Curio by Evangeline DenmarkCurio by Evangeline Denmark


byEvangeline Denmark

Hardcover | January 5, 2016

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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.

Title:CurioFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 8.7 × 5.6 × 1.38 inPublished:January 5, 2016Publisher:BlinkLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310729661

ISBN - 13:9780310729662


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Steampunk Meets Gothic Steampunk meets Gothic in this imaginative fantasy that held me captive right to the very last page. Be prepared to be astounded and amazed by the author's vivid imagination. This is Colorado like you've never seen it before! Taut with friction, rife with danger and steeped in mystery, Grey's coming of age story is a real page turner. Lots of action, toe-curling romance and even some grisly scenes that I had to read with one eye closed. I don't want to say too much because I'd end up posting spoilers. Best that you just grab up a copy of this book and let the story unfold in all it's thrilling glory. A truly stupendous read.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Steampunk YA Confession - I had never read a steampunk novel before reading Curio! The whole book is a rollercoaster ride: Evangeline Denmark tosses her readers into the thick of things from page one and then never lets up. The world building is astonishing; as a writer I can only imagine the time spent to develop this time and place, because it felt so real to me as a reader. I liked the main character Grey, from the get-go. A powerful young woman, she is compassionate and strong in the face of a society that values neither. There are plenty of twists and turns here and how I thought things would turn out is not how they turned out, which to me is a sign that the author is not pandering to their audience. I really enjoyed this book and think this is an impressive debut!
Date published: 2016-01-20