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In the Air

(The City #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,040 ratings  ·  143 reviews
It all began on a New York City sidewalk. It was so surreal. Juilliard, the enormous brick building that held my dreams and the possibilities of my future. I was prepared for the challenges ahead. What I didn’t expect was to lose my focus the second I met him. Living the dance was no longer the only important thing in my life.

The City opened my eyes, but he transformed me.
Paperback, 273 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by CreateSpace
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Molly McAdams
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing debut novel from Crystal Serowka! I was blown away by her writing...and I'm not going to lie I was seriously intimidated by it!

Beautiful wording, beautiful descriptions, and a beautiful story.

There are four POVs in this story (and I swear, even though it sounds like a lot, it doesn't seem overloaded in the least!) and with each character we get a look into why they are the way they are. No two characters had the same upbringing and all are dealing with theirs in their own way.

Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-that-rock
In The Air is the lovely, lyrical and intimate story of two young dancers at the prestigious Juilliard Academy. It prob seems weird to start my review out by mentioning where they go to school, right? But it's really not, because for both Natalia and Samson Juilliard represents something overwhelmingly significant, something that both of them have striven for for so long that it's really part of who they are now, this dream, this desire to achieve their dance goals, and to make their past someth ...more
Crystal Serowka
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: series, books-i-wrote
I wrote this and I'm proud of it.

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Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads

I'm Beta Reading this right now and let me just say IT.IS.AMAZING!!!!! Absolutely fanfreakingtastic!!!!! This author has some incredible writing. Get ready for an angsty love story dreams are made of ;) I can't wait for you to read it !!!
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Dancing Stars!

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In the Air was a story about two dancers both in their first year at Juilliard. Although there are many characters, and is written from several pov’s, the focus is on Natalia and Samson. Both have the same dream. To dance professionally.
Dancing defined who I was. It was my own personal language, and between these walls, everyone was fluent.

Natalia’s mother puts a lot of pressure on her. As a former ballerina, and now a ballet teacher, she makes sure Natalia lives to dance. Na
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I love a great debut novel! I've had In the Air on my 'to read' list for months now and I was so excited to find out it was finally available for download. It was a very quick, easy read and sometimes they can be my absolute favourites.

In the Air is about two students newly attending Julliard school.
Samson's life hasn't always been about dance but once he realised he was a natural with such a wonderful talent, he put his life and soul in to his ballet. Despite the constant criticism from his fat
If The Book Fits
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I read this last Friday, but left the reviewing till later, because I was torn as to how to go about doing this. When I first read the blurb, I was extremely excited. There are barely any books out there focusing on the showbiz in which both the male and female protagonists are stars. Another plus was the fact that the subject matter concerned dancing. I am a huge fan of contemporary/modern dance, and as ballet has strong ties with that genre, I was uber hyped. So, lets get down and dirty, shall ...more
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a beta reader for Crystal's debut, I got the privilege or reading it before it is released. Let me tell you guys, this is a book to grab! Ms. Serowka writes a beautiful book on romance, struggles, and finding one another through determination.

Samson and Natalia share al love for dance. They're both extremely competitive and want nothing more than to succeed at their craft. The one thing they weren't looking for was love, but it found them. Natalia's roommate Kingsley adds a lot of humor as we
Jessica Viteri
“I fell for you the moment I saw you standing in front of Julliard in your polka dot shirt and combat boots. You looked so lost. I knew you weren't a part of the group I was looking for, it just gave me an excuse to not look like I was coming onto you. When I looked into your eyes that very first time, I knew what I had been missing out of my entire life. I’m not falling for you, Natalia, I’ve already fallen.”

I absolutely LOVED this book. LOVED! For so many reasons. One would be that I am a fo
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

"If we hadn't agreed to take things slow, I would kiss you senseless right now, in the middle of this sidewalk, hoping everyone would stop and stare."
In the Air was a absolute treat to read! I enjoyed every pirouette, plié, and tondue. When I saw that this book was about two ballet dancers at Juilliard in New York, I knew I had to read it. And look at the book cover! It's absolutely gorgeous.

Having just lost her father to cancer, Natalia is still a little numb when she begins her freshman yea
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In The Air was a breath of fresh air. I was taken away instantly. I was memorized with the authors writing style and the way this story flowed so smoothly. I felt like I was there, living the college dream with Natalia, Samson, Kingsley, and Aubrey. These four characters take us on their own journey throughout Julliard, as the story alternate's POV's. I LOVED that about this book. I think it brings so much to the book when we get to see inside every character's heads and feel all of their emotio ...more
Kirsten P
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
In The Air, Crystal Serowka’s debut novel can be summed up in one word… beautiful. I enjoyed her writing style, and character development, and the overall plot.

The first thing I genuinely loved about the whole story was that it was told from four, yes I said four alternating POV’s. You might think this is a bit much, but I honestly LOVED having a look into the mind of all of these characters, and it helps you truly understand where they are coming from.

We meet Natalia, and Samson as they are e
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I was so excited about this book. The blurb really hooked me, and after reading the prologue and chapter one a few months ago, I was hooked! I could also tell how excited Ms. Serowka was about her debut - I couldn't wait.

After finally having In The Air in my hands, I feel conflicted. This book took me just a few hours to read. I'm not sure if that's attributed to my super-speed reading skills or the length of the book. I suppose the pacing of the story could also be a factor - the narrative went
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a really great romantic love story
Shelves: read-2013
Let me start by saying I have been waiting for this book for months now, I have been watching and reading all the teasers the author has been sending out and was so excited to finally get to read this book but also wondered would the story be as good as I thought it would with this being the author's first book... well I was not disappointed, it was so much better than I could have ever expected.

The story is written in multiple POV's and at first I wasn't sure if I liked it, but as I got into th
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First off I have to say that I want to thank Crystal for the privilege of reading In the Air as an ARC. What an incredible story! From the moment we meet Samson and Natalia you can not help but love and root for them. The story is told in multiple points of view, sometimes that can hinder a story but not here, I enjoyed reading from the 4 perspectives.

Samson -- I love you! A young male ballerina is not an easy role to play but he came off as an amazing character. Still strong but emotional.

Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Miss Crystal Serowka's debut novel. Did you say, debut? Yah, I don't believe it.

I'm a sucker for anything to do with the arts, so I KNEW that I'd instantly feel a connection with the characters in this book. I wasn't wrong.

Natalia is they typical person I think of when I think of a serious dancer. She's focused, she is a bit the book progresses, she changes, and I think that's one of my favorite things about her. She grows a set ;)

Samson....oh sweet, Samson.
"Once I found Samson, my
Aestas Book Blog
Mar 25, 2013 marked it as to-read
another one to add to my to-read list!

BLURB --> It all began on a New York City sidewalk. It was so surreal. Juilliard, the enormous brick building that held my dreams and the possibilities of my future. I was prepared for the challenges ahead. What I didn’t expect was to lose my focus the second I met him. Living the dance was no longer the only important thing in my life.

The City opened my eyes, but he transformed me.

Two dancers. One big city. He was determined to make a new start. She
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
As a former ballerina, I picked up this book mostly because of the ballet part. And I ended liking most everything in it. The romance was cute and the backstory solid. The climax was a bit more simplistic than I expected, but I still enjoyed it very much.
Arabella ~♡AB♡~
2.5 Didn't like this. The instalove bored me and I felt no chemistry at all.
Sep 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Well....the cover is pretty.

That's all I got.
DNF @24%
Sarah Camargo
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Lily Rose
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“You expect me to just stand here and spill my feelings all over this tacky, carpeted floor?”

Fine I will but let me just start by saying I have been attached to this book since Crystal started putting out teasers before it was released and then she shared a fan made trailer and I was like a little kid waiting for Christmas. The minute I started this book I was in love and I was amazed with what Crystal accomplished. The girl definitely does not disappoint and for that I want to kiss her face.

Lauren ♥ Inked in Chapters
You can read this and other reviews at Madisonsays

I know absolutely nothing about dance. I know nothing of the technique or the endless hours it takes to prefect the art. That didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying Crystal Serowka’s debut novel. In fact all the talk of Julliard and NYC made me miss home terribly. I couldn’t help but let a small giggle slip when I read the following line:

“Since I was now a resident of New York City, I would have to become accustomed to bad manners. My family mem
Trisha ❊ Devoured Words

I can't wait for this!!!

What a catchy little blurb.

I love it already!!!


This will be a very difficult review to write because I couldn’t seem to love it as much as I expected. (As you can see from my excitement before I read it). From the synopsis to the teasers I was so hyped up for it and I am truly sad to say but it didn’t come up to my expectations. There is so much more that ITA could have done. There was poor character development (I wanted more from Natalia and Samso
Mary Tatar
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I have ever read, where I have cried in the first few pages. Usually it's endings that do that to me but In The Air by Crystal Serowka did what no other book did to me. Such an emotional beginning! Pretty fabulous for Crystal's debut book, if I don't say so myself. The premise of this book drew me in. I have a sweet spot for dancers especially ballet. So I just had to get my hands on this book. It has greatly surpassed my expectations. I loved reading Natalia and Sam ...more
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
"I'm not falling for you, Natalia. I've already fallen."

I was so excited when I found out that I won an e-ARC of this book from Crystal! I had been anticipating it's release for months since I first discovered it last year! This book was amazing! I haven't really read a lot of books about dancers so I wasn't really sure what to expect but this book will leave you tingling! Crystal describes the dancing beautifully! I could picture it in my head as I read and it was truly an amazing experience! T
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

Both of them are dancers – away from home leaving different kinds of problems behind. Natalia had wanted to be a dancer since she was young. Now, she finally made one of her dreams come true – being admitted at Juilliard. But the pressure coming from her mother was already too much. Between her classes, dance rehearsal and not to mention an irresistible, annoying dance partner, Natalia has too much on her plate already.

Samson is a ballet dancer – ayeee. I c
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
My initial thoughts on ‘In the Air’ are that as a debut novel it was very well written and a breath of fresh air as far as the setting was concerned. I loved that this was set in the world of dance. I would have liked more of the dance scenes as they were written beautifully.

This story is about Samson and Natalia yet we also get to hear other characters voices, however, I want this review to be about Samson and Natalia as despite the additional POV’s this was their story.

Did I think having that
This was a nice read. For me it was quick, but still entertaining. I loved the dance element. I have a history in dance & in a perfect world, I'd dream of being a professional, so this was perfect for me.

Natalia has been accepted to Juilliard. This is a dream come true for her. Her passion for dance and the emotions she puts into it are breathtaking and keep her whole. She grew up dancing and had a loving, supportive father and an overbearing, uncaring mother. after losing her father
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