February 21, 2013

Skylark by Megan Spooner {Review}

I'm terrible with library due dates &
forgot a pic before I returned it :P

Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab
Publish Date: August 1, 2012
Source: Library
Pages: 344
Series: Skylark #1
Rating: Direct Hit
Sixteen-year-old Lark Ainsley has never seen the sky.
Her world ends at the edge of the cast domed barrier of energy enclosing all that's left of humanity. For two hundred years the city has sustained this barrier by harvesting its children's innate magical energy when they reach adolescence.
When it's Lark's turn to be harvested, she finds herself trapped in a nightmarish web of experiments and learns she is something out of legend herself: a Renewable, able to regenerate her own power after it's been stripped.
Forced to flee the only home she knows to avoid life as a human battery, Lark must fight her way through the terrible wilderness beyond the edge of the world. With the city's clockwork creations close on her heels and a strange wild boy stalking her in the countryside, she must move quickly if she is to have any hope of survival. She's heard the stories that somewhere to the west are others like her, hidden in secret -- but can she stay live long enough to find them?
I've read a lot of just good and pretty meh books lately and let me tell you, Skylark was a breath of fresh air. This is the book I've been waiting for and silly me didn't pick it up until now.

Man, I just don't even know where to start because Skylark is just this explosion of awesomeness packed in between two covers. There's just enough action and suspense to keep me glued to the pages without being overwhelming. The little (and big) mysteries of the world and the story are subtly weaved in so it doesn't feel like the reader is constantly being bombarded with THIS IS A MYSTERY AND IT'S A MYSTERY SO I WON'T TELL YOU WHAT IT IS YET.
And oh my gosh, the twists. Yeah, I didn't see any of them coming. Well, there might be one, but I don't really think Spooner was hiding it from the reader, only Lark. It was so nice to actually not know what was going to happen which has been the case with most of my reads lately.

I'm not going to lie, it was kind of a lot to take in at first, but I got into the groove of the world after a bit and loved it. It's absolutely nothing like anything I've read before. I love the idea of magic being some kind of natural resource. And, as with any limited supply of anything, the government has complete control over it. So the magic isn't for personal use, instead, the city uses it to power itself. And we're talking everything from their artificial sun to little “pixies” which fly on their own and serve kind of as a police alarm (can that be a thing). I don't really want to spoil anything, so I'll just say that I found the pockets of magic fascinating (read it and you'll know what I mean ;])

And boy, does Spooner have a way with characters. I fell in love with all of them. Well, besides a certain guy (no, I didn't even like him from the moment he was introduced) and the rest of the evil city people.
Lark was stubborn and scared and realistic. She had some serious trust issues so I wanted to shake her and be like “just trust them!” but I can't exactly fault her for it. I wouldn't trust anything or anyone after what she'd been through either.
Ohmygosh, Nix. I liked it (always thought of it as a her for some reason) from the moment it entered the story. I can't really say much about it since 1) it's kind of confusing and 2) it's a little spoilery.
Oh, Oren. Despite all the reasons he wasn't to be trusted I just kept thinking “Lark and Oren 4evah.” He's such a complex and wonderful character. Talk about a tortured soul (not in the usual way, though. Ponder that one!)
The Nutshell: Basically, I could go on and on about Skylark so you should just trust me on this one and go read it. I mean it has magic, complex characters, twists you'll never see coming (unless you're the master of figuring things out), and a world that you've probably never seen the likes of before.

2 comments:

  1. Ooooh, pretty cover! Woah, this book sounds so awesome. I hadn't heard of it before, so THANK YOU for putting it on my radar.

    -Rachel

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  2. - Chuyên cung cấp tủ sắt đựng quần áo giá rẻ giá rẻ tại Nà Nội
    - Phân phối và sản xuất sản phẩm tủ sắt giá rẻ uy tín thương hiệu Delta.
    - Plus Vina mang tới cho khách hàng sản phẩm tủ sắt đựng tài liệu uy tín nhất hiện nay.
    - Hiện nay tủ sắt văn phòng giá rẻ đang được rất nhiều khách hàng quan tâm và đặt mua hàng ngày với giá rẻ.
    - Mặt hàng tủ sắt locker hiện nay đang được rất nhiều doanh nghiệp và các khu công nghiệp tìm mua để phục vụ cho nhu cầu nhân viên.

    - Chứng bệnh tăng huyết áp hiện nay rất phổ biến tại Việt Nam, bệnh huyết áp chủ yếu xảy ra ở người lớn tuôi.
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    - Điều trị bệnh máu nhiễm mỡ tại bệnh viện Thu Cúc uy tín và chất lượng tốt nhất.
    - cách chăm sóc người bị huyết áp thấp cũng đóng vai trò quan trọng giúp cải thiện nhanh chóng tình trạng sức khỏe.
    - Chứng bệnh rối loạn thần kinh thực vật có ảnh hưởng đến chức năng tự động cơ thể bao gồm nhịp tim, huyết áp, mồ hôi và tiêu hóa…
    - Bệnh lý huyết áp thường không bỏ qua ai, vì vậy việc theo dõi huyết áp bình thường là cần thiết để bảo vệ sức khỏe.
    - Chỉ số nhịp tim bình thường là bao nhiêu, các bạn nên tham khảo kỹ để biết cách chăm lo sức khỏe.
    - Tìm hiểu thông tin kiến thức về bệnh viện tim hà nội
    - Triệu chứng thiếu máu não là những căn bệnh rất nguy hiểm hiện nay

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