Review: Noir by Jacqueline Garlick

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Synopsis: Losing him would make her overcast world one shade darker.…

Navigating her way through nightmarish lands devoid of sunlight, Eyelet Elsworth races to free her beloved Urlick Babbit, the first person to understand and accept her—differences and all. Framed for murder and sentenced to execution, Urlick is running out of time. And the Commonwealth’s tyrannical new ruler, Penelope Rapture, is strangely eager to speed up the clock.

Aided by a band of unusual yet loyal associates, Eyelet stumbles upon a startling rumor. And as she unravels a secret that could challenge Penelope’s claim to the throne, Penelope vows to divert Eyelet’s journey—straight to a dark and deadly end.

In Noir, the second thrilling addition to Jacqueline Garlick’s Illumination Paradox series, familiar friends struggle against new and old enemies, shocking secrets come to light, and the truth that could save this captivating steampunk world is revealed…if it doesn’t destroy everything first.

Date Finished: 9-27-15

Rating: 4/5

Thoughts: 

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Noir is the sequel to Lumiere, which I reviewed here. If you’ve read the first and are contemplating picking up a copy of the second, rest assured that book 2 is just as good, if not better, than the first. If you’re just getting into the series, go back and buy Lumiere. Trust me, you’ll love it.

Because this is the second book in a series, the need for fantasy/steampunk world building has gone away. By now, we know the overcast world our heroes and heroines inhabit, so we can jump right into the action. This book actually picks up right where the first book left off, so everyone is still right in the middle of the action. This book is much more action-packed than the first, partially because the worldbuilding is virtually done, but also because the events of the last book set so many things into action! Characters are split up, reunited, and plenty of new characters are introduced. New locations are explored, and old ones revisited.

Once again, there’s a cliffhanger ending. I won’t give anything away, but it’s very dramatic and will leave you on edge for the next book in the series. I personally cannot wait for the next book. I’m not sure if this will be a trilogy or a longer series, but there are plenty of things that need to be resolved, and whenever I think of this series, I can’t help but wonder how things might end.

I must say that I didn’t exactly like the many POVs used. In the first book, it was just Urlick and Eyelet, but in this sequel, 2 other character’s occasionally tell the story. One character speaks in a way which is a bit unappealing and difficult to read, and the other is a character who could be considered a villain. I understand that it’s supposed to add to the narrative, as there are some events that neither of our protagonists would have been present for, but I just couldn’t connect with them.

In the end, I would definitely recommend this book to fans of the first book, steampunk lovers, or fans of Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series. There’s plenty to love, and at the end, you’ll be anxiously awaiting the next book!

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