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The Los Angeles Conservatory for the Arts is supposed to be a new beginning for Sadie Bryant. Moving across the country is exactly what she needs to escape the gossip surrounding her injury, the devastating betrayal of her ex-partner, and to rebuild her career as a solo dancer.

When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studyi
Paperback, 313 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Spencer Hill Contemporary
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Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

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There's nothing better than trash when you're in the mood for a hot, soapy mess. THE HIT LIST served this function admirably, with a truly bizarre storyline that somehow worked. I mean, I never would have thought about combining a story about a broken ballerina trying to redeem herself and a college sex game together, but maybe I'm doing something wrong with my life.

Sadie was once a promising ballerina on the cusp of a prestigious career. T
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
Sadie loves to dance. Dancing is actually the most important thing in her life and she wouldn’t know what to do without it. When her longtime dancing partner (and ex- boyfriend) goes to a school without her, Sadie decides to move far away from home and to go to school there. At that school, there is this list, the Hit List. That’s a list where some men get points for sleeping with women. Some women are worth more and Sadie is one of those women. Sadie doesn’t understand what’s happening. She jus ...more
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
**I received an advanced copy from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All quotes taken from a pre-published copy may be altered or omitted from the final version.**

4.5 Stars!!

Opening Lines
"I never should've agreed to do that stupid article. I shove the magazine back onto the shelf and pull another magazine over the top to partially cover it. Not that it will do any good. The bright red letters of the "Jete" in Jete Magazine are recognizable to half the students here
1.5 stars. Would not recommend unless you want to drown yourself with aspirins and then hit yourself repeatedly with a bat for being sadistic enough to read this mind numbingly whiny and P-R-E-D-I-C-T-A-B-L-E book.

The only reason why this book gets 1 and a 1/2 stars is because of the love interest, Luke (because he's not a douchebag unlike EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE GOD DAMN BOOK) and Adam (who's also surprisingly not an asshole, but too bad he was barely in the novel). Right off the bat, I could tel
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
The Hit List
by Nikki Urang

“Basically, it’s boy loves girl, girl hates boy.” “I can handle that,” I say, glaring at him. “Hating you is my specialty.” “I think you missed the part about forgiveness at the end,” Luke says. “I didn’t miss it. I ignored it.”

3 stars because this book was about broken ballet dancers and .25 because the ending that annoyed the heck out of me. I could've given this a higher rating if it weren't of the ending, it ruined the whole book.
I wanted to love this book so badly,
The bonus girls are worth more points if a Hitter is able to get them into bed. The first Hitter there gets to claim the points. After someone claims points, the girl will lose her bonus status and become like every other girl in the game.

Welcome to the game! Sorry, welcome to the story I mean. When Sadie moves across the country to attend a new school, The Conservatory, she's introduced to the game. Before going into the details of the game, we'll stay with Sadie for a moment. She moves acr
Kate Brauning
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous emotional development, sharp pacing, and OMG the sexual tension!

Nikki writes about dance like a dancer, and Luke and Sadie's dance scenes are hot, sweet, and packed with conflict. This is one I'll be reading again.
(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Contemporary and NetGalley.)

This was an okay contemporary dance story, but it didn’t hold my interest well.

Sadie was a girl who had issues, and you couldn’t really blame her considering what she’d been through. I did think she was maybe less introverted than I would have possibly been in the same situation though.

The storyline in this consisted of Sadie’s day-to-day activity during dance classes et
Kayla at MyBookMuse
DNF @ 30%

I was really excited about this one but I just cannot force myself to continue reading. 1. Sadie is jaded and it's really annoying. She constantly blames Patrick for her injury and while I haven't gotten far enough to find out what really happened, I'm over her whining and constant blame game.

2. The Hit List Blog. I tried to suspend reality but there is no way a school would allow this to go on.

3. The insta-feelings between Sadie and Luke. She talks to him for 5 seconds and yet acts al
Sep 15, 2016 added it
Shelves: uhhh-no-more
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Feb 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF at 5%

Nope! As far as I can see this is a book that romanticises rape.

Did I even read this right? This 'game' states that all parties must give consent, but that if a girl is drunk then she's fair game. Wow. Charming. Fair game.

What the hell is it about the transition from YA to NA literature? YA literature is all about consent during sex, but then as soon as the characters turn nineteen, it's like, 'Yeah, if a guy fancies you so much he literally can't stop himself from banging you it's real
Nov 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
All I can say about this book is - pass the aspirin.

I honestly don't know how it is getting such great reviews?
I must have read a different book than everyone?

There are 2 things that are going for the book
1. The Cover - It is what drew me in. I thought it was beautiful and I was expecting so much
more from this book.
2. The subject matter. - Hit List - This could be interesting, plus it involved ballet and dance.

What did I get

A main character Sadie who the only way I can explain it is she is de
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, e-arc
3.5 stars!

“Not everyone leaves in the end. Sometimes you just have to give people a chance. Give them a reason to stay.”

The Hit List really surprised me, in a very good way. At first I thought it was going to be a contemp more on the silly side once I started reading and found about about “the hit list”, which is a list of girls that guys in school can earn points for scoring with. Yeah, not something I would normally be interested in reading about. But I was so happily surprised as I read more
This is one of the most unrealistically angst-filled books I've read all year. I mean, the heroine is nursing a heartbreak over some dude who isn't worth a second thought, suffering from betrayal over something that really isn't anyone's fault (much as she'd like to place the blame on anyone but herself), trying to come out on top at a new dance academy that has a very unrealistic "hit list" thing going on where guys get points for scoring with girls, and falling for some guy whose early flirtin ...more
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
With a cover this beautiful and a premise so absolutely intriguing, I couldn’t wait to get started on this book. The idea of the “game” set in a world of dance had me hooked from the start, and the execution is written perfectly.

What this book does beautifully is develop a character in a richly compelling and dramatic manner. Sadie begins this book as a broken girl, running from a past that has up to this point defined both her career and personal life. Moving to LA and starting over is the impe
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 2.5

LORD! Am I happy to be done with this book!!!

I bought this book during one of my big New Adult/Contemporary moods along with about five other books and it’s just been sitting on my tablet waiting to be read. So I finally decided to just pick this one up.

I’m not going to lie, I could have liked this book. It’s a different kind of book with a unique story that I’ve never read before. Sadie Bryant is a dancer (ballerina?) She’s moved to L.A. to attend The Conservatory of the Ar
Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads .

I'm not now nor have I ever been a dancer. I don't have the body type OR the coordination required. But no matter, I am obsessed with dancing. So many of my guilty pleasure movies and TV shows are based around dance and dancers. I've seen Center Stage and all the Step Up movies hundreds of times. I never miss So You Think You Can Dance. I've read a fair few dance books, and while I enjoyed them at the time, none of them really stood out. Until no
Feb 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: all-of-my-books
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Amanda Burckhard
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of beta reading this for Nikki in some of the early stages of the book and even then it blew me away. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I easily connected with the main character and the fear she feels toward dancing with another partner is so raw and vivid I felt scared along with her. I trusted Luke along with her. And omg Luke. Love that boy. Such a great love interest. The premise is what intrigued me but the characters are what made me fall in love with this boo ...more
Sandes gii
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it

si se dieron cuenta, estuve un largo tiempo para leer este libro. Justo cuando lo comencé, LDC lo estaba traduciendo.

El libro me gustó mucho, amo la tapa... el preciosa y la historia como está contada es genial. Tiene originalidad, hace tiempo estaba buscando una historia que tratará el tema de la danza y sobretodo... amor.
Me gustó como la trama de la Lista está desarrollado, sospechas de todos de quien puede ser que esta manejando el juego.
Te enamoras de los personajes, pero unas cositas
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Not everyone leaves in the end. Sometimes you just have to give people a chance. Give them a reason to stay.”

THAT LINE HIT ME. This book reminded me of something I already forgot. I saw myself in Sadie. I can totally relate to what she was going through. I enjoyed reading her journey. This book will be forever close to my heart. Thank you Nikki.

Full review soon.
I hoped to like The Hit List but it fell flat for me. I didn't connect with any of the characters. Not once did I feel anything for Sadie. It was more as if I was being told what was happening.
Ivey Byrd
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Hit List really has a great start. I could tell that it was going to make me emotional by the way Sadie talks about what her ex-partner did, and the hit list that is created. I just knew that I was going to get very angry and emotional while I read this book. I was right, too! This book is one hell of a rollercoaster ride. Seriously, my emotions were thrown all over the place. The drama in The Hit List was unlike anything I’ve ever read about before. This book gets an A + in the drama depart ...more
Let's just say I expected better from this book. The first pages and chapters were ok, but sadly after that I just didn't enjoy it every time. This mostly was because of the characters, the silly plot and some other things.

Finding (good) books about dancing, about ballet, about a school specially for that is not easy, so I was happy and excited to see this one. Of course I was also worried for the fact that there was also a sub-plot. A plot about some kind of sex game. Normally I would avoid boo
Margie aka The Bumble Girl
Nikki Urang really knows how to tell a good story that I just couldn't put down! Regardless of how I felt about the characters, from beginning to end, I was completely committed to finding out what was going to happen to everyone... even though I have no knowledge of any sort in regards to professional ballet, dance, tap, etc. The author gave me just enough info to understand what the characters were doing and what they were trying to accomplish without missing a moment or lacking in the stories ...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
I wanted to read The Hit List because I am drawn to books about dancers. I have never done it, but I guess that is a lot of little kids' dreams. Then I read about the list, which is giving guys anonymitiy to sleep with or otherwise score with girls. I haven't read anything quite like it and I knew it could lead to some hard core emotions and heart break.

The main character, Sadie, has just transferred to LA after an injury with her ballet partner and ex-boyfriend. She has a lot pain inside and
 Lori (Ficwishes)
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
This review is going to be a little bit weird for me. This book had many things that normally turn me off, such as the violent mood swings and the constant back and forth of 'will they or won't they'. Usually when I encounter these themes in a book, I tend to move on, but with THE HIT LIST, I just couldn't. The author did an excellent job sucking me in and making me care about the characters. I genuinely cared about Sadie's plight and was cheering for her and Luke to be able to work through thei ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Short and Sweet:
Beautiful. Emotional. Brilliant. Loved it!!
To Elaborate...
Do you those books you come across so rarely that punch you in the feels over and over? Not just because the characters are facing a rough time or sad things happen, but also because the writing just speaks to you on such a personal level? This was that kind of book for me. I'm certainly not a dancer looking to be the best, but the writing shot straight to my heart over and over again. It's beautiful and meaningful, and
Nothing can stop you from achieving your dreams. Your passion fuels your drive... But what if the person you love is standing in the way of your precious dreams?

Sadie Bryant was on her way to the top. She would have been number at the New York ballet school if she hadn't injured herself and get her heart broken by her dance partner Patrick. Months later she's moved to L.A. to start fresh and forget about the pain and torment of her past. But some wounds take too long to heal and Sadie finds hers
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
First advice I am giving you: do not judge this book by its title. Even though The Hit List plays a big role in this book, it is not the main focus.

The main focus here is to never give up on your dream, no matter what gets throw in your way. For Sadie? It is trust issues after her last partner/boyfriend dropped her from a lift, causing a hip injury that almost ended her dance career.
Sadie did get on my nerves with her indecisiveness about Luke. Throughout their dancing, their relationship chan
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“It’s not just injuries that destroy dancers. It’s imperfections.” 5 likes
“Basically, it’s boy loves girl, girl hates boy.” “I can handle that,” I say, glaring at him. “Hating you is my specialty.” “I think you missed the part about forgiveness at the end,” Luke says. “I didn’t miss it. I ignored it.” 3 likes
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