Monday, March 4, 2013

Review: Dance of Shadows

Title: Dance of Shadows
Author: Yelena Black
Genre/Category: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy

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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.

I’m saddened that I couldn’t like Dance of Shadows more than I did in the end, but it was a middle-ground book for me with not much of an oomph to push it over that edge of adoration I wanted. The premise was attractive, full of mystery and intrigue and beauty, but left only a simplistic taste in me. It was pleasant in the fact that it started out holding my attention, and kept my attention throughout, but I didn’t feel for the characters--or the romance--so at times I felt detached from the story. What I really liked though was the third person point of view, which seems to be a rarity nowadays I guess. Maybe I’m biased there. I like third person. I admit to being a nitpick with first person. The third person in Dance of Shadows felt right and flowed well, though I would have liked a more in-depth look at Vanessa to learn more about her character.

I felt a bit confused at times with the storyline. Questioning why maybe Vanessa was allowed by her parents to attend a school that her older sister had disappeared from, with the mystery still open. This bothered me, it really did. As a parent myself, I wouldn’t have let my child if their sibling had went missing from the school and their case unsolved. Maybe that was just me?

The ending felt on the rushed side, and the writing felt simplistic. But it didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the reading. I did find myself liking the story once I got into it and want to read more books that revolve around dance. I may not have been wowed or blown away, but the general story was an interesting concept and an entertaining, fast read.



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  1. Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy this one as much as you'd hoped. The cover is absolutely stunning. I agree that third person seems to be disappearing. I like both third and first person perspectives so I'm happy either way. I want to read more books based around dance too but I worry it'll make me want to dance which is not a pretty sight!

  2. I have been wanting to read this book ever since I came across it. The cover is just wow and sometimes that's all it takes for me to read a book.
    From your review though, I see you weren't blown away or anything. I honestly have high expectations for this book, I hope I'd find time to read it this month. Thanks for the review! :)

  3. It's too bad that you didn't like the story like you thought you would. I've read the summary on the book and call me judgmental but it doesn't sound too intriguing to me. Maybe it's because I'm not a huge fan of dance or maybe it's because I'm just a picky person when it comes to books. The story itself seems very cliche and overused. However, I will give this book a chance because I may end up changing my opinion on the story and I could enjoy it. Still, I feel like this review gives us a little insight on what to expect with this book. Nice post Pixie.


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