Venturess, by Betsy Cornwell


If you haven’t read Mechanica – the feminist, steampunk Cinderella retelling – yet, what are you waiting for? Seriously, it’s so so so good. I’m obsessed with Cinderella retellings and it’s my second favorite one of all time (Ella Enchanted will ALWAYS be number one to me, sorry Betsy!). If you have read Mechanica, then I’m guessing you are already so enchanted by the amazing world building and nuanced characters that you don’t need me to tell you to read this sequel. But I had some thoughts I wanted to write out and this is my blog, so … here we go!

Also there will be some necessary SPOILERS for book one in this series. Proceed with caution.  Continue reading “Venturess, by Betsy Cornwell”

Author Interview: Betsy Cornwell

VenturessBetsy and I met in college, but even though I had a big friend crush on her I was way too shy to talk to her much. Then I reached out about how much I loved her first book Tides and an online friendship sparked into being. In another life, we are roommates conquering the NYC publishing world together and drinking beers on the weekend at The Way Station. But since she lives with her dreamy family in Ireland, I have to settle for some of the kindest, most supportive emails a friend/aspiring writer could ever ask for. Betsy’s third book Venturess is out today. It is the sequel to the badass, feminist Cinderella retelling Mechanica and my very favorite thing that Betsy’s written so far.  Expect a (glowing!) review soon. But for now, Betsy was kind enough to answer some questions for me…  Continue reading “Author Interview: Betsy Cornwell”

Book Review: Mechanica, by Betsy Cornwell

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*** I originally posted this in April, but since the book came out this week wanted readers who might have missed it to get pumped for this fantastic, feminist Cinderella retelling … also I’m still on vacation and didn’t want to write a new review. Hope you enjoy!***

As some readers (especially those that knew me when I was ten) know, Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine, is pretty much the most important book I ever read. It totally converted me from from being a kid who could barely read, and absolutely hated it, to someone who LOVED books (not just with a capital L, but with capital O, V, E, and D as well). It solidified my interest in fairytale retellings, especially ones focused on Cinderella. So as you can imagine, when I found out my friend Betsy Cornwell’s Cinderella retelling Mechanica was coming out this year, I was beyond excited. And even though it can’t take the place of Ella in my heart, it is now definitely my second favorite Cinderella story … and I’ve read a lot a lot of them. Here’s why (and it’s not because Betsy is so nice and funny and blogs about important things like writing and PTSD, being a friend to yourself, and making goat cheese): Continue reading “Book Review: Mechanica, by Betsy Cornwell”

Wordless Wednesday: Mechanica Launch

Screen Shot 2015-08-09 at 8.01.31 PMOn Saturday, I was lucky enough to go to the Mechanica book launch! I took a class at Smith with author Betsy Cornwell, but we really became friends on the Internet after we’d both graduated. This was the first time I’ve seen her IRL since then and it was wonderful to hear her read, reminisce about college, and chat about writing. Plus the event was at a Dr. Who themed bar in Brooklyn called The Way Station – so cool!!! I’m so in love with this book and it comes out soon, so everyone should preorder it ASAP!

Tides by Betsy Cornwell: A Fresh Take on an Underwater Fairytale

TidesI’ve been looking forward to reading Tides, by new author Betsy Cornwell for a long time. If you read my interview with Betsy, from earlier this week, you will know that we both attended Smith College at the same time. I even had (at least) one class with her. When I heard she was publishing a book I felt super excited, which was kind of funny because we by no means knew each other well but I remembered her as being intimidatingly smart. I wasn’t sure if being able to make hyper-intelligent comments on a Tennyson poem would translate into writing a great young adult book. But after only a few chapters I discovered that in this case it absolutely did.  Continue reading “Tides by Betsy Cornwell: A Fresh Take on an Underwater Fairytale”