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Black Adagio

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Melissa Solange is presented the chance of a lifetime. Chosen as a member of a new dance company, she works tirelessly perfecting the one element of ballet she's never mastered ... the adagio. As she rehearses, a dark force watches. It has been resurrected by the surprise addition of a classic ballet to the repertoire. The sinister work is thought to be cursed, destroying...more
Paperback, 488 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Createspace
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Honestly, I ultimately liked this one. It wasn't a major scare-fest so much as a dark story with scary undertones and a few frightening moments, but that's more my preference anyway. It also really reminded me of a certain other book which I won't name for spoilers which I also liked, though again that partly a personal preference thing.

My main issue with the book was the grammatical style. Every other sentence was a dangling participle or comma splice of some sort which made it a bit difficult...more
Alyssa Corpus
As a dancer, I'm offended. Not even gonna waste my time with a long review. It's just.... bad. In every way that you can think of.
Laura Greenwood
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I received a copy of Black Adagio in exchange for my review as a part of this blog tour. Melissa has been dancing since she was 4 years old to escape the oppressiveness of her home life. Now 18, she's been accepted into the recruiting stages of a new ballet company, run by the famous ballerina, Una. Determined to do her best, Melissa puts her all into her performance, though her adagios are her w...more
Misty Baker
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When I was a little girl I used to think that “ballerina” was just another word for “princess.” Pink tutus, tiaras, and hours of twirling…the comparison seemed logical. Before I had the pleasure of joining a troupe, I would watch the girls my age flock from the studio down the street, enough smiles and giggles to light up the world. I was jealous because they were happy. Ballet was what MADE them happy. Ballet was Wonderland, always magical, never dark.

It wa...more
Black Adagio takes place at a spooky dance school, a couple miles away from the small down of Holybrook, completely surrounded by woods. Melissa Solange is our MC and a girl with enormous potential as a ballet dancer. Confident in her skills, she's sure that she'll adapt easily into the routine of school and that she'll prove herself to her broken family back home that she can dance. Melissa, also known is Missy meets a couple besties, an archnemisis, a potential boyfriend, and a crazy mean old...more
Now, this is a book that would have made my fifteen-year-old self happy to read. It’s perfect for someone who loves to envelope themselves in world they could never achieve (for me, it was dance and gymnastics), only to have that wonderful world of grace and beauty torn apart by death and destruction.

Ms Potocki does a wonderful job of setting up the macabre and mayhem against the tranquil beauty of ballet, and the joys of a simple life. It keeps you guessing, keeps the reader going… and continue...more
Something is lurking in the woods around the ballet school Melissa is at, in an attempt to become part of something new. When girls from the school go missing, an old case is revisited, with horrifying consequences.

I'm not entirely sure I liked this book. It took a long time to get going, then seemed good for a while, then pettered out again. The ending was unexpected, I didn't see that coming! One of the longer books I've read recently, 494 pages. Lots of detailed ballet moves, that got a littl...more
Mystery, horror and dancing surely mix well in this story. I’m not much of a horror reader, because I honestly get scared easily, which is not helpful when I do most of my reading at night, but the horror in this story was manageable.

I think this is mostly because all the fear was entwined with some hell of a mystery. It was really hard to get a grip of what was going on until the end, but it sure was fun to try.

I did enjoy all the dancing as well. I’m not a pro when it comes to ballet, but I do...more
5.0 out of 5 stars Care to Partner Me in an Adagio? You Can, Right Here!, June 8, 2013
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The fabulous Wendy Potocki has sent me over the edge of reality, with her fabulous spin on classical ballet and her awesome talent for horror.

As I soon concluded her newest offering, Black Adagio, I couldn't wait to share my emotions about this well designed, terrifically paced novel of cla...more
Dana Wright
Picking this book up, I had a really hard time putting it down and for a writer with several deadlines looming, that can be a dangerous thing. So, while I may not know a whole lot about dance, I found myself hooked by this dark supernatural tale about a sinister force lurking at Holybrook. There were a few grammatical things from time to time, but I was so engrossed in the story, they didn't phase me much at all. Those things are minor compared to a story with subtle dark forces and a plot that...more
Melissa had a hard life at home, introduced to ballet, she worked tirelessly and drowned out home life. All her hard work paid off, she was accepted into the Velofsky School of Ballet. It's going to be hard, but Melissa has worked for this opportunity. On the train ride there, she went back and forth stressing about if she would make it being a ballet dancer. She knew she had one important move still to master, the Adagio! She arrives at school and meets her roommate, we all know how stressful t...more
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