From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This sequel to Lumière (Amazon, 2015) starts right where the first volume left off—in chaos. The theme of trust continues and remains the only chance these characters have of succeeding. Eyelet and Urlick have been torn apart, he being thrown in prison and she trying to find a way to rescue him from his fate of being dipped in wax and executed. However, things do not go as smoothly as these characters would hope. When Eyelet is captured and put in an insane asylum, it seems like the heroes will never prevail. It is then up to their odd sidekicks, CL, Iris, Cordelia, and others, to save the protagonists from their demise. Their journey is even more riddled with peril, considering that the crazy ruler of the land, Penelope Rapture, is determined to see them fail. New characters are introduced, who give readers insight into the lives of the original characters. Jailbreaks, mechanical elephants, winged horses, insane asylums, and freak shows are just some of the fantastical elements teens will enjoy in this steampunk title. This thrilling read ends with an unnerving cliff-hanger. VERDICT Garlick has created a world of unusual creatures and terrain that will enrapture those who enjoy steampunk fantasy.—Jessica Strefling, US Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit Library
About the Author
Jacqueline E. Garlick loves strong heroines, despises whiny sidekicks, and adores good stories about triumphant underdogs. A teacher in her former life, she’s now an author of the very books she loves to read: young adult, new adult, and women’s fiction. Lumière, the first novel in her Illumination Paradox series, won the prestigious 2013 LYRA award for Best Young Adult Novel and an Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion. The book also received the title of B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. Jacqueline lives in a house with a purple wall or two, and dreams of one day having a hidden passageway that leads to a secret room. Visit her website at www.jacquelinegarlick.com.