My Imaginary Mary

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Mary Godwin has basically one option in nineteenth-century Europe, and that’s to get married. Percy Shelley seems like a likely candidate, but she dreams of writing and doing her own thing with literature. Ada Lovelace is in a similar predicament, but she yearns for time and space to manipulate math and create automatons with her mentor, Mr. Babbage. When the girls learn they are fae, it seems like a great time to combine their fae skills to build the ultimate automaton, creating something even more amazing than Mr. Babbage has done with Ada’s work. However, their fae magic goes farther than they expect when combined with the power of lightning. The two girls create something beyond a mere machine and must run away to the continent to keep their creation safe.

Suffice it to say that no one in history is immune to these alternate history romps. While not historically accurate, the story is delightful in its references to contemporary pop culture (though some readers may miss the mark for the younger intended audience) and to beloved classic stories. A sweet, slowly simmering romance and strong feminism undercurrents make this a worthy addition to the authors’ alternate timeline tales.

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Author Cynthia Hand,Brodi Ashton,Jodi Meadows
Star Count 3.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 496 pages
Publisher HarperCollins
Publish Date 02-Aug-2022
ISBN 9780062930071 Buy this Book
Issue August 2022
Category Young Adult