Monday, 17 August 2015

Pretty Dancer by Cora Graham

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Cora Graham.
Pretty Dancer
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Meet Lilly - talented dancer, quick mouthed, take no shit tough girl who's also good at hiding the fact that she's scared. She doesn't believe in true love or happily ever afters. Unless you count the unbreakable love she has for her overprotective, bullheaded twin brother, who also happens to be her knight in shining armor - which she doesn't.

Kind of hard to love when you can't trust, and trust was something that got shattered along with the rest of her years ago. A lot was taken from her at a young age. She's never gotten over it as much as she's just refused to deal with it.

The only thing in her entire world that still brings her peace is dancing. Her one and only dream is to dance her way to freedom. That freedom just so happens to be at The Elite Academy of Dance. She's more than willing to tuck all those dark and nasty things she doesn't want to think about away, like the darkness that haunts her dreams, and go on pretending, never hoping for anything more - until him.

A story about a girl who pours everything she has into her dancing. Her dream? To get accepted into The Elite Academy of Dance, and spend the rest of her life dancing on stage. To her, that's easier than dealing with the demons from her past and the scars they left on the person she has become today. A smart mouthed, take no shit, tough girl who's also scared, lonely, and closed off to accepting anyone new into her heart.

But in the process of wearing a hole in her ballet slippers, and the help of an ever faithful best friend, her bull headed and overprotective twin brother, and a certain boy who knows how to push her buttons, leaves her wanting for things she never thought she'd want, and just does it for her, she starts to think that maybe, just maybe, there is something more worth fighting her demons for.

This is a story of a girl who fights to make her dream come true. And maybe, just maybe, along the way finds a way to trust again, to love again.

Love, Humor, Passion, Artistry, a story of acceptance.

Pretty Dancer by Cora Graham

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pretty Dancer

“Every time I look at you, I think about kissing you.”

This was a YA contemporary romance featuring a dancer with a secret in her past.

I felt quite sorry for Lilly in this story, as she was obviously scarred by what had happened to her earlier in her life, and deathly afraid of the culprit to boot. She was really close to her twin brother though, which was good for her.

The storyline in this was a bit about the romance between Lilly and a new boy at school called Carter, and a little bit about why Lilly disliked her father so much. Carter was quite flirty with Lilly, but the romance was pretty slow building, although there was a little bit of a love triangle forming at one point.
I did feel that the pace was quite slow in this book, and it was maybe a bit overly descriptive in places, so I think it would probably flow a lot better if it were streamlined a bit, but otherwise it was an enjoyable story.

The ending to this was okay, and I was happy that we finally got to find out what was going on with Lilly and her father.

6 out of 10

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