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Where the Forest Meets the Stars
Where the Forest Meets the Stars | Glendy Vanderah
In this gorgeously stunning debut, a mysterious child teaches two strangers how to love and trust again. After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove that her recent hardships have not broken her. She throws herself into her work from dusk to dawn, until her solitary routine is disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious child who shows up at her cabin barefoot and covered in bruises. The girl calls herself Ursa, and she claims to have been sent from the stars to witness five miracles. With concerns about the child's home situation, Jo reluctantly agrees to let her stay--just until she learns more about Ursa's past. Jo enlists the help of her reclusive neighbor, Gabriel Nash, to solve the mystery of the charming child. But the more time they spend together, the more questions they have. How does a young girl not only read but understand Shakespeare? Why do good things keep happening in her presence? And why aren't Jo and Gabe checking the missing children's website anymore? Though the three have formed an incredible bond, they know difficult choices must be made. As the summer nears an end and Ursa gets closer to her fifth miracle, her dangerous past closes in. When it finally catches up to them, all of their painful secrets will be forced into the open, and their fates will be left to the stars.
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Eggs
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Crazeedi
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain
Thanks for the tag @wanderinglynn 🧡
1 Finishing Of Irish Blood and News of the World
2 stuffing and pumpkin roll, also potato bacon soup!
3 the tagged book is mostly set in autumn and it was excellent
Wanna play @Jari-chan @LapReader @squirrelbrain @AmyK1 @JoyBlue @sharread ?

wanderinglynn The tagged sounds like a fascinating read! 2w
Crazeedi @wanderinglynn it is really good 2w
squirrelbrain Thanks for the tag Diane! I loved the tagged book too…. 2w
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peanutnine
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Day 1 of #LitsySummerCamp
1. I can do a tent or a cabin. When my boyfriend and I go camping we take his little tent camper so we're off the ground a bit. 🏕️
2. Camp Starlight and Frog Songs 🌌🎶
3. The tagged is the first one that comes to mind, set in an outdoorsy setting
4. My #LitsySummerCampReadathon goal is to read a little from a physical book each day, at least when I am home in the evenings
@ImperfectCJ

ImperfectCJ Being off the ground is a BIG help! Where the Forest Meets the Stars is a new one for me. I'm intrigued by the mixed reviews...it seems like a love-or-hate, which always gets me wondering. Thanks for joining in! 4mo
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DebinHawaii
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#LitsySummerCamp

1️⃣ Nice cabins or Yurts-I camped in younger days & even stayed in “covered wagons” once in Girl Scout Camp, but I‘m much more a “glamper” now.🤷🏻‍♀️

2️⃣ I took this as my name at camp. In Outdoor School I was “Rainbow”🌈 (It was the 80s!) but if it‘s meant to be naming the camp itself, I‘ll go with Camp Read-n-Relax.

3️⃣ The tagged book is a favorite-the author makes the outdoor & rural/forest settings come to life.💫

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DebinHawaii 4️⃣ Hit the daily prompts & keep up with my other daily/weekly challenges & buddy reads which is a challenge with work. Finish one book for pleasure + one for a book tour. 📚Thanks for hosting camp! 🤗 4mo
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apoisedquill
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Panpan

Well...no :( This book bored me enough to make me want to finish it immediately so that I can be done with it and move on to a better book. The characters were utterly unrelatable. The dialogue from start to finish were childish and inane, especially considering Ursa was supposed to be "highly intelligent for her age." The conversation went around were just pointless. Another turn-off: the glaring lack of empathy exhibited by the characters.

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readingjedi
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Mehso-so

From the reviews I was expecting to be blown away but I find this bland & a little twee for my taste. The writing is 'first novel' at times, flows nicely at others. The parts that I find mawkish are probably the parts that people without a heart of stone find touching. Ursa is initially intriguing but gets annoying. The romance is ... why I don't read romance. The ending is too tidy - was gutted she wasn't an alien! Pleasant but just too 'nice'.

apoisedquill I agree! The ending was too "fairy tale"-ish. ? 4mo
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GeethuBabu
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Pickpick

Really enjoyed this read!!

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readingjedi
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Was wracking my mind trying to think what the cover of this book reminded me of .... it's only one of my most favourite Yankee Candles ever!

FelinesAndFelonies You're right! As soon as you suggested it looked like a book cover this book immediately popped into my head! 5mo
LoverOfLearning Ha I love this!! I want this candle 5mo
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readingjedi
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Starting this one tonight. Need distracting, my tinnitus is bad tonight.

With thanks to #netgalley for this book 😊

CBee My mom struggled with tinnitus - it‘s awful! On a positive note, I absolutely loved this book ♥️ 5mo
Libby1 ❤️ I hope you feel better soon. 5mo
magyklyXdelish I LOVED this one. Hope you enjoy it ♥️ 5mo
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CBee
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I am so glad I finally read this! I‘m equal parts wrecked and joyful. Ursa will be in my heart forever ♥️
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks have you read this? You‘d love it!

magyklyXdelish Ughhhhhh one of my FAVES. This book is so special and I needed lots of Kleenex by the end lol 5mo
CBee @magyklyXdelish yesssss me too!!! Anytime I wasn‘t reading it, I wanted to be reading it. Especially getting to the end of it and finding out the real story, omg 😳😭 5mo
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IuliaC
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Pickpick

A sweet story about friendship and healing

johncadams Love the backdrop! 5mo
IuliaC @johncadams thank you 😊 5mo
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JulietReads
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I'm trading in. 😁

DebinHawaii I really enjoyed this one! 💙💙💙 5mo
JulietReads @DebinHawaii Me too. I miss Ursa 5mo
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AmyReadsAlot
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Pickpick

There absolutely was a magical quality to this story that lends itself more to science fiction than fantasy but it was magical regardless. What a delightful feeling to vacillate between wondering if Ursa was truly from the stars, as she proclaimed herself to be, or if she was a child who had lost her way. I really think that together Joanna and Gabriel were a magic all their own and Ursa was just the cherry on top. I highly recommend this book!

Lsmoore43 I loved this book. 6mo
AmyReadsAlot @Lsmoore43 Have you read The Light Through the Leaves? I am wondering if it is just as good 🙂 6mo
Lsmoore43 @GenreMinxReviews I have not read that one yet. I have it and have heard good things. I just haven't had time between ARCs to read it. 6mo
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AmyReadsAlot @Lsmoore43 Same! Also, this book was so good I am almost afraid of The Light Through the Leaves book being a disappointment 🤣 6mo
Lsmoore43 @GenreMinxReviews I know. But I have heard it was a very good book. We can hope right. lol 6mo
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peanutnine
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Day 30 #MayCharacters
Prompt: Mysterious

Ursa shows up out of nowhere into Joanna's life, claiming she was sent from the stars to witness five miracles on Earth. The little girl's past is a mystery.

@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs I read that a few months ago 👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
ilanakeukake That book cover is beautiful.💛🖤 6mo
peanutnine @Eggs it was one of my top reads last year ❤️ 6mo
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peanutnine @ilanakeukake right?? 🌌💫🤩 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds awesome 💙 6mo
peanutnine @Eggs yes, it sounds amazing also! I want to read it soon 6mo
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Sharpeipup
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Thanks @RamsFan1963 @AmyK1 for the tags!
1. Only Harry Potter
2. More than it should
3. See above
#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 📚☺️🌿 8mo
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AC4ever17
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Pickpick

This book was so good! It was such an emotional ride and I was crying sad and happy tears especially towards the ending. This book will definitely be going down as one of my all time favorites. Definitely recommend this book. Give this book ♾/5 ⭐️‘s! I loved it so much!

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Allthebookclubs
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Pickpick

I love love loved this book, I read it in only a day because i could not put it down!! What a great story. I figured out the ending but still loved it. The writing and character development was great, the concept was great, and I‘m so glad the ending was not rushed. Book 19 in 2021

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kelli7990
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Pickpick

I read this book for #bookishbingo and this counts for the prompt Published In March. I also got a bingo on my bingo board for this month.

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Eggs
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TheKidUpstairs ❤📚🌳🌲 9mo
magyklyXdelish Amazing book and I could not say enough good things about it ♥️ 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️🌳❤️ 9mo
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suvata
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magyklyXdelish Oh I‘m glad you loved Where the forest meets the stars. That book touched my soul. It was so beautiful and Ursa will always have a special place in my heart ♥️ 9mo
suvata @magyklyXdelish Ursa is definitely a character I will never forget. 9mo
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SeaToSkyes
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My #BookCupidSwap gifts! Thank you so much @Mccall0113 !! This book sounds really good and I can't wait to read it! #HappyValentinesDay everyone! 💖💖💖 @candority

Mccall0113 Enjoy! (Sorry about the tape 🙄😬) ❤️ 10mo
candority Yay! Happy Valentine‘s Day! 💖 10mo
SeaToSkyes @Mccall0113 it's totally fine! I didn't even have to use the scissors lol!! 🤣 10mo
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suvata
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Jo is an ornithologist doing summer research in rural Illinois. Returning to her cabin she sees a young girl hiding in the woods. The girl says her name is Ursa and claims to be an alien who has inhabited the body of a dead girl. Her mission is to witness five miracles. Jo and Gabe (romantic interest) try to find out who she really is but, when they summon he police, the girl runs and hides in the forest. Soon the three of them form a strong bond.

magyklyXdelish This book (and Ursa) will forever hold a special place in my heart ♥️ 10mo
suvata @magyklyXdelish oh, absolutely 10mo
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Sharpeipup
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Starting the last of my #newyearwhodis books. @MoonWitch94 @monalyisha

monalyisha Wow! Look at your progress! 😍 10mo
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Crazeedi
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#Doublespin @TheAromaofBooks #4
#TBRCrew @AkashaVampie
What a beautiful story. A little girl shows up to the cottage where Jo is conducting her research. Ursa claims she's from a faraway galaxy and is on earth to work for her degree. She has to witness 5 miracles and she can return home. Jo realizes Ursa is special and she tries to find what home she's run away from . This book will touch your heart

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
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Jody3
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Where the Forest Meets the Stars is a story of friendship and the power of healing through friends. The writing is straight forward, not a spare word, easy-to-read, and so full of heart, all you are left with is hope in the end, and who doesn‘t want to be left with that?

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swishandflick
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Mehso-so

I liked this overall, but it got really repetitive in the middle. It starts strong and the ending was great, but I wish bits of that had been incorporated more throughout. I guess I was mostly just antsy for tidbits of Ursa's backstory earlier on, rather than all dumped in at the very end. 3.5 ⭐️

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monkeygirlsmama
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hehe ♥️

Victoriahoperose One of my favorite books. I recommend it to everyone since I read it!! 11mo
monkeygirlsmama @Victoriahoperose Yay! I was saddened to see some really harsh reviews online. I'm glad to see others who agree with me. 11mo
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monkeygirlsmama
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Pickpick

I have been very lucky to have stumbled across some really incredible books lately, and Where the Forest Meets the Stars most definitely fits the bill. Such a delightful story that made me wish it would never end. Well done, Ms Vanderah, on this your debut novel. It is with much anticipation that I say I hope you will not let this be both your first and your last attempt at storytelling. To keep such magic all to yourself would be a crime!

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lori1018
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Pickpick

I absolutely loved this book. I usually can not e-read but this was the 1st book I could stay focused on.
The story had me hooked from the beginning. I fell in love with Jo. She's such a strong character who has a heart of gold after such tragedy.
I highly recommend this read!

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Jolynne
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Mehso-so

I just wasn‘t that enthused, some parts were good but I won‘t mention them due to spoilers.

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peanutnine
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Pickpick

Listened to the audiobook and it had me wanting my commute to last longer 😂 It was magical and had some thriller/mystery vibes a bit but overall so much heart ❤️✨

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Shelleycatz
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Beautifully written book. :)

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TorieStorieS
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Pickpick

This charming & at times heartbreaking debut novel makes for a genuine joy to listen to! The splendid narration brings the cast of characters to life! Vanderah paints the backdrop lushly as well. A sweet story that touches on darker backstories for its three main characters, Jo‘s story makes this my #ThinkPink choice for #Booked2020, while Gabe‘s deals with mental illness & Ursa brings (star)light to their lives. Totally engrossing! #AudioColoring

Texreader Beautiful coloring!! 12mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous review!!!! And I love a multi-cast narration 🙌🏻adding this to my audio list ❤️ 12mo
TorieStorieS @Texreader Thanks!! ☺️ 12mo
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TorieStorieS @Cinfhen It‘s actually all from Jo‘s POV, so it‘s one narrator but she handle the dialogue and range of ages well in that way- I still definitely recommend it!! 12mo
Cinfhen Got it!! I‘ll look out for it 💚 12mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice review and picture! 12mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Pickpick

This was a sweet little debut novel by Vanderah. I love that all of the main characters were either neurodivergent or had chronic health conditions.

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sgoffe
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“‘The horrific crash of humanity on my soul. Haven‘t you ever felt it?‘
‘I think I have — in Walmart.‘
‘Yes! That place is the worst!‘”

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Blackink_WhitePaper
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“Her fireflies discovered their freedom one by one, an expanding constellation in the dark forest”

This book is the perfect blend of #Nature #fantasy #emotion and reality.

Day 6: #wordsofoctober #fallfinds #flightsoffancy

This picture is from my evening walk in the woods😍

OriginalCyn620 Pretty photo! 14mo
Eggs Beautiful 🌼 14mo
Blackink_WhitePaper @Eggs thank you 😊 14mo
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Rissa1
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Pickpick

I am so happy that I chose to read this, I wasn't sure I would like it when I read the description. I am putting Ursa down on my ever growing list of future pet names.

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Rissa1
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At least #LucyGray is comfy. Me, not so much.

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Rissa1
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I am obsessed with the cover of this book.

Texreader It is gorgeous! 1y
magyklyXdelish I love love love love love love loved this book. ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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ItsAnotherJen
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Such a good book! Loved it.
⭐⭐⭐⭐
#recommendread

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MoonWitch94
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Thanks @AnotherMissBennet for the tag! #wondrouswednesday

1️⃣ Cleaning 🧺🧽🧹 ABSOLUTELY 🤣😂
2️⃣The tagged book
3️⃣ Jennifer Lawrence or Kate Winslet

Wanna Play: @slategreyskies @GingerAntics @Crazeedi

I.be.Stef Oooh Jennifer Lawrence is amazing! I love her sense of humor 🤣🤩 (edited) 1y
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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It‘s a heart warming story, I got surprised by the details & plot. Jo is a bird researcher who is also a cancer survivor meets a smart girl who describes herself as an alien. To solve the mystery of this unknown girl Jo takes the help of a neighbor who was suffering from depression. This trio, all with haunting past, uncertain future happily live in the present. That‘s the best part of the book. Together they try to get rid of their past. 👇🏻

Blackink_WhitePaper Overall it‘s a feel good book, though I felt bad for the smart kid. The details of the bird research is well described, it also emphasis the importance of nature & how it benefits the kids. 4⭐️ read. #debut #ReadwithMrBook #feelgoodbook #Nature #debutnovel (edited) 2y
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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Hopefully we should wait for good things to come ! Happy weekend 💐📚

#currentread Impressive story !

#ReadwithMrBook

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MinnieTimperley
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Pickpick

When Ursa, a young girl with a changling appearance, reveals herself in Joanna Teale's backyard, their lives are forever changed. This is an imaginative tale of people damaged in different ways who are strangers at first andrisk revealing themselves and to trust one another. It stretches the realms of plausibility, which when clearly not in the genre of magical realism grates a little, and the ending felt a little rushed. A great read still. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

MoonWitch94 I liked this one so much. 2y
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MinnieTimperley
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#popsugarreadingchallenge2020: A book about or by a woman in STEM

magyklyXdelish This is one of the most beautiful and special stories I‘ve ever read. I hope you enjoy it 💗 2y
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magyklyXdelish
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#7Days7Books - Books that have had a lasting impression on me

#Day2 - this book is so so special to me. Ursa is a shining beacon in this book, the true heart and soul of the story. She touched my heart. This was such a beautiful story.

@BarbaraTheBibliophage @ozma.of.oz have either of you done this challenge yet? 😊😊

ozma.of.oz I have! But there‘s no reason I can‘t do it again! 😁 2y
Victoriahoperose Omg. Love this book so much! I think it was definitely one of the most underrated books I read from the last year. 2y
magyklyXdelish @Victoriahoperose for sure! I loved everything about it. It‘s so unique. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ll try to start my days next week. These next few days are crazy. 2y
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UnabridgedPod
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Here's my initial reflection back in September: ⠀

"Glendy Vanderah's Where the Forest Meets the Stars, which I predominantly listened to via KU, is a moving, intriguing contemporary novel focusing on the effect of a young girl on the lives of two adults. Jo is a graduate student in ornithology who is conducting field research and recovering from the death of her mother and her own cancer diagnosis and treatment. ⬇️

UnabridgedPod Her life is returning to normal when Ursa Major upends that normality. Ursa claims to be an alien who has come to earth for her 'PhD,' which requires her to witness five miracles before she returns to her home planet. Ursa is brilliant and strong, yet also strangely fragile, and Jo is unable to resist her strength of will for long. Ursa's machinations draw Gabe into heir relationship, and though Jo and Gabe try to find Ursa's family, ⬇️ 2y
UnabridgedPod they become reluctant to give her up. Ursa's origins remain a mystery through most of the novel, and the ways that Jo and Gabe come to understand their own lives and tragedies (as they try to help Ursa through hers) are the compelling journey at the center of the book."⠀

I read this novel again--this time, in print--for a buddy read. Of course, the format and the fact that it was my second time through made a difference. ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod I noticed Vanderah building nature as an essential part of both plot and character development. I loved that Jo is so linked to her work that her life centers on the seasons, the weather, and her location. I also appreciated the author's portrayal of Jo as a young woman who has survived breast cancer, while losing her mother to the same disease. ⬇️ 2y
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UnabridgedPod Jo is continually testing herself to see how she's the same person she was before her diagnosis and treatment and how, perhaps, she has changed. Finally, I think the way that Vanderah builds a mystery around Ursa is just brilliant. ⠀

This sweet story that works well both in audio and print, that moves quickly, and that holds just enough surprises at the end to be satisfying (but not so many that it jumps the shark!).
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ozma.of.oz Sounds wonderful! 2y
Freespirit Great review!! 2y
UnabridgedPod @ozma.of.oz I really think it‘s a great read for right now—some serious content but also very sweet. ❤️ 2y
UnabridgedPod @Freespirit Thank you!! ❤️ 2y
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“I‘ve decided language isn‘t as advanced as we think it is. We‘re still apes trying to express our thoughts with grunts while most of what we want to communicate stays locked in our brains.”

Read this for my book club. It is a very intriguing story about how children deal with trauma. I really enjoyed it, and definitely cried through the last several chapters.

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BlueStockingReviews
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A enchanting and magically story of a special little girl who teaches us all about the power and wonders of love. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/post/where-the-forest-meets-the-stars

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Straycat
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I was hooked from the second you meet the little alien from hetrayeh. Ursa stole my heart as quickly as she did everyone else‘s. This is one of those books that quickly rose to being in my top 10 books.