Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Steampunk/Fairytale Retelling
Page Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Via Goodreads: Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.
But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.
Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all.
I actually just recently found out about this book, but since then, I have been completely obsessed with the idea of this book. I read a review of the book and it sounds like an awesome retelling that focuses less on romance and more on finding your place in the world and being true to yourself. I can't wait for this one, and am super glad I only have to wait a few more weeks!