A review by Maria.
I would like to thank author Jacqueline Garlick for letting me be apart of her tour and read and review her new novel, Lumiere.
Lumiere was a wonderful blend of gothic, steampunk, science fiction, romance, and fantasy. Eyelet’s world changed in many ways when she was a young girl. The sun is blocked out and no longer casts its rays upon the world. Her father who had promised to fix her from her episodes – seizures – dies beyond the safety of their community. She grows into an intelligent teenager. Only once again her world changes when her mother is accused of being a Valkyrie and a practitioner of Wickedry. She is sentenced to death and so is Eyelet. Eyelet flees and searches for her father’s greatest invention, a machine which could cure her of her episodes; and finds an enigmatic stranger stealing it instead. She follows him into the lands beyond her town, the very unknown in which her father died, among the poisonous vapours and the unliving. She must convince the stranger, Urlick, to help her with the machine before she’s found and executed. The entire world depends on it.
Eyelet was an interesting heroine. She endured much in her young life. She’s had to survive without her father, witnessed the gritty demise of her mother, and is now being chased by people she once called her peers, spearheaded by her academy professor, Smrt. She is accused of being Wicked and a practitioner of dark magic and is sentenced to hang like her mother. The accusation isn’t too far off, since she does have some Madness in her. She has seizures which is a form of Madness and would earn her a spot in a sanitarium for the rest of her life. I loved how brave Eyelet was despite everything she faced. Instead of cowering like most simple-minded maidens of her day, she runs and does everything in her power to survive. She’s also intelligent and very curious. She’s willing to speak her mind, and discover all she can about her mysterious harborer, Urlick.
Urlick was every bit mysterious as Eyelet was interesting. He’s a deformed and reclusive young man, and deems himself repulsive to the outside world. He shelters Eyelet, but also keeps many secrets from her. In a way, their first interactions reminded me of Beauty and the Beast. He finds himself ugly and unworthy and part-rescues, part-kidnaps her. He also forbids her from many places inside his huge underground home. There were many times I wasn’t sure if I liked his character or hated him. However he slowly began to grow on me and I needed to keep reading to unravel the mystery that enshrouded him.
Lumiere was a sweeping steampunk fantasy novel. Which meant at times it moved very slowly. It was heavy on descriptions and world building both in the world outside but also the world inside Urlick’s home. This novel was a fantastic read, but by no means a fast read. The one complaint I had was there was no real antagonist, but rather, too many. Smrt was the obvious antagonist but his motives took quite a while to uncover. Then there was also a mean girl from Urlick’s life and sometimes even Urlick himself was the antagonist. Nevermind that the whole world was out to kill Eyelet, both the living and the unliving!
This book is a YA novel but there are some very graphic scenes in it including the death of Eyelet’s mother early on in which Eyelet finds her mother with her throat slit, slowly bleeding out. She knows the 2nd half of the execution will come next and her mother will be dipped in hot wax and strung up on the gallows for all to see. So even though it’s YA, I’d only recommend it to older teens and adults.
I am eager to read more of this series!
My rating: 3.5/5 stars.
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(The Illumination Paradox #1)
Publication date: December 12th 2013
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult
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 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.
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