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.
|Publish Date||Jan 5, 2016|
- Review by InkBlotsbyTRD.blogspot.com
Because Curio is a teen/tween book, I am going to hand this over to my daughter for the review (*spoilers included*):
Grey Howard lives in Mercury City, where Chemists roam the streets with their chemia magic. Grey's grandfather, Olan Howard, owns a shop where the ancient curio cabinet lies, unused. Grey receives a strange mark on her skin, which makes Olan believe she is special. His faithful assistant, Hiamon, sends Grey on a journey through the curio cabinet, telling her to rescue "him". While she's in the cabinet, she finds a world made of metal, porcelain, and other materials. The "porcies" (people made of porcelain) welcome her into their home, where "tocks" (metal people) are the servants. In Curio she meets the "Mad Tock", a boy named Blaise. Blaise also has a mark, and he tells her that they are both Defenders. Together they fight a battle, defeat Lord Blueboy, and escape. (Blaise is the one Hiamon wanted Grey to save. He had been sent into the cabinet a long time ago.)
I asked my daughter a few questions about Curio - here they are with her responses:
Was the book interesting?
Do you plan to read it again?
What did you like about this book?
What (if anything) did you NOT like about this book?
Would you recommend this book to others your age?
What ages do you think would enjoy this book best?
12 to 15
Any other comments about this book?
It's a good book.
Out of a total of 5 possible stars, what would you rate this book?
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 4/6/2016)
- Review by Dianna
This is my first every Steampunk genre novel. By the end of the first chapter I was hooked. The story was different and so interesting I couldn’t put it down. It was so good that I got my almost 16 year old daughter to read it. Right away I could tell this was a story she would love. In fact I asked her to give you her opinion about it. So here is more from her.
My first thoughts about this book is awesome. It’s an interesting storyline. I thought it was really interesting because it was a steampunk novel. I had never read one before. My favorite character was Grey. I liked her reactions to the different situations. It was interesting to watch her discover all this stuff about the Defenders.
My second favorite character was Blaise. He is kind of like a vigilante type of character and yet he is is willing to help his friends.
My favorite moment in the book is when Blaise and Grey were flying over Curio.
I would definitely read more and I’ve already started telling all my friends about it. Overall it captures your attention from the first chapter. (Posted on 1/18/2016)
- Review by Jalynn
With her father in danger, Grey races for her family store and there she learns of a secret kept quiet by her family for years. A curio with a secret opening with blood as the key. Once inside the curio she is thrown into an alternate universe full of porcies and tocks, each striving to be perfect for their creator. But someone lurks in the shadows, watching the porcies idiotic plights. Not only have they never seen his face nor do they know his true name, but yet they fear him. He is none other than Mad Tock, the one man who wants nothing more than to have Grey in his presence but first he must deal with a porcie with far to much power.
With everything Grey has ever known being thrown upside down she must find the man they can help her fight the Chemists, if only she knew who he was.
Curio is a wonderful novel full of action and adventure. This book has an amazing way of drawing you in and never letting you go. I really hope this will become a series, because I really want to see what happens next!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. (Posted on 12/30/2015)
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