Thursday, 18 February 2016

Review: Curio (Curio #1) by Evangeline Denmark Synopsis:
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.

***I received the ebook from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review***

As someone new to the steampunk and Christian genre, this book threw me straight in the deep end. It begins in Mercury City (the world of the Chemists and Defenders) where repression and violence is a daily occurrence, and then everything is turned on its head when Grey falls into her Grandfather’s old cabinet which transports her to Curio (the world of the Porcies and Tocks).

For me it read like two different stories/a whole new story inside a story and that wasn’t even the most trippy part (the clockwork people are strange to put it lightly). The multiple perspectives meant we could see into both worlds and how each affects the other which I did actually find interesting, though with no emotional connections to any of the characters I wasn’t invested in what happened. There were many points when I was close to putting it down for good and having no regrets. Of course that’s when some action kicked in and I decided to give it another shot.

The pace was very touch and go with sporadic world building and character development that didn’t flow smoothly, which the change in POVs undoubtedly didn’t help. Overall I can’t say that this book was for me. Original and unique with a concept that I’ve never experienced before but not my cup of tea at all.


Favourite Quotes:
“Being brave for bravery’s sake isn’t much better than being beautiful for beauty’s sake.”

“Love is magic in our veins. Love the hand of the punisher stays. Love heals what justice flays. Love defends and mercy reigns.” 

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