Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Palace of Curiosities

Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine is a weekly feature where I get to gush about something (usually a book) that I am really excited for.

This book was mentioned to me last week by Shannon from Harper Collins Canada. We have come to realize that we have similar taste in books and when she said she was reading this and loving it I knew it was one I was going to have to check out! After reading more about it, I knew it needed to be featured because it sounds like such a cute and fun book! Definitely can't wait for this to be in stores :)

Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: March 28, 2013


A luminous and bewitching debut novel that is perfect for fans of Angela Carter. Set in Victorian London, it follows the fortunes of Eve, the Lion-Faced Girl and Abel, the Flayed Man. A magical realism delight. Before Eve is born, her mother goes to the circus. She buys a penny twist of coloured sugar and settles down to watch the heart-stopping main attraction: a lion, billed as a monster from the savage heart of Africa, forged in the heat of a merciless sun. Mama swears she hears the lion sigh, just before it leaps...and when Eve is born, the story goes, she didn't cry - she meowed and licked her paws. When Abel is pulled from the stinking Thames, the mudlarks are sure he is long dead. As they search his pockets to divvy up the treasure, his eyes crack open and he coughs up a stream of black water. But how has he survived a week in that thick stew of human waste? Cast out by Victorian society, Eve and Abel find succour from an unlikely source. They will become The Lion Faced Girl and The Flayed Man, star performers in Professor Josiah Arroner's Palace of Curiosities. And there begins a journey that will entwine their fates forever.

What are you waiting on today?


  1. I love Shannon - she's so nice! And I hadn't heard of this one yet, but I am loving both the cover and the premise. I just read Pantomime that had a similar sort of idea in that the MC was cast out of Victorian society and her position as a lady for having a deformity and runs off to the circus. But at least Eve and Abel have each other in this one! Adding this to my tbr now, thanks!

  2. Sounds like a fascinating plot! Enjoy!

    Here's my WoW:

  3. Wow, I hadn't heard of this one yet. It sounds fascinating. Here’s my WoW post! ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte

  4. This book sounds crazy! I'll definitely be looking forward to hear what you think of it!



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