Review: Lark by Erica Cope

Posted November 10, 2014 by Sophia
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Genres: Romance
Lark by Erica Cope

Lark #1
Erica Cope
Publication Date: 2013
Publisher: Self Published
Reviewer: Sophia

The last time she checked, Mia Carrington was pretty sure that she was a normal girl with a completely ordinary life.

She goes to high school, has a crush on the gorgeous and mysterious new boy in town, and has strange dreams that she can’t help but feel are real somehow.

Okay, so maybe she’s not all that normal after all.

A freak accident changes Mia’s life forever when she is thrown into another world and left to deal with the revelation that she is the daughter of the King of the Light Elves. Throw in an ominous prophecy predicting that Mia will break a curse unleashing the Dark Elves on the world and well, things don’t look too good.

There is danger lurking at every corner in this strange world and Mia isn’t sure who she can trust…
The only thing she is certain of is that the Dark Elves know about her, and they will stop at nothing until they have her.

I don’t read many books with elves in them. The closest I’ve gotten? Fairies. Or faeries. However you want to spell them. And so far the one thing in common from all the books – which honestly isn’t a lot – I’ve come across that actually have elves?

A solar eclipse. Literally, a solar eclipse. The entire analogy behind this is the romance being the moon, the sun being the book’s plot and the Earth is us humble readers and potential fans to the author. And if you still don’t fully understand the entire analogy, here’s a nice little graphic made by yours truly. It’s also not in paint.

I hate to say this, but it felt as though Erica Cope focused so much on the romance, it literally overshadowed the entire plot. The plot honestly wasn’t bad – there’s definitely a very interesting take to elves, especially in distinguishing Light and Dark ones.

When the curse fell on the Dark Elves that imprisoned them in the Underworld, it made it impossible for a Dark Elf to be exposed to daylight. This curse supposedly causes the Dark Elves to suffer an extreme aversion to sunlight, which keeps them restricted to being creatures of the dark.

But nothing ever goes well with me when:

  1. Mia talks more about having a crush on Grayson than really, anything else. It’s not terrible yet, guys.
  2. When Jacoby pops in, she talks about having a crush on not only one, but both. Oh, and she talks about how she feels when they touch her, or how she wants to feel their lips on hers… am I creeping anyone out?
  3. Endearments are used when there’s no romance. Yet. “You’re killing me babe.” THEY’RE FRIENDS. My guy friends obviously don’t call me babe – if they did, I would probably freak out and run away… never to speak to said boy again.
  4. You can tell early on there is a love triangle because it’s THAT obvious. Oh, and the love triangle ends on the last page of the book. Typically in love triangles, it’s not obvious in the first book. It’s obvious in the second book, and the girl chooses sometime in the third book, if not earlier. What is this? I admit it’s different, but me no like. O_O

I had no choice but to leave Kate. I was brought up to always to fulfill my duty to my kingdom above all else.

The language and writing is also quite casual. Sorta, kinda, etc. It doesn’t help that Alberico doesn’t sound kingly with the way his words not sounding very eloquent – aren’t kingly words supposed to sound lyrical and graceful? It doesn’t help that Dugan sounds like a cheesy villain who sounds and acts evil, but is really a psychopath who finds pleasure in others’ misery. It doesn’t help that Mia’s voice sounds like something I want to tune out. It most certainly doesn’t help when Gray sounds like Daemon Black’s over-protectiveness – within reason – and his name is “Grey.” See what I did there?

Unfortunately, Lark is just a young adult book in which the romance obviously overshadows the plot heavily. It’s also another elf book that failed to slide into my good graces.

2 Owls

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Sophia is a socially awkward Communications major who has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House Crisis. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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