09 August 2012

Review: Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear

Book: Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear
Publisher: Flux
Pages: 408
Source: Netgalley
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

 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.

A steampunk fantasy, eh? You got me THAR!

Yes, THAR. Okay, so it may not be a word, but it's a fun way of saying "there". (Well, at least it is for me!) Now, here's the real question: is this a damn good steampunk fantasy? YES and NO.


Reading Innocent Darkness is like an almost kiss in a sense. It could have, would have, should have been freaking hot but it wasn't. It lures me in with its potential to have deliciously written, darn good world building and plot and all that jazz but NO. It just doesn't go in for the kill to WOW me.

Do I even make sense? Okay, well here's the bullet point version.
  • This is called a steampunk fantasy, so I DEMAND my steampunky goodness.
    • Innocent Darkness severely lacked in terms of world building, especially with its steampunk elements.This obviously elicited thoughts such as, "RAH RAH GIMME MORE".
  • This is called a steampunk fantasy, so I DEMAND my fantasy goodness.
    • Like I've mentioned earlier, Innocent Darkness fails (for me, at least) in world building. Sure, I got to see the Otherworld and get a quick taste of it but that's all I got. A. QUICK. TASTE.
    • I really believe that this book enjoys teasing me. I see SO MUCH potential with this book to be something really unique, and quite possibly amazing but it just hasn't reached that level yet.
  • I simply need more. I NEED MORE.


  •  We have Noli, Kevighn, and our very own V! (yes, V is a nickname.) They were very enjoyable characters to read about, especially Kevighn and his own mysterious past. Noli wasn't a pain in any body part of mine, so rejoice!
    • They weren't necessarily characters that really STOOD out, if you get me. They're interesting, but not keyboard mashing worthy aka ASDFJHSALJKDFHAL WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE.
  • The fantasy and steampunk elements albeit given in very low doses was FASCINATING. I loved learning about the Otherworld at every chance I was given, and I ate up all of the steampunk ID gave me like a sweet tooth child would devour candy.
  • Plot plot PLOT! Not completely engrossed as I would have liked to be, I loved the pace of the story and each little twist that popped up here and there.

Quick overview of my thoughts? I'll state it again: I need MOAR. MORE. MOOORE. There's just SO much potential for this book, there really is and even as in its underdeveloped stage, it's quite gewwd! (I'm seriously in the mood to just misspell everything on purpose, so don't mind that.)

5 lovelies:

Gianna said...

Bahahaha, what a great GIF. I'm hearing that there was a serious lack of steampunk from everyone. Why market it that way if we're all going to be pissed and rate down when it's not there. The author has been doing all of these steampunk events and stuff, so I was expecting extra steampunkery. Boo. This is my disappointed face.

Gianna said...

Freaking love reading your reviews. I had heard mixed things about it before it was released, so I wasn't sure if I was going to request it or not... I haven't read any steampunk before, but if the world-building is really THAT lacking, then I think it equals a weak novel, if not boring. Awesome review, Giannaaa! Thank you for your input. :)

Gianna said...

:D Thank you! And I totally saw that too. Nice to see I wasn't tripping out for no reason. XD And ahhhh, it's a good book and all but I just didn't necessarily get what I expected. :)

Gianna said...

<333 Awww JEN. <333 Well, I personally think it all depends on the reader. :D Personally, I ADORE world building in books, especially if they're well done. (Finnikin of the Rock, anyone?) So, maybe it's just me? :P Or...maybe it's not just me, considering the other reviews LOL. And thank you, bbyyyyy <3 :D

Gianna said...

At first I had on my surprised "this book exists?" face. And then after reading the summary I had on my "WHERE CAN I BUY THIS BOOK?" face. But aw, only a little world building? D: Not *that* much steampunk and fantasy? I'm a greedy person. I like lots of steampunk and fantasy, haha.

And I love your mouse thing. I spent a few minutes on your site just playing with the cursor. *O*

By the way... *steals GIF* :P

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