Lumière (by Jacqueline E. Garlick)


When her father disappeared, Eyelet and her mother eked out a life in Brethren, all the while hiding her affliction from the authorities lest she be sent to an insane asylum. Then her mother is accused of being a witch and executed and Eyelet must escape or suffer a similar fate.

With her only guide a cryptic message from her mother that she needs to find one of her father’s inventions she sets off to the town of Gears where her father hid the machine. But just as the machine is in sight it’s whisked away from her by the enigmatic Urlick.

Reluctant allies, they find themselves right in the middle of a plot to turn her father’s invention from it’s intended use and make it into a super weapon.

This book is quite surprising. I honestly don’t quite know where to put it. It’s YA, definitely steampunk, but there is enough horror in there to make me leave on a light or two. It really isn’t like any other book I’ve read. I can see that there will be no middle ground with this book, you’ll either love it or hate it. I loved it.

And the ending is perfect in it’s breathtaking simplicity!

Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 9.12.41 pmMany thanks to Skyscape and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC

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