Review: CURIO by Evangeline Denmark + Giveaway

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Title: CURIO
Author: Evangeline Denmark
Release date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Blink
Pages: 429
Formats: Hardcover, eBook


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.

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Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

The Review

There is so much to love about Evangeline Denmark’s CURIO. It’s imaginative. And exciting. And completely captivating. The characters are interesting, likable, unusual, appealing. The worlds are incredible – both the world of the Chemists and Defenders and the world of Porcies and Tocks. The lore is intriguing.

Its pages are filled with magic and alchemy, battles of good versus evil, and moments of unimaginable bravery, selflessness, sacrifice. There are a number of wonderfully unique inventions and beings. The characters’ abilities are fascinating. There is romance. There is rebellion. There is a quest.

Until the moment Grey Haward stood up against the Chemists to protect her friend Whit she didn’t know she was different. She didn’t know her family was different. Being kept in the dark may have once been what kept her safe. Now, not knowing what she is and how to call upon her abilities could put her in even greater danger.

With the Chemists after her, she’s forced into hiding and sent on a journey to a place she never knew existed to find the one person who may be able to save her and her family. But with no time to learn who she is looking for or how to return, her task may prove impossible. Especially when the place she ends up in appears to be as dangerous as her own.

Told from multiple perspectives, readers will get to see what’s going on in both worlds. They’ll get to know more about the three main characters – Grey, Blaise and Whit. They’ll learn more about the history of the Defenders and Chemists. And they’ll get to experience even more action and adventure, tension and suspense.

Author Evangeline Denmark delivers a spellbinding novel that is creative and original, immensely entertaining, thrilling. Her steampunk creations are bizarre and amazing and disturbing. Her worlds are ones readers will thoroughly enjoy exploring along with her characters and want to keep exploring.

CURIO wraps many things up in its epilogue but leaves open the possibility of returning to the worlds in a sequel. There are questions that still remain, battles yet to be fought, victors to be decided. The ending will more than satisfy, but is sure to leave readers eager for more.

This is a definite must read for those looking for a story they can escape into, become immersed in, be riveted by.

The Rating


About Evangeline Denmark

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, releases 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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The Giveaway

ONE (1) winner will receive a hardcover copy of CURIO

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • There will be ONE winner
  • Giveaway is open to anywhere The Book Depository ships
  • Prize will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
  • Giveaway ends on January 22nd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific

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