Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (#6)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and it features an upcoming release that we're crazy excited for and literally cannot wait to get our hands on.

This week's pick is:

by Betsy Cornwell
Genre: Fairy Tale Retellings, Steampunk
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Clarion Books
Pages: 304 pages

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.

Why I'm Waiting...

Ever since I watched the new live-action Cinderella movie, I've been having mini, happy, squealing freakouts every time a person says the word Cinderella. I've always loved Cinderella, but that movie totally pumped up my excitement. Mechanica is a retelling of Cinderella, and not only that, but a steampunk retelling. In fact, the synopsis kind of reminds me of Cinder, though at the same time it seems so much simpler. But sometimes simple is good. The book only comes out in August, so I'm trying to resist reading the ARC, but I don't know how long that's going to last. I am so ridiculously ecstatic for this book to come out, and I can't wait to see what Mechanica's not fairy tale happy ending is.

What book are you waiting for?

Be sure to link me up! Maybe I'll find some new books to add to my TBR :)