Monday, February 18, 2013

Bloomsbury Triple Threat Blog Tour: Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black

Thanks for making a stop at my blog during the Bloomsbury Triple Threat Blog Tour. Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black is the subject for today’s book tour! Happy Reading J

Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you're close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner's heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . .

Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school – the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister's shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances – she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames . . . 

Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead – and the burning forces about to be unleashed…


First off, I have to say that the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous.  That combined with the rundown of the book, it was a story I was dying to read.  
In an effort to find out what happened to her sister while at the dancing academy, Vanessa begins attending the same school. Even though she does not care for it, she has a real talent for dancing and when she dances the world seems to fade away and the dancing consumes her.
More people start disappearing and soon Vanessa realizes that her very life, like her sister could be in danger.  

What I liked:

I liked the world of the ballet mixed together with nice elements of the supernatural.  The mystery in the story kept me wondering. It was definitely not predictable.  

What I did not like:

No one else seemed to really be concerned with the fact that people were disappearing. If people began disappearing from a well-known Ballet school without even a little trace, wouldn’t someone before now become suspicious? Wouldn't the parents of the ballet dancers come looking for their kids after not hearing from them? Or at the very least contact the police?

Final thoughts:

Dance of Shadows is an intriguing story that kept me reading to find out the way behind what was happening.  It was not as great as I thought it would be, but overall I did like the story and had fun reading it. The story does not end here though; this is the first book of a trilogy. Fans of magic/supernatural, ballet, and insta-love might want to check this one out.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

** I received this book from Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books in exchange for nothing, but my honest review. Thank you!** 


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