The Stars of Whistling Ridge by Cindy Baldwin

Disclaimer: I received this audiobook from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Stars of Whistling Ridge

Author: Cindy Baldwin

Book Series: Standalone

Diversity: mixed race coded characters, side character with two moms, side character who is Indian as well as his family

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For…: mg, contemporary, magical realism, family, home, found family

Genre: MG Contemporary Magical Realism

Publication Date: June 15, 2021

Publisher: Quill Tree Books

Pages: 400

Recommended Age: 8+ (Environmentalism, Slight romance, Little gore, Animal death, Magical realism)

Synopsis: Ivy Mae Bloom, whose name is one letter away from a complete sentence, has lived her entire life on the road. Her mama is a fallen star who travels near and far to tend to the magic that underpins our world. When Ivy steals Mama’s entire supply of wish jars in the hopes of finding a forever home, a series of disasters strands the Blooms in Whistling Ridge, North Carolina, with Mama’s two star sisters. Ivy knows her wish has been granted and that Whistling Ridge is her forever home—she just needs to convince her parents to stay.

But something is draining the magic from Whistling Ridge, and the star sisters can’t stop it. With help from some new friends, Ivy stumbles across a clue in the town’s history that might explain the mysterious force threatening Whistling Ridge . . . but if the town’s magic is healed, Mama will want to move on. Ivy must choose: Can she help her mama and aunts lift Whistling Ridge’s curse—even if it means losing the only place she’s ever called home?

Review: I really enjoyed this audiobook for the most part. I thought the story was really good and for the most part it kept me interested. I really liked the character development in the world building. I also really liked the magical realism elements of the book. I think that this is a very cute and very well done book for Middle graders and even for older readers.

My main criticism of the book is that there’s really no explanation for the magic and that the questions around that filled my head more than the story itself.

Verdict: It was good!

Fractured by Shay Siegel Book Tour

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July 12 – Paige @popthebutterfly
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July 14 – CE @chelscey
July 15 – Nicole @thereadingrebel
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July 17 – Keith @thisisdotred
July 18 – Cassie @cassie_swindon_author

Fractured blurb:

Mason Vance is the guy everybody wants to be, and he knows it. He’s the best high school quarterback in New York, a shoo-in for a football scholarship at any school he chooses, and he’s expected to land in the NFL one day. That is, until a broken wrist leaves him fearing whether he’ll ever play again.

Desperate to save his damaged ego, Mason sets his sights on Lace. No cheerleader or homecoming queen like his usual type, she’s too wrapped in her own misery to fall for his pickup lines. Even though she tries to shut him out, she’s surprised to find he’s there for her when no one else is. Slowly, she lets him into the sad workings of her mind and less-than-perfect life, and Mason finds himself caring about Lace more than he’d ever thought possible. That’s why neither of them sees his huge mistake coming—one that instantly fractures everything between them.

Will Mason confront the ugliest side of himself, and in the process see who he’s capable of becoming, or will he fall back into the life he knew before Lace and his injury?

Shay Siegel bio:

Shay Siegel is from Long Island, New York. She is a Tulane University graduate with a B.A. in English, and former member of the women’s tennis team. She has an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Shay splits her time between Charleston, South Carolina and Long Island with her boyfriend, Pat, and their giant-headed rescue dog, Bernie.