July SST: Rebel Mechanics Review + Giveaway!


Title: Rebel Mechanics

Author: Shanna Swendson

Release Date: July 14, 2015

Genre: Historical Fiction, Steampunk

Source: From the publisher

Synopsis (GR): 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.
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.

My Thoughts 


I’m not one who is usually into historical fiction type of books, but right away this one caught my eye. This was historical fiction yet with a twist that had captivated me from beginning to end. Instead of technology becoming a huge thing, Magisters are the ones in control. This caught my eye because wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in a world full of magic? Well it didn’t disappoint.

First we meet Verity Newton, the main character. She had just moved to New York in fetch of a job because she no longer wanted to live with her father. Right off the bat I loved Verity. She was smart, independent, feisty when she needed to be, and knew how to take things under control. She was a very likable character that I could connect with right away. It also had her catching the eye of two handsome gentleman. One, was her boss, Lord Henry. The other man was Alec, a rebel mechanic. I liked both men, but Lord Henry was by far my favorite. I just loved the way the two interacted better and how well they got along. He was far more pleasant and friendly. Plus, they handled each others secrets well that made them all the more cute together. Alec was friendly enough, yet I always felt like he was hiding something. I loved her decision in the end on that matter. You’ll have to read it to find out! Verity was also good at solving problems. When someone was in dire need of help, she was quick to come up with a solution.

The part that I felt lacked a little was more action scenes. Everything seemed like it came too easily for Verity to get or solve. I get that I want her to be safe and all, but I wanted there to be more obstacles for her to push through. Almost all her problems seemed to end too perfectly which left me a little let down. Even when Verity and her friends were running from the authorities, I did not feel scared or worried in the slightest because I already knew it was going to end fine. Either way, I was rooting for her no matter what.

Overall, I enjoyed this book so much. I loved the way everyone spoke because I actually felt like I was there in that time. Yes it may have been slow a tad, but it did not stop me from thoroughly enjoying the book. It would be nice to see a sequel or some kind of continuation about Verity because I really like her character. I doubt there would be but I would not hesitate to read another story by this author. If you like books about magic, and cool gadgets, with a little bit of history, then I highly recommend reading it!
I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.


About The Author:
Shanna Swendson is the author of the popular adult romantic fantasy series, Enchanted, Inc. Rebel Mechanics is her first novel for young adults. She lives in Irving, Texas.





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