I received this book for free from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Curio by Evangeline Denmark
Published by Harper Collins on January 5th 2016
Genres: General, Steampunk, Young Adult
Source: Book Look Bloggers
Grey Haward has always detested the Chemists, the magicians-come-scientists who rule her 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.
“Curio” by Evangeline Denmark was a very interesting read. I was really interested in reading this book because it seemed so fascinating. I was stoked to get to enter this work but I found myself just being overly confused a lot. There really wasn’t any world building. The reader is tossed into a world that they know nothing about and no one takes the time to explain it. I think this story had a great idea, but I just feel like it just didn’t have what I was looking for. I was a bit disappointed. I think if there was more world building that the story would be a lot better.