Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Curiosity House

Waiting on Wednesday is held weekly by Breaking the Spine. This event spotlights upcoming releases bloggers are excited about. So without further ado here is my pick.

Book: Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Summary: The book is about, among other things: the strongest boy in the world, a talking cockatoo, a faulty mind reader, a beautiful bearded lady and a nervous magician, an old museum, and a shrunken head.
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 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
What you will NOT find in this book:
    An accountant named Seymour
    A never-ending line at the post office
    Brussels sprouts (shudder)
    A lecture on finishing all your homework on time
    A sweet, gooey story for nice little girls and boys
Learn more about the series online at 

I found out about this book at Lauren's website and then I read the story of how she got the idea. That was when I knew I had to purchase this book which is book one of a series with the second soon to be released. Unique MG's are a great find and I am excited to get my hands on this book.


  1. I'm always on the hunt for good middle grade books, especially as the twins are getting towards that reading age, so this sounds fantastic. Will definitely be keeping an eye out for it so thanks for sharing :)

    My WoW!

    1. You're welcome and good middle grade are a great find.

  2. Is it a book for kids? Looks like a fun one.

  3. That one sounds great! My middle grader would probably adore it.

  4. The cover drew me in. :) Sounds like a fun book.

  5. Great pick! I love Oliver's writing style.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  6. Great cover! I really like it. I may have to read this.

    1. You should. I was ready to buy my copy after visiting the website and was happy to discover that The Book Depository had a pre-order paperback copy for under $8 which I bought. The sequel is also coming out this year and I plan to buy that soon too. Thanks for coming.

  7. I agree that this book sounds very unique. What a cover! Thanks for sharing it with us. I know I want to check it out. :)

    1. Chester's own story helped sell it to me along with Lauren Oliver. He's a very creative collector and along with Lauren's writing I am sure they created an amazing story.

  8. Ooo, I've not heard of this one! Great cover. I hope you enjoy this book when you get a chance to read it!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a fantastic week. :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Yes the cover is great. Glad to visit a fellow blogger and book lover Alyssa. :)

  9. That's quite a collection of things! It sounds like a unique book.

  10. Oh this book sounds like so much fun and one I think my daughter would also like. Thanks for sharing this, I'm going to keep my eye out for this one. :)

  11. This looks like it will be fun, I hope you enjoy it!

  12. I'm not a middlegrade book reader although I have to admit that I'm really liking the cover.. hope you enjoy this! :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  13. I've seen this at work, and as a Lauren Oliver fan, I definitely want to read it! It sounds too fun, too. :) Great pick!

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts


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