Book Review : Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black

January 22, 2014 Book review 11 ★★½

This review is short and not-so-sweet.  I really, really wanted to like this one as I think the concept of a paranormal ballerina is brilliant.  The ballet world is so magical and other-wordly that it seemed like a perfect backdrop for a chilling, mysterious tale.

Book Review : Dance of Shadows by Yelena BlackDance of Shadows by Yelena Black
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on 2013-02-12
Genres: Dance, Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
two-half-stars

Vanessa knew that dance was in her blood, but she had no idea the world of elite ballet was center stage for the darkest of secrets—until her sister mysteriously disappeared from the world-renowned New York Ballet Academy. Three years later, Vanessa follows in Margaret's footsteps, lands the role most girls at NYBA would kill for . . . and gets trapped in a sinister spiral of secrets.

Back-stabbing bunheads, a fiercely unrelenting choreographer, and the sexy male lead of the troupe—they all want something from Vanessa. And though she revels in the attention, what Vanessa truly craves are answers. Instead, she feels as though she is losing her footing at every turn. Is she doomed to relive her sister's strange fate?

Riveting and sexy, Dance of Shadows twists the cutthroat world of ballet with a psychological thriller, in a dance you won't be able to resist.

The ballet world  and the demon myths worked well together.  However the characters were one dimensional and I don’t know one thing about the mc apart from her missing sister and her relationship with ballet.  This made it hard to engage and even harder to care about what happened her.  Add in a pretty flat romance and this book fell flat on its head for me.

And I don’t really have much more to say which is another sign of how little I cared for this book.

Rating Report
Characters
two-stars
Setting
three-stars
Pace
two-stars
Did I feel it?
two-half-stars
Overall: two-stars

 

 

two-half-stars

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11 Responses to “Book Review : Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black”

    • trish

      I definitely don’t think it’s for you either! The only thing I didn’t say in my review is that it got a lot better at the end. I’ll keep an eye on the reviews for book 2 just to see what the verdict is but I’d don’t know if I’ll read it or not.

    • trish

      I know paranormal ballerina has such a great ring to it and has the potential to be an amazing story. Not here though.

    • trish

      It was nearly worth buying for the cover alone! That is fab and I loved the concept too but there was a lot lacking for me in the execution.

    • trish

      I read the reviews too but I still wanted to give it a chance. As I love ballet stories I thought it might still appeal to me. Sadly not.

    • trish

      I KNOW! I wanted the paranormal ballerina to knock my socks off! It did get better near the end but it was too little, too late.

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