ARC Review: Noir by Jacqueline Garlick

Noir (The Illumination Paradox, #2)Title: Noir
Series: The Illumination Paradox Series #2
Author: Jacqueline Garlick
Released date: August 18th 2015
Publisher: Skyscape
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.


AJ says: The steampunk adventure of our kick ass heroine contiwpid-wp-1439085694654.jpegnues where the first boom has left off. I loved that this book is a fast paced, making you want to finish it just after one sitting, and let me just say that the cover is just as gorgeous as Lumière.

Some revelation makes the story more intriguing such as the real identify of Urlick. There were also a bit informational  background about the promise land Lumpidious and the Infirmed. Some betrayals on the part of antagonist Penelope and her twin Parthena which later on became part of Eyelet’s crew.

There were additional characters, villains and some new friends that made the story more fun and exciting to read. I, for example, really adore the character of Livinea, and like the development on the character of C.L. I also happen to enjoy almost all of Urlick’s,  Iris and C.L’s gadget experiments which were used all throughout  the story.

This book is truly one of the most inventive books I have ever read and Jacqueline really thought of her readers well, by putting up a Steampunk adventure, fantasy and a bit of historical romance in one which is awesome awesome awesome. Plus Jacqueline is super funny and really really kind.

AJ’s rating: I love the book as much as I loved Lumière, I’ll give this book a 5 but what happened to my fave character doesn’t let me do so, plus the cliffhanger on the last part hence the 4.75.  I couldn’t wait to read the sequel.