Review: Starlight by Lisa Orchard

(Starlight Chronicles #3)
by Lisa Orchard
YA Contemporary
Ebook, 150 Pages
February 17th 2015 by esKape Press


Everything is on track for seventeen-year-old Lark Singer and her band Starlight. They have a great shot at winning the competition that can launch their musical career. But when Lark discovers they will be competing against her old nemesis Duane McIntyre things really heat up. How far will Lark go to win, and what will it cost her in the end?


My Review

My thoughts are still churning after having finished Starlight. It was hopeful, exciting, nerve racking, desperately sad, and full of friendship and family. It brought out my emotions of anger and sadness, as well as a little bit of frustration. I keep waiting for that happily-ever-after or something close to it, but each book continues to have a twist that changes things.

Let's talk a little about these characters. Bean is still his ever laid-back self and still dealing with some issues that Lark tries to remain in denial about. I still don't really like the two of them together for so many reasons... He does love Lark and she (almost blindly) loves him. Their band is a tight-knit, three-person group, with Stevie mellowing things out. I loved how they leaned and cheered each other on. There is a level of friendship between them that takes lots of time and working together to reach and I enjoyed their friendship. I also loved Lark's mom, Francine. Their mother-daughter relationship has come a long way. I did miss seeing Francine's boyfriend, so I'm curious what's going on with that.

I felt immediate tension and pressure from the beginning of this story because the band, Starlight, is finally competing in the competition they've been working up to in the other books. They're a little stressed out, although really it's mostly Lark who is stressed out. Of course it doesn't help that Dwayne, or Duh-Wayne as Lark calls him, adds more tension as he tries to insert himself into Lark's life when she wants nothing to do with him. I wish that the author would have reminded the readers why Lark doesn't like him. I couldn't remember. It ends up that he's to play an important role.

Starlight ended with a pretty big twist that I didn't see coming. I knew something would eventually blow up, but I didn't realize how and it was rather devastating. It about killed me to still not know how things will end with these characters. I have some hopes for Lark, but I'm pretty sure she's going to be stubborn about some things. She does really frustrate me sometimes and I think there she still struggles with some anger issues.

If you enjoy contemporary YA, especially stories where music plays a big role, then I'd recommend giving this series a try.

Content: Occasional swearing including two uses of the f-word, drug references.

Source: I would like to thank author Lisa Orchard for my complimentary copy, 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.

You can see my review of the other books in this series: Gideon Lee and Lark Singer.What do you think? Have you ever been in a band or are you in one now?


  1. PuffyBiggler3/31/15, 2:37 PM

    I'll bet my daughter would love this book. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Angela Smith3/31/15, 4:56 PM

    thanks for the review.sounds like its going to be good.

  3. These days, I'm feeling like reading less YA - but I love books about music so I'm keeping it in mind ;)

  4. I do too Michelle! It's been a frustrating, but good series. Definitely a lot more going on that just romance.

  5. I'm excited to see what happens in the next, and final, book.

  6. I go back and forth a little too sometimes. I hope you like it when/if you do read it!


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