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  1. says:

    25 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum “Magic vs Machines” seems to be a recurring theme in my YA lately and Shanna Swendson’s alternate history steampunk fantasy novel Rebel Mechanics is my latest venture In it we go back to 1888 New York City in the American colonies still under British rule The revolutionary war never happened because the Britain have magic on their side but the desire for independence cannot be extinguished Instead a new faction of rebels calling themselves the Rebel Mechanics have emerged determined to invent machines to prove that science and technology can not only match the might of magic they can also replace it If the colonies are no longer dependent on the British and their Magisters America can win her freedomSixteen year old Verity Newton arrives in the city in the early days of the rebellion seeking a position as a governess Overwhelmed by the new sights and sounds she is unexpectedly befriended by a group of young men and women from the Rebel Mechanics who notices her plight and helps her out Verity ends up being hired by the brilliant but absent minded Magister Lord Henry who tasks her to look after his nieces and nephew Recognizing an opportunity to aid her Rebel Mechanics friends Verity agrees to become a spy gathering intelligence from Lord Henry’s household as well as the various Magister events she would be invited to However that was before she discovers that her employer might actually be sympathetic to the rebels than anyone thoughtThe beginning of this novel showed real promise I loved the writing style the time period as well as the idea that a showdown between Magisters and Mechanics is being set up as the catalyst for this alternate world’s version of the American Revolution But as the story progressed I couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing for me something vital Eventually I realized what it was I could not connect at all with any of the characters in this bookLet’s start with Verity – an independent ambitious and determined young woman So far so good Throw a dreamy green eyed boy in her path however and that whole persona promptly shatters She goes from being an interesting character to an exasperating one in the span of two seconds it takes for her to fall head over heels in lust with a Rebel Mechanic named Alec After this it’s “I wonder if Alec feels the same way about me?” or “Oh I do hope Alec will be at this party” Alec this and Alec that Verity becomes blinded to everything around her even though as the reader all kinds of alarm bells were ringing in my head warning me that our poor besotted protagonist might be walking into various traps Verity is oblivious of course because her brain stopped working as soon as Alec stepped into the pictureIt was also hard to sympathize with the Rebel Mechanics which didn’t help Regardless of their cause I lost whatever respect I had for them the moment they put the lives of children at risk to forward their agenda The scene was somewhat glossed over but it didn’t lessen my disbelief or revulsion at the selfishness of these characters Even Lord Henry who was by far my favorite character in this novel goes gallivanting off on his clandestine nightly adventures without much thought to the future of his young niece and nephew though admittedly his situation is a lot different But with all the deceit and trickery and dishonesty flying around I was feeling just done with everyone in this book Perhaps all the subterfuge was supposed to make the book suspenseful but it completely backfired on meStill despite the issues I had with this book it had its moments Rebel Mechanics had a great premise and the writing was great creating a rich atmosphere I felt the spirit of independence in this story and interestingly I read most of it over the 4th of July weekend so it added to the vibe If I hadn’t felt so aggravated by the vast majority of characters in this novel I might be writing a completely different review but there was still the awkward romance which ruined much of the enjoyment For now I have doubts that I will continue with the series


  2. says:

    All is fair in love and revolution First of all I thought Verity is a few months away from 18 which means she's already 17 So that mojo that she's 16 yrs old is weirdAnyway Rebel Mechanics is an okay read despite the fact that the characters all of them are kinda bland There wasn't any witty remark any funny scenes or any thrilling part in the book It's a tad boring for me but some of my friends enjoyed it This book hasNo foul languageNo gory scenesNo sex scenesPossible love triangle Eye roll


  3. says:

    This and other reviews on my blog My Friends Are FictionMy Thoughts I went into Rebel Mechanics with a bit of trepidation I haven’t had the best luck with steampunk books so I was thinking this would fall into the same traps I was so surprised with how enjoyable I found this story to be I enjoyed that the book combined an alternate history with steampunk This combination made for a really enticing readI was immediately absorbed into the world and main character Verity The pacing was fast and the steam punk aspects were a good amount of the story but it didn’t drive the writing I find that a lot of times it feels like a story was created to feature the steampunk machines but for this book it seemed like an aside to the story line I really loved thatThe society in Rebel Mechanics was broken into classes the Magisters and then the folks with no magical ability Of course there was division and hatred between the groups and really this drove the story I found this not to be an entirely uniue concept but it worked incredibly well and really magic happiness for Kristen Swendson really captured a revolutionary atmosphere and it gave the book a historical feel though it was an alternate realityMy favorite character hands down was Lord Henry He reminded me a bit of the 10th Doctor which I adored I couldn’t help but see him as David Tennant Not a bad thing at alltumblrmpuiccNdUX1spm3w2o1500 Lord Henry was such a fun character and I’d be happy reading a story solely about him His interactions with Verity were perfect and so cute The other characters like the children Verity is governance for are well rounded and incredibly likeable The rebels were understandable in their motives even if I didn’t always love the way they approached their causeAs for the story in this one it was fun and not too heavy It was a tad easy to predict and I saw the twists playing out before the reveals but honestly that didn’t detract from the story for me I just found this book to be so engaging and really refreshingFinal Thoughts I really loved Rebel Mechanics I thought it was such an entertaining read that kept me glued from start to finish I’m completely sold on these characters and can’t wait for there had better be a seuel


  4. says:

    Initial Thoughts Maybe I foolishly thought the life of a spy would be a bit exciting That aspect really let me down I liked all of the characters except for the main character Verity She was so plain and dull in comparison to the others I liked the setting and the premise of the story I felt we only skimmed the surface of everything though Overall I was bored with this book and couldn't wait for it to be over Full review to come Read the full review A Perfection Called BooksI'm a fan of steampunk novels and those elements of the novel were well executed There's lots of machinery showcased throughout this novel as we see there's a struggle between the wealthy wanting and hoarding the magically powered technology and the middle and poor class wanting fairer mechanically powered technology Swendson did a wonderful job researching and describing New York City in 1888 I loved seeing the references to places familiar to us now I was also fascinated by the concept of the colonies losing the Revolutionary War and still being under the influence of Great Britain She included subtle elements like coffee houses boycotting tea drinking illegal newspapers without the Stamp Act implemented stamps etc The characters were great with the exception of the main character Verity She was dull and easily fooled I honestly have no idea how she didn't get caught as a spy And speaking of spying she really was just at the right place at the right time She wasn't really trying that hard and I wasn't impressed or thrilled or on the edge of my seat whenever she was spying It was all pretty low action and low risk Henry is the lord of the house the younger brother who is watching over his deceased older brothers three children Olive Rolland and Flora Henry is aloof and thoughtful and sweet The romance is pretty light in this book and I'm glad it's not the focus of the novel I was rooting for a certain ship all throughout the book and from the ending I have high hopes I will go down with this glorious ship The second half of the book definitely piued my interest as things started to develop I felt like we finally established some groundwork by the time the story ended even though it was all on the last 20% of the book so there's that The writing was fair yet the plot was a bit predictable I hope the plot becomes a bit intricate in the following booksOverall I was disappointed by this book but the romance ship and the ending left enough promise that I think I'll continue the series


  5. says:

    45 starsI adored reading that My god was that some delightful fun Adorable boy fun rebel shenanigans a feisty yet practical heroine plays on a bunch of tropes and alternate history to boot If you love stories about governesses nobility magic New York City steampunk gadgets or must be said again completely adorable boys read Rebel Mechanics because reading it was pure pleasure It's short and zippy and not too deep but sometimes that's perfect I'm so full of SUEE And I toooootally ship the ship yessiree Rebel Mechanics is set in an alternate Victorian New York City the largest city in an America that never gained independence from Britain namely because the British nobles could do MAAAAAGIC So the plebeian Americans are ruled by the magister class and there is a huge class divide and uneven power and all sort of things I love to see in a good revolution taleOur heroine Verity Newton is a non magister daughter of a university professor come to the big city to be a governess for three wealthy magister children Already we're firing on all cylinders trope wise and Gillian wise because I LOVE GOVERNESS TALES thank you Charlotte Bronteplain strong obscure fierce of heart governesses FTWAnd then things REALLY start off delightfully because the very first scene is Verity's train being robbed by BANDITS hot flirty bandits of course and she whaps the hot flirty bandit on the head with her bag and yes Verity yes Yes yes yesThat should give you a very good idea of the sort of tone and feel you'll get in Rebel Mechanics Reading this book was a JOY A tropey fluffy fun steampunk magical JOY Verity is practical and feisty and intellectual and she harbors a Deep Secret She gets caught up in the rebel movement that is trying to overthrow the magister leading class through STEAMPUNK MECHANICS since all kinds of technology that could challenge the pervasive usage of and reliance on maaaaagic is verboten There are airships and magical carriages and steam powered buses and all sorts of fun thingsNOW ROMANCE WISE I've seen lots of people decide to pass this book by for love triangle reasons and that sads me for multiple reasons namely 1 THIS BOOK IS LOVELY PLEASE READ IT 2 I wouldn't classify this as a love triangle per se like she has two different romantic OPTIONS and her mild spoilers desire for them doesn't overlap it's like a bait and switch 3 THAT SHIP IS THE SHIP OF DREEEEEEAMS It is sososososososososososoo cute Seriously I'm trying very hard not to be spoilery but one of the boys is SO GOD DAMN CUTE and Kristen in her review compared him to the Tenth Doctor and THIS IS NOT AT ALL A BAD COMPARISONI'm so excited for book two and this ship I love this ship Stake me to this ship and leave me where with the fluffs and the cutes Like sure the twists are predictable and it's a very LIGHT read and seems very much like the BEGINNING of a series meaning most of the seriously seriously good stuff is to come but oh my heart needed this book Totally preordered myself a finished copy yes I did So I can have Lord Henry all to myself


  6. says:

    Actual rating 45 starsSwendson’s alternate reality to this steampunk 19th century story was brilliant and cleverly done As someone who just loves history this was something I was excited to read from the get go and Swendson did not disappoint—she gave me everything I expected and a lot I was uite amazed by how she seamlessly inserted magic to this historical fiction novel She hit it in all the right places; magic affected social class mobility technology and even the course that history took in the past century or soThe main character Verity Newton was a very likeable character she was shy but feisty bookish but outspoken strict and temperate but also passionate and empathetic As a sort of coming of age story for Verity I thought this book really set it up nicely Verity has come to the big city away from her father who wants her out of his sight for spoilery reasons after the loss of her mother and she is looking to restart to begin again but instead what she finds is that she’s thrown into this massive movement of ideas and people—a revolution that is sweeping up a storm and helping her find the real person she is inside by battling the pressures of society and fighting for something of meaningI love that the book opens with this scene of Verity sitting in the train travelling to New York her nose in a book when her train gets robbed by masked bandits It gave an exciting uality to the start and I loved that it created a parallel to the end which I won’t describe for spoilery reasonsThe supporting characters—the infamous rebels who wear gears with red ribbons on their lapels are groups of engineering college students reporters and journalists and basically anyone in the lower or middle classes who does not possess magic I love that magic has become this dividing force in the book—it’s not viewed as bad or evil but valued at a price higher than a person which causes negative feelings amongst those who cannot wield it Theses rebels do not agree with the magister class and want to see a rise in the non magical people through the use of technology and steam engines as a replacement for magic’s convenienceAnother aspect I appreciated was the fact that some of these magisters didn’t actually know how to use their magic properly—in its derivative form—instead they relied on magically powered machines to do the work for them I thought it really gave an insight on people in general or today’s society—how eventually even when we have power people enjoy convenience and are prone to depending on other things rather than putting in the effort themselves We’re a lazy bunch and I think this book hit that notion on the nailThe rebels were a colourful bunch of people literally and their inner circle whom Verity befriends were very interesting characters themselves including Colin Nat Lizzie and the oh so dreamy Alec Each of them had different but charming and passionate personalities that fit their cause I have to say although I thought Verity and Alec were cute—I wasn’t rooting for them From the beginning I was hoping that her mysterious and strange employer—Lord Henry—would be the one for her I think I really started to enjoy the book even in the last half of the book when she became closer with Lord Henry but not really that close and started drifting away from the rebels so that she could find out what she thought of this cause rather than whatever they decided to tell herWhile a lot of the big ideas of this novel were uniue and interesting it did have uite a few obvious reveals and tropes However it was a very light and fun read and while I think it could have used some heavier scenes and graver crises it was a great start to a series and I look forward to reading the next installments


  7. says:

    I received this book for free from Farrar Straus and Giroux BYR in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewGenre Steampunk Alternate HistoryRating 40My ThoughtsRebel Mechanics is an Alternate HistorySteampunk driven novel that takes place in the 1888 American Colonies Yes you did read that right In this universe the Americans lost the Revolutionary War the British still rule and those with Magic magisters are responsible for keeping the colonies under their thumbs and magic out of the hands of normal people Rebel Mechanics centers around 17 year old Verity NewtonFull Review Posted Gizmos Reviews 06272015 Recvd via Publisher 01232015 Expected publication July 14th 2015 by Farrar Straus and Giroux BYR


  8. says:

    4 starsI was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book I really liked the main character Verity I also enjoyed the alternative world in 1888 New York where non magical mechanics want to start a revolution against magisters people with magic I wish there was a bit magic rather than just powering machines and transportation though I really like Henry and I wasn't super surprised that he wasn't just a magister I wasn't sure who to trust because everything wasn't black and white I think the Rebel Mechanics had the right intentions in mind but not necessarily the right execution But all is fair is love and revolution I thought this was a standalone but now that I know there is than one book I'm excited to see what happens with the revolution


  9. says:

    This was a clever alternative reality having to do with magic I loved Verity and her feistiness She knows what is expected of her position but it doesn't stop her from doing the things she thinks are right The kids are adorable and Lord Henry was uite fun There are a few of the rebels who were also fun characters The description of the magic and the machines was easy to follow and I didn't feel overwhelmed at the history portion of the book Even the ending was satisfying All in all a uick read with a uniue premise Huge thanks to Macmillan for sending me the arc


  10. says:

    all the stars all the stars ALL THE STARSA great alternative history WITH magiceven though it wasent very unpredictable it was VERY ENJOYABLEthe hot male characters SWOON SWOON ahhhthe mysterythe shananigansI loved the chapter titlesDDAlso its the first in a trilogy so yayyyyy


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Ardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy she also becomes and enmeshed in the magister family’s life She soon realizes she’s uniuely positioned to advance the cause but to do so she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret. I received this book for free from Farrar Straus and Giroux BYR in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewGenre Steampunk Alternate HistoryRating 40My ThoughtsRebel Mechanics is an Alternate HistorySteampunk driven novel that takes place in the 1888 American Colonies Yes you did read that right In this universe the Americans lost the Revolutionary War the British still rule and those with Magic magisters are responsible for keeping the colonies under their thumbs and magic out of the hands of normal people Rebel Mechanics centers around 17 year old Verity NewtonFull Review Posted Gizmos Reviews 06272015 Recvd via Publisher 01232015 Expected publication July 14th 2015 by Farrar Straus and Giroux BYR The Dreadlock Journey is sympathetic to the rebel cause As Verity falls for a charming rebel Lunastus inventor and agrees to become a spy she also becomes and enmeshed Timetrap in the magister family’s life She soon realizes she’s uniuely positioned to advance the cause but to do so she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret. I received this book for free from Farrar Straus and Giroux BYR Cache in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewGenre Steampunk Alternate HistoryRating 40My ThoughtsRebel Mechanics Cache is an Alternate HistorySteampunk driven novel that takes place The academic library in the 1888 American Colonies Yes you did read that right In this universe the Americans lost the Revolutionary War the British still rule and those with Magic magisters are responsible for keeping the colonies under their thumbs and magic out of the hands of normal people Rebel Mechanics centers around 17 year old Verity NewtonFull Review Posted Gizmos Reviews 06272015 Recvd via Publisher 01232015 Expected publication July 14th 2015 by Farrar Straus and Giroux BYR

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