Sunday, 7 August 2016

Review: Lumière (The Illumination Paradox #1) by Jacqueline Garlick

19448543Author: Jacqueline Garlick
Publisher: Amazemo Books
Publication Date: December 12th 2013
Source: ebook (given by Netgalley)
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Summary:

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 and locks her away in an asylum.
Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger—Urlick Babbit—who harbors secrets of his own.
Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same prize, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all.

Review:
*The publisher provided this book in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley.*
Seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father's great invention who appears he gave his life for. She hopes that when she finds it she'll be able to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt, her father's enemy, finds out about her illness and condemns her to an asylum.
Pursued by her father's old enemies, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to watch it getting robbed by someone, that's when she decides to follow the thief to the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but also by the mysterious man who whisked away the Illuminator, Urlick Babbit.
Together they endure deadly Vapours and dangerous woods in pursuit of a shared goal, only to discover that their greatest wish is, after all, their biggest problem.
I'm not very into steampunk novels but I got into my head that I had to branch out and start reading different kinds of novels and this was one of the firsts I selected. Due to my lack of contact with this kind of world I have to admit that it took me a little bit too much time to immerse myself in the story and get the feeling that I know that the world, but once I was into it I was into it hard!
Eyelet is such a wonderful character and I love the way she's always seeking for knowledge, she's not waiting to be saved, all she wants is to be able to save herself, what makes the fact that Urlick always tries to save her even funnier. The characters in this book made me feel and were almost palpable to me, not blurred and undefined, they were well built and were distinct from each other.
I did not fall head over heels in love with this book but even so, this was a good introduction to steampunk and a story I hope to continue to read.

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