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Thursday, July 5

Innocent Darkness (The Aether Chronicles # 1) By Suzanne Lazear

 Title: Innocent Darkness
Author: Suzanne Lazear
Series: The Aether Chronicles #1
Publisher: Flux
ARC: NetGalley
EBook: 403
Publication Date: August 8th 2012
Genre: YA, Sci- Fi, Fantasy, Steampunk
Sixteen-year-old Noli Braddock's hoyden ways land her in an abusive reform school far from home. On mid-summer's eve she wishes to be anyplace but that dreadful school. A mysterious man from the Realm of Faerie rescues her and brings her to the Otherworld, only to reveal that she must be sacrificed, otherwise, the entire Otherworld civilization will perish.
A Big Thanks To
NetGalley and Flux
For the ARC Copy of
Innocent Darkness (The Aether Chronicles #1)
By Suzanne Lazear
What is Steampunk?
“Steampunk is imagining a world Where steam and natural gas, not coal and electricity, are still the primary power Sources, yet technology continues to advance. It’s a world abounding with airships, Gas lamps, gears, cogs, and brass goggle and populated with mad scientists, philosophers, adventurers, brass robots, and air pirates. Steampunk transcends genres, creating genre-blending and bending at its finest. Steampunk stories can be dark or light and funny, scary or romantic, for kids or Adults, they can even feature the supernatural or paranormal elements. It’s in the setting, the gadgets, and the characters–which could speak like Victorian Ladies or like a fast-talking American teenager. With Steampunk, anything is possible. Steampunk offers an opportunity to be creative and make amazing worlds ranging from gritty to opulent”t.
~Suzanne Lazear, Author….
Steampunk is a genre that I’m unfamiliar with, hence I got curious and decided to read Suzanne Lazear’s Innocent Darkness. Lazezr’s writing is interesting, but strange nonetheless; I like her world building and her attention to details.  Her character names are catching and fun. I love the cover art and for a debut book, it was a just start.

Innocent Darkness, a fitting name if I may add… is about a girl, Noil who is supposed to act like a lady, demure, dimwitted, addlebrained and a pretty muted robot, except she wants to be free, free to create, read and be her vibrant self. Since she couldn’t be tamed and trouble seems to follow her around just for kicks, Noli was sent to an institution were the proprietor claims that they could fix troubled girls like Noil…and purge Noli’s unladylike ways. Magnolia’s best friend, Steven who has a huge secret of his own starts to feel uneasiness about Noil and her lack of communication from the supposed institution, for one thing, Steven knows that the institution is a reform school! Apprehension sets in Steven’s gut… He decides to go after his best friend that he’s in love with. Innocent Darkness is slow building, mysterious and curve ball twist. The ending was a bit of shock and surprising.

With that said, the heroine, Noli is vibrant, naïve, stubborn yet stupid to an extent that is of putting.  Her lack of sense gives the book a layer of imminent love triangle that didn’t seem to fit the storyline and a bit frustrating, though, I am sure the author has her reasons. The dialogue was in fact lacking and a bit PG- 10! I couldn’t make sense of what was going and… in the end… I found myself curious about book two… Curious, yes! But not hyped. 


Mirjam said...

The only Steampunk I have read so far is Gail Carriger's awesome series, but that has convinced me to give other books a try. I'm not sure about this one though... even though I like the cover a lot! :)

Dawn & Winnie Book Reviews said...

I guess I am a little on the 3 side because it wasn't truly Wowed...

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Leanne said...

Excellent review! I read this a couple months ago and agree with much of what you said. Gah, the love-triangle was annoying, but I liked the steampunk elements. :)

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