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Shadowlark (Skylark #2)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  829 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Ever since she escaped the city within the Wall, Lark Ainsley's wanted one thing: to find her brother Basil. She's always believed he would be the one to put an end to the constant fear and flight. And now, hidden underground in the chaotically magical city of Lethe, Lark feels closer to him than ever.

But Lethe is a city cowering in fear of its founder, the mysterious Pro
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Carolrhoda Lab (first published January 1st 2013)
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Yet another run-of-the-mill YA dystopian book. I wasn't a fan of the first book but for some bizarre reason I thought I'd give this one a chance. Sadly, it turned out to be a rubbish read.

-The world building was a mess, it was a mish-mash of nonsense. There was magic, steampunk, dystopia, and zombie-esque elements to it… And none of it meshed well together, it was just too much.

-A lot of the world building made me roll my eyes. There was the cliched isolated cities that were either unde
Initial Thoughts: It was hard to get into this book. I had forgotten a lot of the first book and I was a little confused. There was a bit of predictability to the plot so no surprises there. Still - an OK book. Do not read this series out of order - the first book is Skylark.

My Review:
For a much anticipated sequel, Shadowlark had big shoes to fill. I enjoyed the world of the first book Skylark and I was very excited to get an advance copy of Shadowlark. The thing is, I really did not enjoy Shado
Kate Bond
Skylark is not my favorite book. It wasn't even one of my top ten books of 2012. The world building is problematic, the beginning is a slog, and all the big twists are telegraphed way too far in advance. But I gave it three stars because it really does get much better as things progress, and there's this moment toward the end of the book that feels so heartbreaking and true, and that moment made me love Meagan Spooner (genuinely love her) because it takes a very specific kind of mind to write so ...more
It wasn't as good as the first one, but I still enjoyed it a lot (even though I guessed the final plottwists) and had all the trouble putting it down.
Kimberly Souza
“Shadowlark” by, Meagan Spooner
(This is the second book in a trilogy so it contains spoilers.)

Lark Ainsley has left the Iron Wood behind her with Tansy and Nix in tow. She is more determined than ever to find her brother Basil and finally figure out what was done to her by the architects. When the trio wanders into a town that has been overrun by shadow people they try to make a run for it. Trapped by the shadows and fearing the worst, Lark and Tansy are unexpectedly saved by shadow Oren. Just
Shadowlark is a great second installment in an original dystopian series. The book market has been flooded with dystopian books on the heels of The Hunger Games' success, with mixed results. Skylark and its sequel land firmly on the "good" side.

Skylark takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, in which magic has destroyed the atmosphere. While everyone is born with a certain amount of magical ability, most of it gets used up in one way or another. Our protagonist, Lark, was raised in a city in wh
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
3.5 stars

Meagan Spooner’s debut novel, Skylark charmed me enough that I was in her signing line at BEA about an hour early. Now, part of that was that it was the last day and I wanted to sit down, but I also didn’t want to miss seeing Meagan. Though Skylark didn’t achieve a ranking among my very favorite books, I was quite impressed with Spooner’s descriptions and, above all, unique world building. That tradition continues in Shadowlark with the addition of stronger character arcs.

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Another second book that was better than the first.

First off, we get to see yet another society in this dystopian world, Lethe, which is named after the mythical river in Hades that the dead in the underworld would drink from in order to forget their former lives. I found a lot of Lethe interesting, along with Basil's journal. The truth was certainly in there. She just couldn't see it.

I also like how Lark is starting to broaden her mind. She is not willing to give up Oren, she accepts homosexual
I need this book NAO! With a good dose of Oren and Nix!


Kristy Sartain- Whispering Pretty Stories Reviews
A fitting 2nd book to this white-knuckled trilogy. Lark continues her journey to find her brother. She now has to deal with what her power actually is and what she can do. Luckily, she has help on the way to discovering both her own powers and the mystery of where Basil has gone.

Still, my favorite character is Nix. He provides that R2-D2 comic relief and common sense. Although I’m still trying to wrap my head around the level of dystopia this trilogy contains, the world makes a little more sens
Byla jsem v pokušení dát i pět, ale to si schováme až pro poslední díl. Ze začátku jsem měla trochu problém s orientací, jelikož jsem první díl četla už dávno, a tak jsem si moc věcí nepamatovala. Navíc taky trvalo, než se děj pořádně rozjel. Co se ale dělo pak... to teda sakra stálo za to. Autorčin svět je prostě skvěle originální - ty věcí s magií jsou jedna velká senzace. A pak tu máme Orena. Prostě Oren

There is something endearing about Lark. I really like her story and it keeps me interested but I struggle with the moment when I see the path she logically needs to take and for some reason she just doesn't see it. It's not like she purposefully chooses another option or avoids it's completely it's more like she takes a little roundabout before she gets on it with just to make sure it's really going to go down like that. Also it took me a little while to remember who didn't make it out alive fr ...more
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
I think Meagan Spooner must pride herself on being able to shock her readers into gaping at her books like goldfish because it didn’t just happen in Skylark. She lulls us as readers into a false sense of security, where you’re nodding along thinking it all makes sense and you know what will happen with not a thread of doubt. Then BAHM! You don’t.

I have given up trying to work out which characters are bad/good, never mind their motives because every, single time I was wrong. You’d think I’d learn
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* YA Dystopian
*Rating* 3-3.5

*My Thoughts*

As the sequel to Skylark, Shadowlark has some pretty big shoes to fill. Skylark's world building and creativity was pretty amazing and original in my opinion and I was expecting nothing less for Shadowlark. The question with so called sequels is whether or not they will actually succeed in capturing the reader's attention enough so that you are left wanting to finish the trilogy and not just give up on it totally because it falls flat on its face.

Last summer, I read Meagan Spooner’s debut novel, Skylark and fell in love a little bit. Then this summer I read her sophomore work, These Broken Stars, co-written with Amie Kaufmann and basically decided it was one of my 2013 favorites. And thus it was with great anticipation that I read Shadowlark, the sequel to Skylark. Friends, while I do not think Shadowlark is as good as Skylark OR These Broken Stars, I absolutely do not regret my time reading it and in fact I am super pumped up for the
Snad jediná dystopie, u které se mi druhý díl líbil víc než ten první. Navíc mám slabost pro řecké báje, takže čtyři hvězdičky za pověst o Prométheovi.
Lily Reviews
Ah. May. Zing.

I loved book one of this series and I was sooooo excited to get approved for book two. It didn't let me down. With rich, poetic language perfectly matched to book one, Skylark, this book took me deeper into Lark's world. In this book she ventures to a mysterious, underground city in search of her brother, and finds so much more than that. I know that sounds pretty vague, but I don't want to go into too much detail. If you've read book one, then I can assure you Lark continues on he
Cindy Mitchell
Spooner, Meagan Shadowlark, 327 pgs. Carolrhoda Lab, 2013. $17.95 Content: Language: PG-13 (13 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG-13.

In this second book in the Skylark trilogy, Lark is still searching for her brother, Basil. She has left the Iron Woods, with her friends Tansy and a robot friend, Nix. They go into a settlement and come across a family of Shadow people-cannibalistic animals who are human during the day and don’t realize that they are monsters. While fighting them, Oren sho

Je vais commencer par le négatif.
Premièrement quand vous attaquerez cette suite, retenez bien ceci :
Sur le coup je me suis dit «ben mince, qu’est-ce qui se passe, je ne comprends pas. Je perds la tête où je confonds avec un autre livre ? La fin du T1 ne laissait pas présager un début de T2 de ce genre.» Donc, si vous ne comprenez rien au premier chapitre, c’est normal, ça s’éclaircira dès les premières lignes du deuxième.

Deuxièmement, je n’ai vraiment pa
Céline Meg

J'attendais ce second tome de la trilogie "Syrli" avec impatience. Le premier volume m'avait séduite par son univers atypique, un mélange de magie et de technologie et m'avait marqué puisque je me suis souvenue aussitôt de chaque personnage. J'avais de grandes attentes et Meagan Spooner y a répondu. "Le peuple de l'ombre" nous montre un autre aspect de l'univers, cette fois nous sommes loin de la ville de Syrli ou de la nature dangereuse d'Oren, nous allon
I'm really loving this series! I think it helps that I read books one and two after one another, as I usually wait too long to read a sequel and end up confused. I have so many books in my to read pile that are sequels, and languish simply because I can't remember enough about the first book or books. Not a problem here! But I don't have the third, I think it's out too and now I simply must buy it!

I read this in three blocks, once while my partner slept during the day until he woke up, a few pag
I'm starting this review while I'm still reading because I have a few things to get off my chest. Warning, SPOILERS ahead.

I LOVED the first book. In fact, I finished it yesterday, and started this one immediately after. It has such an interesting concept and a twist I truly didn't see coming. A heartbreaking, tragic twist, but unexpected nonetheless, which is always nice.


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I actually enjoyed the 2nd book more than the first. The story picks up right were it ended in the first book and surprisingly it sets a faster pace. The main, Lark soon reunited with Oren end up in a foreign, underground city. I knew she would find her brother in the city but the circumstances were troubling anyway. The new characters fit in the story very well. I loved Olivia and how jealous Lark was of her sometimes. Weasley became my favourite with his calm character.
The hardships Oren and
Bethany Hagen
Shadowlark brings in even more the stuff I loved about Skylark. Spooner's amazing world-building is displayed here with the underground city of Lethe, made of half-crushed buildings and scavenged pieces from the metropolis above it. Once again, magic, steampunk elements and dystopia are combined a swirled together to make an unforgettable novel. I can't wait for the third!
Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
InSkylark, Lark Ainsley escaped her city and the malicious powers bent on using her. She found the Iron Wood, a haven for Renewables, only to discover she’s not one of them. In an astounding display of power, Lark drained the magic from the army marching toward the refuge. Afraid of the hunger for magic now churning inside of her, Lark leaves to find her brother Basil–the only other person to survive the same experimentation. InShadowlarkher journey leads her to the underground city of Lethe whe ...more
Majka Danihelová
Áááááááá, kde mám pokračovanie?!
Je to skvelé. Nádherný svet a opisy, hlavná hrdinka vo veľkom nakopáva zadky a Oren...
Človek nič viac k životu nepotrebuje. :D
A bit of a slow start but it really picked up halfway through. I liked Lark's growth throughout the book and I'm interested to see how this all ends.
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Review (and Giveaway!) to come on the 27th, as part of the blog tour!
loved it. #3 just arrived today!
This book was a wonderful addition to the Skylark trilogy. Most second books disappoint me. I end up feeling that the majority of the book is simply filler. And maybe the difference with this one was that the first one didn't spend a bunch of time trying to change Lark from a weak character to a strong character. That was left to this book. This is the way a second book should be handled. The character should grow and learn and become confident in who they are and what they can do. Lark's discov ...more
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