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Review: Mechanica

Mechanica - Betsy Cornwell

A steampunk retelling of Cinderella as an artificer. I was kind of surprised by how . . . young this felt. It's marketed as YA, but seemed rather better suited to a younger audience. The plotting is fairly straight forward, the deviations from the popular version of the story line, while interesting, aren't exactly subtle or complex. And there are only two violent acts and two kissing scenes, so quite G rated even by Disney standards.


Which is to say that I was kind of underwhelmed while reading it.


I finished this a few days ago, and have come around to the idea that this is a solid recommendation for a precocious reader, age 8, who can handle a higher reading level than really has the experience to process most content at. If that makes any sense?