Editorial Reviews

Lumiere

"I'm a huge fan of steampunk and alternate futures/realities, and with Lumiere, Garlick delivered on both. With a pair of strong-willed main characters (Eyelet and Urlick I equally adore), a fresh and exciting story and solid writing that drew me along, Garlick had me reading long past the time I meant to. Can't wait for book two, Noir!" Patti Larsen, award-winning middle grade and young adult author

"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

 

From School Library Journal

Noir

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