Release Date: February 12th 2013
Series: Dance of Shadows #1
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 . . .
I went through a few different stages when I decided to read it. I had originally thought it was a paranormal novel, then when I read the summary again and there wasn’t any hint of that, I thought it was just a novel about dancing. I went into DANCE OF SHADOWS not expecting any sort of supernatural twist, so when things started to happen that didn’t make sense I actually wrote it off as a coincidence and thought there was a murderer involved.
Needless to say, this book and I had a very interesting relationship. I think that is why I enjoyed it so much-I had no idea what to expect, so I wasn’t able to predict anything. I hope everyone can go into this with that same level of unknowing, so I’m not going to give anything away.
Vanessa gets into New York’s most prestigious ballet school for one reason-her sister, Margaret. Margaret disappeared while attending the same school, and Vanessa’s goal is to find out what really happened to her. Soon after Vanessa settles in, she finds out Margaret is only one of many girls who disappeared without a trace from the school. This is where the mystery kicks in. And a fantastic one at that.
My main problem was with the romance. There is insta-love, in this case, lust. There is a love triangle. One with equally bad love interests. They were both stereotypical hot jerks, both with ulterior motives. Other than the romance, I really didn’t find fault in much else. The story was engrossing and magical, and the inclusion of dance was icing on the cake.
I absolutely loved this because of its originality and darkness. I will be reading the sequel.