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Gideon Lee

(Starlight Chronicles #1)

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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Lark Singer’s relationship with her mother is prickly to say the least. As she enters a musical competition that could launch her career, Lark also searches for answers her mother would rather keep hidden. Throw into the mix the fact her best friend Bean has been acting strangely, and Lark finds herself launched into uncharted territory. Will her quest for answers sabotage ...more
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Published October 21st 2014 by Eskape Press (first published October 19th 2014)
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Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Lisa Orchard.)

I think I actually liked this book even more the second time. It’s such a short, quick read, and now that I know where everything is heading, I like that I can see all the little clues as to what is going on!
8 out of 10
Sarah
3.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Lisa Orchard.)
17-year-old Lark wants to be a singer, and she also wants to know who her absent father is, unfortunately neither of those things seem to be coming true anytime soon.
Who is Lark’s father? And will Lark ever find out?


This was a YA contemporary story, with a little music sprinkled in.

Lark was a headstrong girl, who wanted what she wanted, and wasn’t afraid to step on toes to
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Not quite fitting in, not understood by her mother, seventeen-year-old Lark is struggling with a lack of identity, of feeling inadequate and only her love of music keeps her sane. Her only friends are her bandmates, Steve and Bean, who is her best friend. Never having met her father, having a mother who is only sixteen years older than her, yet acts like an octogenarian, is driving Lark crazy.
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Abbie
Oct 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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(I received a copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review.)

Gideon Lee was an okay read, but it dragged in areas.

Lark wasn't an awful character, but she had annoying moments and could be quite strange, so i couldn't warm to her enough to like her. The other character were alright, but again, i didn't warm to them enough to like them.

The pacing in this was quite slow, so i felt bored at times. If a few things had moved along a bit faster then i probably would have enjoyed this book mo
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Rachmi Febrianty
2.5 stars

ARC was provided by the author in exchange for honest review.

I think Gideon Lee is one light-easy reading that I can devour in one sitting. Unfortunately it wasn’t as enjoyable as I thought. I don’t know whether I read it in a wrong time or if it just wasn’t for me, but it was quite hard for me to connect to the story. I mostly bored and couldn’t feel the feeling that Lark feel along the story through her POV. She’s sarcastic and full of anger. She often angry to her mother; has dislike
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Danielle
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
A gifted copy was provided for an honest review.

4 Stars!

Lark Singer is a 17-year-old high school student. She lives with her mother, Francine, who she has a strained relationship with. Lark is a good student but her passion is her music. She's a singer and guitarist in a band with 2 of her friends, Stevie and Bean.

Lark and Bean have been close friends for 8 years and have always told each other everything. However, now Bean is keeping secrets and Lark is worried. He is her only ally with things
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Aneesa
Jun 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book in an exchange for an honest review

The cover is very mesmerizing, I love how Lark first seems here!

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A very interesting start to the series, I liked how close Bean and Lark were and how easy going their relationship was. Unfortunately, the same thing cannot be said about Lark's relationship with her mother, it seemed more like a battle zone to me than anything else.

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What most stuck out to me in this book was Lark's connection to music, it was like a soothing balm to the soul.
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A Leisure Moment
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Ms. Orchard has created a character that pulls you in to the life of Lark. Wanting to know if she makes it in life. Does life get better? Does music change her forever? This is a new series that surely will be one to hold on to until the very end.

To read the rest of the review, simply follow the link: http://www.aleisuremoment.com/2014/12...

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Megan
Gideon Lee was a quick read. I liked the characters in the book. Lark's love of music was fun to read, though it was almost an obsession to her as though she needed to be playing/composing to feel alive. I felt bad that Lark has grown up not knowing the identity of her father. (view spoiler) If the description of this book interests you, ...more
Sharon Mariampillai
I received a copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Actual Rating: 3.85

This is a great read. It is a YA contemporary story with music infused to it. I love the MC. Lark Singer is a strong willed girl with the hopes of one day becoming a rock star and finding her biological father. I feel like she should be more herself even if she has scars. I thought the story was great. The secondary characters were great as well. Also, I thought the ending was open and I thought that the end
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Tara Looney
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very easy read that kept me interested in the characters and asking questions that I wanted to know the answers to. Lark is a musically gifted teenager who deals with the typical social, emotional, and physical challenges and shares her journey into her future. Her friendship with Bean hooked me emotionally and I continued to root for them until the end. It ended in such a manner that left me wanting more and I look forward to hearing more from these characters in the future.
siobhan Quinlan
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made a nice change as there was no instant love.
I really enjoyed this. I will be doing a video review for all three books in the series when im done
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
3.5 stars

Gideon Lee was a quick and heartbreaking, but hopeful read. I know those are two kind of conflicting sentiments. The story had grit, friendship, family, difficult circumstances, the hierarchy of high school... This is the first book in this series and there definitely was that feeling of getting to know these characters and the plot being developed, but it felt fairly flawless and smooth as a reader being invited into Lark's world.

The main character, Lark, was definitely an angsty (I kn
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Paula  Phillips
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
For me , this book left me in two mindsets as I loved the cover and the blurb and I got hooked into the story as we wonder who Gideon Lee is to the main character Lark. We are first introduced to the name "Gideon Lee" when Lark is asked in school to write an essay in History about someone who has made an impact and influenced during History. Later we discover that Lark is a musician herself which made me smile as I loved how the author called her Lark and connected the idea of musician and singi ...more
books are love
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a story that will leave you wondering many things. first I feel for bean more than I do Lark. Bean is struggling with many things and his fear of disappointing and losing Lark is big on that list. He really really likes her but is on a spiral. Lark is ignoring the signs not because she is selfish but out of fear. Fear of losing Bean. the question is will this secret of bean's destroy everything going for them or will Lark face it and confront Bean. will she help Bean through it all? I ho ...more
Deitre
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Troubled teen. Mother by first name only. Fatherless. Very few friends. Talented. Committed to her passion. Committed to her love of music. This is Lark’s world. This is Lark’s story. She lives a life of stressful situations. School cliques that she is not a member of. But what is close to her heart is her Gibson guitar, Stevie and especially Bean. Her partners in the realm of music. Music is what they make when life appears rough. Music makes the troubles disappear, even if only for a few momen ...more
Ella Medler
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful breath of fresh air from the author of the Super Spies! I’ve read other books of Lisa Orchard’s, so I feel confident in saying this is by far the best piece of writing I’ve read from her. The quality and strength of this new voice is such a great leap forward, I forgot all about the author and concentrated solely on the story. This is talent. This is an author who has fallen into the right groove.

Gideon Lee is a mystery, just like other stories by this author, and in this this f
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Once Upon a Twilight
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Troubled teen. Mother by first name only. Fatherless. Very few friends. Talented. Committed to her passion. Committed to her love of music. This is Lark’s world. This is Lark’s story. She lives a life of stressful situations. School cliques that she is not a member of. But what is close to her heart is her Gibson guitar, Stevie and especially Bean. Her partners in the realm of music. Music is what they make when life appears rough. Music makes the troubles disappear, even if only for a few momen ...more
Kristina Applegate
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: free-for-review
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. Living with her single mom in a rundown part of town, jamming out with her friends in her garage every chance she can get, and surviving the politics of high school she is counting down the days to graduation and the day she can get out of there. The only thing that is more important than graduating is the musical competition that could help her start her career.

Unfortu
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Faye
Jun 09, 2015 rated it liked it
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 bandm
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Melanie Adkins
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lark comes from a single parent home. She's never known her father because her mother won't talk about him. Mostly, Lark shrugs her shoulder at it all and depends on her music to carry her away. Lark is a good student and fantastic at the guitar. Her guitar is her life. Of course she has friends, but very few. Now that she's a senior in high school, she wants to know about her father. If only she can get her mother to open up about him. Lark's life is changing and she's decided her father shoul ...more
Virginia Lee
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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. We meet Lark who has been knock down time after time in her life and trying so hard to get pass those bumps in the road. We get look into the angst that teenagers are feeling in their everyday life. Meet other characters that have slowly coming together playing music. There are many questions that still need to be answer a ...more
Phoenix
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. It was an okay read. The pace of the story was slow and I hated the fact that some of the things remained unclear. The whole book was boring and at the end when I found it interesting and really looked forward to it, it finished. It was really slow. I mean I was not interested in the first 300-400 pages but then it got interesting and I was looking forward to their performance and what would happen, who was her father, her relationship with her mother, Bean an ...more
Ionia
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lark, the main character in this story is a bit self involved throughout most of the book, and although I didn't dislike her, there were times when I found it hard to relate to her. She is guarded and a lot of the time seems to be on the offensive.

Whilst the main character's quest to succeed as a singer is a central focus in the story, it is equally about her desire to find out the identity of her father. There are a lot of unanswered questions by the end of the story, so readers will definitel
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Rebecca Austin
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-magic
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 lik
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Cheyenne
Oct 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I want to say thanks to the author for letting me read this book in exchange for a review. This was an okay book but it wasn't the as good as I hoped it would be. It was a very slow beginning and it felt to me that it dragged through the whole book. It was a quick read I do admit that. I didn't really get the plot of the story line and why Gideon Lee was so important. I didn't like Lark I felt like she was one of those really annoying people. It could of been made more clearer than it was. Lark ...more
Lisa
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.5*

Lark knows what she wants from life and has the determination and the drive to achieve it. Lark wants to make it big in the music world with her band. However Lark soon comes to realise that she can't control everything and that outside influences can get in the way.

A great introduction to this coming of age series. With the emotions of growing up along with the challenges of parental relationships and others and other influences like drugs, all have the potential to derail her plans
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Stacey
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
so what happens when your best friend and mom are both keeping secrets . best friend whom you have told everything to now is hiding something but what .
and your mom hiding the fact you don't know who your father is .
and why is one of the cool kids seeing you and why . is it because they want to be or because they feel sorry for you .
and what would it mean if you lost your music time . and lost the band due to reasons you still need to find out . stay tuned for more Starlight .
Lisa Orchard
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm the author of this book and I enjoyed writing it. It's the angsty story of Lark Singer and her prickly relationship with her mother. It's the first book in the series so there aren't many conclusions drawn in the first book, but I'm sure once you get through the series you'll see how the whole story comes together. I thoroughly enjoyed writing this series and I love Lark's character so strong and vulnerable at the same time. I think many teens can identify with Lark and her frustrations with ...more
Raychel Faulkner
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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. Some parts were a little dragging but overall I think it flowed pretty well and the storyline was pretty much how teenage life might be for some. I really can't wait to read more.

Review for United Indie Book Blog
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Other books in the series

Starlight Chronicles (3 books)
  • Lark Singer (Starlight Chronicles #2)
  • Starlight (Starlight Chronicles, #3)