Title: Innocent Darkness
Author: Suzanne Lazear
Published: August 8th 2012 by Flux
Received: Received on Netgalley
Rating: 4 of 5
Wish. Love. Desire. Live.
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.
I loved Noli’s spitfire spirit and fiery personality! She’s not like your usual girls, no this one lives in a steampunk world, and drives flying machines! She has a best friend, James, who is also her partner in crime, and well she’s always running from Lazear’s version of the cops.
The writing for this book was beautiful. Lazear is able to paint pretty pictures with her words, which had me inside this world in an instant. I didn’t find much to complain about with this book other than the fact that some of the plot was choppy where I didn’t feel like it flowed as well as it could have. I also didn’t get enough glimpses of the secondary characters, which could entirely be cleared up with another round of editing. I can’t hold it against Lazear though because every book suffers editing blues, believe me. (Also this is an ARC, stuff will be fixed.)
When Noli got to the faerie world she at first feels like she belongs and then she finds out what they want to do to her and it reminded me a bit of Captain Jack in Dead Man’s Chest where Jack did everything in his power to run away. Noli is cut from the same cloth (did I just compare Noli to Captain Jack? I think I did.) and she will do anything not to lose her head in this situation. No matter how many pretty things she’s given or how many reassurances she has, she’s not going to let herself be sacrificed for the other world. I won’t spoil the ending for you but we’re looking at a very very exciting second book to this series!
If you’re into steampunk, bad girls, faeries and pretty things, this is a good book for you. I’d pick it up just because of James.