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The Skylark's Song

(The Skylark Saga #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  20 reviews
A Saskwyan flight mechanic with uncanny luck, seventeen-year-old Robin Arianhod grew up in the shadow of a decade-long war. But the skies are stalked by the Coyotea ruthless Klonn pilot who picks off crippled airships and retreating soldiers. And as the only person to have survived an aerial dance with Saskwyas greatest scourge, Robin has earned his attention.

As a pilot,
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ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you REUTS Publications!!)

Robin Arianhod, a mid-flight turned pilot fighting in a long running war between two countries, is the first to survive a fight against her nations most feared enemy pilot: the Coyote. on the cusp of her transition from flight mechanic to pilot, on her peak amongst her peers and a hero to her (race/religion-torn-ish)
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 1018
I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

In a world torn by war and cultural differences, Robin Arianhod is a kick-ass flying mechanic. But the skies are plagued by the Coyote, a pilot who never leaves anyone alive behind him. But when an accident will make Robin a proper pilot, she will realize that there are more to the war than she ever imagined.
And that the Coyote has his own leash too.

Following the end of her "Accidental Turn" series,
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trigger warnings: Violence, war, death, imprisonment, some misogyny and racism.

So I still dont really know what steampunk means, but I sure had fun with this one. It reminded me a bit of Code Name Verity, but I liked it much more than I did CNV. All is good.

First, I must admit that I really enjoyed the characters. Robin was spirited, brave, and a very worthy main character, and overall I really liked her. I understood her frustrations with the way everybody treated her, and shes definitely a
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alright, where to begin?

In short:
The Skylark's Song makes for a fun, quick YA steampunk romp that contains just enough dark intrigue, military fantasy, and world-building atmosphere to spice things up. The plot touches upon darker themes of war and social complexities, but always keeps itself firmly within the lighter topics of dystopian adventure.

In embarrassing length:
It's difficult to write a cohesive review for a story that touched upon so many of my oddly specific interests, so I'll
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Big fan of JM's Accidental Turn series that I was stoked to pick up this title. Though steampunk dystopia isn't my go-to flavour of book, I enjoyed how thorough the world was. I am always happy to see diversity in characters, and women being badass is a win for me, so that made me want to read more. The relationships got steamy (pun intended) and the dynamic of how that came about was a hard read but I liked that it wasn't a formulaic approach to fantasy romance; it got me mad and sympathetic ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, ya-lit
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book. 

Sometimes, I judge a book's quality by how quickly I read it. Usually, this is a good thing: it means I was absorbed in the story, that it was a page turner. The Skylark's Song was an exception to this rule. I read it quickly not because I was absorbed in the story but rather because I wanted to get it over with. And quite honestly, had I not requested this book on Netgalley, I wouldn't have finished it.

I requested The Skylark's Song
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it

I decided after my month break to take a look at Netgalley again and find a book to review that caught my attention. I went through quite a few pages until I found The Skylarks song by J.M. Frey. It is a sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, YA book about a teenage girl during a war who adores the skys. I thought this novel had an energy like Sarah Maas A Court of Thorns and Roses, which I recently just finished.

The Skylarks Song has a big World War 2 theme behind
Nicki Markus
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall, The Skylark's Song was a fun read. I loved the steampunk elements and the idea of the glider fights. Robin was an interesting character, and I enjoyed the fact that she wasn't perfect. She had her faults, so I could relate to her. There were some issues. The religion/race aspects were portrayed as important yet were never fully developed. Also, while I liked the Coyote as a character, the way he constantly said "my dear" was a little grating; it kept making me think of ...more
Marsi Darcy
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
It took me awhile to get into this book. It seemed like it was the second book in a series as the prejudices between the various races wasn't really explored. Someone was called a "cow" and it seemed to go over as if they'd been called another c word (that rhymes with runt). A little background on things like that would have helped as I felt confused a lot of the time.

But I'm glad I persevered. I ended up enjoying the book and will read the sequel. I think it picked up for me around 35%.

Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow great book! I received this ARC through netgalley and Im so so glad I did. I loved it. At one point in the book my heart literally raced (my Fitbit can prove it) and I was on edge. I felt so many different emotions right a long with Robin. Very well written. I loved the flow of the writing and the story. I cant wait for book number 2! I need it out now! ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk, ya
I first heard about The Skylark's Song way back in 2011, when I picked up a free sample exclusive of part of the story during the Fan Expo weekend:

As a disclaimer, I was also lucky enough to have been at the convention where it was first conceived of, back in my steampunk heyday, and to have known a number of the creative and wonderful people who inspired it. To see so many members of that lovely community named in the Acknowledgements filled me with nostalgia and joy. However, as is usual in
Shawn Bird
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lots of stuff in this one. Steampunk vibe YA. Characters that are interesting, including a strong female protagonist. Plot had a few unexpected turns. I never like a cliffhanger ending, so one star off for that.

I receive a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Alyssa Grace
Robin had the sudden foreboding sense that the gods had planned something for her, that they were positioning her on a playing board without Robin even knowing she was a part of the game.

3.25 stars

You know, The Skylark's Song apparently had no love interest to begin with, until J.M. Frey's first agent told her she had to have one. I hope the majority of YA literary agents don't take that stance, because yeah, this book would have been better without one. Instead we have two, and both of them
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*I was provided with an ARC of this book through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.

2.5 Stars

The synopsis for this book really intrigued me as Ive never read anything about pilots before. However I didnt enjoy it as much as Id hoped, I found a lot of the flying scenes quite confusing and hard to follow. The flying was probably one of the things that made me so excited for this book, but it didnt quite work for me.

Chelz Lor
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Fantasy and Steampunk
Please head over to to read my full review of this book as well as many others.

A HUGE shout out and thank you to Net Galley and the publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

I am so happy that I liked this book. I needed a good book and while this one has its flaws it was exactly what I signed up for.

The story is good and the heroine MC is a solid character that I easily got behind. We need more female leads like Robin.

While I could have gone
I. B.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I dont know, I wish I could have liked this story more than I did. But I felt like it took me 10 years to read when squeezed into my busy schedule, and just didnt hook me enough to make it worth it. This book is just way too damn long, and Robin was not a pleasant character to ride along with for 5+ hours. In fact, all the characters and plot just was sometimes painful to read for me. I feel like some people might enjoy this, but for me when I got to the 75% mark it all started reading like ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a quick read, fast-paced with a badass heroine. It was really compelling, but could have been fleshed out. Pieces I felt were important - like Robins growing glory as a war pilot - were glossed over and rushed. The development of the relationship between Robin and The Coyote could have been savored a bit more. Overall, though, I enjoyed it. ...more
Brittni Kelly
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The ravages of war come in many shapes and sizes. Don't assume you know what's best for someone else. I love the characters and all the heartbreak in various forms to bring you deeper into the world. Plenty of action with a hint of a love story. Can't wait for the continuation!
Stacey Browne
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very good book. I liked the story. I loved the way it was written. This was great. I would recommend this.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Frey's writing style but with my brain fog from ME, I found it very difficult to understand what was going on. More on me than the book itself.
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Frey is an author and professional smartypants, spent three years as the entertainment contributor on AMI Radio's Live From Studio 5 morning show, and was an occasional talking head in documentaries and on the SPACE Channel's premier chat show InnerSPACE. She holds a BA in Dramatic Literature and an MA in Communications Culture, and has lectured at the Pop Culture Association of America's Annual ...more

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