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(The Illumination Paradox #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,009 ratings  ·  315 reviews
One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything.

After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret a
Kindle Edition, 402 pages
Published December 12th 2013 by Amazemo Books (first published October 26th 2013)
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Skyscape, and NetGalley.)

“I’ll fire up the Great Illuminator and use it to cure myself of these hideous seizures one and for all.”

This was an okay YA steampunk story, but I did lose interest in places.

Eyelet (and sorry, I don’t like her name), was a bit of a flighty girl, constantly getting odd ideas in her head and chasing after them, no matter the consequences. She did improve a bit towards the en
Donita Luz
"Living in eternal twilight might sound romantic, but it's not. It's simply depressing"
Sounds intriguing right?

Tbh, Lumière got my attention with its gorgeous cover. But to be fair, this book totally sounds amazing as well.. it just didn't work out for me.

The plot was all over the place, confusing as hell world building in an alternate world of England, everything was spoon-fed to readers to the point that reading it get's totally boring, the characters were a total fail too. Sometimes, whe
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars and Author Spotlight at The BiblioSanctum:

I thought Lumière was fantastic, so much so that I read the whole book in a day. Some parts even made me want to give this one a 4.5 or 5 stars, simply because for an independently published Young Adult novel I thought this was really impressive.

As you know, I'm a pretty picky reader when it comes to the YA category, plus I don't always jump on board with self-pubs or indies. Still, this book's descri
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Eyelet is a seventeen-year-old girl who lives in Brethren with her mother. Eyelet suffers with brain seizures and ever since the night of The Great Illumination, people who act strangely are accused of Madness and are entered into an insane asylum. Ever since this dreadful night the town lives without the sun and are endangered by a toxic gas called The Vapours, which lurks outside of the town. Determined to cure herself, Eyelet must find her late father’s research before it’s too late.

I loved t
Sep 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I"m not even sure what to say here. This book is a mess. The first 20% was interesting. I loved Eyelet's character, and I felt that I understood where this story was going, as well as her goals and motivations. Then she ends up at Urlick's home, and the story morphs into a pseudo - Beauty and the Beast storyline. Urlick is surly, mysterious, locks her in her room and tells her to "NEVER ENTER HIS LAB". Ok.... Somewhere in here she thinks he's a mad scientist, tries to escape, almost dies, is
Taylor Knight
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked the concept of this book but I thought it was a little boring in places and the main character was all kinds of annoying.
Eyelet had a massive problem of just doing things and not thinking about the consequences. I found that to be extremely annoying. She was also really childish at times and I found it hard to relate to her. I wasn't really into any of the characters to be honest. I felt like they all could have been better written.
The story and writing style was pretty cool. The world
Stacie Ramey
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been fortune enough to read this as a Beta reader and it is a beautiful book, a compelling story, and most of all, a love story for the ages. You should all put this on your to-read list! ...more
**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Young Adult, Steampunk, Fantasy
*Rating* 3-3.5

*My Thoughts*

Lumière is the first installment in The Illumination Paradox #1 series by author Jacqueline Garlick. The story is being marketed as being a Steampunk Fantasy Romance Adventure Novel. Lumière features two main characters in Seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth, an
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I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Lumìere was an amazing read-full of some good ol' steampunk goodness! (I think it's starting to become one of my favorite genres)

First off, the characters were fun to read about and very likable. The main character, Eyelet, doesn't waste time being a damsel in distress. She can stick up for herself, and she's intelligent. Urlick is not your everyday hero, but I was rooti
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I picked this book up on a whim. I've enjoyed many books by Skyscape and this book sounded very interesting, so I picked it up! I was pleasantly surprised by this book! It was so unique, fast-paced, and so riveting!

Eyelet lives in a society after the flash, which entirely changed the world. After being driven out of the city for being considere
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was published in 2013 but recently seems to be given a whole new surge of attention because a new edited edition was released! The minute I set my eyes on the cover of this book, I wanted it. I thought it was beautiful and it also clearly looked like a steampunk novel. If you know me, you know I love my steampunk and yet I feel like I don’t read it enough. Which is why I jumped at the chance to review this.

I had a few issues with this book, but there were also a few things I liked! So
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story is intensely captivating and fast paced, drawing you in and keeping you from escaping. Garlick makes you feel like you’re part of the story. I found myself perpetually racing forward to find out what would happen next. I loved how she gave a look into the main character at a younger age, giving us some necessary background info at the same time, before jumping to the present day and the story proper. She combines a post-apocalyptic type world with the thrill of magic and science in a ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
When her father disappeared, Eyelet and her mother eked out a life in Brethren, all the while hiding her affliction from the authorities lest she be sent to an insane asylum. Then her mother is accused of being a witch and executed and Eyelet must escape or suffer a similar fate.

With her only guide a cryptic message from her mother that she needs to find one of her father's inventions she sets off to the Gears where her father hid the machine. But just as the machine is in sight it's whisked aw
Stephanie (Bookfever)
Lumière was kind of underwhelming for me. I liked the story but the characters and world building disappointed me a little.

I guess I had expected more of this book. The story wasn't even that bad. I actually really liked the prologue but then it all went a bit downhill.

The characters were kind of a disaster. I really disliked Eyelet (although I really liked her name!). She was just so hysterical about everything and also very childis, especially at the beginning with Urlick.

Urlick on the other h
May 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
I'm sorry, this book annoyed me. I liked the idea of the book, just not the way it was done.

Things I liked:

1. The opening chapter. I thought the imagery of the electrical elephant and the illuminator was done very well and I was excited to see how Eyelet and her parents fared for the rest of the book.

2. The first few chapters (view spoiler)
Simona B
*I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

"How very different it is to be inside the skin of the afflicted, compared to watching the afflicted inside their own skin."

This for me was one of those particular books which make you so excited that you're sure you would like them even before starting. Unfortunately, at least in my case there are only two ways in which this kind of enthusiasm can be channeled:
1. Indeed I truly and utterly love the book;
2. I
Fafa's Book Corner
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

~I received this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review~

The first few chapters hooked me and made me want to know more about Eyelet and the whimsical world she lived in. I appreciated the original setting, spiced up with a good combination of magic and steampunk, as well as the atypical nature of the two imperfect main characters.

Unfortunately, the rest of the book was not up to that captivating beginning: the worldbuilding was only sketched and quite confusing; and the
Sharon Mariampillai
I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Actual Rating: 3.75

This was a good read. This is my second steampunk read this year, but I found that it was lacking a bit in parts. The storyline was confusing, and I had some trouble getting into the story.

The characters were interesting. Eyelet is a girl that has a lot of weird ideas. I didn't like her at first, then as the book progressed, her character became more developed. I felt sorry for her after she lost her mother.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
"How much do you trust me?"

I know, the line is a bit Aladdin, but I was willing to forgive it for all the Steampunk fun in the story.

So I can't say I loved this one but I did enjoy it. It took until at least half way for the story to really hook me. At first, I was confused by the Steampunk items like the birds and the cycle thing but eventually I was able to roll with it. Too many things weren't explained at all but hopefully more will be revealed in book 2.

I did like Ulrick and he was ultimat
Sep 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one, ever
This review and others posted over at my blog.

I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions in this post are my own.

From Amazon: Seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth has only one hope left: finding her late father’s most prized invention, the Illuminator. It’s been missing since the day of the mysterious flash—a day that saw the sun wiped out forever over England. But living
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
I received this book for free from Skyscape via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The world that Garlick creates in this book is so captivating! There are so many elements to this world. The world building is good. In fact, in some areas it is great! This story is so unique and so enjoyable. The characters are vibrant and fascinating. Overall, a very good read. I'll definitely recommend this. This is the type of story that you just become so invested in and cannot stop reading.

What I li
Kimberley Little
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
I loved this steam-punk fantasy novel! Lumiere is so well written, exciting, with twists and turns, and a luscious romance! Can't wait for more by this author. And the cover! The Cover! The Cover! Need I say more? :-) ...more
Fay Roberts
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
In the opening pages of the novel a steam powered elephant makes its way across a Victorian era carnival. A mysterious machine takes pictures in a tent, making the people in it glow green. Then there is an explosion and the whole world is plunged into an eternal gloom as the sun is permanently blocked out. “Ohh,” I thought, “So this is Steam Punk…”

Completely new to the genre this was a wonderful novel to start with. The fast paced, action packed plot was full of dark and macabre images. Waxy dea
( I received this book free from Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review )

This book, though it seemed to be slow going at first, intrigued me enough to keep me reading. I'm normally the, get to the point, now!, kind of reader. But this wasn't the case for this book. Everything about this book pulled me in, each word had me holding on and holding my breath at the same time. It was a weird feeling, one I haven't felt from a book before. The gliding pace, set the tone, and set the road for Ur
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Eyelet, daughter of a great inventor, finds herself in a whole heap of trouble very quickly in Lumiere with only one objective in mind: Find the Illuminator. The machine built by her father that's said to be the only thing able to cure her of her debilitating seizures. Along her journey to find it she meets Urlick, a young man of a similar age who seems to need it just as badly. The two of them clash wonderfully upon first meeting as they both hold on to their own secrets. As readers, we know Ey ...more
Morgan DG
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Got this book about a week ago and have had my nose glued to my Kindle since! Very exciting and I can't wait for Book 2 :D ...more
Erin Dunn
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
I didn't HATE it, but I didn't LOVE it. It was ok. See my full review here.
Alisha Tarran
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
An unexplained flash destroyed life as Eyelet once knew it. No-one has seen the sun in years, they live in perpetual twilight, clouds obscuring the sun, deadly Vapours lurking outside the safety of Brethren, all thanks to the flash. But that wasn't the most devastating thing to happen to Eyelet that night, her father was found dead, and Eyelet has always felt abandoned by him. Now 17, and with the entire city of Brethren after her for false accusations, Eyelet sets out to find the invention her ...more
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I picked this book from NetGalley mostly because of a pretty cover and the number of requests ;). I know, that’s pretty shallow, but this one happened to be a great read! I have no regrets and the second part is already on my NetGalley reading list.

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lumière will take you to the world of steam mechanisms, clever inventions, unusual people and de
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Jacqueline likes gritty stories with beating hearts, dislikes wimpy heroines and whiny sidekicks, and loves a good tale about an irresistible underdog.
Don't you?

Lumière—a steampunk-fantasy, romance adventure—is the award-winning Book One in her young adult Illumination Paradox Series.

Jacqueline is a graduate of Ellen Hopkin’s Nevada Mentoring Program, and has also studied under James Scott Bell,

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