Lumière (The Illumination Paradox #1) by Jaqueline E. Garlick

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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.

My impressions:

One interesting cover featuring a kick-ass, independent heroine. One almost ok YA steampunk story premise (and it was obvious the author does love steampunk). Still I couldn’t get into it and I DNFed after 80 pages or so. Why? Let’s line up the usual culprits. ;p

The plot was a total mess, literally all over the place. In fact I felt that 50-60% of it could be easily removed, making the book if not better than certainly not worse. Eyelet, the main female lead, seemed too vacuous to keep me interested in her fate even after the horrible death of her mother, a Valkyria. Urlick Babbit was a boy who, in my humble opinion, too often sounded like a spineless wuss. His emotions were strangely similar to those of the girl and his infatuation with Eyelet was too sudden to ring true. The evil professor Smrt wasn’t even fit to polish the boots of the evil professor Snape.

I did like the steampunk aspect of the story. It was probably my favorite thing in the entire book. Unfortunately it was too little to keep me reading. Here you go – a nice, short and sweet DNF review.

Final verdict:

I cannot recommend this book to anybody as it seems neither here nor there. Still the cover art is lovely.

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6 Responses to Lumière (The Illumination Paradox #1) by Jaqueline E. Garlick

  1. heidenkind says:

    Professor Smrt sounds like the name of a James Bond villain.

  2. blodeuedd says:

    But the cover is so preeeetty

  3. Carole Rae says:

    Lost me at steampunk….

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