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Innocent Darkness

af Suzanne Lazear

Andre forfattere: Velvet Jenson (Omslagsfotograf/tegner/...)

Serier: The Aether Chronicles (1)

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Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. Romance. Suspense. HTML:

A hoverboard appeared in her rearview mirror. "This is the Los Angeles Air Patrol," a voice boomed. "I command you to land your vehicle in the name of the law."

Noli Braddock and her best friend V's incident with a flying auto have landed them in a heap of trouble. And when Noli is sent to a spirit-squelching reform school in San Francisco, she's sure that her rebellious adventures are over.

Meanwhile, Kevighn Silver has been ordered by the Faerie Queen to bring a mortal girl back to the Otherworld. The magic requires a blood sacrifice every seven years, and only a mortal girl who shines with the Sparka girl like Noliwill keep the Otherworld from complete destruction.

When an ill-timed wish sends Noli tumbling into the Otherworld, she's more homesick than ever . . . until V arrives to save her from an untimely demise. But who exactly is V? And if he helps Noli escape, who will save the realm of Faerie from utter annihilation?

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Viser 1-5 af 19 (næste | vis alle)
Started good, ended in absolute insanity. ( )
  Kalal | May 27, 2020 |
I went back and forth on this book. I had a hard time getting started on it but once I did, I couldn't put it down. I just wanted to keep reading. For some reason, I had totally missed that this book was a fae story. Talk about an unexpected combination - fae steampunk. Totally unique. And I liked it. I also liked the way that the author wasn't afraid to be unique in her writing and didn't feel the necessity to stick to one genre. I did think at times that the book was a little more young or juvenile than what I would normally read but the characters were kind of young. Hopefully, Noli will grow up in the second book. I am looking forward to it. ( )
  melrailey | Apr 7, 2020 |
I’m going to be completely honest here, I read this book because of the cover. I love it and if it wasn’t for the awesome cover, I probably wouldn’t have read it. I’m not the biggest fae fan and I only like steampunk, I don’t love it. So I was surprised that I actually enjoyed Innocent Darkness.

Obviously, since I only like it, I thought it had its problems. There was even a point when I was reminded of Twilight. I rarely compare things to Twilight but V was acting like Edward. He just pissed me off. I also didn’t like the love triangle. Usually they don’t bother me but it did this time. I can’t put my finger on why.

Other than that, the book was very enjoyable, and I’m glad I read it. I will probably read the next book, Charmed Vengeance, at some point. ( )
  TheTreeReader | Mar 31, 2018 |
Take faeries, innocent young girls, put them in the early 1900s in an alternate universe over a steampunk setting and you have Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear.

The unique setting of Innocent Darkness was what caught my attention. The Fae is real, but a little different than the usual fae that we see in young adult novels. Every seven years, these faeries take a young girl with The Spark, wine and dine her, giving her everything she could ever dream and hope for and then sacrifice her to the earth to renew their magic. Kevighn Silver-Tongue, a hunter for the High Queen, is given one more chance to make up for losing the last girl that was suppose to be used for the sacrifice and time is running out as the magic becomes unstable and slowly begin to disappear. With his world - and himself - at risk, Kevighn must undertake the challenge, even though he has lost some heart.

In the human world, it’s the turn of the century, early 1900s and Magnolia is a head-strong, smart girl who is living in a society that will try its best to stop her from making her own decision - after all society knows what’s best for women! Through a series of unfortunate events, she finds herself in a house for girls, where the heads are set on stomping out any individuality and making the young ladies into ladies society will welcome.

The premise of the story, the setting… everything was aligned for a wonderful tale, however, I found Innocent Darkness lacking. It started of with a bang, Magnolia - Noli - and her friend Steven - V - are caught illegally flying a car that Noli fixed and Noli ends up in a reform school in San Francisco. The things that happen at the school are very real and I felt for poor Noli and found myself rooting for her to remain the same and not be broken. Then, Noli is taken into the Otherworld and everything goes downhill from there.

The biggest issue that I had with this story is the love triangle! It’s not just that I’m not a fan of love triangles that I found an issue with it, it’s that this love triangle makes absolutely no sense to me! I’m sure there might be a bit of Stockholm Syndrome going on, but the way that Noli falls for Kevighn when he’s basically going to kill her was quite unbelievable - even the little explanation between Noli and Charlotte felt flat and forced. Also, the way Kevighn became enamored with Noli was also unbelievable and a little creepy, especially when he keeps comparing her to his younger sister.

The other issue I had was Noli’s behaviour towards the end. Yes, I get that she wants to go home to her mother, but she seems a little out of character towards the end, almost acting like a petulant child and this caused me to lose any respect I built up for her in the beginning.

The first half of the book flew by, but I found myself slowing trudging through the last half, as the characters irked me. It’s a shame this happened, the story really was interesting and the setting was gorgeous, I wish I could have cared about what happened to Noli and her friends in the end, she had such great potential. But alas, in the end it wasn’t a tale for me.

[Review of ARC from BEA]
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  iShanella | Dec 2, 2016 |
When I saw the cover I was like “Score, airships!” Then I read the blurb, and was like whaaaaa and the Fae! So of course I had to read it.

Noli’s character is great! She’s not your typical girl, especially during the Victorian era. She’s rather work on things, and go play around on a hover board, than fuss over sewing or anything societal ladies do. She’s very intelligent, and doesn’t let anyone get her down. She does seem to have some confusion when it comes to boys. She’s never had much experience around them, and freaks out with the feelings she’s beginning to get. I also love Charlotte. She’s had a tough life, but doesn’t let her affect her. Even when things seem to be dire, she stays positive. I think my favorite line from Charlotte is “I choose to be happy.” If only more people thought like her. Now on to our handsome young men. Steven, or V, is a sweetheart. He means well, and truly cares for Noli. I’m not a fan of him keeping secrets, but he did what he thought was best. Then there’s Kevighn… He’s your typical bad boy. He’s got ulterior motives, but he just puts off the sexy. And you know how I tend to fall for the bad ones. :P

The story line progresses pretty quickly. Noli’s time at Findlay House was the absolute hardest to get through. Not because it was slow, but from what she endure while there. Reading about that place gave me nightmares. I just have to say that I’m glad I didn’t live during that time period. There are so many aspects to the Otherworld. You never really know what to expect. Some fairytales we know are true, but somethings aren’t. Noli has to figure out how to get home, and save an entire civilization.

Great for those that like steampunk, or fairytales with a twist. ( )
  BookishThings | Mar 23, 2016 |
Viser 1-5 af 19 (næste | vis alle)
"A delicious mix of alternate history, Steampunk, fantastical adventure and
blushing romance; what on Earth (or the Otherworld) is there not to love?" -
Leanna Renee Hieber, award winning, bestselling author of Darker Still: A Novel of
Magic Most Foul

"Guys. Guys. This book? You need it in your life." - Julie, Bloggers [Heart] Books

"Never bargain with a Fairie queen. It’s the lesson Noli and her friend V learn
the hard way in Suzanne Lazear’s debut novel, Innocent Darkness. A beautifully
depicted glimpse into an alternate world where faery trees grant wishes but
love is the strongest magic of all." -- Jeanne Stein, author, The Anna Strong
Chronicles
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Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. Romance. Suspense. HTML:

A hoverboard appeared in her rearview mirror. "This is the Los Angeles Air Patrol," a voice boomed. "I command you to land your vehicle in the name of the law."

Noli Braddock and her best friend V's incident with a flying auto have landed them in a heap of trouble. And when Noli is sent to a spirit-squelching reform school in San Francisco, she's sure that her rebellious adventures are over.

Meanwhile, Kevighn Silver has been ordered by the Faerie Queen to bring a mortal girl back to the Otherworld. The magic requires a blood sacrifice every seven years, and only a mortal girl who shines with the Sparka girl like Noliwill keep the Otherworld from complete destruction.

When an ill-timed wish sends Noli tumbling into the Otherworld, she's more homesick than ever . . . until V arrives to save her from an untimely demise. But who exactly is V? And if he helps Noli escape, who will save the realm of Faerie from utter annihilation?

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