Curio by Evangeline Denmark was my first foray into reading Steam Punk Fantasy and I was pleasantly surprised! Let me just clarify that I am one of those readers that does not like to read the back of the book first, because I want to be surprised by the plot. Boy, was I ever!
Evangeline Denmark has created a rich and colourful world where a young girl, Grey Harward, who has always tried to blend into the shadows, lives in her small western town. She and her people have to drink a daily ration of potion to survive. The Chemists rule and enforce curfew as well as other strict rules which Grey has always followed—until one night she is in danger of missing curfew and her long-time neighbour and friend, Whit comes to her rescue and tries to protect her from the Chemist enforcers—and with that, everything changes.
Grey is thrust into a world chock-full of family secrets and then she finds herself trapped inside a world where she does not belong. She is different and the object of fascination. Without revealing too much I can say that the world she finds herself in, is one where porcelain and clockwork people are real. Before she finds herself there she is given one instruction. This one instruction, which she does not fully understand, will help save her world as she knows it. Will she be able to solve the puzzle and find they key before it is too late?
The worlds in which the reader finds themselves are rich and vivid and reminds me of an epic big screen movie. Your imagination will thank you. I enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot and fell in love with one certain hero which I don’t want to reveal too much about, but you will too, when you read the book. ( I have a feeling the author feels the same way. See Q & A with Evangeline)
Here’s an excerpt from Curio:
Blaise clicked the lock despite Grey’s pleas. The flimsy door between them begged for his fist. But he needed her on the other side. Steiner’s daughter. His old friend’s face wouldn’t come into focus. Ah, but Grey’s face. Grey’s face burned at him through the wood that separated them.
This fast moving page turner will please young adult, teen, tween and “older” adult alike. Clear your schedule, you will not want to put this book down once you get started.
To find out more about the person behind the pen, read the Q & A with Evangeline Denmark.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It also came highly recommended by a friend, so how could I say no? In short, LOVED IT!