Monday, January 25, 2016
Curio - A Review
Author - Evangeline Denmark
Title - Curio
Format - ebook, hardcover
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Grey Haward's family is different. Both her father and her grandfather do not need the life giving potion that the Chemists who rule their town give out in order to survive. She suspects that she is like them. But she's always followed the rules. When her best friend Whit is caught by the Chemists one night while trying to protect her, Grey sees the results of his punishment and suddenly taking risks doesn't matter. When she discovers that the Chemists know her family's secret, Grey panics and runs to the only place she feels safe - her grandfather's curio shop. Her refuge isn't to be though. She soon learns that she is the only person who can save a young man trapped in a world of porcelain people and clockwork people inside an enchanted cabinet in the shop. Leaving the world she knows behind, Grey soon finds herself fighting for her life against the porcelain people in Curio City. Will Grey save the young man and return to set things right in her world, or will they be stuck in the cabinet forever?
When I first picked this one up to read, I found myself easily distracted. Then I discovered that there was a prequel novella that is free. So I picked up that and read it. While it is not necessary to read the prequel to enjoy this book, I found it very helpful to do so.
I wasn't sure what to expect to be perfectly honest. This book is a cross between Young Adult fantasy and Young Adult dystopian. But as I read, I was captivated. There are three main points of view to this book - Grey, Blaise, and Whit.
I really think that Blaise was my favorite character. I loved seeing him try to fit in with the porcies and tocks in Curio City. I also loved how helped Grey out and was determined to save her life when it came to it.
I'm hoping that this is the first book in a series as there were several threads that need to be explored further.
I received the Kindle book for free from Booklook Bloggers for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
Recommended to fans of young adult fiction, the Lunar Chronicles, Kiera Cass
Rating - 4 stars