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(The Illumination Paradox #3)

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Revised edition: This edition of Soleil includes editorial revisions.

Losing her would send him spiraling into darkness.

With Eyelet gasping in his arms and a toxic storm threatening to annihilate the Commonwealth, Urlick must find a way to save his beloved, and fast. Out of the mist appears an unusual man, claiming to possess the power to heal Eyelet. The townspeople
Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published July 31st 2016
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Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Eric Mesa
Mar 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
It is a real bummer for me to give this book 1 star. I really enjoyed the first book in the trilogy. The second book was fun. But this book... kind of just felt like perhaps this series should have been a duology instead of a trilogy. While the first third or so was a good bit of fan service, it could have maybe just been a post-script novella? The rest of the book was just full of the introduction of all sorts of new rules and technology to the way the world worked that I didn't think made ...more
I really wish I enjoyed this one more than I did. Grammatical errors and spelling mistakes aside, the story itself just felt like it lacked the special something the first two had.
The beginning of the book wasn't that bad, I enjoyed the plot line and seeing what was going on with each of the characters. It was probably around 60% where the book really started to lose what felt like the world the books started in. It didn't feel original anymore with the Alice in Wonderland components. Yes it
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book so much more than I did. I absolutely adored Lumiere (#1) and Noir (#2), so I was super excited when this book was finally delivered to my Kindle. To say that Soleil didnt meet my (maybe unreasonably) high expectations is to be blunt about it. Soleil did provide all the action Id become accustomed to. It also provided a bit of romance as well, although not as much as we saw in Noir. But the entire story seemed really rushed and just plowed through to bring us to a ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
I don't often give one-star reviews. If I finished the book then I will at least say it is okay. But the final volume of the illumination paradox was such a shamble that I couldn't find it in me to give it two stars.

By the second book, I started to notice how the practically non-existent worldbuilding on the author's part slowly started to leach the pleasure out of an otherwise enjoyable, fast-paced story. It is mostly set in a steampunk world that suffers in the aftermath of a nuclear
I really wanted to like this last book, really I did. I loved the rest of the series, but this one, just seemed to drag. I had to force myself to finish it. It was a little bit past 1/2 half that I really struggled. Then it got really weird.

My advice, don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. When you get to the white rabbit part during chapter 31 around 57%, just skip it and go to chapter 44 and begin from there. Save yourself the heartache.

I wish the author would have summed up those
Carlos Emilio
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I know it was nearly a year since I started, but I found it awfully hard to get on with this book. That said, I'm no quitter.

I went through the book as fast as I could hoping my own boredom would not make me drop it and it was a sucess.

Noir and Lumiere were books I would invest my time in with joy due to how the world seemed consistent and it had the tinges of magic I could forgive it. Soleil on the other hand grabs all the other books have managed to build, tears it down, by filling it with
Tim kaskes
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Name interesting enjoyable

I really enjoyed the whole series very fascinating a great read their romantic and interesting The characters were well written and the adventures that they achieved are interesting and exciting
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Read to complete the trilogy, but really didn't get on with this book. It seemed to be dark for the sake of rather than fitting into the story. The ending was rushed, and didn't work at all for me. I had be n going to recommend this series to my ten year old, but not after this book.
Nancy Phy
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful fantasy

I love this series and the characters. It's mysteries kept me up because I had to know what happened. If you enjoy great fantasy then I would recommend this series to you.
Matthew Nech
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid read

Really liked the entire series. It has comedy, suspense, romance, and tragedy all throughout. The protagonists are very likeable and the villains are easy to hate. Would recommend all three books of the series.
Megan Green
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
The editing was the worst I've read in a very long time. The improper grammar made it very difficult to stay focused on the storyline.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I feel bad giving two star ratings but this book just did in the entire series for me. It's almost like it was written by a completely different author. The first two are worth reading, unfortunately the second one ends in a cliff hanger that you need to continue with the third book to resolve. Maybe I should wait till the bitterness dies down a little before I finish this review. There's one more novella set in the universe but I'm not sure I want to read it at the moment. I can't imagine it ...more
Star Bookworm
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I was so stoked for this book. "The Illumination Paradox" started as an incredible series. The world was a new kind of apocalyptic dystopia. The diseases were unique with a slight touch of steampunk, and the characters had an air of disturbing that is just on the correct level of creepy. I honestly felt like this series had something special to it. I was eagerly awaiting the third book. My super nerd reached critical mass when the author announced that book three would be in our hands on Harry ...more
Yes, I didn't actually read this because I lost all interest. But I was still curious about how this ended, and I could get the book for free. This book got a lot of criticism for the random Alice in Wonderland stuff, where the characters literally go to Wonderland and interact with the characters. I don't exactly know how that played out in the book (because I didn't bother to read it), but I'm sure it made no sense. It sounds like the author was just doing random stuff with the plot at this ...more
Aug 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Jessica Willoughby
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great new series

This was an excellent end in a creative new series. Great for fans of dystopian fiction. I suggest you try the series.
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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?

Lumièrea steampunk-fantasy, romance adventureis the award-winning Book One in her young adult Illumination Paradox Series.

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

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