Published by Farrar on July 14th 2015
Genres: Steampunk, Historical, Magical Realism, Young Adult
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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.
I am not sorry to say that throughout the entire book
Julie Andrews Mary Poppins just replaced Verity. It was truthfully a wonderful way of reading this spoon of sugar. Rebel Mechanics…oh Rebel Mechanics you are a brilliant novel. The back cover grasped me. You would think I was talking about the beautiful gorgeous front cover but nope it twas’ the back. “Imagine if America never one the American Revolution and Britain won because of magic” Yes. Don’t get me wrong America Revolution, freedom, bald eagle, and all that represents me but it was a very strange yet at the same time wonderful to imagine how it would be.
It’s weird for me to love book protagonists. Usually I end up liking them a lot but never wanting to be their best friend unless it’s dear ol Katy from Obsidian. Verity really grabbed me from the first page. I loved the first scene of her on the train with the masked bandit and her standing up for herself yet still looking flawless at the same time. There are many different female protagonists that I consider brave. Yet there brave in many different ways. Verity is the type of brave where you wish you can be her. She stands up for herself, for the rights of the people, and who she loves, and that is incredibly admirable so give a hand to Shanna for making such a lovable protagonist.
Second favorite character was the second main character which was Lord “dear heavens let me control my breathing” Henry. He is such a cutie. There isn’t any better words to describe him. If you went to pick up a dictionary and you look up “cutie” you’ll see an adorable picture of Henry smiling away with his little glasses perched on his eyes. Henry reminds me of Hannah Montana in the best way possible. Henry is living the best of both worlds. Again back to the really admiring characters thing. Henry is amazing. When his brother died he took his nephews in and treated them as his own, and their connection with Henry and their growing connection with Verity for the fact is just amazing to read.
I love the children. They each have that own unique aspect to them that really make them the lovable characters they are. I have to admit there was some Rebels that I didn’t trust. Not to say I didn’t end up liking them. But keep your enemies close and all that jazz. I am trying my best not spoil anything cause even though I’m reviewing the first book, I already read the second book and it is incredibly difficult to write this review without spoiling the second book along with it. But that just gives you greater reasons to read this book.
I am a steampunk junkie. Always have been, and always will be. P.S please give me some steampunk recommendation. I’m all out on my shelf and kindle…and Goodreads…and actual library…just gimme the punk of the steam! Anyways getting back to Rebel Mechanics, I loved the aspect of magic in this book. Even though it was a huge part of the book, it was very subtle…if that makes any sense. They didn’t go around shoving my face with magic, since there was already a lot of stuff going on and I am very thankful for that.
Is it weird that my only complaint is that it is too short? I know there is the second book and I am praying for that third book to come out soon. Cause I couldn’t handle being left where I was left in the second book. And one more thing can I just add that not only does Shanna write incredibly brave amazing characters, but she really is brave in real life. Her first Rebel Mechanics book was published by a publisher but her second was self-published since the publisher denied the sequel. And honestly, thank you Shanna. You know what your readers want, and you give them that. No matter which way you do.
So if it hasn’t been said enough (which i don’t think it has) if you haven’t read this book please do read it. So far out of the 15 books I’ve read in 2017, it is my favorite. So take my word and read this incredible book.