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 .
GENRE:Fantasy, Young Adult 16+, Romance, Paranormal
PAW RATING: 2 paws
KEY WORDS: School theme, Dancing, teenage characters, paranormal creatures, Romance, some sexual context.
IN SHORT: A good concept that just didn’t come alive for me. Found most of the book to be boring.
GINNY’S THE PUG’S ARC REVIEW:
I received dance of shadows by Yelena Black as an ACR copy by Netgalley.
Dance of shadow follows a girl name Vanessa who goes to a dance school to further her career as a ballerina, although dancing is her talent this is not her main goal to joining this particular school.Vanessa plunges deep into a twenty year old mystery in search of something very precious to her but in doing so she makes herself a target for a very dangerous being; with false friends and unclear leads in her life who and what can she trust.
Although this sounds like a great mystery novel this book just didn’t come alive for me, the story seemed bland and almost boring causing me to put the book down and return to it later, I think this is mainly due to the characters for some reason every time I heard Vanessa it just came over as annoying and unrealistic in sections.
Although Dance of shadow was not my cup of tea I did really enjoy the ending which was its saving grace from being a one paw book and maybe due to its intriguing ending I might pick up book two in the future, hopefully by then Yelena Black has sharpened her characters and has been able to give her writing that fire that transforms a good concept into a great read.
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