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 goal, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all.
When darkness is safer than light...
"One of the most inventive story worlds I've read in years..." Donald Maass, Author of Writing the Breakout Novel, Writing 21st Century Fiction, and The Fire in Fiction
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About the Author
In my former life, I was a teacher. Now, I am a graduate of Ellen Hopkin's Nevada Mentoring Program, and a student of James Scott Bell, Christopher Vogler and Don Maass. An excerpt from Lumière earned me the 2012 Don Maass Break Out Novel Intensive Scholarship. Known for my edgy, rule-breaking, Tim Burton-esque style of writing, I'm often affectionately referred to as the Quentin Tarantino of YA, among writing friends.
Lumière-A Romantic Steampunk Fantasy-is my debut novel, Book One in my young adult The Illumination Paradox Series.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
**Thank you so much to Skyscape for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** I've not read much steampunk, so Lumiere was a completely new experience for me, and I loved every second of it. The story follows Eyelet, who lives in an alternative England that's dark all the time. She suffers from seizures, though many people don't understand what it means. They think it means that she has problems and makes her crazy, though it obviously doesn't. It's just the way that her body is. When Eyelet was younger, her father created this thing called The Illuminator which he was making in hopes to make Eyelet better. However, something else happened instead. Now, many years later, Eyelet is on the hunt to try to find the Illuminator for herself. She meets Urlick and the two of them form a friendship and find out way more about both of their fathers, as well as what caused the world to go dark in the first place. I absolutely loved Urlick. He was such an awesome character and he was perfect for Eyelet in every way. I feel like the two of them just complete each other, because they are so different yet they are just what the other one needs. I also loved that this novel was steampunk, because it was one of my very first steampunk novels! I loved this world so very much, and I can't wait to dive back into it in the sequel, which I'm hoping to read soon! I'd definitely suggest giving this one a read; it was so quick to get through and it was quite the ride!
You need to read this! A perfect mix of steampunk, magic, action and swoon. You get 1 hearty, strong, outspoken female heroine and 1 perfect although not-so-perfect male hero. She saves him - he saves her. A perfect start to great romance. Enjoy the sidekicks cause they are the most unique you'll find in reading these days. Bonus preview of Book 2 at the end and it's a fire storm ready to happen! BOOK LOVE **** 4 out of 5 stars **** FTC guidelines require me to disclose that I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an unbiased review. All review comments are honest and my own.
We are proud to announce that LUMIERE by Jacqueline E. Garlick is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Lumiere has only made me love steam punk even more. It was a fantastic book - full of adventure, amazing contraptions, and a dash of romance. Out two main characters are refreshingly imperfect. While Eyelet may be beautiful, her seizures are slowly ruining her life and place her at risk of being institutionalized - she must hide them from everyone. On the other hand, Urlick is in perfect health but has a physical "deformity" that ostracizes him from society. But that's not the only secrets these two keep from each other. They are both in search of a fantastic machine, the Illuminator. Both hoping to use the amazing device to cure themselves - to make them perfect. But as they search for the key to running the machine they uncover so much more - about the machine and about a sinister plot for ultimate power. Throughout their adventure they rely on many of Urlick's amazing (and very unusual) inventions - including Bertie who is just adorable, and Eyelet's quick thinking and problem solving. I mentioned that I loved the gadgets. They were spectacular and unique. Many that seemed to be just window dressing on the world ended up being very important to the story - so pay attention!! I love when a book can tie up all the loose ends so neatly and completely. The machines really put the finishing touches on this well developed world and brought it to life (with a little help from the ravens). The ending was very satisfying, but as with most series, did have a cliffhanger. The main story seems to be resolved (for the most part) with a whole new adventure set up by how the first one ends - definitely want to read the next to see what other fun things will be thrown my way. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
This story is intensely captivating and fast paced, drawing you in and keeping you from escaping. Garlick makes you feel like you’re part of the story. I found myself perpetually racing forward to find out what would happen next. I loved how she gave a look into the main character at a younger age, giving us some necessary background info at the same time, before jumping to the present day and the story proper. She combines a post-apocalyptic type world with the thrill of magic and science in a seamless storyline that really gets to you. And she does all of this in a very well written and easy to follow manner. Garlick paints a fantasy world for her audience with her words, creating the whole picture. I found myself falling in love with this cast of characters. I fully admit that there were a few that had me thinking ‘did you really just…’ but they added a full bodied flavour to the cast. The dialogue in this novel is another key component to Garlicks all-round character development. It flows so naturally. It makes the characters seem even more real throughout. Garlick has added a little something for everyone into this amazing tale. I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the series. Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.