Nessie dreams of escaping her sheltered life to become a mechanical engineer with mechas. But wanting and doing are two very different things, and outer confidence hides inner fears—until she meets Joy.
Joy is tough and self-reliant, used to be looking out for no one but herself. As her job keeps her always on the move, keeping to herself is the best way to survive. The very last person she expects to break her solitude is the prim and proper Nessie.
Worldbuilding: Nice steampunk world, loved the mechas theme.
Characters: Nessie and Joy were interesting characters, but I can’t say I was totally into either of them. I think I liked Joy better. Considering this is a short story there wasn’t any hardcore character building but I felt that characters were well drawn.
Their chemistry was sweet, the kind of thing I don’t really respond to myself, but if you’re into that, this is a short story you should check out.
Plot: The story had a rapid rhythm and a satisfying though maybe slightly over-optimistic ending (I mean, someone could have been crushed by the mechas for instance 😀 Yes, I’m a very, very evil reader, lol).
Writing: Third person narrative, her and her POV, lol – Nessie & Joy.
Curb Appeal: Awesomesauce cover, hooking blurb – a good option for my steampunk f/f cravings.
All in all, this was a nice short story and I loved the theme. I’m labeling it as YA since there’s some very fluffy, sweet chemistry going on and a kiss or two.