Waiting on Wednesday: Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

Waiting on Wed bannerWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where every week, book bloggers share what newly anticipated book we’re all excited for. This week I am looking forward to the new debut Mechanica.

What if Cinderella was an inventor and had a tiny mechanical magical horse as a companion? What if instead of relying on a Fairy Godmother, she invents her own happily ever after using her own mechanical abilities and secret workshop to impress the Prince and become the world’s most talented mechanical engineer the land has ever seen? What if Cinderella wasn’t Cinderella and instead, her stepsisters nickname her Mechanica? I know, it’s a weird twist to the fairy tale we grew up with, but it’s also an interesting twist too! Here is the synopsis from Chapters Indigo:

mechanica by betsy cornwell

Format: hardcover

Published: August 18 2015

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her Mechanica, a unique name that fits her profile as an inventor. Her mother is gone now until Nicolette stumbles upon a secret workshop on her sixteenth birthday where she befriends a magical mechanical horse named Jules. Nicolette imagines a new life for herself and a royal ball couldn’t come at a better time to reveal her technological abilities, wow the prince while inventing her own happily ever after.

So the synopsis doesn’t give anything specific away, which is good news as I like the plot to surprise me anyways. I have already checked Goodreads and there are some mixed reviews prior to the book’s release. Not that it worries me as I’m already waiting for my turn to borrow a copy from the library. After reading the synopsis carefully, I think it’s safe to say that this sounds more of a fan fiction then a fairy tale retelling, which is probably why reviewers had mixed feelings about the story. But I don’t mind reading fairy tale fan fiction and it will be interesting to see how Nicolette “invents” her happy ending in this mechanical retelling of Cinderella. What do you think?

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