By: Melanie | January 29, 2013 | (2) Comments

Title: Dance of Shadows
Author: Yelena Black
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: YA, paranormal, fantasy
Series: Dance of Shadows #1
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Pages: 447 (hardcover)
How I Got the Book: Borrowed from the Library
For More Information: Goodreads Link

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 . . .

That cover O__O I simply fell in love with this amazing cover that captured my heart the second I saw it. Not really pleased with what I got in the end as I had high hopes in liking the book despite the low average rating.

A book of a sinister ballet school and mysterious disappearances of dancers, Vanessa is accepted into the school of Ballet, not only for dancing purposes, but also in search for her missing sister, Margaret. Then Vanessa meets Zep, dark and enigmatic, he seems to be keeping something from her. But what?

I despised the majority of the book, about four fifths of it until the end. Where it was so fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat. However, for the rest, I found it pretty boring and repetitive, not moving at all. In less than 5 pages upon meeting, Vanessa makes friends with 4 other people. It states around page 15 that she already called them her ‘friends’. Not really authentic enough for moi.

Vanessa is a head strong girl, also very sensitive and a caring little sister. Being head strong isn’t terribly good, as for some of the time I just wanted to slap her face for not listening to Justin as some situations were beyond obvious. Zep, as I mentioned before is extremely cryptic and it was annoying to see that Vanessa couldn’t sense that at all. I loved Justin, he seemed like the only person who knew what they were doing and was relatable. (Even though I found it weird that he was stalking Vanessa.)

The plot was well set out and unravelled. Never would I have wondered about specific people to be involved in such horrible out comes.

Dance of Shadows may catch you in the eye with its spectacular cover, but found change those taste buds after reading this novel. Insta love, insta friendship and in a way a book adaptation of Black Swan, the movie, it was alright. In the end, I sorta swayed my opinions as the end startled me. I recommend this book to lovers of ballet stories and someone in need for a cryptic, sinister novel.

(ACTUAL: 2.5)


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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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2 Responses to Dance of Shadows By Yelena Black

  1. Ashey Cans says:

    The Marie Duffy Foundation has been established to provide financial assistance to aspiring dancers, musicians and choreographers so they may fulfil their dreams in the world of Irish Dance. For details Check This Out website.

  2. Alana says:

    I agree with you 100%
    I loved the front cover 🙂

    Great review 🙂

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