Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reviewed from ARC. Expected to be published August 25th 2015. I'm a sucker for fairy tale stories, so I enjoyed this take on Cinderella.
It is NOT Cinder, folks, and I wish people would realize that are tons of Cinderella remakes out there--not just Cinder.
Nicolette is an orphan forced to work as a servant in her own house, thanks to her step-mother and step-sisters. But she thrives in her mother's workroom, where she invents things to make her job easier. Fairy objects might be banned now, but her mother used them to make magic happen in their house--special powder that magically cleaned chimneys, little metal bugs that can clean and sew, and a special glass horse that seems like a best friend.
When Nick befriends Caro and Finn, they encourage her to sell her wares at the market, and Nick uses the money to build something fabulous to show at the kingdom's exhibition of the arts and sciences.
Nick does get her shot at the prince, but she is more interested in finding a financial backer for her projects so she can create a life of her own--you go, girl!
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