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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.
Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette's desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
“The Sugar Plum Fairy has farthest to fall.”
Wow! This book was certainly pretty cut-throat! And there was so much back-stabbing going on!
I liked the characters in this book, although they all seemed to do crazy things at times, and to take massive risks to get what they wanted. Bette was blood-thirsty, Gigi ignored her heart condition, and June flirted with anorexia, and all three of them wanted to be the lead in every ballet they performed.
“The black girl. The new girl. She’s no Sugar-Plum Fairy. Her feet are bad. Her legs are too muscular. Her face won’t look right on stage. It should have been Bette.”
The storyline in this followed the girls as they danced at their ballet school and battled for the leading role in the ballets, we had lots of cruel tricks, which quickly escalated, dangerous threats, and even some pretty serious injuries all in the name of knocking Gigi off her top-spot, and boy were these girls serious about their ballet!
“Drop her,” I’d whispered quickly, before I could lose my nerve. “Just once. And not too hard. Just enough.”
His nose crinkled just enough so that I knew he was judging me.
“Injuries change cast lists,”
There was a bit of romance in this, although it was more the battling for the boys that interested me. These girls did not want to share, and they didn’t want to let go of a boy once they had claimed him, even if he didn’t want them anymore!
“We kiss for so long my lips go numb. So long I forget to wonder whether he is Bette’s or mine or just his own person.”
The ending to this left us with several cliff-hangers, I really need to read the second book to find out what happens!
7.5 out of 10