Starlight by Lisa Orchard

Starlight by Lisa Orchard
Publisher: EsKape Press
Genre: Young Adult/Middle Grade, Contemporary
Length: Full Length
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

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?

She might be a rising star, but Lark’s life is anything but charmed.

I was impressed by how much Lark has matured since I first met her. In this beginning of this series she had several personality flaws that sometimes made it difficult for me to relate to her because they were so overpowering. She’s clearly learned a lot from past experiences, though, and became incredibly likeable over the course of this plot.

Lark’s reaction to one of the changes in her life never quite made sense to me. This subplot had to do with something that has been important to her for a long time, so seeing her change her mind on this issue so rapidly was confusing. It would have been really helpful to have several more scenes included in the plot about what prompted her to change her mind and how this will affect her in the future. The topic itself was something I was really hoping to see addressed in this tale, it just wasn’t given as much attention as it deserved.

The scenes describing the band competition were so vivid and intense. Ms. Orchard made me feel as though I was standing there on the stage right next to Lark and her bandmates as they played for the audience and judges. It was by far my favorite part of the story.

This book is the third one in the Starlight Chronicles series, but it can be read out of order or on its own. I do recommend going back and starting from the beginning if you enjoy it, though!

I’d recommend Starlight to anyone who wonders what it would be like to pursue their biggest dreams.


  1. Thank you for the review! I’m glad you enjoyed the story!

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