Steampunk Fantasy - Teen
by Evangeline Denmark
-From the back cover-
Caught off guard, Grey stumbled against the cabinet. Haimon pressed the heel of her hand onto the keyhole of the curio case. “Blood is the way in and the key to get out. Fist, hand, and cup. Remember.”
“What?” The cool metal grew warm and slick, and a tug registered deep in her hand as if the lock sucked on her skin.
She struggled to focus on Haimon's face. What had he said to her? A door swished open somewhere nearby and yet far away. His face whipped away from hers, blurring into the shadows of the shop.
The pull of the curio case traveled up her arm. Haimon drew near, his expression distorted as though she looked at him through a peephole. His beady eyes jumped into hers. “Find him and bring him back.”
The fates of 2 worlds rest on her...
OK, I'll admit it. I've never read a Steampunk novel before and have only seen one or two kids/YA movies. Definitely not my normal genre. But there was something about that green cover with the model in the red dress just kept pulling at me.
This Book received a 4 Bark rating.
Curio is not exactly what I would consider a Christian novel and yet I think that is one of the things that I actually liked best about it. It isn't all sweet and fluffy but is rather an action-packed and exciting tale aimed at today's (older) teens. Despite a couple of things giving me short pause I did enjoy the darker tone, the desperation to rise above fear and defeat the forces of evil, the sacrifices for love and family. Curio may not be for everyone but personally I'll be looking for a book 2 in this series.
Evangeline Denmark's vivid storytelling and complex characters made this an exciting first foray into the world of Steampunk.
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives Curio by Evangeline Denmark a 4 Bark rating.