Curio: A Review

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.

Curio is my first steampunk novel and it did not disappoint. I tried to go into this book blind knowing very little about it and trying to avoid summaries and synopsis for this book. I must say the synopsis in the inside flap of the dust jacket is the best one to read. It’s vague and it doesn’t give a whole lot away.

I must say the first 40 pages went kind of slow, Grey just seemed like your typical YA heroine. It seemed like you knew who her love interest is right away. That was so not the case, once Grey was transported into Curio city I felt the entire book changed, for the better. It put the book into even more of a steampunk world. It gave it even more characters.

I really like the different point of views in the book first you have Grey who is in Curio city. And there is Whit in Mercury city, dealing with the troubles in the city. I like how the story flows, each chapter is much  more action packed and intense then the next. What I kind of liked and hated at the same time was like each chapter kind of had a cliffhanger or a twist so you quickly had to go to the next chapter to find out what was happening.

My only real problem I had with this book is that I unfortunately have no time or patience for series. Curio is a pretty long book and I kind of felt like it was going to get wrapped up nicely only to be surprised by more mysteries. Although, I am really excited to see where these characters go, and how a series like this will continue.

I was given this book for my honest review from the BookLook bloggers program. (


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