The Music the Stars Sang is the story of Adi and Rupe, two brilliant characters that find each other by chance when Adi is placed with a foster family while her grandmother gets medical care. The author uses music-oriented imagery to describe the beauty and the dangers of the world throughout the narrative. After Adi’s grandmother passes away, she is thrown into a bout of grief that is gut wrenching and something that middle grade readers may have similarly experienced. Readers are introduced to a ‘getaway’ world called The Sidereal Kingdom when Adi and Rupe venture out.
This world is filled with memorable characters, beautiful descriptions of sounds, smells, and sights. This is a surreal world designed to be an escape and what a wonderful escape this is! I loved the characters and worldbuilding, along with the wonderful tendrils of music threaded through the story.
Books in and of themselves are used as an escape from reality, which is a coping mechanism that is used by many people. Personally, I use books to escape periodically into a new world or a world that is familiar and safe. Weaving the musical elements through the narrative is also a beautiful note that lends itself to this coping mechanism. Particularly when I was around 10-13, I listened to music in order to cope with various things. I love this idea for middle grade readers and reading about Adi’s story of working through her grief is particularly relevant and timely for readers.
I would absolutely recommend this book to any middle grade reader or parent interested in books such as this. Adi will hold a special place in my heart from now on. I will be purchasing a copy of this book for my son to read when he is a little bit more skilled at reading. I am going to look into other works by T. L. Cervantes, who has a beautiful and engaging writing style! I am so glad that I was approved for this book, it has been a joy to read and review!
The Music the Stars Sang is available now and I would encourage you to purchase from your favorite retailer!
Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for providing a galley copy of this book in return for an honest review.