Chasing Starlight

Original Title:Chasing Starlight
Published Date:11th Aug 2020
Publisher:Tor Teen
ISBN:9780765399519
Edition Language:English
Format:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 Pages
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About Teri Bailey Black
Winner of the Thriller Award for Best Young Adult novel.Teri Bailey Black may write about troubled people in dark places, but she grew up in a large, happy family, surrounded by books, art, and California sunshine. She's happiest when she's making things: needlework, chocolate cake, four children, not necessarily in that order. She lives in Orange County, California, with her husband and children. Note: The best place to follow her is Instagram.

Chasing Starlight Overview

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?

Chasing Starlight Reviews

  • [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.
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  • 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
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  • 4 1/2 starsRTC for blog tour. Thank you to Tor Teen and Edelweiss for my review copy.
  • 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!
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  • 4 1/2 starsHoly moly, where do I even start?This book looked and sounded amazing. A murder mystery set in 1930s Hollywood? I mean, come on! Plus the cover is absolutely gorgeous. Essentially, I had some high expectations, and Teri Bailey Black completely delivered.For real though, every little detail of this story was so perfect. The plot? Flawless. It wasn’t so suspenseful that I was constantly on my guard, and I appreciate that greatly. The reveal at the end made perfect sense, but I would have never seen it coming. This is the first mystery I have read in a long time, and I have missed it SO MUCH. This was a perfect reintroduction to the genre.And now I can finally scream about some of the BEST CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT I HAVE EVER SEEN!! Kate Hildebrand is now one of my favorite characters ever. The coolest part was noticing the moments in the book where someone had a shift of character. You could easily pick out the moments where Kate and her grandfather came out of their shells. And Bonnie??? She appears to be your typical “dumb blonde” stereotype: most people treat her that way, and she believes it. In reality, she is a REAL GIRL! Sure, she acts like a princess, but she isn’t bratty or vain, despite growing up wealthy. The author gives her her own concerns and opinions and desires, and I really, really respect that.Oh, and thank you for giving me another ship to cry about. No budding couple needs to go through that much distrust and turmoil in a relationship that has barely started 😭😭😭. Give my children a break, please!!!There were only two swear words in the book, and they aren’t used carelessly, so I can appreciate that. I wasn’t completely riveted by the book, but I think that had more to do with my own mindset than the story itself. This story gave me a nice escape from my world, even if it was just to California 😅. I would recommend it to anyone, and it will definitely be one of my favorite mysteries for a very long time. I am definitely going to be looking for more books by Teri!!**I received a physical ARC to review. This does not change my opinion**
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  • Disclaimer: I received this arc from the publisher for a JeanNerd book tour! Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book: Chasing StarlightAuthor: Terri Bailey BlackBook Series: StandaloneRating: 4/5Recommended For...: Mystery lovers, thrill seekersPublication Date: August 11, 2020Publisher: TorteenPages: 336Recommended Age: 16 (violence, murder, sexism, gore)Synopsis: 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?Review: I really liked this book! It was a great mystery and it was kinda like Clue (like a lot like the movie from the 90s which I absolutely love). The book was well written and the world building was amazing. The pacing was also very well done.My only issue is that the book was a bit predictable and the side characters were just there and weren't developed that well.Verdict: Highly recommend!
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  • A great whodunnit on a 1930s movie set!
  • 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."
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  • 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.
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  • 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 *
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  • Chasing StarlightAuthor: Teri Bailey Black Genre: YA Historical/MysteryRating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ /5Reviewed: MayaSet in 1938, Kate Hildebrand has moved to Hollywood to stay with her grandfather, Ollie Hildebrand, silent-film moviestar. I thought the premise for this book was excellent, and I was hoping to finally read something again that would ‘wow’ me, but the whole book was just average. I found the beginning to be very slow and dull, and it wasn’t until around 30% that somebody got murdered. The characters were just okay for me; I didn’t love them but I didn’t hate them. The world-building was adequate and I didn’t really enjoy the historical elements. The time period was much more focused on the Golden Age of Hollywood, which I don’t usually find super fascinating. This book did not grow my interest in the time period, which left me feeling somewhat disappointed. The plot … it was a good idea, but the slow execution didn’t have me constantly wanting more. Every time I would read this book, I felt like it was more of a middle-grade read, not YA. I’m used to quick-paced, grizzly descriptions in my thriller mysteries, so this slow-burn, Hollywood-focused book couldn’t satisfy me. The reason there are three stars is because the book was not terrible. I am sure that many readers would really enjoy this book if they are interested in Hollywood’s history, slow-burns and middle-grade reads - I am just not that kind of reader. Please don’t let this review put this book off your TBR, unless you prefer more thriller-types of mysteries. Huge thanks to NetGalley, Macmillan-Tom Doherty Associates and of course Teri Bailey Black for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • 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.
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  • 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!
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  • 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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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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!
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  • 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
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  • 4.25/5 starsYes. 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.)
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  • 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.
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  • #ChasingStarlight#Macmilliam#MustReadYAmystery#NetGalleyI 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.
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