Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson (Quote Highlight and Giveaway)


I’ve picked out my top five quotes from this month’s Sunday Street Team read, Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson, to share with you. The book goes on sale tomorrow, but you can enter to win a copy if you scroll to the bottom of this post!

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A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing.

It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children’s young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.


…the bandit […] reached for my gloved hand and brushed my knuckles with his lips, whispering, “I hope the rest of your journey goes smoothly, miss,” before he climbed onto the seat, passed the stolen case up to a colleague, then pulled himself through. The hatch closed behind him with a clang and the car instantly grew quieter.


These people’s rags were filthy and unkempt. Their eyes were neither sad nor proud. A few looked sullen, others blank. Many of the adults- and some of the children- appeared to be intoxicated, even at that hour on a Sunday morning. They probably didn’t know or care about the struggles between the Mechanics and the British because they’d come out the same, either way.


“To be perfectly honest, I think she became sick of Society during her debut season. Better to lock herself in her room with her books than to spend her life paying calls and going to balls. The doctors said something about fragile nerves. She gets a lot of headaches, apparently.” He quirked an eyebrow and added, “Especially around people she doesn’t like.”


Most of the guests wore the Mechanic’s odd mix of attire. Their colorful clothing was garish in the bright lights. In the center of the room, couples spun wildly in time to the odd music. Around the perimeter, groups of men and women tinkered with or showed off their inventions. Tables laden with food, punch bowls, and ale kegs lined a nearby wall. An odd contraption made up of tubes, clockwork gears, and strangely shaped bits of glass spewed vapor and flame and made loud clattering noises.


He’d drawn not only Olive, but also Rollo and me, and although it was a quick pencil sketch, it seemed very lifelike, capturing Olive’s wide-eyed innocence and Rollo’s fascination with something that lay beyond the edge of the page. I looked prettier than I was accustomed to seeing myself in the mirror. The loose wisps of hair around my face looked like winsome tendrils instead of untidiness, and he’d drawn me with a mysterious smile that made me wonder what I’d been thinking.


About the author:

Shanna Swendson is the author of the popular adult romantic fantasy series, Enchanted, Inc. Rebel Mechanics is her first novel for young adults. She lives in Irving, Texas.

Thanks for reading!

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My Favorite Quotes From Requiem

Here are some edits I’ve made of my favorite quotes from Requiem by Lauren Oliver! Unlike my other post for The Half Life of Molly Pierce, I won’t include any comments for this post because I think the quotes should speak for themselves. Also, I feel like I can’t properly express how I feel about these quotes without saying something spoilery, so I won’t say anything.

(This post does not contain any spoilers).

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Have you read Requiem? Are there any specific quotes that you liked? Let me know in the comments section!

My Favorite Quotes From The Half Life of Molly Pierce

 Occasionally, I read some books that have really good or powerful quotes that I think are worth highlighting or putting a sticky tab on. I figure now that I have a blog, it would be fun to make edits of these quotes on pixlr and post them on here. So here are some of my favorite quotes from The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno!



1. “You can’t decide how much you love people. It just happens. If you have to think about it, then it’s not really real.”

-I think I like this quote so much because you don’t have to look at it in a romantic way for it to be meaningful. I can relate to it and connect with it because I’ve been in situations where I felt forced to love people or have strong connections with them and it just didn’t feel “real”.


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2. “I’m living disjointed. I’m living in bits.”

-I just think that this quote is beautiful in the way that it portrays how life can be a struggle for some people.


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3. “I’m not sure what I liked better. Being in the dark or being thrust-without warning- into the light.”

-This quote speaks to what we know to be “blissful ignorance”, that wonderful happiness that comes as a result  of not knowing the complete truth about something.


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4. “The people we love get  under our skin and crawl through our veins and find their way into our heart…We remember them even when we don’t remember them. We try and forget but it’s pointless. Even amnesia. Even comas and brain damage and traumatic shock. Whatever makes us not remember, we still remember. Our minds flounder like fish but our bodies… Our bodies remember.”

-This is one of those quotes that I just think is beautiful but I can’t really pinpoint an exact reason as to why.


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5. “He said, ‘Do you sometimes feel hopeless?’ ‘Do you sometimes feel lost?’ ‘Do you sometimes feel like it’s not worth it? None of it? Nothing at all?’ I said- yes. Yes to all of the above. Yes to everything. Yes, yes, yes.”

-I like this quote because I can feel how powerful it really is, and I recognize that many people actually feel like this or have felt like this at one point in their lives.


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6. “You deserve to be whole. You deserve to remember. And you deserve to live.”

-Lastly, I like this quote because I feel that it is empowering and contains a strong message that should be told to everyone. No one should forget that their life is valuable, and every person deserves to be happy.


Do you have any favorite quotes from a book you’ve read recently? Share in the comments section!