I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lumiere by Jacqueline Garlick
Series: The Illumination Paradox #1
on December 12th 2013
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult
Source: the author
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Even in a land of eternal twilight, secrets can’t stay hidden forever.
Seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth is no stranger to living in the dark. She’s hidden her secret affliction all of her life—a life that would be in danger if superstitious townspeople ever guessed the truth. After her mother is accused and executed for a crime that she didn’t commit, the now-orphaned Eyelet has no choice but to track down the machine—her last hope for a cure. But Eyelet’s late father’s most prized invention, the Illuminator, has been missing since the day of the mysterious flash—a day that saw the sun wiped out over Brethren forever.
Alone and on the run, she finds the Illuminator—only to witness a young man hauling it away. Determined to follow the thief and recover the machine, she ventures into the deepest, darkest, most dangerous part of her twisted world.
I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages! I had heard nothing but good things, and now that I’ve read it I can definitely see what all the fuss is about. First off: STEAMPUNK! Yay! Favorite genre, so super excited! There’s just something about it that draws me in. I could imagine myself walking those streets. There’s some very unique technology in Lumiere, including some fascinating animatronics, a flying cycle named Bertie, and a powerful version of an xray machine. Besides the technology, though, there is also a touch of magic, combining to create a world both thorough and vibrant.
Despite the expertly build setting, it’s the characters that propel the story. Eyelet and Urlick are perfectly flawed, both hindered by their insecurities, both on a mission to finish what their fathers’ have started. There is an interesting chemistry between them. Almost love/hate. They seem tense and almost rude in the beginning, but also quietly intrigued. I’m really looking forward to seeing how their relationship unfolds throughout the series. There are a handful of secondary characters, and I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t see more. I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of them though, including the villain, Smrt. Such a despicable character that you can’t help but love to hate him!
The next book promises to be amazing! So much was revealed within the final chapters of Lumiere, and I’m itching to dig into the next book, Noir.
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I love to read, write, paint (walls and paper). I have a love/hate relationship with chocolate, grammar, and technology and would rather hang out with a dog, than a cat. I prefer creating things to cleaning things, and believe laughter is a one-stop-shop solution to all that ails you. You will always find a purple wall (or two) in my house (currently in my writing room), and there may or may not be a hidden passageway that leads to a mystery room. (Okay, so you won’t find a hidden passageway, but a girl can dream, can’t she?) Oh, and tea. There will always be tea.My writing style has been described as edgy and rule-breaking, and by some–a touch Tim Burton-esque. Because of this, I am often referred to as the Quentin Tarantino of YA among writing friends.
In my former life, I was a teacher (both grade school and college-don’t ask), but more recently I’ve been a graduate of Ellen Hopkin’s Nevada Mentor Program and a student of James Scott Bell, Christopher Vogler and Don Maass. An excerpt from Lumière earned me the 2012 Don Maass Break Out Novel Intensive Scholarship.
Lumière–A Romantic Steampunk Fantasy–my debut novel, is the recipient of an indieBRAG Medallion!!! B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree October 15, 2014) I am so proud! (LUMIERE by Jacqueline E. Garlick is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!) Book II of the ILLUMINATION PARADOX SERIES, is out January 26th, now on pre-order.
Also, check out my young adult contemporary romantic/mystery serial, IF ONLY, where reluctant telepathic sleuth Kyla Cooper must embrace her powers and risks all to solve the mystery of what happened to her boyfriend Denver Munro, becoming his voice of truth, before he has no voice at all…
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