Review: Curiosity House (Book 1), The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester


Category: 9-12 Fiction

Published: 2015 (Harper Collins)

Score: 5/5

Synopsis: 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.


Reaction: I LOVED this book! It was amazing in so many ways. This is a great new series for both adults and kids alike.

Full of intrigue, action, adventure, friendship and good fun. All the kids in the book are great characters. Each in their own unique way they all have different abilities but are also so human it’s believable. It’s wonderful to read how they interact and grow with each other as the book progresses.

There was not a dull moment in this book. One of the things I really enjoyed was how fast paced the book actually was. It didn’t slow down one bit. It made sure all ends were completed before going on to the next idea but it was never stale or maxresdefaultprolonged at all. That is why I think this would be great for kids too. They need that constant movement in books to keep their attention and I think this would be a great one for them. There is also both male and female leads so it’s good for both sexes.

I also liked how it ended (don’t worry no spoilers here). It did end, but it also left it open for the next book which I am looking forward to but I am sure I will have to wait for. CuriosityHouse-feature-860x442

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good, fast read. It’s just plain fun.


6 thoughts on “Review: Curiosity House (Book 1), The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester

      1. I read everything but the ones in there now are amazing. So much to choose from and some really touching and beautiful books. I have about 3 full shelves of just 9-12 books. That is how much I love them!

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