Lumiere (Review & Tour!)

Lumiere (Review & Tour!)
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Title: Lumiere (The Illumination Paradox #1)
Author:  Jacqueline Garlick
Publisher:  Skyscape
Published Date:  26th October 2013
Rating: 3 Stars

*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for the review copy*
Synopsis: 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

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: 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 I am going to make this a list like review.
The bad:
  • The villain’s name was Smrt. I am so sorry, but
    I couldn’t get over this. How was this even a name? It doesn’t have a vowel in
  • Some things needed a bit more explanation or
    description. Some things were just ‘there’ (especially in the beginning) and I
    wanted to know what they were, or what they meant. But they were brushed over.
  • I wanted to see more of the world. There was a
    whole new world here, but we weren’t getting see much of it.
  • Sometimes the language used to describe things
    was very strange. Like, I don’t want you to mention his ‘boysenberry lips’. I
    just want you to kiss him already. The language didn’t always flow so well.

Most of these bad things occur towards the beginning of
the book. But around the middle and the end, I got really invested in the
story. So here comes the good…
The good:
  • We didn’t see much of the world but what we did see, I really liked. I felt like it
    was unique and a new place to explore with new rules.
  • The steampunk elements. Because steampunk makes
    me happy and that was done very well. YAY!
  • Sometimes the language being strange suited this
    story perfectly and made it unique.
  • I got caught up in the romance and the crazy
    story at the halfway mark and I wanted to see how things were going to end up.
  • There’s lots of chases in this book. If you like
    a good chase, this one is for you.
  • The plot twist wasn’t mind-bogglingly huge, but
    it was also not expected, so it was a pleasant shock!
  • The cover is still perfect and beautiful. It
    also does a good job of reflecting the novel, which is something you will know
    once you’ve read it.

That’s all I have to say about this book! It was a mix of
good and bad, but I still managed to enjoy this beginning to the series quite a
bit. Oh, and it ended on a cliffhanger as well!
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Olivia’s Question: Are you into the steampunk genre?
Olivia-Savannah x

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