I must admit on doing additional research for this review I found out that The Airship Racing Chronicles came first out of the other steampunk series Melanie had done but the order in which I read the different collection of books this was the last series I read. Chasing the Star Garden starts with Lilly having one of the worst days of her life where she comes second to her mind loses the London of the World Airship Grand Prix. As she is on her deck docked up a harlequin is fleeing from the police and gives her a kaleidoscope. This kaleidoscope as it turns out ends up sending Lilly on a quest.
The book itself is one that I’ve come to expect from Melanie it’s fast passed and has Lilly deal with a complicated love life, which is seen in the Red Riding Hood series as well. What brings this even more into the forefront is the constant switch between two different lovers who literally couldn’t be any different if they tried. So while Lilly is on this mission of mercy following the Kaleidoscope she also doing some real soul searching when it comes to her private life.
Overall I gave Chasing the Star Garden 3/5 and if I’m honest while the date on this post is the same date I finished reading the book I am writing this review 3 months later and some of my reasoning for this score has merged into the next book in the series Chasing the Green Fairy so I do need to be careful what I say. It was interesting to see more adult content in Melanie’s writing and that seems strange as this was actually her first series out of the ones I’ve read but I would recommend this book because it was fast-paced and enjoyable as long as your ok with drug miss-use scenes of a sexual nature.