Saturday, October 27

Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear

Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear
Release Date: August 8, 2012
Publisher: Flux
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 408

Summary: A steampunk faerie tale with romance, danger, and a strong-willed heroine
When spirited sixteen-year-old Noli Braddock and her best friend Steven "V" Darrow take a flying car out for a joyride, neither expects Noli to be sent to reform school to mend her hoyden ways. While at the dreadful school, Noli's innocent mid-summer's eve wish summons Kevighn, a mysterious man who takes Noli with him to the Realm of Faerie. At first Noli believes she has been rescued. But the sinister reason behind the handsome huntsman's appearance quickly become clear--he wants to use Noli as a blood sacrifice to restore his dying world. V, who has secrets of his own, shows up to help Noli escape and return to the mortal realm--but first, they must navigate the dangerous intrigues of the Otherworld.
If they are successful, Noli will live. But if Noli lives, the entire Otherworld civilization will die.

My Thoughts: I have heard tons of good and bad things about this one. Some people expected it to be steampunk while others realized it was about faeries.

I went into it knowing it had a faerie element to it so I wasn’t surprised.

We are introduced to Noli who has had a rough life. She lives with her mother and has to help her out with all she can. Women aren’t supposed to work so Noli is “supposed” to grow up to be a lady but Noli likes other things. Like building things such as flying cars.

Noli also has a neighbor named V that she’s best friends with. I loved him! He was very very cool and you could tell he had a crush on Noli.

Noli gets sent away to basically a reform school. She has to learn how to be a lady. This really does despise her. She gets there, and isn’t too surprised that the headmaster is a mean old lady. She beats and tortures the girls who don’t follow her directions.

She meets a man outside one day and has the opportunity to trust him another and decides running away with him is better than staying there. So she goes. She ends up in another world, a world run by fairies.

Gosh, she learns that she is very special and can save a bunch of people. And than V comes back into  the picture. Oh sweet sweet V. I knew there was something different about you.

I’m going to stop right there. This book was pretty interesting. I really did enjoy it. I can see why some people are either going to hate it or love it. If you like fairy books like me, you’ll probably enjoy it. If you know what you are going into from the get go, you’ll enjoy it. It isn’t exactly steampunk just a fair warning.

Overall: I really enjoyed this one! And I loved Noli and V so much. They were perfect for one another and they had a very nice spark for each other. Hehe. I’m glad where things went but now I want another novel from Lazear now!

Cover: Like it! It does look very steampunk though, right? I like this cover but don’t think it fits the novel very well.

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