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Dancing Days (Helicon Muses #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  187 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
If Hogwarts was more like Woodstock, and Voldemort was your childhood sweetheart turned abusive boyfriend...

As long as Nora Sparrow can remember, Owen has protected her. He’s been there through years of miserable foster homes and snobby mean girls, always whispering to her that she doesn’t belong here. Telling her that this is the mundane world, and someday, he’ll get them
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Punk Rawk Books
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Jo Woolfardis
Jul 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
It reads as if the author read a few facts about Greek Mythology and then decided to write a half-baked, very clichéd novel. From the beginning we are told, no less than seven times in about as many pages, that the protagonist's over-bearing "boyfriend" has blue eyes, which immediately make him irresistible to any dumb girl. Not to mention his irresistible super powers that make him irresistible.

The writing style was terribly ineffective. There were words showing up in the middle of sentences t
Feb 19, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
(I read the omnibus version of this series, so my mid-read comments are over there)

I really enjoyed the premise of this book and most of what happens; however, I definitely had a hard time with what felt like a character 180.

In the mundane world (the world of humans), Owen seems like a nice guy who does things to protect Nora and try to find a way for them to get back to Helicon, the world of the muses. When they do get back to Helicon, he suddenly becomes this abusive, controlling ass
Vicki Keire
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book, and am looking forward to the whole series. The world Chambers creates is so vibrant and nuanced. It's every bit as complex and fun as the Harry Potter universe, except no one has to go to class, and is free to pursue whatever appeals to them. Definitely appealed to the free spirit in me! Particular favorites were her kitten/duck hybrids, and Sawyer, one of Nora's best friends. It's lighter than some of Chamber's usual fare, so it's appropriate for all ages, but it draw ...more
Nicola Dorrington
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: y-a, new-author, ebook
Sometimes you read a book that reminds you of all the good sides of Indie authors and self-publishing. Dancing Days was one of those books.

It wasn't perfect, but it was imaginative, clever and engaging. I adore any kind of mythology so this was a really cool take on some aspects of Greek mythology. And it didn't feel like a rehash of a million other books like so many new books I read seem to be. I enjoyed this a lot. I'll definitely be seeking out the next few books in the series.

Actual rating 4.5

I need to rethink my life for a minute.

Though this book is set in a fantastical, magical world, it deals with a very serious issue: abusive, controlling people. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who doesn't think they can deal with that. However, the abusive boyfriend, Owen, is not romanticized. In fact, he's the villain. I found this refreshing; in too many books out there, controlling men are heroes and to be adored. This is a lie. There is nothing sexy about being cont
I read about 75% of this while skimming through the last 25% because I was growing tired of trying to read it.

This book isn't that great. The writing's average, the characters are boring, and the storyline doesn't really do much. It really, really likes pointing out Sawyer's a boy who likes wearing skirts. Like almost every single time he showed up.

The center of this story is an abusive relationship, and it was poorly written. Kind of eyeroll inducing at times.

Either way, I don't really recom
Jenika Ioffreda
May 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars.
It was going to be only one star rating as I had to force myself to read until the end... (None of the characters really took my interest) but the world building was quite interesting so I add one half star...
I am not going to continue the series
I had absolutely no idea what this book was about when I picked it up. I saw that it had Greek mythology and figured it would be a retelling of some Greek myth. It started off a little shaky. I was not impressed by the prologue. It felt rushed to me and did absolutely nothing to draw me in or keep me interested. I didn’t really connect with this book until about three chapters in. I’m glad that I kept reading it because I ended up enjoying this book immensely.

This book is about Helicon, a land
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Manipulation and Mythology

Note: My reviews on this book may contain spoilers. My reviews are my opinions based on how I feel about the book. I do not answer questions or respond to comments made in regards to my reviews.

The books starts with two kids, Owen and Nora that are in foster care. Nora is bounced from home to home while Owen tries to find them a way back to their world of Helicon. Nora is a muse and Owen is the son of a God. He uses his powers t
Amy McK
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I knew there was going to be an abusive relationship involved from the beginning, it was painful to read. Painful in a sense that it wasn't written well. Anyone who has been in any kind of abusive relationship has inner thoughts and doubts, but Nora really didn't. Sure, it might take a while for them to realize what's happening, but even before then people might have those thoughts and feel guilt over them and possibly fear for having them. Aside from that, we visit Helicon, a muse communi ...more
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: freebie, read-2014
YA fantasy that started off with great potential. Nora is a 15 year old muse who is trapped in the mundane (i.e. Muggles) world with her foster-brother-turned-boyfriend Owen. Nora and Owen finally make it back to Helicon, world of muses, and we learn about the magical world and Nora makes some cool friends. In the end, there was something lacking for me that would have made this book really great but I couldn't tell you what it is, maybe more depth? I enjoyed it and might read the rest of the se ...more
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Tweener Angst Could've Been Better

Ugh. I certainly wasted a couple of hours reading this boring, predictive novel of teenage angst it's basically a story we've all read before . A bad, bad, boy manipulating a sweet girl. The girl doesn't know what to do, that is until he mind-raped her friends.

Don't bother with this one as its quite predictable, and it's been done before with much better success. Gee, I didn't like any of the characters in this one Most were caricatures of characters in other n
Chelsea Hickman
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
I loved the book. It was a supernatural with a bit of mystery. The twist of a controlling and abusive boyfriend just adds a little something extra to the plot. There were plenty of plot twists that had me biting my nails and kept me guessing at who the culprit would be in the end. I also loved how the author painted the mythological world of the muses as being carefree and playful. And I loved the characters. Although I realize that this book is about Owen and Nora, I would love to get to know a ...more
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this read! the 3.5 stars is right on. it has a new and twisted idea of greek mythology and the consequences of special abilities vs normallity. I liked the twist with the half blood children of gods. the author is good at evoking empathy and disgust for things simultaneously, allowing the reader to see and fel through the main character, nora. this is a series, which I think is interesting since the book easily stands on its own. I plan to read more to discover how it stands up ...more
Alysa H.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was an amusing enough read, though very breezy. An interesting take on the mythology of muses. However, it didn't have much nuance, and I didn't feel invested in any of the characters.
I mostly did not like the idea that an abusive boyfriend's actions are simply in his nature, and therefore not in his control. Also, while I think the author was going for a theme of acceptance when it comes to gender identity and performance, it was undermined by how big a deal was made of one boy's stereoty
Dec 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This story raises awareness of domestic abuse - unusual in a teen romance fantasy but makes a change from the run-of-the-mill love triangle to deal with an important issue. Congratulations to the author on tackling it.

The concept was interesting, of the worlds of 'mundane' and 'creative', but I'm not sure how well they would stand up to close inspection. Luckily, the first book does not require a close view of the differences between the worlds, instead concentrating on the relationships between
Sontrail Baker
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Great Read

I love this book it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. There was a lot of suspense that had you holding your breath and wondering what would happen next. I loved the way the story started off and built drama along with suspense that had you holding your breath waiting to see what would happen next. I recommend this book to anyone whole loves a good suspense fiction book and I can't wait till I can get my hands on the next books in this series.
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was different from things I usually read but it was good! Owen is a sociopathic killer who demands to be cared for by his now ex girlfriend, even if that means forcing her into the relationship with extreme measures. It was a very different angle on a story and it was interesting but frustrating to watch Nora struggle with forgiving herself and giving herself enough strength to get out of the abusive relationship that's spanned her whole life
Whitney Bunker
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book went into intimate detail about how an abuse victim justifies his/her abusers actions. For me this was an eye opener I've never been in that situation and I think it will help me be more sympathetic to people who have been abused in the future.

The story was addicting as well I enjoyed the world that the author created with the Muses and their interaction with the mundane world.
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
a fun young adult book about muses and the world they create
Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Great teen fiction but I am in my 20's and enjoyed it.
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not my cup of tea
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great action packed story! I love the magical powers and creative personalities that the characters have. The ending has a nice twist that i'm sure will unfold in the next book.
Patricia Burleson
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Very good preteen or teen book. Lots of great characters and of course you pull for the heroine. So grab it and enjoy reading.
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V. J. Chambers writes about being inexplicably attracted to the dangerously alluring. Her works span mundane settings and fantastic ones. She writes about serial killers, cult leaders, werewolves, witches, for-hire assassins, zombies, space pirates, and regular everyday people.

She lives in Shepherdstown, WV, with her boyfriend Aaron and their cat Isis.

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