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The Hazel Wood meets The Astonishing Color of After in this dreamy, atmospheric novel that follows sixteen-year-old Eli as she tries to remember what truly happened the night her mother disappeared off a glacier in Norway under the Northern Lights. According to Arctic legend, if you whistle at the Northern Lights, they'll swoop down and carry you off forever. Sixteen-year-o The Hazel Wood meets The Astonishing Color of After in this dreamy, atmospheric novel that follows sixteen-year-old Eli as she tries to remember what truly happened the night her mother disappeared off a glacier in Norway under the Northern Lights. According to Arctic legend, if you whistle at the Northern Lights, they'll swoop down and carry you off forever. Sixteen-year-old Eline Davis knows it's true because it happened to her mother. Eli was there that night on the remote glacier in Svalbard, when her mother whistled, then vanished. Years later, Eli is living with her dad on Cape Cod. When Eli discovers the Northern Lights will be visible for one night on the Cape, she hatches a plan to use the lights to contact her missing mother. And it works. Her mother arrives with a hazy story of where she's been all this time. Eli knows no one will believe them, so she keeps it all a secret. But when magical, dangerous things start happening--narwhals appearing in Cape Code Bay, meteorites landing in the yard by the hundreds, three shadowy fairytale princesses whispering ominous messages--the secrets start to become more like lies. It's all too much, too fast, and Eli pushes her mother away, not expecting her to disappear as abruptly as she appeared. Her mother's gone again, and Eli's devastated. Until she finds the note written in mother's elegant scrawl: Find me where I left you. And so, off to Svalbard Eli goes.


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The Hazel Wood meets The Astonishing Color of After in this dreamy, atmospheric novel that follows sixteen-year-old Eli as she tries to remember what truly happened the night her mother disappeared off a glacier in Norway under the Northern Lights. According to Arctic legend, if you whistle at the Northern Lights, they'll swoop down and carry you off forever. Sixteen-year-o The Hazel Wood meets The Astonishing Color of After in this dreamy, atmospheric novel that follows sixteen-year-old Eli as she tries to remember what truly happened the night her mother disappeared off a glacier in Norway under the Northern Lights. According to Arctic legend, if you whistle at the Northern Lights, they'll swoop down and carry you off forever. Sixteen-year-old Eline Davis knows it's true because it happened to her mother. Eli was there that night on the remote glacier in Svalbard, when her mother whistled, then vanished. Years later, Eli is living with her dad on Cape Cod. When Eli discovers the Northern Lights will be visible for one night on the Cape, she hatches a plan to use the lights to contact her missing mother. And it works. Her mother arrives with a hazy story of where she's been all this time. Eli knows no one will believe them, so she keeps it all a secret. But when magical, dangerous things start happening--narwhals appearing in Cape Code Bay, meteorites landing in the yard by the hundreds, three shadowy fairytale princesses whispering ominous messages--the secrets start to become more like lies. It's all too much, too fast, and Eli pushes her mother away, not expecting her to disappear as abruptly as she appeared. Her mother's gone again, and Eli's devastated. Until she finds the note written in mother's elegant scrawl: Find me where I left you. And so, off to Svalbard Eli goes.

30 review for The Wide Starlight

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa โ™ฅ Dog/Wolf Lover โ™ฅ Martin

    This book was magical and has a stunning cover!! Mel ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿถ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿพ This book was magical and has a stunning cover!! Mel ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿถ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿพ

  2. 4 out of 5

    jocelyn

    4.5 stars The Wide Starlight captured me immediately and completely. It is a beautifully written, deeply emotional story about a young girl named Eline (Eli) and her relationship with her mother. Ten years ago, when they still lived in Svalbard, Eli and her mother left their home in the middle of the night. She was found later by a rescue crew while her mother had disappeared without a trace. Now, she and her father live in Cape Cod and she is still plagued by that grief and feelings of abandonme 4.5 stars The Wide Starlight captured me immediately and completely. It is a beautifully written, deeply emotional story about a young girl named Eline (Eli) and her relationship with her mother. Ten years ago, when they still lived in Svalbard, Eli and her mother left their home in the middle of the night. She was found later by a rescue crew while her mother had disappeared without a trace. Now, she and her father live in Cape Cod and she is still plagued by that grief and feelings of abandonment. When the Northern Lights appear over Cape Cod, Eli follows the pull to call them down and ask for her mother back. The main storyline is interspersed with stories that all begin โ€œonce upon a time,โ€ and following that fairytale convention, describe fantastical situations, both happy and sad. They give us more context into Eliโ€™s understanding of the world, of her relationships, and what was lost when they left Norway. There is a fabulist element that permeates this book, which is one of my favorite things when done right. I hesitate to discern too much between โ€œrealityโ€ and โ€œfantasyโ€ because that feels inauthentic to Eliโ€™s story, but I can see some readers finding this confusing or wanting to diagnose our main character. I recommend simply going with what is laid out, rather than trying to fight for logic. The atmosphere especially worked well for me here. I read this at the perfect time, in the middle of winter, and that enhanced the cold, isolated feelings I was getting from the book. The end, too, was perfectly inevitable and cathartic. It is heartfelt and tender, soothing to old wounds. I feel like Iโ€™ve both rambled and said nothing concrete, but that feels somehow fitting for the way this book left me. It is one of those hard to come by stories that cuts close to the bone, those stories that make me forget where my life ends and the characterโ€™s begins. Iโ€™ll leave you with some comp titles in hopes that I can more accurately pinpoint who I think will love The Wide Starlight as much as I do. The marketing already calls out The Astonishing Color of After by Emily XR Pan, and I would also add Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, both of which follow young girls whose stories revolve around searching for their mothers. Iโ€™d also say thereโ€™s a similar melancholic tone here to We Are Okay by Nina Lacour, and the casual acceptance/understanding of traditional stories and lore of The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. cw: grief, loss of a parent

  3. 5 out of 5

    Angela Staudt

    Thank you to NetGalley and PenguinTeen for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I am definitely in the minority when I say this book just wasn't for me. I loved what the author was trying to do with mixing fiction and folklore together. I just felt like it was clunky and I didn't feel for the main character. I loved how vivid the writing was and I did truly enjoy the "once upon a time" stories that we get that are about Eline, her mother, and her mothers-mother. I just felt like the author pu Thank you to NetGalley and PenguinTeen for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I am definitely in the minority when I say this book just wasn't for me. I loved what the author was trying to do with mixing fiction and folklore together. I just felt like it was clunky and I didn't feel for the main character. I loved how vivid the writing was and I did truly enjoy the "once upon a time" stories that we get that are about Eline, her mother, and her mothers-mother. I just felt like the author put a lot of thought into writing those and then didn't fully invest in the main story. I thought Eline was very self centered and I know she has grief and trauma because of what happened years ago when her mother disappears. I just feel as though that doesn't give you a right to be a bad friend and she doesn't give thought to her actions. I wish I could say I loved this, but it just was not for me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    belle โ˜†๏พ (thisbellereadstoo)

    rep: mental illness the wide starlight is magical story about a girl who's desperately searching for her mother who disappeared one night along with the aurora borealis. after her mother vanished, eline's father moved them away from norway to the united states. as eline slowly filled in the gaps of not only what happened that night but also memories of her childhood, she discovered things about her mother that she didn't observed or knew in the past. nicole lesperance's writing is simplistic yet a rep: mental illness the wide starlight is magical story about a girl who's desperately searching for her mother who disappeared one night along with the aurora borealis. after her mother vanished, eline's father moved them away from norway to the united states. as eline slowly filled in the gaps of not only what happened that night but also memories of her childhood, she discovered things about her mother that she didn't observed or knew in the past. nicole lesperance's writing is simplistic yet absolutely captivating. she adds stories within stories so that the readers gradually get a sense of the bigger picture. nothing is ever dumped on the reader. it's a slow exploration of all the characters' stories ranging from eline to eline's mother to eline's grandmother. it was beautiful, magical and very emotional. when eline finally reconnected with her mother who she hasn't seen in years or thought to be dead, it was awkward and weird. eline's hesitance in discussing about things and her elation of finally finding her mother clashes. with the author's writing, eline's emotional state was easily related to the readers. overall, a wonderful debut with a whimsical and captivating setting in norway, about a young girl who's desperate for her mother's return.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Renee Godding

    3.5 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Zoรซ โ˜†

    Okay this sounds AMAZING and the cover is absolutely stunning!! ๐Ÿ˜

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    โ€œOnce upon a time, far from the green house at the top of the world, a girl stood alone on a frozen fjord under an empty night sky, clutching a ring that had turned from gleaming gold to dull silver. โ€˜I wish for my mamma to come back.โ€ Ah, were do I start with this beautiful story. The Wide Starlight is magical and dreamy and so gorgeously written. The kind of book that makes you feel like anything is possible when youโ€™re reading it. That maybe, just maybe, thereโ€™s some magic in the world that th โ€œOnce upon a time, far from the green house at the top of the world, a girl stood alone on a frozen fjord under an empty night sky, clutching a ring that had turned from gleaming gold to dull silver. โ€˜I wish for my mamma to come back.โ€ Ah, were do I start with this beautiful story. The Wide Starlight is magical and dreamy and so gorgeously written. The kind of book that makes you feel like anything is possible when youโ€™re reading it. That maybe, just maybe, thereโ€™s some magic in the world that the rest of just canโ€™t see. The Wide Starlight by Nicole Lesperance is the book that kept me up reading well past 2 am on a Sunday night making for the Mondayest Monday ever and I have zero regrets. Eline was only a child when her mother disappeared, snatched up in to the sky by the Northern Lights, leaving her alone on a frozen fjord far from her home. At sixteen, Eline, or Eli is living in Cape Cod with her father, far from her Norwegian roots when a series of unlikely events occur. First the arrival of the Northern Lights which are rarely, if ever, seen in the Cape. This, along with a cryptic note found in a bush, leads Eli to remember the night her mother disappeared; the night she whistled down the Northern Lights and was swept up into the sky. Thinking she can bring her mother back, Eli whistles at the sky and her mother returns but sheโ€™s a mirror image of her former self and sheโ€™s brought with her a spot of trouble. Thereโ€™s so much I loved about this story! There is a sense of magic incorporated in to every page; the lyrical stories and Nordic fairytales told by the characters are poignant and wistful, captivating and compelling. And then thereโ€™s the setting! What a setting Ms. Lesperance created! Atmospheric and richly detailed; an absolute joy to read and discover. I loved how she examined the love between a mother and daughter; the rose-colored glasses we wear as children when we see only the perfection of our parents. She explores the bitter heartache that comes with loss, explored in vivid detail and all wrapped up into one painful ball of raw emotion. My words canโ€™t really do this book justice. Most of us who read a lot will say โ€˜this is a story that will stay with me for a whileโ€™ after reading a book thatโ€™s really touched us. This is how I feel about The Wide Starlight; itโ€™s a story that will come back to me again and again, long after Iโ€™ve finished the last word. My sincere thanks to Penguin Teen and the author for providing me with a DRC in exchange for my review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    The Wide Starlight was pretty cool from start to finish.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    3.5 stars. This one was actually perfect for reading while we are currently in the middle of a winter storm since the setting is very wintry! I really liked the way the author wove magic and lore into a story about loss, and the ensuing grief and anger that follow, and appreciated the unique setting.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Savannah (forest_reader)

    The cover and the whimsical description of the Northern Lights and finding a lost mother immediately drew me to this book, The Wide Starlight. And sure enough, the beautiful descriptions of Norway match the beautiful cover. However, I didn't feel as connected to the story. It boils down to me not loving magical realism. I just can't seem to wrap my brain around it, which regrettably seems to be the point of magical realism. Anyways. I couldn't connect with Eli because I questioned some of her ch The cover and the whimsical description of the Northern Lights and finding a lost mother immediately drew me to this book, The Wide Starlight. And sure enough, the beautiful descriptions of Norway match the beautiful cover. However, I didn't feel as connected to the story. It boils down to me not loving magical realism. I just can't seem to wrap my brain around it, which regrettably seems to be the point of magical realism. Anyways. I couldn't connect with Eli because I questioned some of her choices and thought processes, and the fairy tale stuff didn't seem to fit in with the world and aesthetic of the book sometimes. I enjoyed the flashback portions because those seemed solidly in place with the story. But everything else just didn't fit. Still engaging though, with beautiful scenery and some interesting characters. Writing Aesthetic/Style: 4 Plot/Movement: 3 Character Development: 3 Overall: 3 Thank you, NetGalley and Razorbill, for the review copy!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Halli Gomez

    This is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. Before I get into the plot and characters, which are just as amazing, I must talk about the prose. The words, sentences, and paragraphs are woven together in a such a way, you feel as if you are floating through the sky. They carry you throughout the entire story, no chapter from beginning to end losing that quality, they take you to the stars, then plant you carefully, yet firmly, back on the ground. The characters are as deep a This is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. Before I get into the plot and characters, which are just as amazing, I must talk about the prose. The words, sentences, and paragraphs are woven together in a such a way, you feel as if you are floating through the sky. They carry you throughout the entire story, no chapter from beginning to end losing that quality, they take you to the stars, then plant you carefully, yet firmly, back on the ground. The characters are as deep and intense as the north wind. Each character is a perfect amount of perfection and flaw, calm and intense, and success and failure. They are human. And because of that, you become attached to them all, even the ones you know you should be fearful of. The story itself is as magical as a fairy tale and as realistic as contemporary lives, and yet the two are tied together seamlessly. This is a story about secrets and misunderstandings. Itโ€™s also about family, friendships, trust, and acceptance.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I don't know anything about Norwegian fairy tales, but I think I've just read one. And it was magical. THE WIDE STARLIGHT is a beautiful book about the depth and breadth of maternal love, and how a mother and daughter's ultimate task is to let go of one another. The story is ethereal and mournful and so atmospheric. The stark, icy landscape of Norway was vivid in my mind, though I've never been there. Legend and myth are quite literally knit into the story, all peacock blue and white. There was I don't know anything about Norwegian fairy tales, but I think I've just read one. And it was magical. THE WIDE STARLIGHT is a beautiful book about the depth and breadth of maternal love, and how a mother and daughter's ultimate task is to let go of one another. The story is ethereal and mournful and so atmospheric. The stark, icy landscape of Norway was vivid in my mind, though I've never been there. Legend and myth are quite literally knit into the story, all peacock blue and white. There was such yearning in these pages, and as a mother, I was wiping away tears at the end. Many thanks to Nicole Lesperance and Penguin/Razorbill for the eARC of this stunning fairy tale. It will stay with me for a long time.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sam Taylor

    Inspired by Norwegian folklore about the Northern Lights (so, you know, I automatically love it), this book follows Eli, a Norwegian-American girl searching for her mother, who was snatched up by the Northern Lights in Norway when Eli was only six. The writing is gorgeous, lyrical, and poignant with Eliโ€™s longing for her mother and her efforts to reconnect with her broken family. And woven into Eliโ€™s story are gorgeous, folktale-esque memories of Eliโ€™s mother when she was a child, and every step Inspired by Norwegian folklore about the Northern Lights (so, you know, I automatically love it), this book follows Eli, a Norwegian-American girl searching for her mother, who was snatched up by the Northern Lights in Norway when Eli was only six. The writing is gorgeous, lyrical, and poignant with Eliโ€™s longing for her mother and her efforts to reconnect with her broken family. And woven into Eliโ€™s story are gorgeous, folktale-esque memories of Eliโ€™s mother when she was a child, and every step of the past that led to Eliโ€™s mother disappearing into the sky. Highly recommend this book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Mitchell

    โ€œ๐™„๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™š. ๐™‰๐™ค๐™—๐™ค๐™™๐™ฎโ€™๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ค๐™›๐™› ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง. ๐™ˆ๐™ฎ ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™š๐™™ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™œ๐™ค๐™š๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™„ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฏ๐™š: ๐™ž๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š, ๐™ž๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ข๐™–๐™ก, ๐™ž๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ก. ๐™„โ€™๐™ข ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™๐™šโ€™๐™จ ๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™›๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™š. ๐™‰๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ž๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ.โ€โ€”Nicole Lesperance Dripping with Norwegian folklore, this magical novel follows Eli as she struggles with the loss of her mother. Ten years later, she tries to remember what happened that fateful night on the frozen fjords in Norway. Her โ€œ๐™„๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™š. ๐™‰๐™ค๐™—๐™ค๐™™๐™ฎโ€™๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ค๐™›๐™› ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง. ๐™ˆ๐™ฎ ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™š๐™™ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™œ๐™ค๐™š๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™„ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฏ๐™š: ๐™ž๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š, ๐™ž๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ข๐™–๐™ก, ๐™ž๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ก. ๐™„โ€™๐™ข ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™๐™šโ€™๐™จ ๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™›๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™š. ๐™‰๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ž๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ.โ€โ€”Nicole Lesperance Dripping with Norwegian folklore, this magical novel follows Eli as she struggles with the loss of her mother. Ten years later, she tries to remember what happened that fateful night on the frozen fjords in Norway. Her mother whistled at the Northern Lights and vanished. Now Eli lives in Cape Cod with her dad. When the Northern Lights become visible over the Cape for just one night, Eli canโ€™t resist the possibility of seeing her mother just one more time. This story is beautifully written, its pages filled with magical realism and folklore. Set upon the backdrop of frozen glaciers and stunning northern lights, it speaks of loss and acceptance. The prose is poetic and elegant. And each of the stories woven into the pages are lovely. Its a quick read that was difficult to put down. While it wasnโ€™t the type of book I generally seek out, I immensely enjoyed it. There was just enough magic and suspense to keep my attention. I loved the deep mother-daughter bond between Eli and her mother. It was heart-wrenching at times to read about Eliโ€™s struggle with abandonment and some of her childhood experiences. I loved the way magic was woven into the events of the story. Just enough to be ambiguous, but clearly there. โ€œ๐™๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™šโ€™๐™จ ๐™ฃ๐™ค ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™™ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™„ ๐™›๐™š๐™š๐™ก. ๐™„ ๐™ข๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ข ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ก๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™—๐™ค๐™™๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™„ ๐™ข๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ช๐™ฅ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™˜๐™ก๐™ค๐™ช๐™™๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™„ ๐™ข๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ข๐™ฎ๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™› ๐™ค๐™›๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ก๐™ก ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™›๐™Ÿ๐™ค๐™ง๐™™. ๐™Š๐™ง ๐™„ ๐™ข๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™ช๐™ง๐™ก ๐™ช๐™ฅ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™˜๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง, ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ค ๐™ก๐™š๐™›๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™– ๐™˜๐™–๐™ง๐™™๐™—๐™ค๐™–๐™ง๐™™ ๐™—๐™ค๐™ค๐™  ๐™ค๐™› ๐™จ๐™˜๐™ง๐™–๐™ฅ๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™– ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™™๐™š๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™™ ๐™—๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™.โ€ This is first and foremost a story about loss, about healing, about the lengths a daughter will go to find answers and closure. It was emotional at times, and touched on mental health issues too, which were generally in the background. But in short, it was simply a beautiful story. What I enjoyed most was the folklore and setting. There were some lovely Norwegian stories depicted and woven into the lives of the main characters. I loved the parallels, and the way magic made certain tales come to life. Magic was always there, hiding in the seams of the world. Eliโ€™s mother knew exactly how to tug on these seams and bring the magic to life. Her true love was in books and stories, but her ability meant she was often making the stories come to life, and these stories were her undoing. So Eliโ€™s mother even tried to abandon them. โ€œ๐™Ž๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™™๐™–๐™ช๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™›๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ซ๐™ค๐™ž๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™จ ๐™๐™–๐™™ ๐™ก๐™š๐™›๐™ฉ, ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ฎ ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ฌ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™š๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™š๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ๐™จ๐™š๐™จ. ๐™ƒ๐™š๐™ง ๐™™๐™–๐™ช๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ก๐™–๐™ง ๐™จ๐™ฎ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ข, ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™œ๐™–๐™ก๐™–๐™ญ๐™ฎ.โ€ The style of writing was unique. It jumped between past and present. From chapter to chapter we get glimpses into Eliโ€™s present, and then Eliโ€™s past based on the book or diary she wrote for herself at a young age to remember everything that had happened as a child. I liked this style, and it fit well. Overall, this was a gorgeous story. It wasnโ€™t in line with my tastes, yet, I still devoured it in two days. I think for people who like magical realism and connect with stories of loss, it will be ideal. MY RATING: 4/5โญ๏ธ A big thank you to Penguin Teen for the eARC copy in exchange for my honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ella

    โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜† 3.5/5 thank you to penguinteen and netgallery for the arc! absolutely gorgeous and heartbreaking. i felt fully immersed in the story the whole time and felt myself struggling to put it down. a super quick read that feels so much longer and deeper (in a good way) because of all the beautiful stories packed inside

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Loura

    What a magical journey this book just took me on. I absolutely loved this book, it captured me from the very beginning. I loved the old Norwegian folk tales, as well as putting Eli's and her mother's stories into fairy tale versions. Five stars for sure! What a magical journey this book just took me on. I absolutely loved this book, it captured me from the very beginning. I loved the old Norwegian folk tales, as well as putting Eli's and her mother's stories into fairy tale versions. Five stars for sure!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kera (featherboundbooks)

    In this beautiful and magical story, we meet Eline (Eli) as she tries to put the pieces together of what happened to her mother. Years ago, her mother whistled at the sky under the northern lights and she disappeared before Eliโ€™s eyes. Afterward, Eli and her father left their home in Norway and reside on Cape Cod. When these same northern lights are visible over her Massachusetts peninsula for one night only, Eli takes a chance and whistles at the sky. And there she is! Her mother is here again In this beautiful and magical story, we meet Eline (Eli) as she tries to put the pieces together of what happened to her mother. Years ago, her mother whistled at the sky under the northern lights and she disappeared before Eliโ€™s eyes. Afterward, Eli and her father left their home in Norway and reside on Cape Cod. When these same northern lights are visible over her Massachusetts peninsula for one night only, Eli takes a chance and whistles at the sky. And there she is! Her mother is here again but she is different now and she is not alone. While that may seem ominous, in truth, mostly it is, but beautiful and magical, as well. Her motherโ€™s disappearance from the second time is something that Eli cannot handle, so she convinces her father to go back to Norway, where she knows she will find her mother yet again. There she meets family she has never known of and is constantly visited by the three beautiful but ominous princesses who seem to be up to no good. What they claim is their help will come with a price. But nothing will stand in the way of her reuniting with her mother. This was a beautiful story, filled with colorful musings and magical tales. This was about the bond between mother and daughter and how wonderful and yet tumultuous it can be. The Wide Starlight was a unique story that pulled me in and lulled me, cocooned in the incredible storytelling and absolute magic like a flame that you are drawn too for its warmth but if you get too close, you will get burned. There was such a sense of urgency in these pages and I found it thrilling and enthralling.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marti Leimbach

    The Wide Starlight is the evocative, atmospheric story of 16-year old Eli, whose missing mother draws her into a strange and magical world. Eliโ€™s mother disappeared one night, leaving her stranded on a sheet of ice in Svalbard, north of the mainland of Norway, where she might have frozen to death or been killed by a polar bear. Remarkably, Eli was discovered and saved, but Siljeโ€™s body is never found. Is she dead or missing? Did her troubled mind finally snap, leading her to abandon her young dau The Wide Starlight is the evocative, atmospheric story of 16-year old Eli, whose missing mother draws her into a strange and magical world. Eliโ€™s mother disappeared one night, leaving her stranded on a sheet of ice in Svalbard, north of the mainland of Norway, where she might have frozen to death or been killed by a polar bear. Remarkably, Eli was discovered and saved, but Siljeโ€™s body is never found. Is she dead or missing? Did her troubled mind finally snap, leading her to abandon her young daughter before fleeing? Siljeโ€™s body is never recovered. Eli is taken back to America by her American father and raised there. But then, a decade later, a series of strange events begin, leading Eli on the path of discovering the mystery that landed her on that ice alone, her mother missing. A mixture of myth, magic, and contemporary storytelling, The Wide Starlight, is a vivid, ethereal story in which the reader (and often Eli) is never sure what is real and what is imagined. The friendship of Eli and Iris is ground in contemporary culture, but the spiritual bond to her mother is woven with fantasy and fairytales. The authorโ€™s portrait of Eliโ€™s grandmother Mormor is especially excellent. I read most of this engaging, bizarre, beautiful novel while curled up by the fire with a mug of steaming coffee. I suggest you do the same.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brianna Bourne

    If you liked The Astonishing Color of After, you MUST read this. It's so freaking good!!! The Wide Starlight is INCREDIBLE. Stunningly magical and heart-achingly emotional, it's easily one of the best YA novels I've read this year. From the very first page, I felt wrapped in magic, and instantly safe in the hands of a true storyteller. I loved the first half of the novel, but once Eline goes to Norway I was ENAMORED with this book. The descriptions of Svalbard (a Norweigan archipelago close to the If you liked The Astonishing Color of After, you MUST read this. It's so freaking good!!! The Wide Starlight is INCREDIBLE. Stunningly magical and heart-achingly emotional, it's easily one of the best YA novels I've read this year. From the very first page, I felt wrapped in magic, and instantly safe in the hands of a true storyteller. I loved the first half of the novel, but once Eline goes to Norway I was ENAMORED with this book. The descriptions of Svalbard (a Norweigan archipelago close to the North Pole) are exquisite and I could feel both the cold and the Norse mythology seeping into my bones. Every character was perfectly rendered, and Eline's yearning for her mother is so heart-wrenching. Themes of mental health, grief, loss, wholeness, love are all expertly rendered. Nicole Lesperance's writing is phenomenal - simple and smooth, but so rich and enchanting at the same time. Main character Eline's narration is complemented by chapters told in a hauntingly gorgeous storybook style with perfect balance. I can't wait to read whatever Nicole Lesperance writes next!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Incredibly vivid tale of loss, grief, and family. Told through alternating perspectives of first person and myths/legends, "The Wide Starlight" is a highly readable, beautiful story for teens and those who remember being teens. Lesperance captures an area I know well--the Outer Cape--and one I will likely never get to see--Norway. I have always wondered what those Arctic terns think of Cape Cod, and now I have a better idea. Digital ARC via Edelweiss Incredibly vivid tale of loss, grief, and family. Told through alternating perspectives of first person and myths/legends, "The Wide Starlight" is a highly readable, beautiful story for teens and those who remember being teens. Lesperance captures an area I know well--the Outer Cape--and one I will likely never get to see--Norway. I have always wondered what those Arctic terns think of Cape Cod, and now I have a better idea. Digital ARC via Edelweiss

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I wasn't too big on the magical realism since the story leaves it up to the reader to decide what is real and what isn't. I loved the beginning on the Cape and the descriptions sweeping across the Atlantic to a tiny archipelago in the Arctic. Thank you Edelweiss for the ARC. I wasn't too big on the magical realism since the story leaves it up to the reader to decide what is real and what isn't. I loved the beginning on the Cape and the descriptions sweeping across the Atlantic to a tiny archipelago in the Arctic. Thank you Edelweiss for the ARC.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura Rueckert

    I was so impressed with this book! The gorgeous fairytale-like atmosphere that somehow still managed to have relationships that felt so real. The mistakes we make with friends and family. The heartbreak. Highly recommended!

  23. 4 out of 5

    caitlin โœถ

    So Iโ€™m mutuals with this author on twitter & I just read the summary of her bookโ€”it sounds so good wtf??

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    โ€œOnce upon a time, far from the green house at the top of the world, a girl stood alone on a frozen fjord under an empty night sky, clutching a ring that had turned from gleaming gold to dull silver. โ€˜I wish for my mamma to come back.โ€ Ah, were do I start with this beautiful story. The Wide Starlight is magical and dreamy and so gorgeously written. The kind of book that makes you feel like anything is possible when youโ€™re reading it. That maybe, just maybe, thereโ€™s some magic in the world that th โ€œOnce upon a time, far from the green house at the top of the world, a girl stood alone on a frozen fjord under an empty night sky, clutching a ring that had turned from gleaming gold to dull silver. โ€˜I wish for my mamma to come back.โ€ Ah, were do I start with this beautiful story. The Wide Starlight is magical and dreamy and so gorgeously written. The kind of book that makes you feel like anything is possible when youโ€™re reading it. That maybe, just maybe, thereโ€™s some magic in the world that the rest of just canโ€™t see. The Wide Starlight by Nicole Lesperance is the book that kept me up reading well past 2 am on a Sunday night making for the Mondayest Monday ever and I have zero regrets. Eline was only a child when her mother disappeared, snatched up in to the sky by the Northern Lights, leaving her alone on a frozen fjord far from her home. At sixteen, Eline, or Eli is living in Cape Cod with her father, far from her Norwegian roots when a series of unlikely events occur. First the arrival of the Northern Lights which are rarely, if ever, seen in the Cape. This, along with a cryptic note found in a bush, leads Eli to remember the night her mother disappeared; the night she whistled down the Northern Lights and was swept up into the sky. Thinking she can bring her mother back, Eli whistles at the sky and her mother returns but sheโ€™s a mirror image of her former self and sheโ€™s brought with her a spot of trouble. Thereโ€™s so much I loved about this story! There is a sense of magic incorporated in to every page; the lyrical stories and Nordic fairytales told by the characters are poignant and wistful, captivating and compelling. And then thereโ€™s the setting! What a setting Ms. Lesperance created! Atmospheric and richly detailed; an absolute joy to read and discover. I loved how she examined the love between a mother and daughter; the rose-colored glasses we wear as children when we see only the perfection of our parents. She explores the bitter heartache that comes with loss, explored in vivid detail and all wrapped up into one painful ball of raw emotion. My words canโ€™t really do this book justice. Most of us who read a lot will say โ€˜this is a story that will stay with me for a whileโ€™ after reading a book thatโ€™s really touched us. This is how I feel about The Wide Starlight; itโ€™s a story that will come back to me again and again, long after Iโ€™ve finished the last word.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Trigger warning: missing / deceased mother. - 10 years ago, Eliโ€™s mother vanished under the Northern Lights in Norway, leaving her daughter alone on a glacier in the middle of the night. Now, 16 year old Eli and her dad are living in Cape Cod, when their normal life is disrupted by a series of strange eventsโ€” the strangest being a visit from Eliโ€™s mother. But her mother doesnโ€™t appear well, and she disappears as suddenly as she had appeared. To find her mother once again, Eli has to unravel the t Trigger warning: missing / deceased mother. - 10 years ago, Eliโ€™s mother vanished under the Northern Lights in Norway, leaving her daughter alone on a glacier in the middle of the night. Now, 16 year old Eli and her dad are living in Cape Cod, when their normal life is disrupted by a series of strange eventsโ€” the strangest being a visit from Eliโ€™s mother. But her mother doesnโ€™t appear well, and she disappears as suddenly as she had appeared. To find her mother once again, Eli has to unravel the truth of what happened that night. She has to go to the last place she truly saw her: the glacier where she was abandoned. - This book was magical and so, so tragic. My heart broke for Eli, her parents and her grandmother. Itโ€™s a heavy fairytale filled with love and lossโ€” It was emotional and captivating every step of the way. Beautiful and lyrical writing, a wonderful atmosphere, a gripping story... you want to pick this one up! - This book gave me what I wanted from THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert. - 4.5/5 stars, THE WIDE STARLIGHT by Nicole Lesperance is available February 16, 2021! - Thank you to Penguin Teen and Netgalley for sending me an eARC to review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Siofra

    Once upon a time, a girl lost her mother to magic, myths and fear, so she used love to give herself another chance with her mother. Eli's mother raised her on magically stories and shared with her Norwegian myths that felt real and alive, and promised everything would always be fine. But it wasn't, not since her mother disappeared into the sky. A decade later and Eli wants her mother back and is willing to mess with the magic that took her for a chance to hold her once more. She'll pay any price . Once upon a time, a girl lost her mother to magic, myths and fear, so she used love to give herself another chance with her mother. Eli's mother raised her on magically stories and shared with her Norwegian myths that felt real and alive, and promised everything would always be fine. But it wasn't, not since her mother disappeared into the sky. A decade later and Eli wants her mother back and is willing to mess with the magic that took her for a chance to hold her once more. She'll pay any price .... until she realizes that sometimes it isn't worth it. I haven't read a book that encaptured me with fairytales and magic since Hazelwood, but The Wide Starlight really enchanted me. I started it and had to finish; no breaks, only the book world. This book dealt with loss, the line between magic and our world and what you would give to keep a loved one safe. The mother-daughter relationship made me tear up because I love my mum just as much, and not having her would have left a hole in me. I relate to Eli, and her mother, my mum and I are like two branches too.

  27. 5 out of 5

    โ™ฃBelโ™ฃ

    You sometimes come across a book that completely takes you by surprise. It kind of just reaches into you and grasps your soul with a chilling hold that is hard to simply shrug off. It consumes your thoughts, has you awake at 1 AM bawling your eyes out and thinking about the people youโ€™ve lost. I donโ€™t even remember what I was expecting going into The Wide Starlight but I feel such utter heartbreak after finishing this beautiful story. My heart aches for Eline, for all that sheโ€™s lost and went th You sometimes come across a book that completely takes you by surprise. It kind of just reaches into you and grasps your soul with a chilling hold that is hard to simply shrug off. It consumes your thoughts, has you awake at 1 AM bawling your eyes out and thinking about the people youโ€™ve lost. I donโ€™t even remember what I was expecting going into The Wide Starlight but I feel such utter heartbreak after finishing this beautiful story. My heart aches for Eline, for all that sheโ€™s lost and went through. Nicoleโ€™s beautiful lyrical, metaphorical prose and the way Eliโ€™s journey is told in a fairytale sense made the story all the more endearing. I think many of us whoโ€™ve lost someone the way Eli lost her mother struggle to find stories that can show how painful it really is. Dealing with loss and grief consumes you in a way that makes it hard to face reality and it was portrayed so prominently accurate here that I am affected beyond words can even explain. Such an emotional, vivid tale of grief, loss, and heartache. My heart hurts. My soul hurts. And I need more readers to experience this story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chloรซ

    "......The Hazel Wood meets The Astonishing Color of After in this dreamy, atmospheric novel that follows sixteen-year-old Eli as she tries to remember what truly happened the night her mother disappeared off a glacier in Norway under the Northern Lights." LET'S GOOOOOOOOOO. "......The Hazel Wood meets The Astonishing Color of After in this dreamy, atmospheric novel that follows sixteen-year-old Eli as she tries to remember what truly happened the night her mother disappeared off a glacier in Norway under the Northern Lights." LET'S GOOOOOOOOOO.

  29. 4 out of 5

    book_dragon_not_worm

    me: Judging a book by it's cover and title? NEVER. also me: *marks it tbr and proceeds to stare at the Kindle cover for hours* me: Judging a book by it's cover and title? NEVER. also me: *marks it tbr and proceeds to stare at the Kindle cover for hours*

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kaley

    Quick Stats Overall: 5 stars (I rounded up because it deserves it) Characters: 5/5 stars Plot: 5/5 stars Setting: 5/5 stars Writing:4/5 stars ~ The Wide Starlight is a story containing Norwegian mythology/folklore. It follows Eli as she returns to the secluded Norwegian flord at the top of the world where she lived as a child as she searches for the truth about what happened the night her mother disappeared. Written from Eliโ€™s point of view with multi-generational stories written like twisted bedtime s Quick Stats Overall: 5 stars (I rounded up because it deserves it) Characters: 5/5 stars Plot: 5/5 stars Setting: 5/5 stars Writing:4/5 stars ~ The Wide Starlight is a story containing Norwegian mythology/folklore. It follows Eli as she returns to the secluded Norwegian flord at the top of the world where she lived as a child as she searches for the truth about what happened the night her mother disappeared. Written from Eliโ€™s point of view with multi-generational stories written like twisted bedtime stories sprinkled in, I was captivated by the world and story. This is an incredible, strong debut by Nicole Lesperance and I canโ€™t wait to read what she comes out with next. The characters were all well rounded. Eli had a unique voice, and I never felt disconnected from her. I adored Irisโ€™s character and their friendship. I do with we had gotten to see a little bit more of the forming of a relationship between Eli and Kaja, but what was there was well done. It took me a few chapters to get drawn into the plot and writing, but once I did, I didnโ€™t want to set down the book until I was finished. The magic was woven into every page beautifully. The story was supplemented with fairytale-esque stories that give the reader insight into Eliโ€™s past in Svalvard and her motherโ€™s past and experiences with Eli, magic, and her own mother. I loved this addition. It gave a whole new magical feel to the story and tied in with the plot very well. When Eli arrived in Svalvard and began exploring I was swept up in the beautiful descriptions of the town at the top of the world. Everything about this novel is beautiful, magical, and atmospheric. I highly recommend this book, especially if youโ€™re a fan of magical realism or contemporary fantasy. A million thanks to PenguinTeen for an eARC of this book! This is an honest, unbiased review and all thoughts and opinions are my own!

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