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review 2015-09-14 12:37
.Lumiére by Garlick Jacqueline
Lumière (The Illumination Paradox) - Jacqueline Garlick

“I received this book from netGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.”

Lumiére by Garlick Jacqueline. the First in the Illumination Paradox serie is a YA steam punk fantasy.

This is by far my most frustrating yet exciting read I read this month, the world and plot the author created was brilliant! And what I like more was the Romance in the story. It actually took the back seat and instead focused a lot about the problem at hand. Not exaggerated and heat warming this novel proves that looks doesn’t matter and to never believe before seeing and hearing the real truth before judging

I Must say that the story was kind of expected however as fixed as it was, it was still unbelievable.
Characters on the other hand were realistic, fact based and very relatable, well expect Eyelet. I did not like her that much she was (most of the time) childish, nosy and annoying, her curiosity and questions where irrational and very absurd overall her character was over the top exaggerated. and the reason why I gave a 4 stars

As for the writing, it was a travel thru time, as an International reader I revised and learned so many perished words that people seized to use. I enjoyed that very much.

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text 2015-08-13 07:42
TBR Thursday #53
Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel - Ben Aaronovitch
Noir: A Steampunk Fantasy (The Illumination Paradox Series) (Volume 2) - Jacqueline E. Garlick
The Secret Fire - C.J. Daugherty,Carina Rozenfeld

Moonlight Reader started the TBR Thursday, and I think it's a good way to a) show what new books I've got and b) confront myself with my inability to lower my TBR. In fact, since I started recording it, it has risen significantly. I get the feeling I'm doing something wrong here...


My computer is giving up I think. It has shut itself down thrice in the last hour, which is not only very annoying but also worrying me. So this is going to be a fast post. I haven't read that much these last two weeks. (I never read a lot when I'm on holidays and somehow I'm not really feeling like reading the last week). Also, my Kobo is having troubles yet again and I haven't yet figured out how to solve it. 

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url 2015-08-05 16:27
Blog Tour Blitz + Giveaway: Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick
Lumiere - Jacqueline Garlick
  • Enter to WIN A Prize pack of Lumiere by Jacqueline Garlick.

    Giveaway includes:


  • Paperback copy of Lumiere.
  • Necklace
  • Some edible goodies


Follow the link in the source to enter.

Good luck :)

Source: letmebefictional.blogspot.com/2015/08/blog-tour-blitz-giveaway-lumiere-by.html
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review 2014-03-21 13:19
Lumiere (The Illumination Paradox) by Jacqueline Garlick
Lumiere - Jacqueline Garlick

Lumiere has only made me love steam punk even more. It was a fantastic book - full of adventure, amazing contraptions, and a dash of romance. Out two main characters are refreshingly imperfect. While Eyelet may be beautiful, her seizures are slowly ruining her life and place her at risk of being institutionalized - she must hide them from everyone. On the other hand, Urlick is in perfect health but has a physical "deformity" that ostracizes him from society. But that's not the only secrets these two keep from each other.

They are both in search of a fantastic machine, the Illuminator. Both hoping to use the amazing device to cure themselves - to make them perfect. But as they search for the key to running the machine they uncover so much more - about the machine and about a sinister plot for ultimate power. Throughout their adventure they rely on many of Urlick's amazing (and very unusual) inventions - including Bertie who is just adorable, and Eyelet's quick thinking and problem solving.

I mentioned that I loved the gadgets. They were spectacular and unique. Many that seemed to be just window dressing on the world ended up being very important to the story - so pay attention!! I love when a book can tie up all the loose ends so neatly and completely. The machines really put the finishing touches on this well developed world and brought it to life (with a little help from the ravens).

The ending was very satisfying, but as with most series, did have a cliffhanger. The main story seems to be resolved (for the most part) with a whole new adventure set up by how the first one ends - definitely want to read the next to see what other fun things will be thrown my way.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Source: hotofftheshelves.blogspot.com/2014/03/review-lumiere-by-jacqueline-garlick.html
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review 2014-03-17 18:05
Review: Lumiere by Jacqueline E. Garlick
Lumière (The Illumination Paradox) - Jacqueline Garlick

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Author Jacqueline Garlick created an amazing, immersive world in the steampunk fantasy, Lumiere. This book had me hooked from the first page. I loved her vivid description of the carnival and Eyelet's fascination with the mechanical elephant. It creates the perfect opening for the novel. (I absolutely love the cover, too!)

Eyelet is as intriguing as her name. The daughter of a well-respected inventor, she is one of only a few women allowed to study. But she has a secret. Her seizures make her a target for condemnation and she faces possible execution for wickedness (execution method blew me away) or lock up in a mental institution. Her father created a machine that could cure her and then sold it. Eyelet is determined to get it back.

The story alternates points of view between Eyelet and Ulrick, the thief who steals The Illuminator out from under her. I loved seeing this fantasy world through both of them. Somehow, even with the alternating views, Ms. Garlick still manages to maintain secrets and create suspense. These poor characters go through so many life threatening situations, it's a wonder they manage to make it past the middle of the book.

The best part of Lumiere is the intense world-building. The descriptions are so vivid, I could easily picture everything in my mind's eye. So much imagination went into this story and it shines through on every page. I really enjoyed the romance between Eyelet and Ulrick. It added so much to the story. While this is definitely a steampunk romance, I would recommend it to everyone—fan of steampunk or not. If you haven't read steampunk before, by the end of this book you'll have found a new genre to love.
Source: onceuponayabook.blogspot.com/2014/03/book-review-lumiere-by-jacqueline-e.html
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