I signed up after reading Kate was a feminist in the blurb. I don’t think there’s enough out-feminist characters in fiction and I was excited to see it. Sadly, Kate’s feminism was off-putting and the most annoying aspect. I should’ve paid more attention to the 1970s part of the blurb because this is before-my-time less progressive white feminism.
I get Kate’s struggle with traditional femininity and sexuality after being raped. That was me growing up. I still have the scars. However, even I was annoyed with Kate over this. It felt heavy-handed and overdone, like a caricature.
And sorry, not sorry, but the idea that Kate was objectifying the starlets more than the men is absolutely ridiculous. #NotBuyingIt
by Allison Morse
GENRE: Psychological Mystery with Strong Gothic Elements
Who killed 1940s screen goddess Gloria Reardon? Her unsolved murder hypnotized the public with its scandalous details and shocked two generations.
In this coming of age gothic tale, avid feminist and aspiring filmmaker Kate Bloom discovers long lost footage that holds the key to who murdered her grandmother. Legendary movie star, Gloria Reardon, may be dead, but friends and lovers from the Golden Age of Hollywood’s heyday are still very much on the scene, and it seems everyone has something to gain or lose from Kate’s discovery. Enlisting the youthful and brash film restorer Dylan Nichols as her closest ally, Kate becomes haunted by Gloria’s glittering past. Caught between glamorous Old Hollywood and the gritty, exciting New Hollywood of the 1970s, Kate is determined to find out what really happened to her grandmother and in the process, becomes the killer’s new target.
|The Good||The Bad & The Other|
|The Ending||Kate was annoying until late/td>|
|Romance conclusion is sweet||Push and pull romance was meh until later|
|Climax was phenomenal||Didn't like the muddling paranormal|
|Enjoyable, easy read||Slow to get into|
|Epilogue was cute|
|Liked the characters|
|Didn't see the important twists coming|
Fallen Star is a mish-mash of historical, mystery, family drama, and paranormal. Sounds great on paper and I've read other like this that made it work.
Sadly, I would've preferred the paranormal being left out, to be honest. The ghost aspect muddied the waters and was meant to amp up Kate's personal stakes. Instead of "OMG what is happening?" it fell flat and bogged down the novel.
I wish she could've found the clues herself instead of being handed to her via paranormal intervention. It made it hard to believe and connect. Plus it weakens Kate as protagonist.
Eventually, Kate gets her act together and she's much more proactive. It was very enjoyable to finally see her grow as a person. At this point, the story solidified as a murder mystery with a side-romance, casting away the paranormal unreliable narrator until nothing was left except a spiritual-believing young woman in control.
I was actively cheering for her and made it all worthwhile. If only it ended there and didn't cap it off with that epilogue...
I wish I could say it was a good thing, but the way it happened, I just rolled my eyes. How was that pulled off? Why not just deliver it like a normal person? *sigh*
Oh well. It was worth reading for Kate's progression and the twisty, satisfying climax. The epilogue was nice to catch up with them, but the mysterious appearance at the end was ridiculous.
Morse's other novel The Sweetheart Deal sounds narrower and focused in scope and genre: cute with a 1950s feminist romance. If you're looking for Something straightforward, I think that's worth a shot.
For something clean yet bloody and a great conclusion to a murder mystery, Fallen Star fits the bill. It'd probably also help to REMEMBER IT'S SET IN THE NINETEEN-SEVENTIES!
However, if a scatter-shot novel that jumps around with a work in progress protagonist doesn't sound worth it, trust your gut.
About the Author:
Allison is the author of two novels: The Sweetheart Deal and Fallen Star. She lives with her husband in a house in the hills that’s filled with books.
For book club resources and to learn more about Allison and her new fiction, please visit her Website at http://www.allisonmorseauthor.com/
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