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Movies, mansions, and murder in the Golden Age of Hollywood! Teri Bailey Black's Chasing Starlight is a historical mystery from the award-winning author of the Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel. 1938. The Golden Age of Hollywood. Palm trees and movie stars. Film studios pumping out musicals, westerns, and gangster films at a furious pace. Everyone wants to be a star Movies, mansions, and murder in the Golden Age of Hollywood! Teri Bailey Black's Chasing Starlight is a historical mystery from the award-winning author of the Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel. 1938. The Golden Age of Hollywood. Palm trees and movie stars. Film studios pumping out musicals, westerns, and gangster films at a furious pace. Everyone wants to be a star―except society girl and aspiring astronomer Kate Hildebrand, who’d rather study them in the night sky. She’s already famous after a childhood tragedy turned her into a newspaper headline. What she craves is stability. But when Kate has to move to Hollywood to live with her washed-up silent film star grandfather, she walks into a murder scene and finds herself on the front page again. She suspects one of the young men boarding in her grandfather’s run-down mansion is the killer―maybe even her grandfather. She searches for clues. Now, Kate must discover the killer while working on the set of a musical―and falling in love. Will her stars align so she can catch the murderer and live the dream in Old Hollywood? Or will she find that she's just chasing starlight?


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Movies, mansions, and murder in the Golden Age of Hollywood! Teri Bailey Black's Chasing Starlight is a historical mystery from the award-winning author of the Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel. 1938. The Golden Age of Hollywood. Palm trees and movie stars. Film studios pumping out musicals, westerns, and gangster films at a furious pace. Everyone wants to be a star Movies, mansions, and murder in the Golden Age of Hollywood! Teri Bailey Black's Chasing Starlight is a historical mystery from the award-winning author of the Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel. 1938. The Golden Age of Hollywood. Palm trees and movie stars. Film studios pumping out musicals, westerns, and gangster films at a furious pace. Everyone wants to be a star―except society girl and aspiring astronomer Kate Hildebrand, who’d rather study them in the night sky. She’s already famous after a childhood tragedy turned her into a newspaper headline. What she craves is stability. But when Kate has to move to Hollywood to live with her washed-up silent film star grandfather, she walks into a murder scene and finds herself on the front page again. She suspects one of the young men boarding in her grandfather’s run-down mansion is the killer―maybe even her grandfather. She searches for clues. Now, Kate must discover the killer while working on the set of a musical―and falling in love. Will her stars align so she can catch the murderer and live the dream in Old Hollywood? Or will she find that she's just chasing starlight?

30 review for Chasing Starlight

  1. 4 out of 5

    Camilla

    First of all, this book was badass. Very much like the Netflix minisseries "Hollywood", this was full of characters that were inspiring and ahead of their time. Chasing Starlight is about Kate, a girl who goes to Hollywood to move in with her grandfather and gets into some adventures with these strange men that she has to live with, but also as she experiences working on a movie set as assistant producer. I think that the synopsis gave too much away, because this doesn't become a mystery until First of all, this book was badass. Very much like the Netflix minisseries "Hollywood", this was full of characters that were inspiring and ahead of their time. Chasing Starlight is about Kate, a girl who goes to Hollywood to move in with her grandfather and gets into some adventures with these strange men that she has to live with, but also as she experiences working on a movie set as assistant producer. I think that the synopsis gave too much away, because this doesn't become a mystery until 30% of the book, which made the first half pretty boring to me. There was a lot of infodumping and that's not what I expected from this story, since the description sounded way more interesting than it actually ended up being. Another thing that let me down: I figured out the murderer way too early on. It was kind of obvious. I wish the author would’ve tried to hide it a little bit more, cause it just wasn't surprising to me. Now, for the things I did enjoy: the characters were great (and there were lots of them), I really enjoyed the idea of a murder mystery in the Golden Age of Hollywood, the writing was also quite good. I'd still recommend this, cause I found it to be quite unique. Just don't go with too high expectations. (NetGalley ARC)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    This one was a real page turner and I loved the old Hollywood setting! Kate is an interesting character with a pretty awful backstory. But she doesn’t let it destroy her, even though it can haunt her at times. I also really loved Hugo. He was my favorite character of the story along with Ollie. I just wanted to see a little more sparkly stars in the buildup if the relationship between Hugo and Kate. However, there were some super cute moments but I wanted more, deeper. The mystery aspect was goo This one was a real page turner and I loved the old Hollywood setting! Kate is an interesting character with a pretty awful backstory. But she doesn’t let it destroy her, even though it can haunt her at times. I also really loved Hugo. He was my favorite character of the story along with Ollie. I just wanted to see a little more sparkly stars in the buildup if the relationship between Hugo and Kate. However, there were some super cute moments but I wanted more, deeper. The mystery aspect was good! I liked trying to guess who might have done the murders then wondering if I was wrong. Overall, a fun story and the perfect distraction!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ari

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. BLOG | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon Thank you NetGalley and Tor Teen for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine. "I'm going to step into the dark and see where life takes me. It's a little scary, not having my course mapped out, but it's a big world out there, and I don't want to be afraid of it." For fans of classical Hollywood cinema, Chasing Starlight will be a fun ride. While it took me a few chapters to get lost into the story, as soon as it picked up I found the tone of it incredibly BLOG | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon Thank you NetGalley and Tor Teen for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine. "I'm going to step into the dark and see where life takes me. It's a little scary, not having my course mapped out, but it's a big world out there, and I don't want to be afraid of it." For fans of classical Hollywood cinema, Chasing Starlight will be a fun ride. While it took me a few chapters to get lost into the story, as soon as it picked up I found the tone of it incredibly reminiscent of the same feeling I get whenever I see a film from the 30s or 40s. It was delightfully authentic. The plot, centered around the death of one of lead Kate's grandfather's house boarders, takes us through the story from one exciting event to the next without much of a break. As the novel progresses, and despite the constant action, the author takes advantage of moments between the characters to not just connect but to grow into themselves and outwardly alongside others. The friendships and bonds between Kate, Ollie and Hugo are especially pronounced. And the romance between the latter and Kate is sweet, with enough of a discreet spark to belong in the big screen during the Golden Age of films. Kate herself, as the character driving the plot, is fairly easy to get to know and connect with. While her back and forth belief/disbelief/accusations of Hugo as the killer and antagonist in the story comes across as rash, it's not difficult to understand why she has such a tough time believing in others given her traumatic past. Nonetheless, she's fierce in her attempts to protect and help others, and seeing her save the day was rather satisfying alongside her grandfather—Ollie's—help. Ollie himself is a dear, and one of the most precious grandpas that I've had the opportunity to read in a tale with his own struggles to face. Every character in this story has something that they're dealing with, whether physically or emotionally, and none do so easily. They're all a believable cast, helping the reader become further immersed. And borrowing from historical facts from the day, the author makes mention of not just movies that threw Hollywood into stronger popularity with the masses, but she also touches on political points, gender equality/inequality and racial beliefs that were as unpleasant as they were (sadly) factual back in the day. While I figured out who the culprit truly was fairly soon after Kate finds the dead body in Ollie's kitchen, it was still an entertaining trail to follow. Teri Bailey Black keeps you on the edge of your seat and pulls you in faster and faster as the race reaches the finish line during the last few chapters. Chasing Starlight is a feel good cozy mystery with enough heart to become a choice read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emma☀️

    3.5 stars This was a really fun read! What really caught my attention was that this was a murder mystery set in old Hollywood, one of the things I didn’t know I needed! However, I had hoped the mystery element was handled better. It was slightly predictable and the movie-making process overshadowed the mystery plot. I really liked Kate as the protagonist, she’s clever and ambitious - traits I really love. Kate’s backstory was so heartbreaking and I really felt for her. But Ollie has to be my favou 3.5 stars This was a really fun read! What really caught my attention was that this was a murder mystery set in old Hollywood, one of the things I didn’t know I needed! However, I had hoped the mystery element was handled better. It was slightly predictable and the movie-making process overshadowed the mystery plot. I really liked Kate as the protagonist, she’s clever and ambitious - traits I really love. Kate’s backstory was so heartbreaking and I really felt for her. But Ollie has to be my favourite character. He’s quirky and weird; and just the sweetest kind-hearted person. I wished we got more scenes with him because his backstory was so fascinating. Regarding Hugo and the rest of the men, I felt that they were just there and I didn’t get a sense of what they were like as people, besides them being aspiring actors. I had hoped we got to learn more about them because they were fascinating in their own way. Overall, this was a fun and solid read. I felt like I was transported into the glamourous life of old Hollywood. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelley

    Thank you Netgalley and Macmillian for the arc! Chasing Starlight is an amazing mystery and coming of age story. Kate makes it very clear that no matter what she is in charge and she will make everything better. The story is centered around her relationships with her grandfather and the guys he lives with as much as the mystery. Bringing in the film aspects made for an amazing change of pace and sometimes made me forget about the mystery all together. I think that speaks volumes because you are n Thank you Netgalley and Macmillian for the arc! Chasing Starlight is an amazing mystery and coming of age story. Kate makes it very clear that no matter what she is in charge and she will make everything better. The story is centered around her relationships with her grandfather and the guys he lives with as much as the mystery. Bringing in the film aspects made for an amazing change of pace and sometimes made me forget about the mystery all together. I think that speaks volumes because you are never sure what is really going on because you are always following Kate. It's been a very long time since I've gotten through a mystery novel and not known who had done it by the end. Kate and Hugo along with the other boys make for a good laugh and the way Kate starts off in the house makes for a good laugh at the beginning. I have to say I will read anything else from Teri Black because of how well she writes her characters and brings them to life on the page.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    4.25/5 stars Yes. Also, please tell me I'm not the only one who actually likes the cover?? I'm usually not a fan of covers like these, but I actually like this one! Gives me a sort of modern-day Jessica Rabbit/Marilyn Monroe feel to it. I dunno, might be me. Anyways, this was a really well done mystery! It's set against an Old Hollywood backdrop, which I am all on board for. Maybe not the best comparison, but I get some Who Framed Roger Rabbit? vibes. (Well, the film's mystery I mean. Not the book 4.25/5 stars Yes. Also, please tell me I'm not the only one who actually likes the cover?? I'm usually not a fan of covers like these, but I actually like this one! Gives me a sort of modern-day Jessica Rabbit/Marilyn Monroe feel to it. I dunno, might be me. Anyways, this was a really well done mystery! It's set against an Old Hollywood backdrop, which I am all on board for. Maybe not the best comparison, but I get some Who Framed Roger Rabbit? vibes. (Well, the film's mystery I mean. Not the book. The book is so different than it's movie adaptation Who Censored Roger Rabbit? ). I found myself sucked into this book, but I did find a few things to be more predictable than it should've been. Characters are also well done, but some of the side characters we focus on could've been more fleshed out. Despite that, it was a really well done YA murder mystery, and I'll definitely be getting my hands on a physical copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    MK ( Makayla)

    When Kate's aunt marries , she heads off to live with her Grandfather . Upon arriving Kate finds that the house leaves much to be desired. Her former movie star grandfather has become a hermit refusing to leave the house , he's lost all his money , and wore yet taken in budding male actors of the most unsavory sort. Kate soon finds herself in a strange new world the film making industry is much shadier than she thought , and as she's learned before people aren't always what they appear . While th When Kate's aunt marries , she heads off to live with her Grandfather . Upon arriving Kate finds that the house leaves much to be desired. Her former movie star grandfather has become a hermit refusing to leave the house , he's lost all his money , and wore yet taken in budding male actors of the most unsavory sort. Kate soon finds herself in a strange new world the film making industry is much shadier than she thought , and as she's learned before people aren't always what they appear . While this wasn't exactly the story I'd anticipated , I loved it anyways . We don't often get a behind the scenes look of all the glamorous movie stars , but this was a very realistic look .The boarders Aurielo , Ruben , and Hugo were so funny and entertaining . I enjoyed all of the scenes where they were present . I was pleasantly surprised that I liked our main character Kate, she's someone to admire . She rose from anxiety and the terror of her past and decided to make something of herself , to go where women in her time didn't dare to go . She reached for the stars .✨ Content : PG Very mild language An actress is taking a stimulation pill * I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review . All opinions are my own *

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Rankin

    WOW. I loved this book! And now I want everyone to read it! I didn’t want to stop reading it whenever I needed to do something, because the story was so compelling and well-written that it was hard to put down. The setting is Hollywood in the 1930s, which was a really fun and unique setting! I’m not sure, but I don’t think I’ve read another book set in that time and location. The details were engrossing, and I felt as though I were really there with Kate and Hugo and all the other characters! Sp WOW. I loved this book! And now I want everyone to read it! I didn’t want to stop reading it whenever I needed to do something, because the story was so compelling and well-written that it was hard to put down. The setting is Hollywood in the 1930s, which was a really fun and unique setting! I’m not sure, but I don’t think I’ve read another book set in that time and location. The details were engrossing, and I felt as though I were really there with Kate and Hugo and all the other characters! Speaking of characters, what an awesome cast! There is a wide range of people, some eccentric, all interesting, and the characters are all unique enough that I never forgot who was who. I really loved Kate especially; it was so fun to experience Hollywood and to try to solve the mystery with Kate as the main character. The mystery was very well done! I love mysteries and have read a lot, so usually I’m able to make pretty good guesses about the villain. But when I was about 3/4 of the way through, I told my husband that I had no idea who the murderer was, nor did I know what the motivation could be! The author did an excellent job of laying red herrings, and the ending was great! I also really loved the romance. It took a little time for them to start to care about each other, and it progressed naturally through the book. I’m not a huge fan of instant-love, so I liked the pacing of this romance. I appreciated that it was clean, and I really enjoyed the scenes where the characters were falling in love. I’m going to tell all my friends and family about this book because I want everyone to read it! This is my favorite book that I’ve read so far this year, and I can’t wait to read other books by this author! Content: Swearing: mild, infrequent swearing Romance: sweet, some kissing I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    I received this ARC to participate in the TBR & Beyond Tour but it did not arrive in time so it's a tad late. Thank you so much to the publisher for sending the ARC I'm putting Teri Bailey Black on my auto-read authors list after this. Both her historical mysteries have had such strong female characters doing things society doesn't totally deem appropriate for women. Tons of twists and turns in the murder mystery while developing several characters and a setting. She somehow avoids large info-du I received this ARC to participate in the TBR & Beyond Tour but it did not arrive in time so it's a tad late. Thank you so much to the publisher for sending the ARC I'm putting Teri Bailey Black on my auto-read authors list after this. Both her historical mysteries have had such strong female characters doing things society doesn't totally deem appropriate for women. Tons of twists and turns in the murder mystery while developing several characters and a setting. She somehow avoids large info-dumping and making several characters seem totally good and others totally guilty. I had an inkling as to who the murderer was (and I was right for once) but there was so much explanation and reasoning at the end that I had completely not picked up on until it was explained. I find a lot of YA mysteries make it so ridiculously obvious when something is playing a roll...Black does not do that. You spend most of the book deciding what was world and character building...and what was a hint.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    #ChasingStarlight #Macmilliam #MustReadYAmystery #NetGalley I really enjoyed this noir genre mystery for young adults. Personally, I would love to see more young adult mysteries in the coming years. I like Veronica Mars and Nancy Drew mysteries. I think many will enjoy the slow burn of this one. Old school Hollywood didn't hurt as a backdrop either.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Martin

    A great whodunnit on a 1930s movie set!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Chasing Starlight is a young adult mystery set in 1930s Hollywood by Teri Bailey Black. I love an old Hollywood back drop and I love a good mystery so I was really excited for Chasing Starlight. It has all of the fixings for an intriguing read, and Chasing Starlight delivered all of that and more. There was even a romance woven into the story!  In Chasing Starlight we meet our main character, Kate, who moves to Hollywood to live with her grandfather who used to be a movie star. When she gets ther Chasing Starlight is a young adult mystery set in 1930s Hollywood by Teri Bailey Black. I love an old Hollywood back drop and I love a good mystery so I was really excited for Chasing Starlight. It has all of the fixings for an intriguing read, and Chasing Starlight delivered all of that and more. There was even a romance woven into the story!  In Chasing Starlight we meet our main character, Kate, who moves to Hollywood to live with her grandfather who used to be a movie star. When she gets there she basically walks right into a murder scene and off we go as she tries to gather clues and piece together what the heck happened. I really admired Kate. She has persevered through a pretty traumatic childhood, and I love how strong she is. She really doesn't let anything get her down, even though it is clear that her past events have left a mark on her.  My biggest compliant was that I wanted to get to know all of the characters and suspects a little bit better. I felt like some of the guys that were staying in Kate's grandfather's house were just kind of around most of the time. I wanted to do a bit of a deeper dive into their heads. The mystery was good, and though it was a tad predictable at times, I still really enjoyed the adventure it took me on. The movie making process and the Hollywood backdrop made this book even more exciting for me. I loved the glamorous feel of it all. If you are a fan of mysteries and you love the vibe of an older american setting, then I think Chasing Starlight will be a great read for you to check out. I enjoyed this one!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    Thanks to netgalley for providing me with a digital copy of this book. 4.5 stars!!! This book almost has it all! A kick-ass female main character, a lovely, sweet and interesting love interest, a house full of weirdos, a nice aesthetic, interesting family dynamics, a loving grandpa-granddaughter relationship that made me tear up, a murder mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat! The only negative thing I really have to say is that it a little too straight and too white. Queer people have existe Thanks to netgalley for providing me with a digital copy of this book. 4.5 stars!!! This book almost has it all! A kick-ass female main character, a lovely, sweet and interesting love interest, a house full of weirdos, a nice aesthetic, interesting family dynamics, a loving grandpa-granddaughter relationship that made me tear up, a murder mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat! The only negative thing I really have to say is that it a little too straight and too white. Queer people have existed in the 1930s, I wish there was just one queer side character, that'd make this book PERFECT! But I'm reclaiming Stella Nixon and she's totally a lesbian, you can't convince me otherwise.

  14. 4 out of 5

    amrit¿

    historical fiction is not something that i normally pick up but i’m SO glad i did in this case. i loved so much about this book from the old hollywood setting to the ragtag side characters to the murder mystery. kate was such a gem, i honestly can’t remember the last time i liked a protagonist this much. and not to be dramatic, but the romance between kate and hugo was everything to me. there was no insta-love and their banter was A++. i was rooting for them since day 1 ok 🥺🥺🥺 in all, this was a historical fiction is not something that i normally pick up but i’m SO glad i did in this case. i loved so much about this book from the old hollywood setting to the ragtag side characters to the murder mystery. kate was such a gem, i honestly can’t remember the last time i liked a protagonist this much. and not to be dramatic, but the romance between kate and hugo was everything to me. there was no insta-love and their banter was A++. i was rooting for them since day 1 ok 🥺🥺🥺 in all, this was a fun and light-hearted read that i recommend to everyone. thank you to macmillan-tor/forge and netgalley for the e-arc. ♡

  15. 5 out of 5

    McKelle George

    Loved this one! My official blurb: "Miss Fisher meets Tinseltown in this addictive mystery full of Old Hollywood glamour and slow-burn secrets. Chasing Starlight is the journey of aspiring-astronomer-turned-reluctant-sleuth Kate as she works not only to solve a murder but find her place in the world after a tumultuous past. Come for the gossipy glam of old Hollywood; stay for a cast of charmingly quirky characters and a mystery that will have you guessing until the end."

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Fetters

    "And so we see, in the luminosity of stars, the diversity of souls. This one bright, the one fading, this one reflecting the light of another." Welcome to the land of glitz, glam, and cold-blooded murder. Picture it! Hollywoodland, 1938! Kate Hildebrand is moving to Hollywood to live with her Grandfather. Her Grandfather is well known for starring in films awhile ago but has been hiding away in his mansion ever since. Kate's Aunt is moving her away from her school and her friends since she can't s "And so we see, in the luminosity of stars, the diversity of souls. This one bright, the one fading, this one reflecting the light of another." Welcome to the land of glitz, glam, and cold-blooded murder. Picture it! Hollywoodland, 1938! Kate Hildebrand is moving to Hollywood to live with her Grandfather. Her Grandfather is well known for starring in films awhile ago but has been hiding away in his mansion ever since. Kate's Aunt is moving her away from her school and her friends since she can't see eye to eye with her Aunt's new Husband. Moving to Hollywood should have been just what Kate needed in her life but she's dreading it. See, Kate is a sort of celebrity herself but not why people think. When she was younger, something gruesome happened and her face was plastered everywhere. All the newspapers had her story and her picture on the front page. She still sees people whisper behind their hands when they see her. When she gets to her Grandfathers house, things aren't what she thought. They are so much worse. There are boarders living with her Grandfather and that sets her off. That is until she gets to know the lot. After she sets her blinding rage aside, she sees that her Grandfather has a big heart and is doing a good thing. When Kate starts to get comfortable and finds a great job on a movie set, the unthinkable happens. Someone is murdered under their roof. She is now on the case to track down the killer before they strike again. But what happens when she thinks it's the boy she is falling for? Someone living in the same house as she is..... For as long as I can remember, I've been obsessed with the time era that is the Golden Age of Hollywood. Things seemed more sophisticated and the scandals were even juicier than we all could have imagined. But the starlets of those times were class acts and made movies/shows more interesting. I love it. If only I had a time machine. That was the main draw for me with this book. I love a good timepiece murder mystery and this definitely delivers. From the opening line, you know that you've stumbled upon something that is going to sweep you into the glamorous world of Hollywood while showing you all the insider secrets. Plus the mysterious murder of who killed the boarder and why was a treat to be witnessed. This is a story that you'll kill to read. Chasing Starlight was a great murder mystery in the land of Hollywood. You'll enjoy the strong and wise protagonist as she stops men in their tracks and not in the way you think. This was a well-done mystery that sends you to another world. Just think twice before you trust someone.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    Thank you to Tor Teen for sending me an earc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. "𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐲𝐰𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬𝐧'𝐭 𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐨 𝐟𝐚𝐛𝐮𝐥𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞. 𝐈𝐭'𝐬 𝐚 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐞𝐝. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐠𝐨 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞." If you're craving some old school Hollywood glamour, look no further than 𝐓𝐞𝐫𝐢 𝐁𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐲 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤'𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭. Set in 1938, this slow-burn murder mystery channels all those classic cinematic vibes & makes for a perfect weekend escape. Opening with 17-year-old K Thank you to Tor Teen for sending me an earc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. "𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐲𝐰𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬𝐧'𝐭 𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐨 𝐟𝐚𝐛𝐮𝐥𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞. 𝐈𝐭'𝐬 𝐚 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐞𝐝. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐠𝐨 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞." If you're craving some old school Hollywood glamour, look no further than 𝐓𝐞𝐫𝐢 𝐁𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐲 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤'𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭. Set in 1938, this slow-burn murder mystery channels all those classic cinematic vibes & makes for a perfect weekend escape. Opening with 17-year-old Kate "Kitty" Hildebrand forced move in with her estranged -- and formerly famous -- grandfather, 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 delivers drama from its very first scene. Upon arriving to her grandfather Ollie's home, Kate discovers what she believes to be a robbery turned murder. Frantic and scared, she flees to the neighbors to call the police. When the cops arrive, however, it's revealed that the "crime" Kate witnessed was merely a rehearsal involving the actors that live in her grandfather's home. Shocked and embarrassed, she returns to her new home to meet the "unsavory" boarders that occupy her grandfather's spare rooms. From the cranky bookkeeper-turned-musician Reuben, the dancing ladies man Aurelio, and the captivating, devil-eyed Hugo Quick, this charming cast of characters will lead our MC down a path of drama & cover ups as they attempt to solve a classic whodunit. I won't say much about the murder -- or the mystery behind it -- but I will say that it's not the star of this atmospheric story. In fact, my favorite portions of this novel were Kate's scenes with Hugo, a romantic lead I would have fallen 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥 for in my teens. Between their fact-finding missions & flirtatious, late-night chats, I was swooning like a proper silver-screened starlet. And although this book's mystery wasn't the best I've read, the setting and nod to "the golden age" make it worthy of a callback. TW: death of a parent, murder, gun violence, kidnapping, suicide, cancer

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paloma, the Countess of Bookton

    Thanks to Netgalley for giving me the chance of reviewing this book. 3.75 stars. Chasing Starlight is the story of Kate Hildebrand, a young woman that, upon her aunt's marriage, moves in with her grandfather, who happens to be a retired silent actor from Old Hollywood. Since the beginning, weird things start to happen in her grandfather's boarding house. This story was like playing Clue! After one of the boarders is killed, it's up to Kate to figure out who the culprit may be. Her grandfather?, Thanks to Netgalley for giving me the chance of reviewing this book. 3.75 stars. Chasing Starlight is the story of Kate Hildebrand, a young woman that, upon her aunt's marriage, moves in with her grandfather, who happens to be a retired silent actor from Old Hollywood. Since the beginning, weird things start to happen in her grandfather's boarding house. This story was like playing Clue! After one of the boarders is killed, it's up to Kate to figure out who the culprit may be. Her grandfather?, Hugo, an aspiring actor who's certainly smitten with her? The other boarders? Everyone had a reason to. But who did it and why? If you like reading about mystery and romance set around 1930's Hollywood sets then don’t hesitate to pick Chasing Starlight up!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ro

    I thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a digital ARC of this novel. I don't really care for celebrities and their dramas, but i think I have a soft spot for fictional stories set in old Hollywood, and this novel was just another proof of it. This was a very pleasant experience. It had an interesting plot, an interesting setting and interesting characters. I don't really have much to say other than it was a nice and quick read. If I have to name a fault, I must admit that for me this I thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a digital ARC of this novel. I don't really care for celebrities and their dramas, but i think I have a soft spot for fictional stories set in old Hollywood, and this novel was just another proof of it. This was a very pleasant experience. It had an interesting plot, an interesting setting and interesting characters. I don't really have much to say other than it was a nice and quick read. If I have to name a fault, I must admit that for me this novel didn't have that ~spark~ that could have made this iconic, you know, that little indeciphrable thing that makes you go from "hey I'm liking this" to "hey I am absolutely love this". Maybe if the characters and the setting were developed and described in a way a bit more flowery that would have this novel one of my favourite. (I also guessed who the killer was, but I don't know if it was the book that made it easy or it was just me, lol). Overall this, as I said before, was a pleasant read and I would definitely reccomend it to someone who's looking for a light and nice read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    4 1/2 stars RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Tor Teen and Edelweiss for my review copy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Pate

    Thank you to Netgalley and Tor Teen for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own. Okay, first. This cover. I love the black and white, with gold writing, and the red hair. Omg. I saw it and immediately wanted to know what it was about. It just popped! I did a twitter thread of my thoughts while reading! You can see it here! It was my first one, but I’m hoping to continue. It was fun to live react to the book! Okay, let’s get into this review! T Thank you to Netgalley and Tor Teen for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own. Okay, first. This cover. I love the black and white, with gold writing, and the red hair. Omg. I saw it and immediately wanted to know what it was about. It just popped! I did a twitter thread of my thoughts while reading! You can see it here! It was my first one, but I’m hoping to continue. It was fun to live react to the book! Okay, let’s get into this review! The book had sort of a slow start for me. I was excited about an old Hollywood murder, but the first 30% was Kate moving in with her silent movie star granddad and his “unsavory borders”. Her granddad isn’t so famous anymore, and it shows. Kate eventually comes around, but man it takes a while. At 30% the murder happens. I think it’s about to pick up! Which it did, but it was still a little slow. Also I found it weird the guy was murdered in their house, and they just cleaned up and kept living there like it was no big thing? Like, I would move. I would have to. That didn’t make a lot of sense to me. The investigation was a little slow going, and at one point it felt like there was more than one mystery. I kept up fine, but it was just a lot happening, but not a lot happening at the same time? I don’t know how else to explain it. Chasing Starlight is set in the 1930s. I know at that point in time, women were supposed to look pretty and be homemakers. But multiple things were said by men AND women that just made me cringe. Like, don’t talk about your astrology. You’re only as important as your husband. Like I said, I KNOW this is typical for that time, and Kate does fight against it, but it still just made me mad! The characters were all okay. None of them really stuck out to me except Ollie, the granddad. He was super fun! I would love to hang out with him one day. There was romance, but it didn’t really stick out to me either. I would say it was like a slow burn, enemies to lovers, but like, it’s SUPER SLOW. I did honestly enjoy this book. If I hadn’t been playing Overcooked 2 all weekend, I’m sure I could have finished it in a day. It’s a quick read that’s a standalone with a nice, wrapped up ending. I loved that I knew who dunnit, why they did it, and where everyone ended up! It’s a super easy mystery to read, and I think it’s worth a try, especially if you like old school Hollywood!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ursula

    Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review. Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black is crime noir chic goodness! Lets start with the cover...Beautiful! I really like the black and white color scheme with the pop of bright hot pink hair and gilded gold lettering. The imagery invokes the Golden Age of Hollywood. Chasing Starlight is the story of Kate, a young woman with a traumatic past on a journey to find her way Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review. Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black is crime noir chic goodness! Lets start with the cover...Beautiful! I really like the black and white color scheme with the pop of bright hot pink hair and gilded gold lettering. The imagery invokes the Golden Age of Hollywood. Chasing Starlight is the story of Kate, a young woman with a traumatic past on a journey to find her way in the world. A turn of events forces Kate to leave her plush socialite lifestyle and move to Hollywood with her former mega movie star grandfather Ollie. When she arrives, Kate finds Ollie living in a dilapidated mansion with a motley crew of house boarders. This eclectic bunch find themselves thrust in the middle of a murder investigation, and need to try and solve the crime before they take the blame or worse become the next victim. These characters should not work together but they do! I was rooting for each of them to succeed. Kate is smart and resourceful and Ollie is kooky but lovable. Each character brings their own unique flavor to this wonderful nostalgic world Teri Bailey Black has created. I could really imagine the clothing, homes, and movie sound stages. If you are a fan of film noir, clean murder mysteries, old hollywood, and plot twists... then go read this book! This gem published by Tor Teen is set to release on June 9 th, and is available for pre-order from all major booksellers. I give Chasing Starlight 4 out of 5 gems. I cannot wait to read more stories by this author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Deborah (StorytellerAndShowman)

    This was such a quick, fun, witty read! Similar to Serious Moonlight and You’d Be Mine, this book felt like a love letter. One written to those who still swoon and squeal while looking at movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood. The mystery took a backseat to the unglamorous lives of our leading actors. A ragtag bunch of misfits who find homes and families in each other and whom I grew to love so very quickly! Teri Bailey Black did a great job displaying the chaos of Hollywood life; the lip servi This was such a quick, fun, witty read! Similar to Serious Moonlight and You’d Be Mine, this book felt like a love letter. One written to those who still swoon and squeal while looking at movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood. The mystery took a backseat to the unglamorous lives of our leading actors. A ragtag bunch of misfits who find homes and families in each other and whom I grew to love so very quickly! Teri Bailey Black did a great job displaying the chaos of Hollywood life; the lip service the industry pay one another to get their work done; and the talent that goes unnoticed, except for those lucky enough to witness it off screen. The mystery itself was quite simple and I did find myself at times wishing there hadn’t been a murder, as I was far more interested in Ollie’s borders kitchen sink dramas then finding out who the killer was. But it did make for some rather enjoyable subplots. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who adores the Golden Age of Hollywood and stories about the families you make yourself. This is definitely one I'll be re-reading again soon! My thanks to Macmillan-Tor/Forge, Netgalley and Teri Bailey Black for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    A big thank you to Netgalley for the ARC of this title. It was my second Netgalley review and I was not disappointed. The story is a set in the golden age of Hollywood and is a beautifully written noir type mystery. Kate, our main character, is intelligent, resourceful, and was extremely well written. I loved how she was just trying to find her place in the world while escaping the shadows of her grandfather's fame and the traumatic kidnapping that happened to her. The boarders honestly made the A big thank you to Netgalley for the ARC of this title. It was my second Netgalley review and I was not disappointed. The story is a set in the golden age of Hollywood and is a beautifully written noir type mystery. Kate, our main character, is intelligent, resourceful, and was extremely well written. I loved how she was just trying to find her place in the world while escaping the shadows of her grandfather's fame and the traumatic kidnapping that happened to her. The boarders honestly made the book for me, especially in the first quarter. I loved the quirky humor and the characters' dynamic; reminded me quite a bit of old 80's sitcoms in parts. If there is one thing this author does amazing it is her characters. Only have a couple of negatives. The queer representation was lacking, but I suppose not every book needs everyone represented to still be a good story. I also really didn't find myself invested in the romance. I loved the love interest to bits but I just didn't care about if Kate ended up with him. The cover is also a bit unfortunate. It's not really representative of the awesome story inside and almost turned me away from it. All in all a solid mystery and a nice little romp. 4/5

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Salisbury

    This was such a hidden gem! I adored Kate as a heroine; the supporting cast was lovely (I want an Aurelio!); the mystery sucked me in and kept me guessing; and I adored the seedy glamor of the Old Hollywood setting. There was just enough soapy drama to keep me hungry for more but also a lot of substance: Kate’s guilt and implied PTSD, as well as her grandfather’s; 1930s film studios’ treatment of women and people of color; and the dark side of fame and fortune in the Golden Age of Hollywood. An This was such a hidden gem! I adored Kate as a heroine; the supporting cast was lovely (I want an Aurelio!); the mystery sucked me in and kept me guessing; and I adored the seedy glamor of the Old Hollywood setting. There was just enough soapy drama to keep me hungry for more but also a lot of substance: Kate’s guilt and implied PTSD, as well as her grandfather’s; 1930s film studios’ treatment of women and people of color; and the dark side of fame and fortune in the Golden Age of Hollywood. An excellent read that I highly recommend. (One caveat: that cover did it a disservice.)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher as a staff reviewer for YA Books Central. *Aurelio is Latino; his family has been living in California since it was still part of Mexico *Costume designer Mei is Chinese *Reuben is likely Jewish, though it isn’t confirmed We think of the glitz, glamorous mega-stars, and classic movies when we think of the Golden Age of Hollywood, but that’s not the Hollywood that Kate Hildebrand walks into when she’s sent to live in See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher as a staff reviewer for YA Books Central. *Aurelio is Latino; his family has been living in California since it was still part of Mexico *Costume designer Mei is Chinese *Reuben is likely Jewish, though it isn’t confirmed We think of the glitz, glamorous mega-stars, and classic movies when we think of the Golden Age of Hollywood, but that’s not the Hollywood that Kate Hildebrand walks into when she’s sent to live in Hollywood with her grandfather. She sees the real Hollywood–the working class Hollywood, I’d say. Her grandfather has retired from acting after his failure to do well in talkies, most of his boarders are struggling actors who can’t find work, and the film Kate comes to participate in is a corny musical that’s being rushed through production to make as much money from as little as possible. Then the boarder with mob connections is murdered in the kitchen with her grandfather’s own keepsake sword. But only people who lived there would know it was a real sword and that means one of them must be the killer, right? So begins this impressive little 1930s whodunnit caper. Kate has had it rough and I feel for this girl. Her father ran a massive Ponzi scheme, one of his victims kidnapped Kate for a million-dollar ransom, police shot the kidnapper dead during the ransom exchange, and while police desperately tried to find out where Kate was hidden, her dad’s crimes came to light. He shot’s Kate mother dead, then himself, and Kate was hours away from death herself when police finally found her. Kate woke up in the hospital with a new fear of the dark and without her parents. Much to her dismay, she’s also a media sensation. This society girl is anxious to get out of Hollywood and away from her grandfather Ollie’s broken down home, but everything starts to grow on her. The chaotic film set she’s working on as a production assistant, her friendship with neighbor and teen actor Bonnie, her blossoming attraction to wannabe actor Hugo Quick, and her increasing closeness with Ollie all convince her to stay. (Plus she needs to solve Lenny the mob guy’s murder so Ollie doesn’t get blamed for it and thrown in jail.) Her character arc is impressive and her inability to quit jumping to conclusions does a good job of obscuring the killer’s identity, though it gets tiring after a bit. I swear, she told herself at one point “I’ve got to quit jumping to conclusions and accusing this one guy of murder” only for her to keep doing so and accuse him of murder again another time or two. Just for good measure. If you step outside of Kate’s head for a few minutes and consider the evidence, you have a good chance of figuring out the killer’s identity early like I did. Chasing Starlight offers a a unique, memorable setting in 1930s Hollywood and doesn’t whitewash the setting either literally or figuratively. People of color have always been hard at work in Hollywood even though media depictions have made many of us think of that specific time and place as very white. Neither does the book shy away from the types of racism and sexism specific to that period in Hollywood. Latino actor Aurelio faces his entire history being rewritten to make him a heavily accented immigrant who was lucky enough to be brought to Hollywood by a producer. This kind of oppression has always been in Hollywood and still is to this day, but it presents and works in different ways depending on the era. For instance: A new Latino actor in Hollywood isn’t going to have a racist backstory forced on them by a studio these days, but they’ll still be typecast into specific roles based on their skin color and accent. Women directing films was incredibly common until men commercialized the industry and pushed them out, as one character remarks in the book. Oppression through the ages in Hollywood is fascinating stuff to look into when you feel like it. The character of Reuben Feigenbaum, another boarder in Ollie’s home, troubles me somewhat. His surname tells me he’s German and strongly implies he’s Jewish, as I’ve seen it’s a common surname in some Jewish communities. He’s also a communist and in hiding after being the unwilling bookkeeper to a mobster. Him being a Jewish communist who works with money seems a bit close to stereotypes, but to emphasize this: I am not Jewish and am not the authority on this whatsoever. His character may well be a quiet show of how centuries of anti-Semitic rhetoric and action forced Jewish people into roles they’ve now been stereotyped with, like handling money for a living. Or it might not be that deep and he just trends toward anti-Semitic tropes. I did not ask any of my Jewish friends for their opinions because they have better things to do than be bothered with this just for my sake. I implore you to look for reviews of this book by Jewish people and see what they have to say. Chasing Starlight is a glitzy whodunnit caper that will learn you a thing or two while you’re enjoying yourself. Would I get a copy of the book for myself when it releases? Yeah. Would I reread it given the chance? Definitely!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tayane Cristie

    I'd like to thank NetGalley for providing me with an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. More like *2.5* stars. The synopsis of this book really caught my eye; I've recently read "The Seven Husband of Evelyn Hugo" and was curious to read more about old Hollywood stars - and this one even had a mystery as a bonus! Kate has to move to her grandfather's house, and he's also a retired movie actor, who's been hiding in his house for four years (ever since this thing happened to Kate and I'd like to thank NetGalley for providing me with an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. More like *2.5* stars. The synopsis of this book really caught my eye; I've recently read "The Seven Husband of Evelyn Hugo" and was curious to read more about old Hollywood stars - and this one even had a mystery as a bonus! Kate has to move to her grandfather's house, and he's also a retired movie actor, who's been hiding in his house for four years (ever since this thing happened to Kate and she was all over the news) and rents his leftover bedrooms to aspiring actors trying to make it in Hollywood. After a rough start, Kate is finally settled there and has a new job at the production of a movie. But one day, when she arrives home, she finds one of her grandfather's boarders dead in the kitchen, and now they need to find out who the killer is - and everyone is a suspect. Honestly, I was expecting more from the "mystery" side of this book. Yes, there was a murder, and yes, she gets involved in trying to solve the mystery of who the killer is, but it all felt so plain to me, like the murder plot was a background to another story (the film making thing, where they're shooting a musical and all). Sometimes, it was like nothing of this was happening, because there were so many chapters about shooting this movie, and actual descriptions of them shooting the movie, and it all didn't make any difference in the story, just hold back the real interesting stuff to happen. It took me four days to read this book because I was annoyed that anything happened. And when something happened (the murder!), it still felt like anything happened. A solution is just coming up at the end of the book, and it was kind of a turn off to me. The author's writing is good, I just think she didn't get the pace right. The characters were kind of interesting, but sometimes they also felt too flat for me. Kate is a good protagonist, she has traumas herself and we come to know more of her personality throughout the book, wich is good, and she has a nice development as character. I also liked Ollie, Kate's grandfather, he's an interesting character and I could understand all his fears and why he didn't want to leave the house. One of my other complains is that sometimes I couldn't picture this story being set in 1938. Maybe it's my own fault, for not being too well known about film making and other things from this period, but I don't know. It's still an enjoyable read, though it annoyed me a lot sometimes. I think I was just disappointed for expecting more from the "mystery" side of this book, so if you choose to read it someday, try not to get your hopes too high for this part of the story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    I received a copy of Chasing Starlight in exchange for a fair and honest review. Chasing Starlight is a novel that blends the aesthetics of Hollywood and mystery into one glorious novel. Written by Teri Bailey Black, this is one of those books that demands attention. Set in 1938, this is a murder mystery like no other. Kate was recently forced to move to Hollywood, thanks to a letter she should have been more cautious about writing. Now she's living with her grandfather, in his rundown house fu I received a copy of Chasing Starlight in exchange for a fair and honest review. Chasing Starlight is a novel that blends the aesthetics of Hollywood and mystery into one glorious novel. Written by Teri Bailey Black, this is one of those books that demands attention. Set in 1938, this is a murder mystery like no other. Kate was recently forced to move to Hollywood, thanks to a letter she should have been more cautious about writing. Now she's living with her grandfather, in his rundown house full of tenants. That's bad enough, throw in the fact that one of those tenants is about to be murdered, and suddenly it looks like Kate has bigger concerns than losing the life of luxury she had become so used to. Now she has to solve a crime, and fast. “And so we see, in the luminosity of stars, the diversity of souls. This one bright, the one fading, this one reflecting the light of another.” Chasing Starlight was a truly enchanting novel. The aesthetics of the time period were perfection, and made the story that much more enjoyable. I've read plenty of mysteries and thrillers in my time, but nothing quite like this. I picked up Chasing Starlight in hopes of having a relaxing evening reading a good (and distracting) book. I got that, but I also got so much more. This story surpassed my expectations, resulting in a perfect night all around. Kate is one of those characters that starts off predictable, but thanks to some brilliant character development she becomes so much more before the end. It's one of the many reasons why I enjoyed this book as much as I did. That same subplot turned what could have been a simple murder mystery (with great aesthetics) into a coming of age story as well. It was a surprising touch, but it honestly fits perfectly, both with the plot and the theme. On the whole, Chasing Starlight was a fast-paced read, one that pulled in a lot of great elements. The combination of Hollywood themes, the time period, and a cozy mystery really made for something great – and memorable – here. This book is perfect if you're looking for a read that will allow you to escape from the real world, even if only for a little bit. It'll bring you to a different time, and while it is without a doubt a murder mystery, it lacks the heaviness that can make them a downer. Throw in those amazing elements I've already gushed about, and it really is the perfect escape. Check out more reviews over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] This was a delightful murder mystery set in the 1930s that reminded me of the various Agatha Christie novels I loved. Kate is wonderful in the lead. I thought she was a very interesting character because of what she went through when she was 13, and how it affects her in the present. In fact, all the boarders (and even Bonnie) are unique and interesting with distinguished personalities. Moreover, I loved Ollie and his relation [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] This was a delightful murder mystery set in the 1930s that reminded me of the various Agatha Christie novels I loved. Kate is wonderful in the lead. I thought she was a very interesting character because of what she went through when she was 13, and how it affects her in the present. In fact, all the boarders (and even Bonnie) are unique and interesting with distinguished personalities. Moreover, I loved Ollie and his relationship with Kate. Even though he is the prime suspect, I felt they both shared a wonderful bond. I also liked Kate’s romance with Hugo. Both of them were adorable together. To be honest, I did not even like Hugo when he was initially introduced. However, I grew to like him a lot after his interactions with Kate. The author progresses the characters so well that you see Kate accepting the unpredictability of life. At the same time, the author paints the background in a beautiful manner where you feel like you are in the 1930s. I loved all the references she makes to Cary Grant, Arthur Conan Doyle and Charlie Chaplin. After reading this book, I binged watched the classic dance of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and fell in love with them. I also like how she managed to blend the character development and the murder mystery very seamlessly. My only criticism about the story is that is starts off a bit slow. The first 25-30% focuses on setting up the characters and the plot. Personally, the story picked up only after the murder. Also, I really like Reuben and Bonnie but didn’t see much of them in the story. But overall, I enjoyed reading this story a lot. Now back to Fred and Ginger.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review – thanks so much to Netgalley for sending this to me! Chasing Starlight was definitely a step outside of my comfort zone. I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but a lot of what I’ve read has skewed older – usually Regency era, some Victorian – and those time periods don’t really work for me, so I thought I’d try out something a bit more recent. I definitely found it more enjoyable than a lot of the historical fict I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review – thanks so much to Netgalley for sending this to me! Chasing Starlight was definitely a step outside of my comfort zone. I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but a lot of what I’ve read has skewed older – usually Regency era, some Victorian – and those time periods don’t really work for me, so I thought I’d try out something a bit more recent. I definitely found it more enjoyable than a lot of the historical fiction I’ve read before, and I think the setting was the highlight of this book. It had some slight Evelyn Hugo vibes with the golden age of Hollywood going on, and it made for an excellent backdrop to the events that unfold. The book is also a mystery, which again I wouldn’t consider a favourite of mine, and that aspect of the story didn’t work so well for me. There was nothing wrong with it per se, I just wasn’t hugely invested in finding out who the killer was. I’m very easy to please when it comes to mysteries; I’ll point my finger at every red herring and go “Aha! It was him! No wait, it was her! Hang on – it was definitely them!” I’m definitely not hard to trick, and I didn’t suss out the twist at all. That being said, I just wasn’t that invested in the murder mystery plot as a whole. I didn’t feel much of an attachment to any of the characters, aside from aging actor Ollie, who’s been hiding in his house suffering from intense agoraphobia for many years. Ollie was a sweetheart and I loved him, but nobody else really stood out to me. They don’t feel hugely developed, and a lot of the character work feels flimsy Kate, for example, is a budding astronomer – hence the title – but this doesn’t really play into the plot and is quickly forgotten about, aside from the odd throwaway mention of moons and stars. This might explain why I also felt that the romantic subplot was a bit lacklustre; the love interest wasn’t massively developed either, and his main personality trait was ‘hot.’ The book has an interesting premise, plenty of twists, a colourful cast of characters and, as mentioned, a setting to die for – but overall I felt very neutral about it. 3/5 stars.

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