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review 2015-11-14 14:22
Lumière – Jacqueline Garlick
Lumiere - Jacqueline Garlick

Note: Jacqueline is doing a book giveaway, click here if you want to participate.

 

The Plot

This story grabbed me from the beginning, so bonus points for that because it has been a while since I was able to emerge into a book this quickly. ‘Lumiere’ involves you in a highly captivating fast-paced and action-packed environment, and it’s difficult to not be curious about what ‘is going to happen next’.
The strongest part of this book, in my opinion, is in the middle. I was very curious to know more about Urlick, his background history, his secrets. All of this information has been withheld and revealed at the right times. The author incorporates a bit of conflict after that, which is good, but then we have more conflict, and yet more conflict, which at some point feels as if it’s dragging a bit. So I do feel there are a few conflict points that could be skipped.
Romance is the predictable part of this book, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I feel it worked well in forming a bond with the characters without it being the main focus of the plot.
The world-building was interesting too, and some of the concepts helped creating a gloomy and dark vibe very much needed in the suspenseful / horror bits.
There is this ‘sentence’ who is repeated a few times throughout the book that would have had more impact if it was shared only between two people, something along the lines of ‘our little secret’, but this is just me.

 

Characters & Points of View

I really liked the characters in this novel, they were incredibly relatable. This is another good example of young characters that are flawed and feel genuine.
Urlick follows the concept of “beast” as in “Beauty and the Beast”, not original but definitely more refreshing than your typical YA heart-throb.
Eyelet is easily likeable but not perfect; she makes mistakes which make perfect sense for this character’s age / level of maturity, and suit her personality and history. I wouldn’t have expected a character of this age to be more mature than what she was portrayed, even if I do have to say that she stands out a bit in her rushed behaviour if we compare her to Urlick – who sounds and acts much older.
I was not as keen on the villain, he was entertaining but I thought he could be a bit more developed.

 

Writing Style

The story is narrated in first person with two alternating POVs, and it’s all in the present tense. If I had the choice, I’d switch the tense. Along with the present tense, we have some description that feels exhaustive with the constant use of passive of voice.
Animals, machines and other entities act too much as ‘human’ – perhaps it’s the point, but still.
Well, overall the writing style must have worked, since I felt particularly attached to the characters – specially Urlick. Dialogue was very well done too.

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review 2015-10-25 05:30
Noir: A Steampunk Fantasy (The Illumination Paradox Series) (Volume 2) - Jacqueline E. Garlick

 really want to like this book series but I just couldn't get into it at all. And believe me I tried to, but for some reason the story just didn't pull me into it at all like I was hoping it would.

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review 2015-10-25 05:23
Lumiere - Jacqueline Garlick

I really want to like this book series but I just couldn't get into it at all. And believe me I tried to, but for some reason the story just didn't pull me into it at all like I was hoping it would.

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review 2015-10-22 16:13
Lumiere by Jacqueline Garlick
Lumiere - Jacqueline Garlick

Well now, this book was a bit of a oddity. Have you ever been completely confused by a story, but still somehow entertained? I think that middle ground is exactly where I fell during Lumiere. There were very few moments where my feet were on solid ground, I wasn't always a fan of the characters, but somehow the story just swept me up and kept me reading on. I fought with myself a lot on the rating, but I think a solid three is pretty much where this book stands.

 

Let's talk about characters first. Eyelet (whose name drives me insane) is a very frustrating main character. Flighty, indecisive, and without any sense of self preservation whatsoever, she's the type of character that makes you want to pull your hair out. Then we have Urlick, our anti-Charming character. He's not what you'd expect a male lead to be, which I actually appreciated. A bit rough around the edges, secretive, and kind of awkward, I found myself clinging to his character. He was a nice addition to take the edge off of Eyelet, although their insta-attraction also drove me mad. More on that later.

 

In terms of setting, that was the one thing that I really enjoyed about Lumiere. Although the book doesn't explicitly state what time period this takes place during, the world has a definite 1600's feel. Witches are being persecuted, men are the only ones allowed to complete schooling, and women are the fairer sex. Add in a world that has been forever altered by "The Great Illumination", complete with wraiths and vapours that will kill you in an instant. It's a darker world, and one that held a lot of promise. I won't say that it was fully realized, that promise. But it absolutely held my attention.

 

Now, I suppose, we'll talk story. Which was confusing, to say the least. This book has a lot of great ideas. There are some great plot points, some exciting missions, and some deliciously evil villains. The problem is that they aren't in any particular order. It all felt so piecemeal. I felt like I was lost in the woods, without a map. I'd be excited about something Eyelet was about to do, and suddenly the road took a left turn and, distractedly, I wandered into those dark woods again. When you're angry and terrified about someone, and suddenly you're in love? There's an issue there. There's a lot of forward movement in this story, which is great! It just doesn't always seem to know quite where it's going.

 

Will I continue this series? Perhaps. Hopefully Eyelet gets herself together.

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text 2015-09-21 15:49
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
Lumiere - Jacqueline Garlick

I've been feeling off for about a week, and haven't been sleeping right.

 

(Don't worry, I have a Dr.'s app today.)

 

So in a fit of insomnia this morning at 2 am, I started this book.

 

I won't even lie, this book was chosen entirely because of a serious case of coverlust. It's gorgeous! So far the book is... weird? Underwhelming? I'm not sure. It's just not what I expected. I refuse to give up though, or at least at the moment. We'll see what happens.

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