and I absolutely love this world, these characters, and the writing style!

The characters! I adored them. The story is really about friendships (instead of the expected romance—though to be honest, I will ad
A gripping and richly-detailed fantasy that kept me glued to the page until the very end. It's clearly a Rapunzel retelling, but it goes far beyond the typical fairy-tale retelling tropes to build a unique, fully-developed world and a cast of distinctive characters. I particularly liked the intricate magic system and the tasteful inclusion of characters whose deafness fit naturally into the story instead of being used as a plot device. Plus, heartwarming relationships and plot twists that litera ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First off, this review is severely overdue. I was supposed to have it done and published back in August when the Golden Braids collection books were set for publication. Many apologies to the author!

But seriously, folks. The Golden Braids collection has some of the most unique Rapunzel stories I have ever read. Five different books, with five different perspectives on the classic tale, all by five different authors. You will not regret picking up any of these books. Add them at once to your TBR
C.B. Cook
I love a good fairytale retelling, and this book was no exception. Mechanical Heart is the first book I've been able to read by Sarah Pennington, but I've been following her blog for a long time, and I've been able to read some things she's written on there. Because of that, I was not at all surprised at how much I loved this book! The world was absolutely amazing and so well developed, and I couldn't put the book down.

[Probably some minor SPOILERS below, so if you want to read this book without
Merenwen Inglorion
I'm always conflicted when I finish a good book, and sit down to write a review. Do I start with the characters? The setting? The twists?
Characters will do for now, because they were my favorite part of it. Luis, in particular; he's a wonderfully pointed, sarcastic side character. Grace should receive mention as well, as she's a sweet character--with backbone (that isn't to say she "kicks butt" or anything like that, but she's firm, clever, and knows how to deal with people)!

Josiah, brother to G
H.S.J. Williams
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review to come!
Brie Donning
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is the story of a girl is pain, who sees herself as not even alive.


She’s found in this half life, given friendship, and ultimately the chance to save herself and others.

Excellent writing

I won’t say this book has no flaws, it’s the creation of a human. But Ican make no complaints. The world and characters feel real, the dialogue is skillful, the plot drew me along.

Clever characters

There’s clever characters of several kinds. Breen and Luis are both brilliant at creating th
Kathryn McConaughy
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Mechanical Heart is a Rapunzel/Hunchback of Notre Dame retelling in a steampunk world. It has an engaging world, political maneuvering, and colorful magic, but the real strength of this story is definitely in the characters. I love their voices. Luis is probably my favorite, whether he’s helplessly trying to keep Josiah from doing Yet Another Crazy Thing or he’s inventing something to save the day. He tries to be the voice of reason, but he’s such a faithful friend that he lets Josiah drag him i ...more
Grace T
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
RTC after release date (since that's what someone else is doing and idk the proper policies xD). Definitely enjoyed it, though!

Positives: Wow...just...nice. The setting, the steampunk background (that genre has definitely impressed me so far), the DEPTH of every character, the formation of such strong friendships, the conclusion of the plot, and was all done so well. The Christian themes were presented in a way that showed the author's beliefs, yes, but in relation to the characters and not to their own self (tricky to have a God-figure in magical worlds and the author did this well). The more l
Kim  Gregory
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize it at first, but I was reading two of Sarah Pennington's stories at the same time; both very different from one another, and both very good.

This story is about a group of people who want to use something that could be good for their own ends, and they don't care how they get it. Breen is one of the people who is "benefitting" from the blood magic, it is keeping her mechanical heart going - but she is nothing more than a slave to those who "helped" her. In clock towers all over t
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Sarah Pennington has been writing stories since before she actually knew how to write, and she has no intention of stopping anytime soon. She is perpetually in the middle of writing at least one or two novels, most of which are in the fantasy and fairy tale retelling genres. Sarah’s first published work, Blood in the Snow, received a perfect score and Special Unicorn status in Rooglewood Press’s F ...more

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