Review: Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear

Posted August 1, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review , , , , / 0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Innocent Darkness by Suzanne LazearInnocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear
Series: The Aether Chronicles
Published by Flux on August 8, 2012
Genres: Fairytale, Steampunk, YA
Pages: 408
Format: Paperback
Source: Own
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Also in this series: Charmed Vengeance, Fragile Destiny
Also by this author: Charmed Vengeance, Fragile Destiny

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.

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. 😛

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.

About Suzanne Lazear

Suzanne Lazear is the author of the YA steampunk fairytale series The Aether Chronicles. INNOCENT DARKNESS and CHARMED VENGEANCE are out now from Flux. FRAGILE DESTINY releases 8-8-14. For more information on the series visit or

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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