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Kon het niet goed wegleggen en het bleef maar door mijn hoofd spoken. Moet zeggen dat het verhaal niet echt fantastisch was of zo, maar het heeft wel iets wat heel erg ''compelling'' is en dat vind ik wel positief. I am an ex-dancer myself and although I've never danced en pointe, as my primary was folk dance I still had a full classic ballet education as you do in Russian choreographic schools , went through few major ballets and was pretty damn good at what I was doing. I still love dance to bits, and that book was an affront to my passion 1. I still love dance to bits, and that book was an affront to my passion of all things dance.

Vanessa Adler, the main character, is a very talented ballerina but she dances because her mother and her sister did it and she feels obligated to go the same route. When her older sister Margaret disappears after going to study ballet to a prestigious Julliard school in New York, Vanessa decides to go and do the same thing. Yup, she just forever follows people and doesn't want to make something of herself on her own.

Dance of Shadows is very poorly executed, it's awkward, full of wooden token characters and it doesn't make much sense, but above all it doesn't understand dancing, and my major pet peeve of this book is that Vanessa despite her brilliance is indifferent to dancing. Let's not even go into faux pas with ballet terms sequences that did not make any sense, empty theatre when it should be teeming with people after the performance and no emotional nuances of getting into a role for the two main dancers of Firebird She could not possible be brilliant and not love dance.

Ballet is a hard graft, it's a huge huge sacrifice, people. You basically can not have ordinary life if you are a ballerina. You can't go home and forget about ballet like you would do with a normal job. You live and breathe by it and you very often marry in the same circle because you literally have no time to meet any outsiders, and if you do - what life can you make with them if you are always on the road and they are not? Saying that she does not care about ballet is unbelievable.

You don't work that hard and get that far if you are indifferent to dance, you have to be truly passionate about it. So this was my first and worst problem with this book. Secondly, the effing plot didn't make any sense and was very sketchy. What is wrong with Stravinsky and Firebird? I happen to love this composer and this ballet and I do not find anything demonic and strange in his music. Also all this people were disappearing from Julliard and nobody was making a fuss?!! Like that is going to happen. Thirdly, Josef was a piss poor choreographer, and I would not for one moment believe that he could work in one of the best ballet schools in the world.

Screaming and insulting someone? Yeah, sure, some of them do that. But absurdly accusing someone of ineptitude when they don't know the dance steps and never seen it in their life? That's just plain crazy. Forth, where is the rest of the school? The rest of the studies? Are we supposed to believe that apart from Josef and his flankie ballet teacher everyone else blends into shadows?

That nothing else happens? Basically, I have to stop my rant now because the deeper you dig into this book, the worse it gets. I'm sure lots of people will find it entertaining, but from my perspective I do not recommend it to anyone. The actual ending wasn't that bad though.

I'm interested in reading the next book. Dec 23, Nidah SleepDreamWrite rated it liked it. First off, this is a 3. This started off really well. The premise is what drew me in and the cover.

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You have Vanessa who goes to a ballet school to find out what happened to her missing sister. And from there, it has its up and downs. The first half was interesting, then in the middle, I got bored. I kept wondering what the other characters, who honestly, I found I wanted to know more about. But the moments with Vanessa and Zep, I don't know, I just couldn't get invested in.

And ti First off, this is a 3. And times where I facepalmed thinking, Vanessa are you serious? Weren't you here for a reason, etc. I did like the mystery, how she confides in her friends. Then the last half, it got a little better and the story moved forward. Sure you could kind of guess what was going to happen.

But then at the same time, you're thinking, huh well I didn't see that coming. Sure it has its flaws, sure it takes some time to get through. But I'm glad I at least finished it, wanting to give it a chance. A good to okay read. Dec 25, Alicia rated it it was ok Shelves: They were told to master an odd dance— La Dance du Feu — before they went missing. Something is wrong, terribly wrong within the 4 ashen walls of the dance theatre and Vanessa must find out, or the world will spin away into the hands of a sinister force as she dances. Mark my words, the disappeari "The right steps with the right dancer can wreck havoc.

Mark my words, the disappearing girls will keep you spooked out… and still guessing. Yelena Black is really good with her world-building, from the studios, to the ballet, to the ancient folklore and dark magic, I held my breath the whole time because I was so afraid that shadowy hands will grab me from the book! The element of fear and suspense transcends every page, not to mention how the intoxicating ballet atmosphere feels like the best cake treat for a kid, if only I can try those steps and pirouette my way cross country!

However, as I dug deeper into Dance of Shadows , I realized there was nothing amazing or particularly outstanding. It didn't convince me how so many missing girls from the same institution could go unnoticed by the public, and it was sad to see how the high school drama watered down the gripping mystery I was ready for.

I read this book very very carefully, not skipping a single punctuation because I couldn't bear to miss any details that points to a possibly mind-blowing revelation. Throughout the whole story, the characters continually disturbed me. I like how Vanessa is a girl with a mind of her own, but her stubbornness and lack of judgement is infuriating. The clues are screaming into her ears, the abnormal behaviours can be explained if she stops to reason, yet she pushes away the person trying to help her and confide all her secrets to the big bad guy.

You know, people always tell you "Don't judge a book by its cover! Oct 13, Suzanne rated it did not like it Shelves: Vanessa is a freshman, but she is going to be on her own at the New York Ballet Academy to study and perform. European artsy type extraordinaire choreographer Joseph, of course, sees the stellar dancer in Vanessa and crushes expectations by giving her the coveted lead opposite Zep. Nor does another hot guy who knew her sister manage to warn her away from the demonic dark dance doo-doo, voo-doo that take FOREVER to finally happen. Then when it does, I kept thinking, huh?


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Secret arcane dance libraries with invisible ink? Ballet dancer remnants locked in a practice studio? If it had ever started off well, I would say: Jumped the shark, baby.

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Maybe, cracked the nut? Jun 21, Kati rated it it was amazing Shelves: Me mantuve enganchada desde el principio hasta casi el final. Y luego tras su cuenta, comenzaron—. Siempre me has querido. Pero no puedes tenerme. No puedes dejarme con "su amor imposible"!!!!!! View all 9 comments. The dangerous and dark side of ballet. Vanessa hugs her parents tight as she bids them goodbye. She has achieved her dream of being a dancer at the elite New York School of Ballet. Vanessa clings to the hope that somehow she will find her missing sister, Margaret. Margaret was also an aspiring ballerina at the NYSB, who was cast as the lead in the Firebird Ballet as a freshman, only to disappear, a victim of the pressures of ballet.


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Yet, Vanessa does not believe, even after Two Stars: Yet, Vanessa does not believe, even after several years passed, that her sister just ran away without telling her, nor does she believe Margaret is dead. Vanessa will find her. Vanessa immediately catches the eye of the talented choreographer Josef as well as the handsome leading man, Zep. Vanessa soon is following in her sister's footsteps as she unexpectedly lands the role of the Firebird, the very same role her sister held before vanishing.

Something sinister is happening at the school. Vanessa learns that her sister was among twenty ballerinas who suddenly disappeared from the school, all after being cast as the Firebird. Will Vanessa vanish as well? That aspect of this book certainly didn't disappoint. The descriptions of the dancing are enchanting. I loved reading about the magic and mystery of ballet.

The delicate ribboned shoes whispering across the floor as they move in a bewitching dance. Black does a tremendous job in not only bringing out the beauty of the ballet, but also the darker side as she relates the tremendous sacrifice, pressure and even pain that ballerinas must endure to be the best.

I absolutely loved reading about everything that pertained to ballet. From the get go, this story piles on the heavy, dark atmospheric tension. As the reader, you just know that something dark and dangerous is happening behind the scenes. Why have twenty girls over the years vanished after being cast as the lead in the Firebird Ballet? Is it really the crushing pressure of the performance or is it something more? The tension and mystery continue to build, with the promise of something paranormal, until you are on the edge of your seat wanting to uncover the sinister secrets at the NYSB.

Not only is there plenty of brilliant descriptions of ballet and the dancing, but there is also that perfect amount of tension and suspense that blend with engaging writing that kept me entertained. And The Not So Much: It stalls with repeated and continued discussions about the missing ballerinas and the strange occurrences at the school. What bothered me the most about Vanessa's character was that it was clear to her from the beginning that something strange had happened with the disappearance of her sister without a trace from the school, and then once she and her friends uncover a whole line of ballerinas vanishing under similar circumstances.

Despite the glaring evidence, and the sudden disappearance of a new friend, Elly, Vanessa still fails to believe that something is wrong. Either she was incredibly naive or stupid. Not only was she in danger, but she was also being warned to leave. This became a sticking point for me because she failed to act once she had all the evidence. Vanessa immediately attracts the attention of the enigmatic Zep, the male lead dancer. He starts leaving her notes and takes her on a few dates, but she never feels like the relationship is right. Furthermore, he is always vanishing without explanation, other than he is always with Josef.

It is obvious that he is using her, but she fails to see that and continues to trust him, even though she is doubting him. On the other hand, there is Justin, another dancer who seems to know something about the occurrences at the school, but Vanessa refuses to listen to him and she is extremely rude to him throughout the book. At the end, Vanessa has this sudden change of heart that practically comes out of nowhere and it just doesn't work. Don't expect a good romance in this one, you will be disappointed.

They were paranoid about losing Vanessa in the same way as Margaret, so why they agreed to let her go to the same school was strange. Once she is cast in the role of The Firebird, they should have been leery. Then Vanessa phones her mother on the verge of a breakdown, and her mother's response is get some rest!? Are you kidding me? They should have been in the car that minute to go get her and make sure she was okay. I just didn't buy her parents reactions. You would think they would be extremely vigilant terrified that they might lose Vanessa, and they are to a point, but their behavior just felt wrong to me.

I didn't like this sudden bait and switch especially because I knew so little about the true villain. It isn't a terrible cliffhanger, but it is an open ending, one where the reader gets a few answers, but the majority of the questions are left unanswered. I can't believe I am saying this, but a big jaw dropping cliffhanger might have been better, because at this point, I was not impressed and really can't say that I feel compelled to continue the series.

Dance of Shadows was a book that started out with a lot of promise as it lured me in with the mesmerizing ballet and suspenseful story line, but the book lots its appeal with too much repetition, ridiculous behavior, unappealing romance and little resolution. While I loved the magic of the dancing, the rest fell a little flat. Perhaps, it just wasn't right for me. If you are looking for a book that blends ballet with suspense and a paranormal twist this might be a read for you. For me, it was a disappointment. Another case of beautiful cover on a not so great book. The pressures of ballet sometimes lead the weaker girls to drugs, and that leads to lost girls.

Water sloshed down the streets, and black umbrellas bloomed along the sidewalks, making Manhattan even more anonymous. And once you're at the top, the fall to the bottom is a lot longer and more painful. You're not dancing, you're living. I can see it in your eyes. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review. Posted Rainy Day Ramblings. Jul 12, hayden rated it it was ok Shelves: Dance of Shadows has one of the greatest concepts I've ever heard in my years of reading. A demonic ballet school? SO many elements of this book's premise were things I'd been dying to read: And then I made the foolish mistake of believing th 2.

And then I made the foolish mistake of believing the product of a book packaging deal would be able to pull all of these things off in a believable way. How silly, the mistakes I make. Dance of Shadows did pull off certain things, and failed miserably at other things. I will now try my hardest to compile a list of both subjects, with maybe a few in-betweens.

Things About Dance of Shadows 1: The Writing The writing in certain scenes was just atrocious. I dunno if Yelena Black was craving salt during the production of this book, but every time Vanessa was kissed, it was described as salty. I dunno about you, but if I were kissing someone right now, I wouldn't want to notice how salty it was. Black also went into vivid detail to describe how sweaty everyone was.

Other than that, the writing felt very I'm-in-eighth-grade-writing-an-English-report-and-am-raping-the-thesaurus-to-sound-smart. Besides the salt thing, there were never any glaring problems with the writing, and there was an occasional beautiful and tasteful metaphor, but they were few and far between. That is how I felt about the end of this book.

Black did a realllllly good job establishing tension near the end I'll get to the beginning next , and, dare I say it, a teeny tiny bit of emotional investment in the characters.

They stretched from their one-dimensional selves which I'll also get to later and gave me a reason to care about them. The climax went on forever, but my heart was pounding so hard it felt like only two pages. The final scenes were good too, setting up a great foundation for the next book's beginning. I'm actually quite excited for the next book, believe it or not. My topic here is tension and mystery in the beginning of the book. Black might think we're all legit retarded with the way she foreshadows.

It's like we're being hit by big, yellow school buses.

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Let me figure something out on my own for once. One-Dimensional Characters Galore The beginning of this book had me wanting to use each page of Dance of Shadows as a bookmark for other, and better, books I could've been reading instead. I shit you not, every character was dumb, one-dimensional and stereotypical. One of my favorite things ever. I never suspect it and it always hits me like a big, yellow school bus that I should've seen but didn't. I don't feel the need to insert the GIF here.

It always makes me happy when this happens. I'm not going to say any more than that. Black also does good with the timing of the reveals, but I'm not sure if that's her or the book packaging company responsible, so I won't credit her for it. Takin' Yo' Sweet Ass Time One thing about Dance of Shadows that reminded me a lot of Fallen, the other evil spawn of the Tinderbox book packaging company, was the way Black took her sweet-ass time setting everything up.

This scenario was slightly more tolerable in this book than in Fallen, but it ground my gears sometimes, as was to be expected. Perhaps my favorite things about this book was that the protagonist, Vanessa, although having many character flaws and quirks, was not afraid to be flirty and fun with guys.

I am shouting praises from the rooftops about this matter. Frankly, I'm done with YA protags who are afraid of kissing a boy and being a "slut," or, God forbid, doing so without confessing their undying love for each other first. There was also none of that in this book, which delighted me! You're not in love after three days, yo.

Vanessa's Mom Parental figures are a big thing in YA. They're either like this: This book's parental figures are the latter instance. They're the Overly-Attached Girlfriend meme of parents.


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  5. Vanessa's mother grated on me like none other. I understand having concerns, but she called Vanessa constantly, like there was nothing else for her to be doing but talking to her mother. Dec 14, Jaiden rated it it was amazing Shelves: Well, I guess that's one way to start off a positive review This book flew by so fast I had no clue!! I completely submerged in this book not paying attention to the pages or i this case, percentage finished.

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    I just kept reading until I was done or needed to fangirl or vent on goodreads through status. I don't care what anyone says or thinks Its absolutely stunning and fits the story so wonderfully. This is one I have had my eye on forever. I was hit with the love-bug again haha So here I am enjoying this amazing book when I go to Goodreads and I fell hard for this book.

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    I was literally lost in its pages and it was agony to stop reading it and do what I was supposed to do. I will admit that I did start to find Vanessa annoying towards the end. I was screaming at the book for her to grow some sense and freaking listen to what she was being told. She was strong and determined, loyal.

    I especially loved the side characters. I think they were extremely well developed. The story was clean. No profanity or any real steaminess.

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    There is romance intermixed with this delicious mystery but nothing seriously sexy and where I do like things to heat up from time to mind I found it refreshing and it wasn't something that needed to be missed. The story and mystery filled everything up! People are crazy on Goodreads people. Do NOT listen to what they say.. I found the writing well done despite what people have said. The story, again, was extremely enthralling and interesting.

    The whole concept was so unique. I was glued to Dance of Shadows ' pages. A beautiful and wonderful debut. I am looking forward to book two. There is so much I am hoping for from it. I loved this book to pieces. I seriously don't think I can stress the greatness of this book any further. After I finished I was determining whether or not to start another book but I decided against it because I wanted to think about everything I had just read all night long.

    I wanted to absorb it all. Vanessa knew that dance was in her blood, but she had no idea the world of elite ballet was center stage for the darkest of secrets-until her sister mysteriously disappeared from the world-renowned New York Ballet Academy. Back-stabbing bunheads, a fiercely unrelenting choreographer, and the sexy male lead of the troupe-they all want something from Vanessa. And though she revels in the attention, what Vanessa truly craves are answers. Instead, she feels as though she is losing her footing at every turn.

    Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black. Chapters by Yelena Black. Vanessa Adler isn't so sure she really belongs at the School of American Ballet. But dance runs in her family. It's been a part of her life for as long as she can remember.

    Her grandmother and mother were prima ballerinas, and her older sister Margaret was, too. That is, until Margaret mysteriously disappeared from school three years ago. Vanessa is heir to the family's gi Vanessa Adler isn't so sure she really belongs at the School of American Ballet. Vanessa is heir to the family's gift and the only person who can fulfill her sister's destiny. She has no choice. But she never could have guessed how dangerous the school is. The infamous choreographer, Josef, isn't just ruthless with his pupils, he guards a sinister secret, one in which the school's dancers-prized for their beauty, grace, and discipline-become pawns in a world of dark, deadly demons.

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