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Book Review: Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear

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.

Innocent Darkness
By: Suzanne Lazear
Series: The Aether Chronicles #1
Publisher: Flux
Release Date: August 8th 2012

As many of my readers know, I was part of a read-a-long for "Innocent Darkness" that Suzanne Lazear was hosting herself. With all the discussions and the twitter chats it was a lot of fun. "Innocent Darkness" is about Noli Braddock and how she is sent to a reform school that is suppose to "beat" everything out of her to form her into the perfect lady for marriage. The otherworld is dying and they need a human that has the spark in order to save there world. There needs to be a sacrifice. When Noli is rescued from the reform school and taken to the otherworld, she doesn't realize that she is the intended sacrifice.

I really liked this story. I thought that Lazear did a great job. I think this cover is absolutely beautiful. It draws the eyes attention right away. I wanted to have a copy for my bookshelf just because it is that beautiful. My book has been sitting there since April and when I saw that there would be a read-a-long, I figured it was about time that I gave "Innocent Darkness" a chance.

I thought the characters were great. I really liked Noli and V. V is the best friend that every good should have. The one that looks out for you and protects you but will also help you get into plenty of mischief. Not to mention absolutely gorgeous and falling for the girl. V is definitely a guy I wouldn't mind having in my life.

The main character Noli is the definition of a strong female lead. She is completely awesome. She isn't afraid to let people know what is on her mind and to take the steps to get what she wants. Noli just wants to be a good daughter and not disappoint her mother. Unfortunately the society that Noli lives in doesn't like strong willed females.

That ending! I don't know whether to love it or hate it. I guess you will need to pick up a copy yourself to make up your mind. I think "Innocent Darkness" is a great combination of steampunk and faeries. "Innocnet Darkness" is actually one of my preferred faerie books. Hopefully the readers will enjoy it too.

I give "Innocent Darkness" five out of five stars.

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