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Tea, Love ... and Revolution!Rebel Mechanics was one of my favorite--and definitely most fun!--books I read last year. I was so upset when I read on Shanna's website that Macmillan had not picked up any more books in the series--but excited to find out that she was pursuing self-publishing. Of course, I don't read too many self-published books, because I've had some bad experiences, but I needed to read Rebel Magisters! So, as soon as I could, I ordered myself a hardcover copy (must match my copy of the first book!) Despite any worries I might have had, I liked Rebel Magisters even more than Rebel Mechanics.
The Rebel Mechanics aren't the only group plotting revolution against the magical British Empire. There are rebel magisters, as well, and Verity Newton and her magister employer, Lord Henry, know that the only way for the revolution to succeed is if both groups work together. A diplomatic mission seems like the perfect opportunity for them to meet with rebels in other colonies and gather support-right under the governor's nose.
From drawing rooms, ballrooms, and the harbor in Boston to the streets of Charleston, Verity and Henry find themselves up against stubborn factions of both magisters and Mechanics and increasingly aware that they can only really count on each other as their relationship deepens. It may take a real crisis to unite the rebel movements and rally them to the cause-but could such a crisis also tear them apart?
Just like its predecessor, Rebel Mechanics is alternate history, where there was no American Revolution and the United States are still part of the British Empire. But it seems like some kind of revolution is doomed to happen, because this time around, it's not just the Mechanics who want to be free from the rule of Britain. And with that, cue all the goodness of the first book--but on an even bigger scale! There are still Mechanics hijinks, but they're tied in with the magisters now, and of course things can't go smoothly.
And the romance! I was all aboard for the romance that begins in this book from the beginning of the first book, so each and every little tidbit I got only made me happier. It's all I can do to wait for the third book. I will never not need more Henry, quite honestly. He's still so wonderful and precious and I can't love him any more.
Like I said, everything I loved about the first book--Verity's fire, the great friendships, the endearing (and slooow, my goodness) romance--is back, it's better, and the stakes are higher! Gimme more now, please!
Shanna Swendson is the author of the Enchanted, Inc. and Fairy Tale series of humorous contemporary fantasy novels. She’s also contributed essays to a number of books on pop-culture topics, including Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl, I Learned from Judy Blume, Serenity Found, Perfectly Plum, and So Say We All. When she’s not writing, she’s usually discussing books and television on the Internet, singing in or directing choirs, taking ballet classes, or attempting to learn Italian cooking. She lives in Irving, Texas, with several hardy houseplants and a lot of books.