Friday, October 30, 2015

DNF ARC Review: Noir (The Illumination Paradox, #2)

Author| Jacqueline E Garlick  Rating| DNF at 34%
Edition| eGalley courtesy of Netgalley  Release Date| August 18th, 2015
Related Reviews| Lumiere

I received a copy of Noir from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I struggled through the first book in this series, Lumiere, and decided I couldn't do that with the sequel.  When reading feels like homework and you just dread doing it, is it worth reading the book?  And, sadly, I don't think I will ever give this one another chance.  Otherwise I would have just put it to the side and waited a couple weeks before picking it up.  I really hate not finishing books, particularly review copies, but this could not be helped in this case.

So what didn't I like?  Where Lumiere was way too fast paced with not enough development, this one was very, very slow with not enough development.  It took chapters to accomplish something that in the first book would have taken a few pages.  The complete change of pace really bothered me, and even if the pace hadn't changed, it still would have bothered me.  I was growing very frustrated at the characters for not doing anything.

And speaking of characters, I'm not a fan of any of them.  And the supporting characters, which I assume are meant to be colorful and fully fleshed out, are anything but.  They're bland and dull.  I would have loved some of them, I think, had there been substance to any of them.  Most frustrating- Pan, because the plot line there is just so ridiculous and makes no sense in the greater story.

As much as I wanted to like this steampunk series, I just couldn't.  Maybe you will.  If you want to add this book on goodreads click here.


  1. I hate having to quit a review copy. It's only happened a time or two for me, but in those cases it became to much of a chore to continue.

    1. It really does make me sad. Whenever a book becomes a chore it breaks my heart.


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