by Suzanne Lazear
Publication: May 8th, 2012
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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.
Steampunk and faeries! That's actually something I've been thinking about for a Halloween costume. The cover is gorgeous, and I love fantasy. The story got better when I was introduced to Noli. She's a modern woman in a time when society is just starting to let women take on more roles, but it hasn't fully recognized them. It works really well with the steampunk and faerie angle in bringing together the modern and the old.
Yes, there are a lot of strong, independent females leads in YA literature nowadays, but Noli has intelligence. When she's taken to the Otherworld, she doesn't get distracted from her desire to return home, and she asks intelligent questions that force the truth out of those who try to deceive her. She also chooses the right guy. Because of her intelligence, I am surprised by what she and V try to do at the end though, despite knowing not to bargain with the fae. She is desperate to go home though, and she really cares about her mother.
The story is character oriented and develops the plot through the perspectives of Noli, V, and Kevighn. V is the boy next door. He's sweet, kind, and always there for Noli. However, he's hiding a secret from her; as she discovers, some of the stories he's fed her since forever are actually true. I wish his other side was more developed as it comes out rather spontaneously. Towards the end of the story, his personality changes a bit as he quickly settles into his other life. Kevighn is the bad boy, the seducer and woman maker. His personality is also a bit off. First he acts one way and then is something else, and I have no idea when his interest in Noli begins.
While I do like character-oriented books, Innocent Darkness doesn't fully develop the characters and doesn't pay enough attention to developing the plot. It started fairly strong but quickly fell apart after Noli finds herself in the Otherworld. I will not be reading book two.
Rating: An Okay Read
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. No payment was received in return for a review. The receipt of the book had no influence on the opinions expressed in my review.