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Series: The Illumination Paradox
Author: Jacqueline E. Garlick
Publisher: Amazemo Books
Publication Date: 01/26/2015
Synopsis from Goodreads: NOIR
Book Two of THE ILLUMINATION PARADOX SERIES, companion to LUMIERE, Book One.
With Urlick imprisoned for the murder of Professor Smrt, Eyelet must find her way back through the Infirm-infested woods, to the forbidden city of Brethren, to free Urlick before it’s too late.
Along the way, she elicits the help of Crazy Legs, Urlick’s longtime friend. Together they overthrow a travelling freak show train destined for Brethren, with plans to use it to distract the city, so Urlick can make an escape. But Eyelet is lead astray, when a haunting image from her past appears in an abandoned factory at the edge of town. There she unearths a series of ungodly secrets and soon finds herself, imprisoned.
Will C.L. be able to save them both from their fates?
Or will he too, fall prey to the tyranny of Brethren’s newest Ruler?
Rumor has it the Ruler has secrets of her own.
Secrets she’s determined to keep.
Seems an heir may have been overlooked.
The true heir to the Commonwealth throne.
NOIR “…one of the most inventive story worlds I’ve read in years…” Donald Maass, Author of Writing the Breakout Novel…
NOIR: A Steampunk Fantasy Romance Adventure Novel, book two of THE ILLUMINATION PARADOX SERIES. A Science Fiction romp through “…one of the most inventive story worlds I’ve read in years…” Donald Maass (Writing the Breakout Novel) featuring contraptions and creatures unique only to Garlick’s magical creative fiction. Dark and mysterious, this YA novel reads like the love child of Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow and L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz.
Fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments Series will enjoy this novel.
It’s unfortunate when the second book in a series doesn’t live up to the first. I finished Lumière and I immediately started Noir because I wanted to know what happened. But a funny thing happened – I simply cannot get into Noir at all. I’ve tried multiple times and I just can’t seem to get into it.
For whatever reason, Noir does not capture my attention, much less keep it. I had to relegate it to the abandoned shelf on Goodreads. Perhaps someday I might be able to return to it and actually read it, but at this time, the book holds no interest for me. It happens – sometimes a first novel is brilliant but the second in the series just doesn’t live up to the first. In the music industry they call it the “sophomore slump” –where the second record simply doesn’t live up to the expectations or sales of the first–and it appears that this can also happen in the world of books as well.
I can’t give it one star because it’s not truly that bad, but I can only give it two stars because if it can’t catch and hold my attention after its preceding novel, I can’t give it more than two stars.