- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,068 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Gideon Lee (Starlight Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Oh, and the writing...such as Ms. Orchard's description of a winter moon on a crisp Winter evening nearly makes me miss Winter.
A fun, fast read that will leave you wanting more.
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.
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story has a lot of mystery and suspense with the characters. They give you a small look into them and then will turn on different path then you thought they were going on. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Virginia Lee
Gideon Lee is a fast paced read. It was a good read, but for myself I found it didn't hold my attention. I pushed through though and found that it was worth reading. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amber McCarty
I was very entertained and drawn into the story. The characters were well developed and you really felt for all the teen drama that they experience. A good start to the series.Published 4 months ago by Dtink
This is a young adult book and well, what can I say more than that I think this really is for young adults. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Angelica Berglund
Family, friends and secrets... We know where that will lead.. But can Lark get past it all or will she hold on to trying to finding out? Read more
Gideon Lee is about Lark, an antagonistic 17 year high school girl with a huge chip on her shoulder. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MichelleLP
In Gideon Lee, we are introduced to Lark Singer and her life. The mother she doesn't have a good relationship with and her bandmates. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kris
Lark Singer is content living in her world of music and always is working on new lyrics to sing with her little band of three. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Courting Fiction
While reading Gideon Lee I felt like I had been transported back in time to my high school days. I enjoyed reading about Lark, her friends, mother and her life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by UIBB