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?
Review: This is the third book in the Starlight Chronicles series and I hope it won’t be the last. If it is scheduled to be the last book in the series an epilogue would have been nice to tie up all the loose ends and the loose ends is what prevented me from giving it a 5 star rating. Orchard is a fairly new to me author since I’ve only read this series but I do plan to add her other books to my always growing TBR pile!
This book is YA and didn’t disappoint even though it’s only one hundred fifty pages long and not normally a genre that I read. This is an emotional read and there was a lot packed in to the story line with highs and lows. There was more romance in this story than the first two books with Bean and Lark getting closer and doing a lot of kissing. He always managed to keep her in control and could make her focus when her attention drifted to other things. Bean, Stevie and Lark were a team and their interactions showed the depth of their friendship. Their music and band was front and center and it was nice to see how the town rallied around them at the long awaited competition. They put their heart and soul into every note and I could feel the music pulsing and there was such energy to it. A horrific event casts a darkness to the story but it had realism in its telling and I could feel the emotions. It was nice that Lark and her mom continued to get closer although Lark didn’t always take her mom’s guidance well and didn’t always toe the line but her mom was still there for her every step of the way.
There were family and friends, twists and turns, music, jamming, the competition, school, the town, Lark’s dad, drugs, tears, loss, secrets, sadness, denial, anger, angst, sorrow and acceptance. There wasn’t a happily ever after but there could be if things continue to go well with their band, Starlight. We’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we?
Favorite Quote: Bean’s radar must’ve picked up on my fear because he’s beside me now, draping his arm across my shoulders in that Beaner way that he has. “Chill,” he whispers in my ear. His breath tickles and sends an involuntary shudder through me.