Dance of Shadows
Dance of Shadows brings the reader into two worlds. The first world is the ultra-competitive world of dance. Vanessa has been accepted into a very prestigious high school/dance academy in New York, but she goes with a heavy heart since her sister, who disappeared, was also a student there. Slowly, it becomes clear that Margaret’s disappearance was more than just a stressed out kid running away. That’s where the second world comes in. There is definitely something not right about many of the teachers at this school, as if they were involved in something mysterious outside of ballet. The story develops into Vanessa’s journey to not only succeed as a dancer, but to decide who she can trust as she looks for answers. The book combines her normal rehearsal filled life with the intrigue of a mystery with occult overtones.
This book would be great for those that are fans of dance because it certainly plays a huge part in this story. I thought that a lot of it was repetitive, however, There seemed to be a lot of scenes where they were in the same rehearsal over and over again. Rather than moving the story along, I found it frustrating. I would have liked some more succinct storytelling. Vanessa was a sympathetic character and I liked her circle of friends, but both the character of Zep and Justin seemed underdeveloped, especially for a book of this length. I know I was supposed to feel their individual pull on Vanessa, but I just didn’t feel the story gave me the information I needed to do that. Along with an ending that was a bit rushed, the pacing was uneven and it kept me from really getting into the book. Some of the plot aspects were extremely hard to swallow, even allowing for the suspension of reality that you sometimes have to employ while reading books. I suppose that’s the main reason for the feeling of disconnect I mentioned before. I’m not sure this was really the book for me, but fans of ballet and occult based stories will likely enjoy it.
I received this galley in exchange for my honest review.