Book 87 of 2015: Noir by Jacqueline E. Garlick

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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.

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review.

Noir is the second book in The Illumination Paradox series. I read and reviewed the first book, Lumiere, earlier this year. So, if you want to read that review, check it out.

Anyway, this book begins right where Lumiere ends. Eyelet and Urlick are separated and have to find a way to get back to each other. With the help of C.L., Iris, and Cordelia, Eyelet goes on a journey back to the capital.

I honestly didn’t care for this one as much as the first. It was filled with action and kept you going, but I felt confused and not sure if their actions made much sense. I did like that I got to see more of the world. The questions from book one aren’t really answered. Instead, more questions are asked.

There didn’t seem to be much growth or characterization in this book as there was in the first, but I hope that changes in the third book. The world is still intriguing enough that I would like to continue the series once the next installment is out. It wasn’t a bad book, but I liked the first one better out of the two.

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