Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour for Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I am super excited to share my review of Chasing Starlight. Don’t forget to check out the Book Tour Schedule at the bottom to find other reviews and creative content created by other bloggers.
Meet Teri Bailey Black
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.
About Chasing Starlight
Title: Chasing Starlight
Author: Teri Bailey Black
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publishing Date: August 11, 2020
Page Length: 336
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Age Range: YA
Synopisis: 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?
Trigger Warning: murder, kidnapping (past event), death of a parent, anxiety (multiple forms)
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. I haven’t read Teri’s other book, Girl at the Grave, so I wasn’t sure if her writing style was for me – but I have heard great things about her writing so I couldn’t resist trying Chasing Starlight. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed.,
Teri’s writing is easy to read and engaging. At no point did I feel like she over described a scene or fashion, nor did she leave everything to my imagination. I felt like I was Kate – although every once and a while I would forget it was the 1930s, but that’s more because it’s not an era I’m use to reading.
Kate is an interesting character. She suspects everyone, and yet no one. She is conflicted due to events in her past and that is something she struggles with during the entire book. I felt like she grew during this short time in this book and it felt realistic. There was no magic button that she hit and solved everything, but took logical paths based on information she’s given. The rest of the cast was interesting and added some dimension to the story. Teri wrote the cast as suspicious, interesting, and realistic. I didn’t find anyone character annoying or unnecessary.
Although I was able to guess the twist, I wasn’t able to predict how we got there. I found this to be a cute, cozy mystery that was fun to breeze through. I loved how the story intertwined with Kate’s past. I didn’t like, however, how she was pushing others to go outside of their comfort zones (their trigger for anxiety), without considering how that person felt. She is always hyper aware of what causes her stress because of her past trauma, but not how others may have been affected by their past. This is one minor nitpick for me though.
I easily binged through this and now can’t wait to pick up more from Teri. If you’re wanting to pick up a cozy mystery this Fall, then I highly suggest this one!