The Starlight Chronicles, by Lisa Orchard

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I’ve got a new series and a fantastic price to share with you guys today. The Starlight Chronicles Box Set, by Lisa Orchard is on sale for $.99. That’s three full novels for 99 cents! Here’s the blurb:

Lark Singer is seventeen years old and already on the way to a brilliant music career. But as she and her band, Starlight, gear up for a competition, 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 complicated personal life to keep her musical goals on track?

I read the first book last year and didn’t realize the entire series was finished until this summer. Books two and three are now on my tbr list. Here’s the review of book one I left on Amazon:

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 all three themes will probably intensify as the series continues.

Let me say one more time, the BOX SET CONTAINS ALL THREE BOOKS IN THE STARLIGHT SERIES: Gideon LeeLark Singer, and Starlight. Interested? Here’s where to grab it on Amazon.


20111210_ABS_1296[1]Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. She was hooked on books by the fifth grade and even wrote a few of her own. She knew she wanted to be a writer even then. Her first published works are the “Super Spies Series.” These stories revolve around a group of friends who form their own detective squad and the cases they solve. “The Starlight Chronicles,” is the next series that Lisa created with musical misfit, Lark Singer as her main character.

Lisa resides in Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, she’s working on the next book in the Starlight Chronicles Series along with a few new ideas that may turn into stand-alone novels. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.

Connect with Lisa on FacebookTwitter, and her website.

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