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Dance of Shadows (Dance of Shadows #1)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  2,701 ratings  ·  519 reviews
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 liv
Hardcover, 469 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (first published February 5th 2013)
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"...from the creators of Lauren Kate’s Fallen."

Wendy Darling
"...she stumbles upon the fact that he is staging a performance in which "the school's dancers become pawns in a world of demons."

Hah hah, SOLD.
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

WARNING: this review contains spoilers as well as the occasional CAPS LOCK OF FURY AND FRUSTRATION. You have been warned!

Here, let me start by spoiling this review for you by cutting to the chase: Dance of Shadows is spectacularly bad.

It does actually have a promising premise that mixes the strenuous world of Ballet and a supernatural mystery involving disappearing prima ballerinas as well as demons. Oh premise, you could have been so much fun had you
Jul 25, 2012 Jude marked it as to-read
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The Cover!!!!!! *.*

All Things Urban Fantasy
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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
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That cover O__O I simply fell in love with this amazing cover that captured my heart the second I saw it. Not really pleased with what I got in the end as I had high hopes in liking the book despite the low average rating.

A book of a sinister ballet school and mysterious disappearances of dancers, Vanessa is accepted into the school of Ballet, not only for dancing purposes, but also in search for her missing sister, Margaret. Then Vanessa meets Zep, dark and
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
First off, this is a 3.5 rating for me.

This started off really well. The premise is what drew me in and the cover.

You have Vanessa who goes to a ballet school to find out what happened to her missing sister. And from there, it has its up and downs.

The first half was interesting, then in the middle, I got bored. I kept wondering what the other characters, who honestly, I found I wanted to know more about.

But the moments with Vanessa and Zep, I don't know, I just couldn't get invested in. And ti
I have to warn you straight away that the one thing that drew me to this book was the main thing that made my judgement of Dance of Shadows extremely prejudiced.

I am an ex-dancer myself and although I've never danced en pointe, as my primary was folk dance I still had a full classic ballet education (as you do in Russian choreographic schools), went through few major ballets and was pretty damn good at what I was doing. I still love dance to bits, and that book was an affront to my passion
"The right steps with the right dancer can wreck havoc."

Vanessa’s sister disappeared from the New York Dance Academy, but she’s not the first one. 11 girls have gone before her, and all in the same way. They were told to master an odd dance– La Dance du Feu– before they went missing. Something is wrong, terribly wrong within the 4 ashen walls of the dance theatre and Vanessa must find out, or the world will spin away into the hands of a sinister force as she dances. Mark my words, the disappeari
2.5 stars

Started out creepy and awesome, but ended up being one big insta love fest. The actual ending wasn't that bad though. I'm interested in reading the next book.
2.5 stars

This review will be written mostly in Mean Girls GIFs, so don't be angry about it. Fair warning.

Dance of Shadows has one of the greatest concepts I've ever heard in my years of reading. A demonic ballet school? Sign me up! SO many elements of this book's premise were things I'd been dying to read: a mysterious missing sister, a crush that never goes beyond that (Wow! A first!), and a ballet instructor brimming with mystery and intrigue.

And then I made the foolish mistake of believing th
Maybe 1.5, at times. Okay, yes, the cover is GORGEOUS, but . . . .

I kept thinking that the inspiration for this novel had to be the movie BLACK SWAN, maybe with a dash of ROSEMARY’S BABY? Just didn’t work. Maybe people mad for ballet PNR will squeal with delight, but that doesn’t seem like a big demographic.

Vanessa is a freshman, but she is going to be on her own at the New York Ballet Academy to study and perform. Luckily, some of her dorm-mates are straight out of GLEE, instant best friends of
Two Stars: The dangerous and dark side of ballet.
Vanessa hugs her parents tight as she bids them goodbye. This is it! She has achieved her dream of being a dancer at the elite New York School of Ballet. Vanessa clings to the hope that somehow she will find her missing sister, Margaret. Margaret was also an aspiring ballerina at the NYSB, who was cast as the lead in the Firebird Ballet as a freshman, only to disappear, a victim of the pressures of ballet. Yet, Vanessa does not believe, even after

»Wir sind eine Schule der Träume. Hier werdet ihr euch in Feen, in Prinzen, in Schwäne verwandeln – in weiße und schwarze –, in böse Königinnen und in Dämonen.«


Die New Yorker Ballettakademie verheißt die Erfüllung aller Träume. Für die tanzbegeisterte Vanessa ist sie allerdings noch mehr als das: Sie tritt in die Fußstapfen ihrer begabten Schwester Margaret, die spurlos verschwunden ist. Vanessa hat das unbestimmte Gefühl, niemals an Margarets Talent heranreichen zu können. Dabei hat sie e
Este libro fue ¡WOW!
Me mantuve enganchada desde el principio hasta casi el final. Sip, el final no me gustó mucho....
¿Y Zep? ¿Dónde está?¿Después de esto no hay más?

—No pienses en ello. Siéntelo —pasó la mano por su brazo hasta extenderla hacia el exterior en su postura inicial. Y luego tras su cuenta, comenzaron—. Amor —presionó su pierna contra la de ella hasta que su dedo se deslizó por el suelo—. Tú me necesitas. Me quieres. Siempre me has querido. Pero no puedes tenerme.
Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: Hauntingly beautiful story with a mystery that will keep you guessing through the whole book.

Opening Sentence: In the harsh glare of the lights, Chloe’s shadow stretched across the stage.

The Review:

Vanessa Adler is a freshman starting at the most elite ballet school in the country, The New York Ballet Academy. Her sister Margret attended the same school but she disappeared 3 years ago and was never heard from again. Vanessa enjoys dancing b
Dec 25, 2012 Benna added it
This was one of the largest amounts of time I have ever wasted in my life...not that it took me very long to read. The characters were boring and under developed apart from one, who was not even a protagonist, merely a foreshadowed character who was not given the chance to develop but squashed like a fly. Dance of Shadows was like reading a messed up fanfic of Twilight-I know what you're thinking; Can Twilight get even more twisted and messed up than it is already? Well, as it turn out-yes it ca ...more
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~Review: this book really 447 pages?? Well, I guess that's one way to start off a positive review...This book flew by so fast I had no clue!! I completely submerged in this book not paying attention to the pages (or i this case, percentage finished). I just kept reading until I was done or needed to fangirl or vent on goodreads through status. Second...look at that fantabulous cover!! I don't care what anyone says or thinks...this cover has blown
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Thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) for sending me an advance copy of Dance of Shadows through NetGalley. In no way did this affect my opinion of the book.

When I first read the blurb of Dance of Shadows, my first thought was:
Zep. Justin. Josef. WTF. A LOVE SQUARE. YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. (Also, what kind of name is Zep?)
Now having read the book, all I can say is 1. Thank God it wasn't a love square (although it was still a love triangle -_-)
Interesting premise. Like nothing I have read thus far however I'm unsure if I will finish the series. I guess we will see
Sigh, yet another book that fails to live up to it's gorgeous cover.

I was pretty excited for this because the premise sounded pretty promising and like what many have been saying, it could possibly be like the Black Swan of YA novels but unfortunately there were so many problems with this book that I honestly couldn't have liked it as much as I tried.
The largest problem of them all and one can basically kill or make a book for me are the characters. I can ay that there isn't a single character
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
Dance of Shadows is one of the most highly anticipated books of 2013 and I was one of those who has been waiting eagerly for its release. I can't deny that I mainly wanted to pick the book up just because of the beautiful cover, but yes, the plot did sound quite exciting too!

At first, I wasn't completely sold when I read about this book - the story revolves around Vanessa, a student at the New York Ballet Academy. I'm not opposed to dancing, but it's not something that interests me, it's not so
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4.5 stars

Isn't that cover just gorgeous? I saw this book online and instantly fell in love. The cover plus the story itself makes it absolutely unstoppable.

Gorgeous, dauntingly beautiful, and haunting Dance of Shadows is a must read.

I absolutely adored every single little minuscule of this book. This was just a book that I get hooked on immediately. This was definitely not was I expected yet I still loved every single word of it. This book compl
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
4.5 stars

Dark and intriguing, Dance of Shadows weaves together mystery and suspense with the beauty and danger of this story's elegant ballet. Graced with an appealing storyline, and the mystery behind this story's main character Vanessa, sister's disappearance, this was a book I was hooked with from the moment I started reading it. Yelena Black's third person writing was well crafted, and flowed well never once making it confusing on who was talking and what was going on. I enjoyed being comple
Anatea Oroz
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

I must admit that I was drawn to this book because of the amazing cover and an interesting premise. I love books that feature dancing and in this case it was ballet. Add to it a mystery and you have me sold. But what I didn't know is that this book is not what it seems like when you read the blurb. This book isn't just a dance book with a mystery twist, but there's a whole paranormal twist too, and I feel obligated to say this in my revie
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Dance of Shadows had a fantastic premise and decent writing, but the execution ultimately did not live up to the hype. This book had too many plot holes, an inconsistent pacing, and a cast of one-note characters. Even though I enjoyed the world Yelena Black created within the New York Dance Academy, I cannot give this book a recommendation. I do think that Ms. Black has potential as a writer but I might give her time to get a few more b
What it's about: Vanessa has been accepted into the New York Ballet Academy, a prestigious dance school. But she doesn't really want to be there, and she doesn't really want to be dancing. She is there in hopes of finding her missing sister Margaret. But there is something sinister going on behind the closed curtains and Vanessa just might have landed smack in the middle of it all.

What I thought: Huzzah! A wonderful book about dancing with a twist of paranormal activity going on! The story was f
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I rated this book a 2-star total, and I think that’s being mild. I have no idea why anyone even decided to publish this crap. There are tons and tons of potential manuscripts out there that are ten times as well-written as this book, that have characters with actual depth and a storyline that makes sense. Dance of Shadows has neither of those, and yet it was picked up. The book doesn’t even look edited. It has major flaws screaming fro
Meg Laverick
I just... ugh. Where to even begin?

This book contains two of my pet peeves: Wasted Potential and some serious, idiocy both on behalf of the characters and on behalf of (what the book assumes is) the target audience.

Let's get into the wasted potential, shall we? This book begins from the premise that dancing in itself is magic. That the right dancer performing the right dance perfectly can transcend the ordinary and break down the barriers between our world and the next.

That is an awesome idea. N
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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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