Wed, October 2, 2013

Shadowlark by Meagan Spooner Review + Giveaway

Shadowlark book cover

Shadowlark book cover

Shadowlark
By Meagan Spooner
Publication date: Oct. 1, 2013
Carolrhoda Lab, 336 pages
Source: Author

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 to face Prometheus.

Facing her fears has become second nature to Lark. Facing the truth is another matter.

Lark never asked to be anyone’s savior. She certainly never wanted to be anyone’s weapon. She might not have a choice.

— Goodreads.com description

Shadowlark begins where Skylark left off and for a brief moment I thought, “Oh, crap. Where were we?” But, thankfully, Meagan Spooner does a really good job of slowly reminding us of the backstory and reintroducing us to the characters. I was caught up in no time.

You might remember that my favorite part of Skylark was a big reveal moment that left me GASPING. Like, seriously, louder than I’ve ever gasped before while reading a book. I totally didn’t see it coming!

Well, there are big reveals in Shadowlark, too, but I definitely saw them coming this time around. But the plot was so compelling (loved the overarching theme of the morality behind sacrificing a few for a good of the many) and the writing was so visual that it didn’t really phase me.

Certain bits of the ending resolved themselves a bit too prettily for me, but we’re still set up well for the third book in the series, and I can’t wait for it!

Oh, and how could I forget: Lark and Oren. OMG. I just. Favorite part of the books. Well, besides Nix. Don’t you guys love Nix?

So, friends, want to read this book? Enter the two giveaways below for a chance to win!

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PS: OMG you guys. Meagan’s next book with Amie Kaufman? These Broken Stars? I just finished it and it is AMAZING. Stay tuned for that review.

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: dystopian, giveaway, meagan spooner, romance
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  1. Sarah/appifanie said:

    I want to read this book because These Broken Stars was an amazing book and I LOVED it.

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  2. alicia marie said:

    I loved Skylark and I can’t wait to read more!

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  3. Becky C. said:

    Looks very interesting so I would like to try it!

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  4. Jasmine Baggenstos said:

    I’m feeling a little silly, but I can’t seem to find the password. Am I just super blind?

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    Anna Reply:

    Aww, geez, no, I forgot it! Adding in now. It’s “Magic.”

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    Sara C Reply:

    You’re not alone! I can’t find it either.

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    Anna Reply:

    Sorry guys — mind blank! It’s “Magic” and it’s in there now. Thanks for the heads up 🙂

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  5. superbwg said:

    The mix of underground/fantasy/dystopia sounds awesome. I may also be blind because I can’t find the password either

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  6. Kelley (Another Novel Read) said:

    GAH, I am so excited for Shadowlark!! I loved Skylark, and These Broken Stars was just incredible! I’m a huge fan of Meagan Spooner, so I can’t wait to get my hands on Shadowlark! <3 <3

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  7. Alison said:

    I loooove Dystopian fantasy novels, especially of the YA genre. Can’t wait to read this one.

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  8. Diana said:

    So excited to read this one!

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  9. Tammy said:

    First, love the cover, green is my favorite color. Second, I’m looking for a new series to start and this sounds perfect.

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  10. Brianna said:

    I added these to the TBR pile, along with These Broken Stars.

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  11. Skye @ Skye’s Scribblings said:

    I LOVED These Broken Stars, so I’m dying to get my hands on Meagan’s series!

    I’m really enjoying the tour – thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

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  12. Jessica Noreault said:

    To be honest, I haven’t read the first one yet. I’ve been after it for awhile, and finally bought it from amazon two days ago, but it will still take a bit to get here. However, the reviews seem to be consistently good for this series, the covers are beautiful, and the concept sounds amazing.

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  13. Vivien said:

    I was utterly surprised when I read the first book. So creepy!! Cannot wait to see how Meagan blows my mind next.

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  14. Claira Pam said:

    I love fantasy/dystopian stories!! 🙂

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  15. Sarah k said:

    From what I’ve read about the series, it sounds like one I would really enjoy.

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  16. Crystal said:

    I’ve been hearing so much about it on different blogs, and it sounds pretty awesome. 🙂

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  17. Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction said:

    I just read These Broken Stars and loved every word. I need to read ALL the books from her and Amie.

    My Friends Are Fiction

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    Kristen Reply:

    I just read “no links please” right as I hit submit! I’m sorry! Feel free to delete my link and this comment.

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  18. Paola Benavides said:

    I want to read it because it sounds amazing!

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  19. Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know said:

    I’ve already read These Broken Stars and really enjoyed it. Plus your review made me really interested! Great review!

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  20. Haley Moody said:

    Okay, I will readily admit I have a major crush on dystopian like novels. The summary had me hooked at “city within the wall.” I can not wait to get my hands on this book!

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  21. Bailee said:

    I love how popular the YA genre has become! And I definitely love dystopian novels as well.

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  22. Ellen B said:

    Want to read this because I’m excited for These Broken Stars coming out in December.

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  23. Stephanie W. said:

    I’ve heard nothing but great things about this series and I’d love to read it myself!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. Lisa Vazquezanzua said:

    I have the first book from a contest that I won and I haven’t read it yet. Just because its in my storage unit when I moved but I do really need book 2. And everyone says it such a great book! And I’m SO looking forward to reading it!!

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