The Star Catcher by Molly Dean

The Star Catcher by Molly Dean
Publisher: Wild Child Publshing
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Suspense/Mystery, YA
Length: Full Length (239 pages)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

When fifteen year-old Hawke feels fed up with not being able to walk, he escapes in his mind to a misty island filled with moorlands, ancient forests, and monolithic stones: a place where he can move and run and accomplish heroic quests.

His life is turned upside down, though, when he’s thrust into this dream world and finds it real! He becomes ‘Star Catcher.’ The job? Track and collect shooting stars or meteors sent from a more advanced civilization, which have powers that protect the island from approaching evil. He finds many helpers along the way: a serving girl who can communicate with animals and create light, an alluring mermaid, a savvy one-eyed crow, and an old farmer with a secret.

Hawke must also discover what’s going on inside the imposing mansion called Moon House. Why do rooms change? Why do objects mysteriously shift? Who lives inside the old forest behind the place—and why is the Star Catcher forbidden to enter it? And most importantly, who are Hawke and his stars really battling against? An evil genius? A pirate-like group called the Shrikers who have taken over the island? An Ancient Magic? Or, maybe an aspect of himself?

Hawke’s life sucks – his legs are paralyzed, he’s confined to his bed, his father has left, his mother is unhappy and trying to find solace. Hawke escapes the real world and dives into a world of dreams where he becomes the star catcher. He has to catch five stars as they fall from the sky – one every other day – and when he has caught the last star the magic will return to the strange land.

The world of Hawke’s dreams is very well thought out and each trip to find a star is like a different jewel in a necklace. Similar but each an individual in its own right. Hawke is typical of a young teenage boy but Emma, the girl servant at the Moon House, has several different facets to her character. Evil is easy to recognize as it comes in the guise of the Shrikers and Facsimiles but working out who the good guys are takes a little more time.

This story has a smattering of various animals, humans and mythical creatures. They confuse, assist or act against Hawke and as the reader I never knew which way each character would go.

I found this book to be very attention grabbing. At first it dragged a little but once Hawke started his travels in the other world I had to keep reading to see what happened next. While not the usual mystery and adventure, this fantasy certainly has a hint of magic, mystery and adventure. All make this a worthwhile read.


  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. I really like summary!

  3. Thanks for featuring The Star Catcher–and for your review. The story was a labor of love for me–and Hawke was based upon a real person. The other world was inspired by places I have visited, like Cornwall England. Also by places I’ve dreamed about.

    I am late getting online this morning. Violent weather and wild winds here in NE Georgia. But I am thinking the worst is over…knock-on-wood.

    Thanks again!

  4. I like the blurb, sounds exciting.

  5. This sounds like a great escapist adventure. I particularly like the range of characters, it should be a lot of fun. Thanks for the great prize.

  6. I love how he escapes through his dreams, sounds like a fun tale

  7. Serena S. says:

    I enjoyed the review.

  8. Nice review

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  10. Mary Preston says:

    An interesting blurb.

  11. Thanks for all of the responses. They mean a lot. I am working on a sequel to The Star Catcher just now. I thought maybe I had it all worked out, what was going to happen. But…wow…the ending is not coming out as expected. I love the way the characters seem to take on a life of their own. Emma who continues through both books is really surprising me.

  12. amy bowens says:

    This sounds like a really enjoyable read. Especially for a young adult. Thanks for sharing.

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