Review: Lark Singer by Lisa Orchard

Lark Singer (Starlight Chronicles #2)Lark Singer
(The Starlight Chronicles #2)
by Lisa Orchard
YA Contemporary
ebook123 Pages
December 6th 2014 by Eskape Press


Lark Singer is seventeen years old and already on the way to a brilliant music career. As she and her band, Starlight, gear-up for an upcoming, life-changing band competition, though, life seems to be throwing her a few curve balls.

The mysteries of her past seem to be unraveling, and she’s no longer certain she wants to know those answers, or how knowing about her past will affect her difficult relationship with her mother. And when her best friend, Bean, changes things between them, all her plans for a musical future are placed in jeopardy. How can she balance her unraveling personal life to keep her musical goals on track?


My Review

I thought things would get tougher in this second book in the series and I was right. Lark is still frustrated with her mom, is still in denial about her best friend, still doesn't like who her mom is dating, and still doesn't know who her dad is. There were also some good things that happened to Lark. She and the band finally got to perform their original songs to others. Maybe just at a party, but still. She finally begins falling in love. She also finds a friend where she least expected it.

It was tough to read through Lark's denial for her friend. It got really bad and I was actually rather upset what the friend was doing and that Lark wasn't confronting the issue. Ugh! Then she's so mad at her mom. Really. Mad. It almost consumes her. On the flip side, I was really happy with the direction the story took between her mom and herself towards the end. I also really loved how Lark continued to figure out who she was and wanted to be. There was the beginning of some good self-discovery. I know there's still heartbreak ahead for Lark, but I also feel like she's starting to see things a little bit clearer. Thank goodness.

This series was emotional and rough. The teens dealt with issues and insecurities, trying to figure friendships and first kisses out. There was a disconnect between parents and their teens, which was really realistic in many ways. The writing evoked my emotions, both  of frustration for these characters and hope for their future. I'm a little worried of what will happen when Lark and Bean finally get to the competition and if they'll be able to withstand the storm ahead.

Content: Some swearing and drug references.

Source: From the author, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. Hooked on mysteries by the fifth grade, she even wrote a few of her own. She knew she wanted to be a writer even then. Her first series, “The Super Spies,” has reached bestseller status.

After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Marketing Degree, she spent many years in the insurance industry, pining to express her creative side. The decision to stay home with her children gave her the opportunity to follow her dream and become a writer. She currently resides in Rockford Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, she’s working on a Coming of Age Young Adult series called The Starlight Chronicles. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.

What do you think? Is this a series you'd want to read?


  1. I am still not quite sure about this series....If you were frustrated I know I will be ;). I do love the covers though :). Great review Tressa!

  2. This sounds good... I will have to check out the first book in the series to see what it is all about. I am seriously wondering why all the anger towards the mom, and what the heck the "BFF" has done/ is doing? Hmmmm

  3. Hmm... I'm not sold on it, but I like that it seems to have evoked some strong emotions from you. Wonder how many books there'll be in the series.

  4. It's just pretty realistic of teenagers and what they actually think and go through. The story is... endearing isn't quite the right word... it's a rather sad tale, but I'm hoping for a happy ending.

  5. Got you curious, aye? Mom is single and has never told her daughter who her father is and won't talk about it. The BFF... well, that's a whole can of worms. ;)

  6. You know, I should ask the author that. I'll have to do that.

  7. I am curious! I hate drama in real life, but I do like some drama in my stories!

  8. I do too, if it's done right. There's a fine line between workable and annoying. :)

  9. Let me know what you hear. A lot of times a series seems to get better as the books go on :)


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