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Passion and Pain

(Dancers and Divas #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  33 reviews
The first book in the YA /NA Contemporary Series -
Dancers and Divas.

Contains mature content - reccommended for ages 15+

Does passion and desire guarantee success? Can friends really be trusted? Can true love be found beneath lust and deceit?

These are questions tenacious street dancer Elena Martinez faces as she struggles to compete against the most talented students at N
Paperback, 350 pages
Published October 15th 2012 by Antartis Publishers (first published September 17th 2012)
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I was invited to read Passion and Pain by the author in return for an honest review. Elena is run over by a boy fleeing from bullies thus starts a friendship that will change their lives. Together the pair head off to start their new lives at the prestigious Montacrue Performing Arts School. They each have big plans for the New Year, acting, dancing, singing, and even sports. Elena instantly makes an enemy who hell bent on destroying her life on the first day. Elena finds new friends in Veronika ...more
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
(Originally posted on Red Reader Reviews)

This book reads like a written version of the movie “Fame.” If you haven’t had a chance to see that film, here’s a bit more of a description: there isn’t an overarching plot. Unlike most books, which have a very strong buildup to a final event, this book is more of a series of emotional climaxes and dramatic moments as seen through the eyes of a diverse group of teenagers. All of this takes place while the students are attending a performing arts high sch
Christina M Condy
This book begins with Elena and Sebastien meeting for the first time. She stands a full head taller than him, and he is being bullied by kids. She sticks up for him, and a friendship begins. We then fast forward two years in the future to Grade 9 and boy have these two kids changed.

They are both on their first day of a very elite private school for the arts. Now this book definitely made me think of the old show Fame, and the even a bit of Glee tossed in for kicks. And this is where things get i
For this review and more visit my blog: Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl

Wow. This book was so good. It has exceeded my highest expectations. I finished it more than a week ago and I'm still quite shocked at how great and amazing it was.

Performing arts are one of my greatest loves and my dream. I just love watching people perform singing, dancing and acting and I always dream to be as great as they are...

That's why I felt like this book was written for me!! It was about an average girl, my age, practic
May 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Initially this review was supposed to be posted for a blog tour. I was thrilled to be asked to review this book because I thought it sounded so interesting. Who doesn't want to read a book about dance? Unfortunately I couldn't get into Passion and Pain and I had to mark it did-not-finish.

Elena Martinez isn't a girl from a family of wealth but she finds herself competing agaisnt some very talented people at New York's top performing arts school. I had a really hard time getting to know Elena as
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Take a bit of Glee, mix with Mean Girls, Honey and Fame and the finished product is the wonder some Passion and Pain.

A group of talented teens going into their first year at a performing arts school brought back memories of when I was younger and totally hooked on all things Fame.

All trying to find their niche and going from mostly complete strangers to tight nit friends almost instantaneously. A bit too instant for reality sake, but I assume the author rushed that a bit to just get the story
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Fame meets Gossip Girl wrapped with a touch of Glee" <-- PERFECT way to describe this book - except I would have to add in a little Center Stage (the movie) and Step Up 2 as well!!

This was such a fun read! If you enjoy the arts, this is definitely a book to read. There's drama, passion, anger, performance, stress... I mean it's got it all... even a mini sexual scene (nothing on the Rated X scale though).

There are so many different individual struggles and stories. You end up getting connec
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Passion and Pain is a wonderful read in my eyes. I love stories that take place in performaning art schools. It has so much to it that it draws you in and you really get to see how people will do anything to get what they want. In Passion and Pain it is no different. There is drama, stress and anger all wrapped up in a neat bow just waiting to be unleashed. When you have raw talent come together each individual is fighting for a spot that is important for them. To them it is make it or break it ...more
Dana Cuadrado
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Passions and Pain follows the story of Elena who is going to a performing arts school in hopes to be a successful dancer and actress. I personally can't dance but my opinion is those who can't do should read or watch about it on TV. Fans of the movies Fame and Step Up will love this novel. It is fun but also has a lot of drama because when you go to a school that has a focus of drama you know there will be some Drama Queens.

My friend goes to La Guardia High School which is the fame school in Man
S.A. Larsen
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to S.A. by: I'd like to thank the author for providing me with an ecopy in exchange for an unbiased review.
Blood, sweat, tears, and courage is what it takes at a private school for talented kids; oh, and bit of spunk, too.

The story begins during Elena's middle grade years, giving the reader a slice of what made the young adult Elena. Then we travel to an active feel, a cross between Fame of the '80s and the more recent Step Up series, with the setting an artsy high school, a scholarship, and Elena specializing in hip hip. The author includes tangible elements like Elena's elation during her first day
Gabic Reads
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Original review at Gabic Reads as part of the Dancers and Divas blog tour.

This book is funny at times and heartbreaking at others. Elena, the main character, is a dancer and actress. She focuses mainly on hip-hop, as that is what she learned on the streets. She sweet, confident, talented, and trusting. She is also extremely naive and oblivious. Sometimes there traits were endearing. Other times I wanted to smack her for all these stupid things she wasn't seeing right in front of her.

When I first
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
Passion and Pain is a contemporary novel that revolves around students attending an art school in which emotions are constantly running high. The fact that these students are all very talented and determined to stand out in a a very competitive field already leads to a stressed atmosphere. But when you add the jealousies, the emotions of trying to be the best in a very limited space becomes harder by the day.

The book starts out meeting our MC when she's just 13 years old. The duration of the st
Kirsty Bicknell
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy, romance, ya
When Kathy Petrakis offered me Passion and Pain to review I did hesitate because I am not passionate about The Arts and I wondered if that would affect how I thought about the book. However, on beginning the story it is quickly apparent that Kathy Petrakis' fervour for all things performance radiates through her writing and she inspired an excitement in me.
The group of characters in Passion in Pain are all carefully thought out and have strong personalities. The relationships they share are at t
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Passion and Pain is the first in a series of books about a group of teenagers with a passion for performance arts and their first steps in the world of love, lust and alcohol. Leading with Elena, her best friend Sebastian and the loyal set of friends she makes at her new school you are swept along on her journey as she tries to juggle true love and her determination to succeed at school. The book has a great balance of both the performance arts side of things, and the high school drama that prop ...more
Tyler-rose (The Reading Pile)
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Review can be found at

This book has a lot of things involved within it: drama... anger... passion... and the stress that comes along with trying to 'make it'. Honestly, I hate dance. I don't like dance movies (though I enjoyed Fame... for the most part anyway) and I was a bit... iffy about Passion and Pain when I read the prologue.

But, I can also say that I love the characters. I loved how they were developed within this book. The main character Elena annoye
When Elena first meets Sebastian "Seb", they are young and she is not sure she wants to be his friend. Although walking to dance class with him doesn't seem to be so bad. Two years later Seb is her best friend and with her to begin their first day at Montacrue Performing Arts School It doesn't take long to make friends and an enemy as she finds herself constantly competing with a diva.

The first four years are filled with promise, disappointment, pain, happiness, and unexpected turns that Elena
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
While reading I also thought about Bring It On: All or Nothing and Step Up 2. At times I was screaming at and wanted to throw my iPad because of what was happening in the story. I cannot wait for the next book to be released. The only problem I had with the book was that I noticed a few grammatical errors. If you enjoy reading about teenagers and their drama then you will love this book. As soon as I started reading I didn’t want to put it down. I felt so sorry for what some of the characters we ...more
Fallon Clark
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While reading I also thought about Bring It On: All or Nothing and Step Up 2. At times I was screaming at and wanted to throw my iPad because of what was happening in the story. I cannot wait for the next book to be released. If you enjoy reading about teenagers and their drama then you will love this book. As soon as I started reading I didn’t want to put it down. I felt so sorry for what some of the characters went or were going through. I wanted to hit a few of the characters over the head fo ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I was surprised at how much I liked this story. It is reminded me of the show Fame, a bunch of kids at a school for the performing arts. It mirrored what you see in a lot of high schools today, the pettiness of some people and others having to deal with those types of people. Peer pressure, drugs, alcohol, sex (only 1 actual sex scene and it was pretty mild). Some of the facts threw me off, Elena was working at 14 in a restaurant? I didn't think that they would hire that young....but maybe that ...more
Aug 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
I really tried to read this book, but I just could not get in to it. It was too similar to the plot of the movie Fame, which I love, but I don't want to read someone else trying to imitate it. Perhaps the story changes amd gets more interesting, but for me this is a "been there, done that" book, and I have no desire to finish it. I'm very glad it was a free nook book.
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great read. Reminded me of Gossip Girl in a lot of ways. Finished this book in an afternoon, lots of fun. Hope to read more from this author.
Tracey (Life and Literature)
So what if dancers never really made it big outside of ballet? that didn't mean she couldn't have a career as a dancer.

"Fame and success are two different things. As long as you do what you love, you will make it"

When I was in school, the performing arts subjects were the reason I went. I loved them. Although unlike the characters in Kathy Petrakis's Dancers and Divas series, I have no talent when it comes to dancing and acting. But that didn't stop me from loving book one in the series, Pas
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Original review here:

This book was such a great read. I think if you are a fan of the arts or have dabble in the world (chorus veteran), then this book is right up your alley. I was nowhere near as competitive as the teens in this book, but I understand all the struggle it takes no matter your tastes. All the blood, sweat and tears that it takes to standout and be successful is one hell of a road. And it is more
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15-year-old Elena is starting school at Montacrue Performing Arts School, a prestigious dance and drama school in New York. This is something that Elena has dreamed about for a long time, and she’s determined to make a success of herself.
Although the school is new to her though, she does have one friend starting with her – Sebastian, who’s been her best friend for two years and knows her better than anyone else.

Elena really wants to concentrate on h
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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Although, the idea of dancers and performers as main characters doesn't always pull me in. I did manage to finish this book. I often times get tired or bored of the trivial "dance" or "practice" scene. I'm happy to say that, that wasn't the way this book went. The performance element to this story were very well integrated, surrounded by well developed characters, a little banter, and appropriately placed.

Elena's character was well rounded, she made me qu
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: This book was alright. It didn’t blow me away but it kept me reading to see how it would end.

I was expecting Elena to be all about dance. I didn’t think she was going to be an all-around artist—dance, singing, acting. I would have preferred it if she were just focused on dance. I think the story would have been much better that way. I like to read books that center on the performing arts. It’s a world that is fascinating and interesting. I just wish that Elena hadn’t been
Samantha Julmisse
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
A book about dancing, love, high school and finding yourself. I enjoyed many of the characters, though I will be honest the second half of the book the main character ticked me off to no end. We follow our main character and her friends through not only the trials of high school but through the beginnings of entering the competitive arts world. I didn't really feel like I got to know the characters as well as I could have, I liked them well enough but I didn't connect with them like I would have ...more
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it

Honestly, when I entered this giveaway, I didn't think I was going to win this book and wasn't all that interested in reading it. It was much better than I expected. I didn't really like Elena's character at the beginning, but I liked her more as the story developed. I liked the story a lot, and I would read the sequel. The only problem I had was that sometimes the characters acted and spoke unlike actual teenagers act and speak. I waaaaaant Frankie to be normal again. :(
Apr 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
I usually like the subject matter, but I just couldn't read this.
Stupid, don't bother.
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Kathy Petrakis was born and raised in Sydney Australia by Greek immigrant parents. She always had a passion for the performing arts - dancing, acting and singing but they were hobbies giving way to a traditional professional career in banking. Before this book, her writing was used to entertain friends with her unusual, and often disastrous travel adventures from around the world.

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