Gideon Lee

Gideon Lee

by Lisa Orchard

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Gideon Lee by Lisa Orchard

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 her musical aspirations?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150495180
Publisher: esKape Press
Publication date: 10/20/2014
Series: Starlight Chronicles , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 300 KB

About the Author

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.
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 the next book in the Starlight Chronicles Series. When she�s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.

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Gideon Lee 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by JoAnne 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. Favorite Quote: Shock crashes against my foundation like a tsunami crashes against the shore, obliterating all things in its path. It sends me reeling and I balance myself by leaning against a locker. “Nicely done.” I read this comment over and over. It’s a short sentence, but it’s an amazing one. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Mrs. Baker utter a positive comment during this entire school year. This is big. My heart beats faster as exhilaration sends a burst of adrenaline through my veins. Taking a jaunty step toward the door, a wide grin breaks out on my face, I almost laugh, I can’t wait to tell Bean.
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
  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 should be part of it all.       I felt I knew Lark when I began reading this book. She reminded me of a couple of kids I went to school with.  The writing is outstanding and all the characters fit right in.  I felt each of Lark's emotions.  It was so easy to get wrapped up in this book.   This one is an easy read and those who enjoy the YA genre, this is perfect for you.  I highly recommend Ms Orchard's book.      I only found on thing that bothered me just a tad. I didn't like the cliffhanger ending. *grin*       I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because this one tugs the heart strings.  ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
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 know that's not an official word, but it should be in ya literature) teen. She really didn't get along with her mother who she calls by her first name, Francine. It was such a tough relationship to read about, especially as a mother myself. Both of them were so blind in so many ways and it was a little frustrating and sad. At the same time, I could see where they were each coming from and how the tension and animosity had built up over all these years. It was also difficult to see the signs with Lark's best friend, Bean. That really, really broke my heart. The denial. The lying. The fact that Lark doesn't want to see it and so she won't be honest about it with Bean. So tough! I'm sure this will really come to a head as the series develops. Thank goodness Lark had Cassie. I would have liked to have seen more develop with Cassie and with the story overall. I'm hoping we'll get more of that and Cassie in the future. I would say that I would also have liked more explanation behind Gideon Lee, which Lark writes a school paper on in the beginning of the book, especially with him also being the title of the book. It would have been cool if his persona would have been worked into the story more or maybe some lyrics or something from him. I ended up really enjoying Gideon Lee. There were choices that Lark had to make and work through, or I should say, begin to work through. The ending left a lot to be resolved and I can already tell that the rest of the series is going to be a difficult and painful journey for Lark. I'm hoping it will also be a journey of discovery and love for her, her mom, and Bean. Hopefully they will come to terms with things, find themselves, and it will all end in a good place. I'm definitely planning on seeing where this series will be going. Content: Some swearing and drug references. Source: From tour host/NetGalley, which did not affect my review in any way.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(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 get it. She did fail to think of her mother at times though, and really could have been much more respectful to her mother had she only considered what her mother had had to give up for her. The storyline in this mainly revolved around Lark’s dreams of becoming a singer, and her thirst to find out the identity of her father. She was maybe a little too focused on these issues at times, and I was pleased when she actually caught on to her friend’s strange behaviour. There was just a hint of a potential romance at the end of this story, but it was just a hint. Don’t go into the story expecting romance. The ending to this was very open, and we were left with lots of burning questions. I’m now going to patiently wait for December to come so I can read the next instalment of Lark’s story! 7 out of 10.