Thursday, 5 November 2015

Review - Lumiere (The Illumination Paradox, #1) by Jacqueline Garlick

Title: Lumiere (The Illumination Paradox, #1)
Author: Jacqueline Garlick
Pages: 402
Publisher: Skyscape
Release date: 11th August 2015

Blurb from Goodreads:
Even in a land of eternal twilight, secrets can’t stay in the dark forever.
Seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth has only one hope left: finding her late father’s most prized invention, the Illuminator. It’s been missing since the day of the mysterious flash—a day that saw the sun wiped out forever over England.

But living in darkness is nothing new to Eyelet. She’s hidden her secret affliction all of her life—a life that would be in danger if superstitious townspeople ever guessed the truth. And after her mother is accused and executed for a crime that she didn’t commit, the now-orphaned Eyelet has no choice but to track down the machine that was created with the sole purpose of being her cure.

Alone and on the run, she finally discovers the Illuminator—only to see a young man hauling it off. Determined to follow the thief and recover the machine, she ventures into the deepest, darkest, most dangerous part of her twisted world.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Skyscape and NetGalley*

2/5 stars

Years ago a huge flash filled the sky and the sun hasn't been seen since.
Eyelet Elsworth's late father was an inventor and she has been searching for the Illuminator, one of his inventions. Eyelet has seizures but conceals them for fear of being declared Mad and executed.
When her mother is wrongly accused and killed, Eyelet runs. She finds herself in the wrong part of the city and has to put her fate in the hands of the man that has stolen the Illuminator.
Who is Urlick and can he be trusted?
Is there more to the Illuminator than there seems?

Lumiere started well but I quickly lost interest.
Eyelet wasn't a likeable protagonist for me - she was far too curious (nosy) for her own good. When Urlick saved Eyelet and let her stay at his home to escape the people hunting her and The Vapours she was rude and ungrateful.
I didn't connect with any of the characters - although I did feel sorry for Urlick - and none of them really stood out for me.
The plot was patchy and I felt that a lot of things were passed over and could have been explained more. I found myself skim reading a lot and didn't care what happened.
Lumiere had an intriguing basis but for me it didn't reach its potential.

Overall this was an okay but disappointing read.