Tuesday, November 24, 2015

REVIEW: Noir by Jacqueline Garlick

Noir (The Illumination Paradox, #2)
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.

I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


This book takes off where after the cliffy in the last book. Urlick is imprisoned and Eyelet must travel to save him from potential death. And then a whole bunch of stuff happens...

Yeah, that's a terrible summary, you can read the synopsis and it basically gives away many of the crazy things and dangers these characters endure, which is a lot . If you're worried about middle book syndrome, don't be. Sure, the two main characters are separated, which is common in middle books, but A LOT happens. I couldn't have possibly have given this book a good synopsis without giving anything away. This book is very action-packed and just when you think that everyone's good, there's another danger. I will admit that because so much was going on, everything felt a bit jumbled and scattered. Throughout it all, though, we also learn a whole bunch of new information and there were plenty of surprises. Boy, were there surprises.

Like the last book, this book is from both Eyelet's and Urlick's perspective. This is pretty darn handy because they are separated a lot and we kind of need both sides of the story. Again, I didn't love them, but neither did I hate them. Their characters felt like normal YA characters, but they were both developed characters.

Now, the ending. It sucked. Jacqueline Garlick likes to torture us apparently because this book ends in another cliffhanger. And it's a horrible cliffhanger! The type of cliffhanger that messes with your emotions and causes you to stare at the page, as if another, new page will appear with the actual ending. Needless to say, I basically need the next book.

Overall, I thought that this was a great sequel. If you excuse the emotional trauma from the ending, I enjoyed it. I just need the next book now. Please?

I hereby give this book
3.5 Stars
Meaning: I liked it, but it wasn't quite amazing.

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