December 10, 2015

Curio by Evangeline Denmark #Review #Giveaway

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

Biography

Evangeline Denmark cannot sing. This tragic discovery led to bouts of angst-ridden poetry writing in her teens, an ill-advised relationship with Edward Fairfax Rochester, and the compulsive creation of her own fictional worlds.
Having found her true voice, Evangeline writes fiction with hints of whimsy, glimmers of fantasy, and strokes of the supernatural. Her debut novel, Curio, sets coming-of-age and first love against a backdrop of steam-propelled greed and societal repression. For a peek into the origins of the Curio world check out the prequel novella, Mark of Blood and Alchemy.
Evangeline lives in Colorado with her husband, an engineer with a sense of humor and an artistic streak, two ravenous sons who steal her laptop and demand dinner, a cat, two turtles, and a cattle dog who runs the house.




When I got this I was so excited this cover is so pretty and well I'm all for Steampunk!  But this book shortly in just made me want to fall asleep.  I actually dropped the book and hit myself in the face because I had dozed off.  I only got to page 50 and that took me over an hour to do. For this reader this story had nothing to keep me reading and was so slow that I fell sleep reading it.  

I really loved the idea of that these people have to take some supplement to stay alive for some reason their bodies don't process food like we do.  However, Grey's dad and granddad's bodies are fine.  

I really liked the start but it felt like we were dropped into an already going story and although I didnt feel lost per say I felt like the story started fast then dwindled down to a slow crawl.  I wish the book would have been faster paced. 






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1 comments:

Carl Scott said...

My favorite steampunk goes way back to H.G. Wells' The Time Machine. More recently I've really enjoyed Scott Westerfield's Leviathan series. Thanks

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