Wednesday, November 11, 2015

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} Lumiere - By Jaqueline Garlick

Author: Jaqueline E. Garlick 
Release Date: 12/12/2013 
Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N  
Even in a land of eternal twilight, secrets can’t stay hidden forever.
Seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth is no stranger to living in the dark. She’s hidden her secret affliction all of her life—a life that would be in danger if superstitious townspeople ever guessed the truth. After her mother is accused and executed for a crime that she didn’t commit, the now-orphaned Eyelet has no choice but to track down the machine—her last hope for a cure. But Eyelet’s late father’s most prized invention, the Illuminator, has been missing since the day of the mysterious flash—a day that saw the sun wiped out over Brethren forever.
Alone and on the run, she finds the Illuminator—only to witness a young man hauling it away. Determined to follow the thief and recover the machine, she ventures into the deepest, darkest, most dangerous part of her twisted world.


Steam punk is not my genre, I'll be the first one to admit that I am honestly not immediately drawn to it, but after reading Lumiere I might just start picking more of these detailed unique novels up!

As you start reading this book one of the first things you're introduced to are the details and imagination behind Eyelet's world. Mechanical elephants, great structures that seem unbreakable, and these weren't muddled details that just ran together because you could tell that each scene was carefully crafted.

Eyelet as a main heroine I feel has some growing to do to become the strong main character that she needs to be. Yes, she is dealing with seizures that are constantly putting her in danger, but this is going to be a catalyst for Eyelet in so many ways...the first book was just the beginning of that. Along with a sense of urgency in everything that she does, I can tell that she needs to use a filter on some of the things that are running through her brain....and her mouth. I think these issues will be resolved with time, and as the series forges on Eyelet has the potential to do amazing things.

With all her quirks Eyelet definitely has a plan and is determined to shed light onto the ones who killed her mother for something she didn't do. During Eyelet's mission to find her father's invention there was one great characters that I met and instantly thought, "I am going to jump into these pages and punch him", yes this is a good thing! If a character can provoke me that much then the author is doing something right! Trust me, once you read this book you'll want to punch Smrt too!

Before I wrap this review up I have to thank Jaqueline for her male main character. Thank you for making him different, thank you for making me fall in love with his quirks, and thank you for inserting him into Eyelet's life when you did. In the future Urlick will be an even bigger key to Eyelet's survival, growth and sanity, so I for one can't wait to see that happen!



About the Author:

I'm Jacqueline Garlick, author of young adult and new adult fiction. I love strong heroines, despise whiny sidekicks, and adore a good story about a triumphant underdog. (Don't you?) 

I love to read, write, paint (walls and paper). I have a love/hate relationship with chocolate, grammar, and technology and would rather hang out with a dog, than a cat. I prefer creating things to cleaning things, and believe laughter is a one-stop-shop solution to all that ails you. You will always find a purple wall (or two) in my house (currently in my writing room), and there may or may not be a hidden passageway that leads to a mystery room. (Okay, so you won't find a hidden passageway, but a girl can dream, can't she?) Oh, and tea. There will always be tea. 

My writing style has been described as edgy and rule-breaking, and by some--a touch Tim Burton-esque. Because of this, I am often referred to as the Quentin Tarantino of YA among writing friends. 

In my former life, I was a teacher (both grade school and college-don't ask), but more recently I've been a graduate of Ellen Hopkin's Nevada Mentor 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. 

Lumière--A Romantic Steampunk Fantasy--my debut novel, is the recipient of an indieBRAG Medallion!!! B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree October 15, 2014) I am so proud! (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!) Book II of the ILLUMINATION PARADOX SERIES, is out January 26th, now on pre-order.

Also, check out my young adult contemporary romantic/mystery serial, IF ONLY, where reluctant telepathic sleuth Kyla Cooper must embrace her powers and risks all to solve the mystery of what happened to her boyfriend Denver Munro, becoming his voice of truth, before he has no voice at all...

I love hearing from READERS! Please contact me, either at my website:, or catch up with me on twitter @garlick books, or on facebook:

I'm open to reviews and interview, requests for skype visits, guest blogs, pod casts and book club meetings! I LOVE TO HEAR FROM READERS!

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Giselle said...

Great review, Jessica! This sounds like a fun read! Glad you liked it! :)

Unknown said...

Thanks so so much for the wonderful review! I'm super thrilled you enjoyed LUMIERE! Hope you'll stick with the series! Thanks so so much again. (smiling)