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What Curiosity Kills by Helen Ellis

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 by in 3 stars, Book Reviews | 0 comments

What Curiosity Kills

Author:  Helen Ellis
Series:  The Turning #1
Format:  e-Book
Release Date:  May 1, 2010
Date Read:  July 14, 2012

Nobody can know your secret.

Nobody can know your power.

But if nobody knows who you are to begin with… what’s stopping you?

I whisper, “What’s so special about me all of a sudden?”

Nick says, “The Turning.”

Mary feels different, but can’t explain why. The fainting, the strange cravings… and worse, the things she’s noticed about her body.

Mary doesn’t know where to turn. If she tells her parents or her sister, she’ll risk losing everything. She has no other family, no way of knowing if what she’s going through is normal. Everyone she’s ever known and loved could reject her…

I’ll admit, I picked this book up because of the cover.  It’s pretty, colorful, she has a cat eye…  Once I confirmed my suspicions that What Curiosity Kills was a story about a girl turning into a cat, I knew I had to read it.  After finishing the novel, I must say that it reminds me a lot of the show (I’ve never read the novels) The Nine Lives of Chloe King, except the protagonist literally turns into a cat, not a person with cat features.  What Curiosity Kills had some definite strengths.  While the casual narrative style Ellis adopts may turn off some readers, I found the witty dialogue and thoughts refreshing and very funny.  Mary’s internal narration, the banter between her and her sister and the other characters, and the things that happen to Mary as she slowly turns into a cat had me smiling constantly as the pages flew by.

Sure, the novel has flaws.  It’s short, a little absurd at times, possibly offensive to some in parts, some of the characters lack depth, the mythology is not thoroughly explained, and Mary and Nick’s relationship kind of comes out of left field.  However, it’s a fast, fun read — especially for cat lovers like me.  I hope Ellis does plan to release the sequel, because I look forward to spending more time with these wacky characters and seeing what happens next.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

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