Book Review : In the Air by Crystal Serowka

June 26, 2013 Book review 0 ★★½

Predicable and clichéd, In The Air is an ok read but I had few problems with it.  This is yet another lesson in why you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover.

Book Review : In the Air by Crystal SerowkaIn the Air by Crysal Serowka
Series: The City #1
Published by Createspace on 26 March 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 273
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

It all began on a New York City sidewalk. It was so surreal. Juilliard, the enormous brick building that held my dreams and the possibilities of my future. I was prepared for the challenges ahead. What I didn’t expect was to lose my focus the second I met him. Living the dance was no longer the only important thing in my life.

The City opened my eyes, but he transformed me.

Two dancers. One big city. He was determined to make a new start. She was ready to make it in the ballet world. Neither expected love to play a part in achieving their dreams. They also didn't expect it to be so destructive. Samson and Natalia took the leap anyway, not worrying about the fall.(less)

My Recap:
Samson and Natalia are both ballet dancers who meet on a sidewalk outside Juilliard. The school where both are hoping to achieve their dreams. Will their love derail them?

My Thoughts:
Ballet Dancers, Juilliard and New York – this book had my name written all over it. And that cover had me swooning, it is gorgeous and had my inner-ballet-nerd jumping for glee.  My first disappointment was how little dance was actually in it. I loved what was there and the dance class scenes were by far my favourite part.

My main problem with the book was the insta-love between Samson and Natalia. I didn’t buy in to it. I could understand instant chemistry but we shot straight into love without the build up. Because of this, I then felt a bit impatient with the characters as their plunge head first into love seemed immature.

In the Air is written from the pov of Samson, Natalia and two other friends. I’m a fan of different perspectives so this part of the book worked for me. It sounds like a lot of different pov’s but mostly we just had Samson and Natalia so it didn’t feel jarring or confusing.

I’ll be honest with you here.  I only read this book 2 weeks ago but already I’m drawing a blank for what I liked and disliked about the MC’s. I have notes but I guess not remembering anything says a lot. I didn’t feel emotionally connected to either so really the whole book just fell a bit flat for me.

The backstories of both dancers felt clichéd too.  The father who doesn’t want his son dancing, the mother who didn’t make it herself and is pushing her dreams on to her daughter.  I don’t feel like these stories have anything new to offer.

Who should read In The Air:
My overall feeling about this book is that is was ok but instantly forgettable. I was disappointed with it as I had high expectations for it.  If you are a fan of NA and don’t hate insta-love then you may enjoy this more than I did.

Bookish Chat : Do you hate when a cover fools you?  What book did you read where you loved the cover but the story was a let down?


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