Even in a land of eternal twilight, secrets can’t stay in the dark forever.
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 in darkness is nothing new to Eyelet. She’s hidden her...more
“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 end ...more
"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, when ...more
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 ...more
I loved t ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
*Genre* Young Adult, Steampunk, Fantasy
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 ...more
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 ...more
I had a few issues with this book, but there were also a few things I liked! So ...more
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 considered ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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)[in which Eyelet's mother has been accused and found guilty of wickedry and sentenced to death. Eyelet is assumed to be guilty of wickedry as well and everyon ...more
"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 ...more
~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 c ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 in ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 Urli ...more
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, ...more