Review: Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
Release Date: February 12th, 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781599909400
Pages: 469
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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 .

This was a really interesting read. I love how the author incorporates elements of ballet with elements of paranormal, and in doing so creates a unique story. The characters were all interesting to read, especially our main character, Vanessa. However, there were times when I wanted to pull out my hair because of all the decisions she was making. I liked the ballet politics and references that the author hinted throughout the book, which really intrigues me.

There’s a fair amount of vivid imagery and metaphors when it comes to describing the dance scenes, which was enjoyable. However, I do think the reveal could’ve been grander. I get what Yelena Black was trying to do, but there wasn’t enough suspense or tension. I also think that the romance in the story was a little forced. The love interest in this book felt really forced, and the fact she doesn’t stop to hear what the other guy has to say really ticked me off as I was reading. Some of the minor characters who were brilliant in the beginning were also underdeveloped at the ending, becoming indistinguishable, especially Blaine. I really enjoyed reading about his character, but he kind of disappeared halfway through the book.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book and I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants a good paranormal read. There’s definitely room for potential in this world that the author has created. In saying so, I’m looking forward to reading the sequel soon.

Rating: 3.5/5

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