Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours for having me as a part of this tour and for Tor Teen for providing the ARCs for this tour! I actually hadn’t heard of this book until I saw that TBR and Beyond were doing a tour for it, but since I loved the last tour I did with them and the summary of the book sounded interesting, I decided to apply to be a part of it, and I’m so glad I did! I really enjoyed Chasing Starlight and it’s definitely so different from any other book I’ve read! Also, once you’ve checked out my stop on the tour, make sure you check out everyone else’s stop on the tour!
Chasing Starlight 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads: 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?
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It was super fun and I loved the mystery in it! I didn’t expect the killer to be who it was, which is always fun, because I normally guess who it is really quickly. I’m not normally a huge fan of the period between WW1 and WW2, but this book might have changed my mind- Teri Bailey Black did such an amazing job of describing the time period and making it interesting and really showing the dichotomy of the pampered Hollywood starlet who grew up in it versus the people trying to break into the industry. I really loved Kate and Hugo and honestly all of Ollie’s boarders were great! Bonnie was funny and she was so much more than she appeared to be at the beginning- I really liked her as a supporting character! The plot and the mystery were so fun and I really enjoyed them and I think y’all should definitely pick up Chasing Starlight! Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | Indigo
About the Author:
Teri Bailey Black grew up near the beach in southern California in a large, quirky family with no television or junk food, but an abundance of books and art supplies. She’s happiest when she’s creating things, whether it’s with words, fabric, or digging in the garden. She makes an amazing chocolate cherry cake—frequently. She and her husband have four children and live in Orange County, California.