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Dance of Shadows [Format Kindle]

Yelena Black

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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 . . .

Biographie de l'auteur

Yelena Black is a recent MFA graduate of Columbia University. She currently resides in New York City and is a full-time writer. She has a keen interest in dance and all things devilish.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 382 pages
  • Editeur : Bloomsbury Childrens; Édition : 1 (12 février 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A fast-paced and engaging read 12 février 2013
Par Fiktshun - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
DANCE OF SHADOWS is a fast-paced, exciting and addictive read. With an easy flow, an intriguing mystery and a dark undertone, this story will be tough to put down before its climactic conclusion.

When Vanessa Adler enrolls in the New York Ballet Academy she knows that finding answers to her sister's disappearance will be a long shot. But she has to try. Because she knows Margaret wouldn't just disappear without a word. And when another girl goes missing without a trace, Vanessa is certain it can't be a coincidence.

But solving the mystery won't be easy with nothing but a hunch to go on. And with days and nights spent trying to master a complex dance, one that challenges her both physically and mentally, and one that when she gets it right seems to alter her surroundings and blur reality, finding the time and energy to search for the truth isn't easy. Especially with the elusive and mysterious Zeppelin Black occupying so many of her thoughts.

And when a piece to the puzzle is finally revealed, it will lead Vanessa down a path to the truth that is even darker and more sinister than she could have imagined and to secrets that could prove lethal. To the dancers. To her friends. To her.

Author Yelena Black has penned an incredibly engaging story of dark powers, dark motives and deadly consequences in this first book in her series. Blending together a contemporary story with that of a paranormal mystery, DANCE OF SHADOWS brings something a little bit different to its audience. And with a plot and setting that revolve around dance and a main character whose skill lies in the movement of her body, this story sets itself apart.

While there were a few scenes that felt a bit unnecessary to the plot and the story could have benefited from more character development for some of the secondary characters, they didn't detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the story. The pacing was fairly consistent throughout, building as the story neared its conclusion, which made for a very quick and easy one-sit read.

And while the main character, Vanessa Adler, wasn't a particularly strong heroine, her character felt very realistic. She was a ballerina. She was a student. She was sometimes fragile. Sometimes silly. Sometimes brave. And she was a girl who put her feelings for her sister above all else.

As this is the first book in a series, more of the backstory is likely to be included in the subsequent books in the series along with further development of those characters that remain. And while the story doesn't end on a cliffhanger, there are a number of questions left unanswered and loose ends to be tied up in future books.

DANCE OF SHADOWS offers readers a wonderful distraction from reality as the story brings them into this dark and deadly world of dance and its malevolent power.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Just Didn't Do It For Me 30 janvier 2014
Par Erica - Publié sur Amazon.com
Dance of Shadows is a beautifully written story that is haunting and completely keeps you guessing. Anything with dance is always an interest of mine – I’ve danced since I was 4 years old and I simply love it. Books centering around dance are always so well done and I just love reading them.

I love books that keep me guessing, but Dance of Shadows was a bit too much of a mystery to me. Throughout the book there are characters who make it clear they know what is happening or at least know pieces, yet Vanessa completely blows them off. I was left so frustrated at knowing nothing because of Vanessa’s immaturity.

It was the last quarter of the book that did this one in for me. While I thought it had its flaws in the first part of the book, I was genuinely enjoying it. The last quarter of the book had me constantly rolling my eyes. The pacing got weird and to be honest, things just went weird. There was one happening after the next that just didn’t work for me. This is also where all the paranormal comes in. From when I read the description and heard about Dance of Shadows, I thought that the book was basically ballet meets demons. There is a complete lack of paranormal, except for a few subtle hints, for most of the book. The paranormal element was cool, but I think it would’ve been dealt much more justice if it had been more spaced out instead of merely crammed into the last part of the book.

The ending also annoyed me. While some things were wrapped up, so much was left open ended. After the extent of the questions that weren’t answered throughout the majority of the book, this was a bit much for me. It left an opening to continue the story and while I am intrigued about it, I think the majority of the reason I would want to continue the story is to just get some answers to the wild ride that suddenly happened in the last quarter of the book.

Yelena Black writes very well – I quite enjoyed her prose. I really liked the secondary characters. Vanessa was a very immature character who often irked me. Yet, she still had a great voice.

Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black was a book that had so much potential, but at the last moment fell flat for me. I love idea of the premise and the writing, but the other elements just didn’t do it for me. That aside, I am curious what Yelena Black will write next. I would love to see what she could do with a contemporary – to me, her writing style just seems very similar to a lot of my favorite contemporary authors.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful cover hides ridiculous, slow story 10 mars 2013
Par Kate - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
**Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy**

There are books that make me rage in a good way (for example, books I love with a cliffhanger on the very. last. page.) and books that make me rage in a bad way (the kind that leaves me wanting the hours I spent reading it back). Unfortunately, after drawing me in with its beautiful cover and mysterious blurb, DANCE OF SHADOWS ended up causing the latter kind of rage. Based on the description of the book, I was hoping for a combination of Black Swan and Center Stage with paranormal elements. What I got was an interesting premise that could have been a great story, but unfortunately fell flat with poor pacing, bland characters and laughable dialogue.

First of all, this book was about 100 pages too long. The middle section dragged with repetitive descriptions of rehearsals which 90% of the time featured the same characters dancing the same dance over and over. Then, when the conflict finally came to a head, it happened so quickly that I’m pretty sure I blinked and missed it. If the book had to be as long as it was, I would have appreciated less rehearsals and more conflict.

Vanessa is one of the most boring protagonists I have ever read. I can’t even summon up any strong emotion toward her except anger at how dumb she acts. She goes to ballet school to solve the mystery of her sister’s disappearance, but that immediately takes a backseat to all the guys who just can’t stay away from her. She doesn’t put simple things together and walks into dangerous situations multiple times. I kind of wanted to shake some sense into her for at least half of the book. Then, other characters are so one dimensional. Take, for example, Blaine, Vanessa’s classmate who is “the gay friend.” Nothing comes out of his mouth that doesn’t have to do with cute guys. Or the mean girls- labeling them as such gives you all the information you need.

This book also had the most ridiculous example of “instalove” that I have ever read. The minute Vanessa shows up at school, she falls for Zep, a senior. Of course, Zep is also taken with her, and breaks up with his girlfriend to be with Vanessa, despite the fact that they’ve never actually had a conversation. Zep has absolutely no redeeming qualities and he treats Vanessa terribly. He practically never communicates with her and frequently ignores her in rehearsals. She is constantly questioning their relationship and why he would be interested in her. And yet! She stays with him and trusts him completely, which in the end, is to her detriment.

My biggest issue with the book was that there were so many unbelievable aspects. They range from small things, like the level of adult supervision at the school, to bigger issues, such as how the disappearance of the lead dancers over the years wasn’t noticed by anybody. The whole story seemed to happen in a self-contained bubble. I’m definitely accustomed to suspending disbelief but it was just so hard to get past the idea that there were disappearing dancers and nobody put it together except for a few high school kids. Even the organization of dancers which supposedly prevents other dancers from doing evil didn’t notice this (why yes, there is an organization that is pledged “to protect mortals from those who seek to use the art of dance for dark and sinister purposes”).

All in all, the beautiful cover on DANCE OF SHADOWS hides a ridiculous and poorly written story. While I normally will give a second book in a series a chance, even if I’m not the hugest fan of the first one, in this case I will be staying as far away from the sequel as possible.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 More like Dance of Lameness 12 avril 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I fell for the cover and for the synopsis of Dance of Shadows and I really, really, really wanted it to be as amazing as its packaging indicated it would be, but alas, no such luck.

First of all, let's take a minute to realise the main character's, Vanessa, love interest's name is Zeppelin. Keep in mind he's a dark-haired hunk with swelling biceps, not a Hindenburg-like airship. That is dumb. People do not name other people after airships. Second, their relationship doesn't feel natural or believable, it feels like something is deeply wrong with it. Sometimes Vanessa and Zep would have fights and on the next day were back to grinding against each other like mad dogs, as if nothing had happened at all. Before even talking to each other, he left her creepy notes telling her she "shined in every way", and Vanessa would almost tear her hair out whenever Zeppelin was with his girlfriend. That when she wasn't busy planning all her dates with a guy she saw once. What?

There's also how Vanessa refuses to listen to Justin (blonde-haired hunk with swelling biceps, also not an airship) every single time he tries to warn her about something. It's basically as if someone you knew kept telling you "Hey, can we talk? I really have some important information that might help save your sorry butt", and you just did the whole dismissive wave thing at him and went "Nah, that can wait."

The writing was fair to middling, some nice metaphors and pretty descriptions filling in here and there, but sometimes scenes would make absolutely no sense. In one scene, Vanessa is sitting while everyone gets up to leave, as she should, as well. Her friend is beside her, but she's momentarily distracted by something. When Vanessa turns back, everyone is gone. It wasn't like she was entranced for dozens of seconds as people queued out of the room. Vanessa was distracted for one measly second and suddenly everyone's disappeared. Again, what?

I also felt like the reveal could have been worked at a little better. I get what Yelena Black was trying to do, but it felt rather rushed and honestly, not scary at all. In the end, I guess i just expected way more. I probably won't pick up the sequel, and Dance of Shadows wasn't nearly shadowy enough for me.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Extremely Disappointing! 8 mars 2013
Par Jon (Scott Reads It!) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Rating: 1.5 Stars
Dance of Shadows is one of the latest paranormal books on the market. There has been a lot of buzz and hype surrounding the book ever since the book's description hit the Internet. Since then the old description has been replaced with a less interesting and not so enticing blurb.

Dance of Shadows tries to be one of the most unique paranormal books out there. It introduces a plot line that involves the fine art of ballet, a missing sibling, and a creepy choreographer. The problem is that anything noteworthy is drowned out by generic paranormal aspects. We have a bland protagonist who isn't too special yet everyone practically worships the ground she wakes on even when she royally screws up. Vanessa seemed to lack any common sense at all and all she cared about was the "mysterious" stalker (Zep).

Vanessa has two guys fighting over her and I really had no idea why they liked her. The love triangle between Vanessa, Zep, and Justin was extremely irritating and cheesy. The second Vanessa meets Zep she's practically drooling over him and she's completely infatuated with him. "Vanessa felt silly for being so captivated by Zep's looks. She didn't even know him! And she didn't really care about a pretty face...But Zep was beautiful..." Insta-love strikes again! Zep wasn't interesting at all in my opinion, he was just your average "mysterious stalker" love interest. Justin was your typical YA jerk and I couldn't stand him. The characters in this book are just so average and plain! All of Vanessa's friends were so undeveloped that I don't even remember any of their names. One of Vanessa's friends is the most stereotypical gay male character I have ever read about and I think his character was overdone and extremely unrealistic. I have seen all of these characters done billions of times before and by now it's overkill.

It's kind of awkward but the main selling point of this book isn't in the final description. Demons are the only reason why I picked up this book and they come into play way too late. A majority of this book is Vanessa rehearsing The Firebird ballet and just obsessing over Zep. Barely anything seems to occur in this book for 70% of this book and it's not until the ending of the book that things start to get mildly interesting. I don't understand if the whole point of Vanessa going to the NY Ballet Academy was to find her sister, then why does she seem to put zero effort into finding her sister for weeks and weeks. Vanessa was a horrible sister and she only seemed to care about herself and her infatuation with Zep.

For a majority of the book Vanessa is trying to figure out what is going on at NYBA but the answer was so obvious. I knew what was going on at NYBA because it was so obvious and it's mind-boggling that it look Vanessa to figure out the "mystery". The answer was staring at Vanessa all long and that girl really needs to gain some common sense. When one of Vanessa's friends goes missing, she doesn't seem to think anything is wrong because of her Facebook page. "I think she's just in a bad place right now. I mean, she hasn't even updated her Facebook page since she left. She's probably going through a hard time." Besides the fact that the sentence structure is extremely repetitive, I don't understand Vanessa's logic (nor do I want to). Dance of Shadows is extremely predictable and it's no wonder it was created by the people who made Lauren Kate's Fallen.

The ending of the book is the only redeeming quality of this book (it's why I rated this book 1.5 stars as opposed to 1 stars). I was extremely bored with Dance Of Shadows for almost entire novel. The ending was pretty predictable but it was the only part of the story that I could stomach. The final chapters were semi-interesting to read and were packed with action. The problem for me was that even though these chapters were the only interesting part of the book, I lacked the motivation to read more. I was so fed up with the major of the novel that I had to force myself to continue the last few chapters. The final chapters were pretty good but they came way too late for me to actually care. I know for sure that I'm not going to be reading the sequel because I don't want to cause myself anymore pain.

Dance of Shadows had such a fabulous premise but it fell extremely flat. The characters were ridiculous and undeveloped to the point where I felt like cringing. The romance and love triangle is so unbelievably badly written and cheesy. The only redeeming thing about this book is the ending but the action came way too late for me to actually give a damn. You couldn't pay me to read the next book!
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