middle grade

The Shrunken Head (The Curiosity House #1) by Lauren Oliver &H. C. Chester


Title: The Shrunken Head (The Curiosity House #1) by Lauren Oliver &H. C. Chester
Author: Lauren Oliver & H. C. Chester
Source: Bought
Edition: Paperback
Publication:Harper Collins Children’s book
Pages: 368 pages
Category: Middle Grade, Mystery, Fantasy, Adventure


What you will find in this book:

– A rather attractive bearded lady
– Several scandalous murders
– A deliciously disgusting Amazonian shrunken head
– Four extraordinary children with equally extraordinary abilities
– A quite loquacious talking bird

Blessed with extraordinary abilities, orphans Philippa, Sam, and Thomas have grown up happily in Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders. But when a fourth child, Max, a knife-thrower, joins the group, it sets off an unforgettable chain of events. When the museum’s Amazonian shrunken head is stolen, the four are determined to get it back. But their search leads them to a series of murders and an explosive secret about their pasts.

This sensational new series combines the unparalleled storytelling gifts of Lauren Oliver with the rich
knowledge of the notorious relics collector H.C. Chester.

What you will NOT find in this book:

– An accountant named Seymour
– A never-ending line at the post office
– Brussel sprouts (shudder)
– A lecture on finishing all your homework on time
– A sweet, gooey story for nice little girls and boys.

I would not deny that I bought this book because of its AWESOME cover. I got attracted by the colour scheme that I needed to buy it (yes- I am an Impulsive buyer). I gotta say that I was lucky that the story was very good too. I love that the plot revolved around the different talents of the children. The mystery aspect of the plot remained a mystery until the author divulged them. I liked all of the characters in the story, even the villain. Somehow, the least character which I liked was Mr. Dumfrey – He was to enterprising. But without him the events in the story would not even happen.

I gave this read a four hearts rating because there were still important questions that needed answers. The story was a superb first book for a series. It was a fun read. I definitely hope that the second book will be more than my expectations if not up to par with this first book.




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