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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...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Carolrhoda Lab
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Ferdy
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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...more
AH
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...more
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
Persephone
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.
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.

Read the full...more
Regina
I need this book NAO! With a good dose of Oren and Nix!

UPDATE:

TO BE REVIEWD.
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...more
Jennifer
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...more
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...more
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.

La...more
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...more
Xzellaz
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...more
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!
Moonglint (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
Tabi {Don't think~Just write~Tell a story}
Yet another awesome book that I shall attempt to contain my excitement at it's awesomeness. Instead I shall again do many gifs. But still.

First of all, I LOVE the descriptions and writing in here! The action, plot-twists, character developement...all of it. Just, amazing. I could go on and on. But I won't. Instead I shall focus on my reactions to the character and plot. Because that's really all I need to say about this book other than the fact that it was awesome. When a book is that awesome, I...more
Jennifer
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!
Pili
This is a series where I find the world building so intriguing and with some many questions still unanswered that always compells me to keep on reading, even if with every book I take a while to warm up to Lark, the main character.

It wasn't as hard for me to get rooting for Lark in this book as it was in the first, cause she's a bit more determined and more of a fighter, even if now with her gift/curse she keeps on doubting herself. Granted that her ability is dangerous and she isn't sure she'll...more
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
I'd forgotten how much I love this series! Shadowlark by Meagan Spooner is the second book in the Skylark fantasy dystopian series and I love how surprising it's been. I've really taken to these characters, their relationships with each other and definitely the world-building around them. If you haven't yet read Skylark, you might not want to read further as there will be spoilers for Skylark ahead but not for Shadowlark!

It had been awhile since I'd read Skylark, so while some things remained f...more
Jessica (Step Into Fiction)
Review originally posted at Step Into Fiction

If you have NOT read Skylark, please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .

I was so excited to dive back in to this world that I fell in love with the first time around. I needed more from Lark and especially more from Oren. While the first book was full of twists and turns and magic this book fizzled a little. Skylark was very unpredictable with one especially huge turn that I did NOT see coming b...more
Kate
Last year, Skylark took me by storm. In a time where dystopians have begun to feel oversaturated as a topic, Skylark was exactly what I was needing to believe that there are still amazing dystopian tales to be told. Just the right amount of romance. Plenty of creativity and originality. A twist, I never, ever saw coming. Skylark was a read that I was happy to sing praises about.

The same can be almost said for Shadowlark.

Shadowlark was an easy sequel to slip back into. However, I did have a bit o...more
Lisa Miller Chandler
Description:

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 Prometheus, and of his private police force. To get the truth about what happened to Basil, Lark has no choice but t...more
Nicole
It has been a while since I gave a book full five stars. Really long time. But I found this was well deserved.

Usually the duration from when I read Skylark the first book, plays a part as to how I go into the sequel so I needed awhile to get where the story was and who the characters were haha

Lark has left the Iron Wood, continuing her search for her brother, Basil. She is accompanied by Renewable Tansy and her clockwork shapeshifting device, Nix. Upon reaching the vast ruins of a city, they enc...more
Marie
2.5/5

Many thanks to Lerner Publishing Group for the galley copy (via NetGalley).

After leaving the Iron Wood, Lark's quest to find her brother Basil continues. Throughout her journey, she struggles to understand her magical abilities and somehow ends up being part of a rebel gang with loose ties to her brother. The goal of the rebels is to overthrow Prometheus, a powerful man who siphons magic from unwilling citizens of Lethe. Her skills are put to the test when she is chosen to spearhead a missi...more
Step Into Fiction
If you have NOT read Skylark, please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .

I was so excited to dive back in to this world that I fell in love with the first time around. I needed more from Lark and especially more from Oren. While the first book was full of twists and turns and magic this book fizzled a little. Skylark was very unpredictable with one especially huge turn that I did NOT see coming but Shadowlark was fairly predictable. Not a b...more
Danielle
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Lethe may be a bigger city than Lark’s hometown, but Shadowlark feels small next to Skylark. Some of that is obviously intentional, Lark’s agoraphobia vs Oren’s claustrophobia. Alone in the wilderness vs joining a revolution hidden, (literally,) within city walls. Finding new friends vs losing them.

Unfortunately where Skylark kept me up late, guessing, and failing to guess, the twists, Shadowlark’s big reveal was pretty apparent early o...more
Jane
Shadowlark picks up shortly after Skylark ends, with no break in danger for Lark or her companions. There is only minimal background information given, so Shadowlark should be read after Skylark.

Shadowlark goes deeper into the world of Skylark, literally and figuratively; much of the book takes place in an underground city, where Lark explores the shadowy side of her magical powers. Lark has a lot to deal with – her mixed feelings about the cannibalistic shadow people (especially Oren), the need...more
Lisa
Awesome book! This book was so action packed. But from the time the people of Lethe said that Lark's brother had been there before and he must of started the whole town. I was like he is prometheus. There is no other way he would be dumb enough to get himself by anyone. He was really smart. So the whole book I'm sitting there like its him Basil is prometheus. But the great had alot of new charecters in it and Lark and oren got together which I was very happy about. I liked Tansy I thought she wa...more
Alyssa
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Shadowlark by Meagan Spooner
Book Two of the Skylark trilogy
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

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, L...more
Jessica Ward
I have been intrigued with the SKYLARK series for awhile now but, alas, never picked it up until recently. You know how it goes. You see a book that seems to have a sweet concept and the author sounds awesome and everything points to a great read but ...life gets in the way or you want to read books more aligned with what you're own writing or ....you get the picture. That's what happened with this series. I have been wanting to read it for a long time but the stars never aligned...until I score...more
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