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Pointe of No Return (Dani Spevak Mystery #2)

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When her nemesis Hadley mysteriously disappears, Dani is assigned to dance her role in The Nutcracker. But something doesn’t feel right, so Dani decides to investigate, even if it means she won’t get to perform. Will she find Hadley before the curtain rises?
ebook, 148 pages
Published May 14th 2012 (first published May 2012)
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Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
This is the long awaited sequel to code name dancer: It felt like forever before this book came out and I was so curious to what troubles Dani was going to get her self into as well as see how the potential relationship of Craig was going to pan out.

When there is trouble you will find Dani and her friends. After Dani's last escapade she and others feels like she is a natural detective. So when her frenemy goes missing of course the most logical option is to find her (NOT!) That makes sense why l
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Kathryn Cook
Mar 20, 2017 Kathryn Cook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring

Begin an ex Ballet Dancer I had to see what this book was about. Truly delightful! A great read very interesting!
Debra Dunbar
Nov 23, 2012 Debra Dunbar rated it really liked it
When this book came up as the November selection for the Washington Loves Romance bookclub, I hesitated. I seldom read young adult books, and this book borders on mid grade (young teen and pre-teen). I wasn’t sure how I’d like reading a young adult book with a 14 year old protagonist who goes to an elite arts school to practice dance (ballet specifically) and solves mysteries. But hey, I did have fond memories of Nancy Drew, so I took the plunge.


I’m glad I did. Dani Spevak is a typical young tee
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Megan
Dec 18, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
In Pointe of No Return, Amanda Brice's awesome sequel to Codename: Dancer, Dani Spevak's arch nemesis Hadley is cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Mountain Shadows Academy of the Arts production of the Nutcracker. Dani's friends get roles as Snowflakes, soldiers, flowers, and ensemble members, and Dani is happy to be cast as the understudy for Sugar, but disappointed that she won't have a role. Unless, Hadley is unable to play the part. Never in a million years would Dani imagine something wou ...more
Tabi34
May 25, 2012 Tabi34 rated it really liked it
I don't know what I was thinking when I downloaded this book, maybe because it was free or maybe because one of the characters was named Hadley, the same name as my new grand-daughter. Anyway, I obviously didn't catch that this was a young teen novel.

In a nutshell, Dani is a 14-year-old girl attending an arts high school in Arizona. She is chosen as the understudy for the Sugar Plum Fairy, only the girl who is actually dancing the part has disappeared. Dani has already solved one mystery and no
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Jen - At Random
Apr 18, 2012 Jen - At Random rated it really liked it
My Thoughts on the Series:

See my review of Codename: Dancer (Dani Spevak #1) here


What I said in that review mostly applies to books 2 and 3 in the series as well. The series can be read by anyone but it feels like it’s mostly geared towards the younger end of young adult. All three books in the series are easy and quick reads.

Each book has a bit of a modern Nancy Drew feel to them. Most people would stay as far away from sticky situations as possible but not Dani, the main character, she sleut
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Cinta
Oct 25, 2013 Cinta rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I got a free copy of the book from the author, since I am the translator of the upcoming Spanish version. My review is in no way biased by that fact.

I don't belong to the intended audience for this book, but I thought it was a cute story. I am fond of ballet since I went to ballet lessons when I was about 5 years old. Dani is a hormone-driven teenager that loves investigating mysteries as much as she loves dancing. So when her arch-enemy, Hadley, disappears, she cannot do another thi
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Wall-to-wall books - wendy
May 27, 2013 Wall-to-wall books - wendy rated it really liked it
I liked this one even better than the first one. This is such a nice series. There are very likable characters, and real nice little mystery. It was a very light, clean, entertaining read.
My own daughter took Ballet for years so this brought back lots of memories for me.
The character development is very good. I love that these take place in a boarding school - so the kids can get into more trouble without their parents!
The flow of this book was very nice. It was not slow or boring at all. I als
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Read2review
Jan 27, 2013 Read2review rated it really liked it
This YA book was one of my favorites in a group I was given to review for Read2Review. It was very easy to slip into and enjoy the ballet and mystery as well as a little love story.

Amanda Brice brings all her characters to life! Pointe of No Return lets you see the background feelins of the “bunheads” as they try for roles in the Nutcracker. Yes, it’s the classic teen angst, love, and rivalry, but with a very interesting twist! Reading this was a great reminder of growing up reading Nancy Drew M
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Tammy
Jan 22, 2013 Tammy rated it really liked it
This YA book was one of my favorites in a group I was given to review for Read2Review. It was very easy to slip into and enjoy the ballet and mystery as well as a little love story. Amanda Brice brings all her characters to life! Pointe of No Return lets you see the background feelins of the "bunheads" as they try for roles in the Nutcracker. Yes, it's the classic teen angst, love, and rivalry, but with a very interesting twist! Reading this was a great reminder of growing up reading Nancy Drew ...more
Vicky
2.5 stars
Another cute story, though again I'm not really in the target age group. A bit of a Nancy Drew story combined with a dance story. Dani has been named the understudy for the role of Sugar Plum Fairy in her arts school's performance of the Nutcracker, with her nemesis Hadley getting the part. When Hadley disappears, Dani is slightly torn between enjoying her good fortune with taking over the role and continuing her newfound love of investigating, picked up in the first book Codename: Danc
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Juli Alexander
You know that moment when you’re reading a book and you realize that it isn’t just really good? It’s brilliant. I just had a moment like that in Pointe of No Return. Amanda Brice charms and entertains with this clever, fast-paced mystery. I adored Codename Dancer, but this sequel blew me away. Dani Spevak, a talented fourteen-year-old with issues of her own, gets drawn into another crime investigation. Don’t miss out on her adventures or the romantic misadventures along the way. Amanda Brice bri ...more
Lisa
Aug 09, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Previewed to check if it was clean enough for my daughter. This series is great for young teenage girls who love dance and mysteries. Nothing heavy, but dance themed information. Hoping she'll enjoy it!
Carissa Herry
Apr 02, 2013 Carissa Herry rated it liked it
I read this book because I used to dance classical ballet. I was not disappointed by the ballet subplot but it is a very "young adult" book, simple, basic.
clara cimijotti
May 23, 2015 clara cimijotti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome!

great book!
I really liked it and would totally recommend if you love dance or mystery! I enjoyed it a lot
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As a little girl, Amanda Brice dreamed of being either a ballerina or the author of a mystery series featuring a cool crime-solving chick named Nancy Flew, but her father urged her to “do something practical,” so she went to law school and spent her days writing briefs and pleadings instead of fiction.

But dance and writing have remained a part of her life. Amanda was a member of the ballroom dance
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