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Gideon Lee (Starlight Chronicles Book 1) by [Orchard, Lisa]
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Length: 131 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 2443 KB
  • Print Length: 131 pages
  • Publisher: esKape Press (October 19, 2014)
  • Publication Date: October 19, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OPDQC4Q
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I loved Gideon Lee! Even though it has been a long time since I was a teen, I could identify with the issues that Lark and Bean were dealing with...and yet, the characters will definitely appeal to today's youth. A true coming of age story and I hope I don't have to wait long for the next installment! Well done Ms. Orchard.
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I found this book very entertaining. The main Character, Lark, a 17-year old aspiring musician, initially has quite an edge to her personality which at first I found a little frustrating, until the reader discovers why there IS an edge. I also loved that the character begins to see herself and others through a different light as the story develops, especially her mother. She also begins to realize she isn't as emotionally or physically scarred as she'd believed, and becomes a stronger person just as her best friend and fellow band mate, Bean, begins to need help-- big time. The story ends way too fast, but another book is on the way soon. Hopefully we'll learn--just who really IS Gideon Lee, what is in Lark's mother's closet, and what in the heck is up with Bean?
Oh, and the writing...such as Ms. Orchard's description of a winter moon on a crisp Winter evening nearly makes me miss Winter.
Nearly.
A fun, fast read that will leave you wanting more.
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This book was a pleasant surprise. At first, high school stereotypes leaped off the page at me, (heroine) Lark’s bad attitude got annoying, and her negative reactions seemed too strong for the situation. I settled in for a tedious read. Then the book took pains to break those stereotypes, and Lark got a reality check that made her much more likeable. The book became much more engaging.

Ms. Cole’s writing style is very nice. Her prose flows smoothly. Her word choices are thoughtful and deliberate. There were a few abrupt moments, when the heroine makes connections too quickly, and sometimes she’s narrating in her head what a reader can infer from the text. But the imagery is especially lovely. It makes for a very pretty read.

A few more random thoughts: The story sort of had a 60’s feel to it. It’s present day, but Lark’s love of music and strong desire to leave her crummy hometown and take her band on the road reminded me of a bit of the “hippie” era. This gives it teen appeal. I wouldn’t recommend for readers younger than 12 due primarily to some strong language. Adults are treated with disdain by the adolescent main characters, and in fact few adults display behavior worthy of respect. The book addresses drug use and teen parenting, though neither are explored completely. Romance is also undeveloped, though it seems likely as the series continues.
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Lark Singer is trying to get through high school successfully while getting ready to compete in a music competition with her band. One of her hurdles is her mother, especially when she begins to ask questions about her birth father.

Then her best friend and bandmate, Bean, is acting very strange lately and he isn't telling Lark what is going on.

When did life get so difficult?

I enjoyed this first book in seeing all the dynamics of the relationships that Lark has with other people around her. I like that she perceives herself one way and then it begins to change due to an unlikely relationship that forms in the book.

I'm really interested in seeing how the relationship with her mother is going to go as Lark begins to ask even more questions about her dad.

A great beginning to the series!
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By F.A. on June 9, 2015
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This was an okay read about a heroine who has issues but who wants to pursue her career in music.

The story line was almost dragging throughout the whole book. I couldn't get into th story that much especially concerning Lark's attitude. Her character is just something I couldn't like. She was very difficult but it's expected with her age but like I said I couldn't get into her character. There's also how she has a difficult relationship mostly with everyone especially her mother except her bandmates.

I wonder if she ever understood why her mother kept her father's identity a secret. It wasn't elaborated at the same time I do understand where she's coming from. I actually felt bad for her mother and like her I wondered why she kept it a secret. There's most likely a reason for it but I wonder when her mother will ever tell her.

Lark doesn't change much which was very annoying for me but somewhere really near the end she has an idea about herself.

Sadly, I was hoping for a romance but it's practically non existent although there's an inkling about it.

But I'm curious enough to read the next books in this series.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by the author for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Gideon Lee is a coming of age story with all the angst of being a teen in high school trying to find your place to fit in while finding the time to do what you like best which in this case is jamming, playing drums and guitars and writing music and lyrics and performing in the musical competition. Bean and Lark have a special friendship that they’ve shared since the third grade. Stevie has been friends with them for three years and music brought them together. We are never really told who Gideon Lee is except that he’s a musician and probably has a bigger role in the story than was addressed in this first book in the series.

The story held my interest throughout and brought back memories of what high school was like – friendships, lunch and sometimes eating alone, not being part of the “in” crowd or popular group, studying, doing homework, writing papers, taking tests and surprise quizzes. It was nice to see Lark’s relationship with her music teacher and how he instilled in her her musical ability with the guitar and her voice. There were family, friends, fear, punishments, sadness, drugs, secrets and highs and lows to the teens. There was a realism to the storyline in the problems Lark and Bean faced with their families but there were a lot of loose ends probably leading up to book two in the series. Not having closure was a hindrance in this book since it ended so abruptly I actually turned back a few pages in my Nook thinking I had skipped something.

Orchard is a new to me author and I do look forward to reading the next book in the series but hope that there will be better closure.
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