Mechanica - Betsy Cornwell

I wanted to like this book, I really did, but while it had an interesting premise, it didn't deliver for me.

My first problem with it was that there was just so much lore that had been violently wrenched from its roots and forced to fit this mold. Faerie was never some land that you could sail to! Food and drink in faerie was never to be ingested as well, yet in this book, it is perfectly fine to do so!

My second problem with it is that the book combined steampunk with actual magic. To me, steampunk is supposed to be about technological advances that seem almost magical, not technology spliced with magic!

I did like the message that it sent that Nicolette didn't need a man to make her happily ever after, but much of what else she did came across as violent reactions to abuse, which was not a good message to send. All in all, not a good Cinderella retelling for me.