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The Redpoint Crux

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Fans of The Phantom of the Opera and Black Swan will enjoy this thrilling debut.

When Megan Van Helsburg gets kicked off the U.S.A. Climbing Team, she has no choice but to return home and leave her climbing career behind. With no coach, no money, and no prospects, she joins the corps de ballet determined to improve her strength and agility. But the ballet theater is in dir
Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by The Parliament House
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Morgan Shamy I absolutely have plans for them! I wrote it as a standalone with series potential...but as I wrote the book, I absolutely knew what was going to come…moreI absolutely have plans for them! I wrote it as a standalone with series potential...but as I wrote the book, I absolutely knew what was going to come next. So as soon as I finish my trilogy that is out this year, I've decided that I'm for sure going to dive back into Meg and Bellamy's world! (less)
Morgan Shamy My heart has always wanted to do a sequel! I already know in my head what Bellamy is doing and what comes next. I think writing book 2 is definitely o…moreMy heart has always wanted to do a sequel! I already know in my head what Bellamy is doing and what comes next. I think writing book 2 is definitely on my list after I finish my trilogy that's coming out in '21! (less)
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Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! I practically read it straight in one day because I couldn't put it down. It's the perfect balance between the eerie mystery and romance of the ballet and the modern sport story. The whole book had such a cool vibe. I don't read a lot of mystery, but I was surprised how well she made such a haunting story work so seamlessly in a modern setting. It made me wish that I could be Red! She is an awesome, strong female protagonist with a complexity of character, especially impressiv ...more
Beckee Davis
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is AMAZING. Once I started it I couldn’t put it down! It has a phantom of the opera meets ballet feel to it so if you love any of those things you are going to fall head over heels for this book. The writing is exquisite. It is so hauntingly beautiful!!! I can’t stop thinking about the characters and the romance in it is to die for.....swoon!!!! Stop what you are doing and read this book! You’ll love it!!!
Wendy Higgins
I'm thrilled for this book to release! Morgan is a long-time friend of mine and I still blame her for the fact that I'm published. ;)
If you like mystery and intrigue, and are fascinated by theatre and ballet lore, this book is 100% for you!!
Whispering Stories
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it
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The Redpoint Crux is a YA mystery heavily influenced by The Phantom of the Opera and ballet.

After a nervous breakdown causes Megan to lose her ability to compete in rock-climbing, she returns home to Halifax, her brother, and the ballet career she had abandoned. While there, Megan attempts to unravel her own personal issues while becoming involved in a murderous plot that is tied to her father’s mysterious death a decade before.

The novel excels in techni
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Redpoint Crux was such an engaging and hauntingly beautiful storyline! It follows the life of Megan, a ballerina turned rock-climber who is trying to navigate the grief following her father's death and her mother's illness. She goes on a journey of self-discovery and ends up in the midst of a mystery that will keep you turning the pages until you've finished the book! I really haven't read a novel in a few years- since graduating high school I've really only "read" my textbooks for school, b ...more
Amanda King
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, I loved this book! From the opening scene I couldn't put it down! Shamy does a great job of pulling you in to the world of climbing and ballet right from the start. I don't know much about either of those worlds, but everything is explained so well - it made me want to go back in time and become a dancer...or rock climber...or both! Ha! The mystery and suspense make this book a page turner, but the romance is what really kept me on the edge of my seat - I'm still so torn about th ...more
Barbara Conrey
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn't want to be dropped into the middle of Phantom of the Opera?

I could almost hear the music. I definitely felt the pull and strain of muscles, whether from the dance or the rock climbing. Morgan Shamy made both ballet and rock climbing intriguing,

The Redpoint Crus is mysterious and romantic. It's dark. It's filled with movement and allows the reader to see what the author is writing, almost as if she were painting a picture. I found the story seamless and the writing beautiful.

Morgan Shamy
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It was such a privilege to write this book. Thank you all so much for choosing to read this. This book holds so much of my heart, and it’s been a long journey to bring it here. I will love Red and Bellamy forever.
Jane M.
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a ride! What a creative book! I’ve never read anything with rock climbing and ballet before. The haunting setting was really great—the author does a great job at painting pictures. It was a little slow at first, but then it’s a quick ride to finish. I really liked the romance and I’m so happy I got an ARC of this. I will for sure recommend to my friends. I hope there’s a sequel!
Jenn T.
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was so magical. Bellamy was so swoony and I just loved his banter with Megan. The whole book had this eerie feel—the kind of feeling that sticks with you long after you read it. As a dancer, the ballet was so spot on. The author knows exactly what she’s talking about. The rock climbing was really cool too. I definitely recommend this. It takes a minute to get into, but once you do, it’s a nonstop ride until the end!!
*I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Did I watch The Phantom of The Opera at the Royal Albert Hall (2011) right before I read this book? Yes. Did it perhaps influence my take of this book in anyway. Possibly.

Did I love this book nonetheless? Yes!

THE REDPOINT CRUX was a theatrical performance that drew me in from the very first sentence all the way to the end. It was a perfectly constructed ballet that swept me off my feet and held me mesmerized until I finished. Mor
Brandy {The Review Booth}
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ballet, murder mysteries, serial killers, thrillers, ghost stories
Recommended to Brandy by: NetGalley
After an incident at a climbing competition gets her dropped from the USA Climbing Team, Megan "Red" Van Helsburg is forced to drop her career in climbing and return home to Nova Scotia. Determined to rise above the situation Megan decides to join up with a corps de ballet to enhance her dexterity and overall power because on top of losing her place on the team she lost her coach, sponsors and possible prospects which left her without income. The ballet theater of her childhood home has seen bet ...more
A.M. Wright
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I finally get to post a review of this book.

I'll admit, I might be a bit biased, but I fell in love with Morgan's book right away. I distinctly remember sitting in my office during my day job and falling off the edge of my seat a quarter of the way through.

It has everything that I love: ballet, mysterious strangers, heavy Phantom of the Opera vibes, and a twisty mystery. Did I mention heartache? Because there's definitely heartache, but it's good heartache. Ya know? That kind of pa
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Fantastic Fiction Book Club, Parliament and NetGalley for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Redpoint Crux
By: Morgan Shamy

What do rock climbing and ballet have in common? Nothing, as far as I knew, that is, until I read The Redpoint Crux. The heroine, Megan, is a rock climber and a ballet dancer. A climbing accident ends that career, so she returns to the ballet in Nova Scotia. Megan has a tragic history with the
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Redpoint Crux is a gripping story with intriguing characters. It didn't take long for me to be completely immersed in the story. There were a few things I thought needed a little more attention and explanation, but I felt the author did a fantastic job creating a mood of page-turning suspense with some romance too. Megan is quite the character. She jumps (literally) from one thing to the next, but I liked that about her. I really enjoyed the way the story was told, it's very pleasing for me ...more
Brittney's Review
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such an awesome blend of genres. The pace of this book is enough to keep you awake and turning pages till the end. You definitely won't be guessing the twists and turns of where this book will take you. A great plot with well developed characters, this book is a must read. ...more
Emma Katherine
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Opinions: From the freakishly amazing beginning to the freakish end, I was completely immersed in The Redpoint Crux! The supernatural elements, the edgy romance between Red and her instructor, the deaths, the girls, the tunnels, the chandelier, oh!! It was all so alluring. Thanks to Shamy's passion for her characters and their passion to take each other down, the classic saying "just one more page" applied as I read The Redpoint C
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such an enjoyable read. I loved the Phantom of the Opera parallels—except with ballet. The writing was beautiful and the story was quick paced. Amazing for a debut author. It’s a book I could read again!
Jennifer Adam
Perfect for fans of Phantom of the Opera and The Black Swan - with a twist of Giselle, a hint of Coppelia and bonus rock climbing - this spooky, atmospheric book is a compelling read you'll want to gulp down with the lights on. Full of dark romantic drama and authentic ballet details, I found the sections on rock climbing a fascinating contrast to the mysterious theater setting. I wasn't ready for it to end! ...more
Bookworm Callie
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the author and I must say, I really enjoyed this book!! I read it in two days, it was a quick, fun read. I absolutely loved Bellamy—he was so creepy, dark, romantic, and mysterious! Red is a stronger character with bite that I didn’t mind reading about. Her biggest flaw is not caring about others, and thinking only of herself, but I found it believable for her age and she overcomes that. I thought all the other characters were really fun. Especially Doc! That dude freaked ...more
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a dancer and I'm freaking out about this book. Usually when I read dancer books, they're so bad. Like, so so bad, because they don't know what they're talking about. With The Redpoint Crux, it's clear the author knows exactly what she's talking about. The world is so real! And so was the rock climbing world! Plus, the whole Phantom vibe was perfection. I'd say the author's strongest point was setting and plot. I felt immersed in this really cool sport/ballet world with a ton of darkness that ...more
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. I'm in love with this book!!! There aren't enough exclamation points. I received an ARC of this and I'm so glad I did. I've never read a Phantom retelling, and this one did not disappoint. The setting was like a character itself, it was so moody and atmospheric and haunting and stunning. I loved the characters (especially Bellamy) and felt so satisfied at the end. Even though it has a different ending, it was great with me. I need to recommend this to my friends, because ...more
Deborah T.
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book and I was pleasantly surprised. This book is unlike any other book I've read. It wasn't predictable, it wasn't formulaic. It was intense throughout and always had me guessing. I was really happy with the ending. I didn't see it coming. I enjoyed the characters--they were interesting, and enjoyable to be with. The romance was haunting, and the whole book encompassed a really eerie vibe. I loved learning about rock climbing. I know a little about dance, but not in th ...more
Sharon S.
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap. I am in love with Bellamy. Is he not the most perfect book boyfriend ever? And Megan "Red" was so perfect for him. I loved the two together. I've never read a book with the mashup of rock climbing and ballet before, but it totally worked. It was such a funky, eerie story. It parallels POTO, which of course is my favorite, which made me love it even more. This story is going to stick with me for a while. I still feel trapped in that world! ...more
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My favorite part of this book was definitely the atmosphere. The ballet, the secrets, the creepy characters... The author clearly knows the world of ballet really well, and as someone who used to dance as a child, I loved revisiting that world!
I'd recommend this book for people who love dark fantasy/thriller/horror. There're are some "dark" scenes in this book, so if you're sensitive, this might not be the book for you. :)
But if you love a dark spin to your books, this one is a really quick, enj
Shatarupa  Dhar
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Boulder, Colorado; Red Tucker is a seventeen-year-old world-class rock climber who gets banned from the Nationals team due to an ‘incident’. Now climbing recreationally, she’s had a fall and is dying. A strange guy appears out of nowhere and in the next instant she’s as fit as a fiddle. She left Halifax and a budding career in ballet behind three years back but has to return to that world again.

In Halifax, Nova Scotia; nineteen-year-old Liam Reynolds the Third is back at the thea
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
So, I don’t know what I was expecting when I picked up this book–but I was very pleasantly surprised! I mean, I figured I’d like it based on the synopsis but…. I really, really enjoyed it!

Megan, the heroine, undergoes major character growth through this novel. And it’s not surprising, given what she goes through. I really can honestly say I loved her character.

I also really loved the eerie feel that the story had. When people liken this story to Phantom of the Opera–they are spot on. I couldn’t
Carly Wilson
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘The Redpoint Crux’ is the first book I have read by Morgan Shamy, and I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book had a very ‘Phatom Of The Opera’ vibe for me, and I did not expect all the twists and turns of the story.

The book is about Megan aka ‘Red’. A professional climber who has found herself at a bit of a crossroads. With thoughts of her mother plaguing her and knocking her off her game, she is left without a coach or money to remain in competi
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Jun 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley
ohohohoho Phantom of the Opera AND a guy named Bellamy which instantly pulls me into the adoration of Bellamy Blake from my beloved The 100???

T.B. Caine
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I was given an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review!

Totally recommend if you want spooky mystery that takes place in a theater!

It's a solid 3.75 rounded up, and I am pretty set on that answer. It takes a while to get started, but around the 15 - 20% mark I felt really invested into the plot of what was going on with the theater, and Meg. I was at least invested in Meg & Bellamy's relationship, however I did want to see more bonding between them as sometimes it came off
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Morgan Shamy is an ex-ballerina turned YA writer. She is represented by Kelly Peterson of Rees Literary Agency.

Morgan has been immersed in the arts since the young age of 4, where she trained under the tutelage of Julie and Stacey Orlob. She performed various roles alongside a professional ballet company for over seven years, and has danced on prestigious stages like soloing at Carnegie Hall in N

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