by Gwendolyn Clare
In this steampunk alternate history where scriptology—creating alternate worlds with words—is an actual science, Elsa comes from her scribed homeworld of Veldana to Earth to try to find and rescue her abducted mother. She learns a lot about Earth, friendship, and her own abilities along the way.
This book made me want to read more steampunk. I loved the world, the action-packed adventure, the mad science, and the characters. There were a few points where I thought explanations were a little unbelievable (not because they didn’t fit the real world but because they didn’t feel quite right for the world of the story), but it wasn’t enough to keep me from enjoying it.