Curio by Evangeline Denmark

Posted February 9, 2016 by Minx

Curio by Evangeline Denmark Curio (Curio #1) by Evangeline Denmark
Series: Curio #1
Genres: Fantasy, young adult
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Blink
Format: E-book
Source: Purchased
Pages: 432
ISBN: 0310729661
ASIN: B00UF8SULS
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Minx's Rating:

Grey Haward has always detested the Chemists, the magicians-come-scientists who rule her small western town. But she has always followed the rules, taking the potion the Chemists ration out that helps the town’s people survive. A potion that Grey suspects she—like her grandfather and father—may not actually need.

By working at her grandfather’s repair shop, sorting the small gears and dusting the curio cabinet inside, Grey has tried to stay unnoticed—or as unnoticed as a tall, strong girl can in a town of diminutive, underdeveloped citizens. Then her best friend, Whit, is caught by the Chemists’ enforcers after trying to protect Grey one night, and after seeing the extent of his punishment, suddenly taking risks seems the only decision she can make.

But with the risk comes the reality that the Chemists know her family’s secret, and the Chemists soon decide to use her for their own purposes. Panicked, Grey retreats to the only safe place she knows—her grandfather’s shop. There, however, a larger secret confronts her when her touch unlocks the old curio cabinet in the corner and reveals a world where porcelain and clockwork people are real. There, she could find the key that may save Whit’s life and also end the Chemists’ dark rule forever.

Goodreads

I did enjoy this book but the writing left lots of holes for me. There were details introduced but the writer failed to properly explain the whys of it all. Of course I can use my imagination but my conclusions might never be what the writer intended. If there is indeed a next book I will read it as I did connect with the main characters, I just hope there have been improvements in the editing process.

About Evangeline Denmark

Author Evangeline Denmark

Evangeline Denmark cannot sing. The tragic discovery of this truth led to bouts of angst-ridden poetry writing in her teens, several ill-advised relationships with literary characters, and the compulsive creation of her own fictional worlds. Having found her true voice, Evangeline now writes fiction with hints of whimsy, glimmers of fantasy, and strokes of the supernatural.
Her debut novel, Curio, a young adult steampunk fantasy, released January 2016. She has also co-authored two children’s books, The Dragon and the Turtle and The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari (Waterbrook Press.)
Evangeline lives in Colorado in a house stuffed full of animals and creative people that would surely go to ruin were it not for the watchful eye of a cattle dog named Willie.


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