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The Redpoint Crux

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  33 reviews
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 dire straits. Not only do a series of murders break loose, but the ballerinas are ...more
1, 290 pages
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by The Parliament House
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Kristien McDonald
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 ...more
Beckee Davis
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is AMAZING. Once I started it I couldnt 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 cant stop thinking about the characters and the romance in it is to die for.....swoon!!!! Stop what you are doing and read this book! Youll love it!!! ...more
First of all, I'd like to thank the author for kindly giving me the opportunity of reading the ARC!

The story follows Megan "Red" Van Helsburg, a teenage rock climber and ex-ballerina.
Megan moved away from Halifax where her father worked as a concertmaster at a theatre. She and her brother Nathan grew up there, however, their mother has mental sickness and is in a hospital. From what I gathered, Megan was verbally abused by her mother, resulting in trauma. Hence the trauma impeded her to rise to
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The thing I loved most about this book is the suspense. Shamy is a gifted author who always kept me guessing! Plot twists, surprises, shock, awe, and everything else I hope for in a good mystery novel is all here.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

If you took The Phantom of the Opera, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and the X Games and threw them in a blender you might come up with something similar to The Redpoint Crux. While the book does seem to borrow bits and bobs from these iconic works, it re-imagines them in way that is both modern and classic. I can't quite put my finger on it, but for some reason this book feels very old fashioned, in a good way, harkening back to its predecessors in what I would characterize as a "light
Nancy McDonald
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. The mystery was so engaging and the haunting setting was eerie and believable ! The story was so quick paced, the plot moved forward in a way that kept me on the edge of my seat! I adored the characters. Red and Bellamy's relationship was so beautiful. The story wasn't predictable and my heart ached in an amazing way at the end. I highly recommend this book!
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 its been a long journey to bring it here. I will love Red and Bellamy forever.
Rhona Mitchell Tennant
I was given a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I really did not enjoy this book. It continually annoyed me on so many different levels.
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Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a great book for a first time published Author. Morgan Shamy did a great job in writing a creative story. Want to know if you are interested in reading it? Well, let's take a Ballet Dancer gone Rock Climbing Competitor going back to dancing, all while trying to figure out the mystery of her father's death; a "Phantom of the Opera" type guy keeping an eye on her; more people dying; mom's in the mental hospital; fighting with brother yet loving each other and want to be there for each ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.86 out of 5 Stars
~ Thank you to The Parliament House and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. ~

No Spoilers :)

***Lets out a long, low whistle.***
So, first things first, holey moley I got some really great creepy vibes out of this book. In terms of genre, I think it may be a little confused. It's most clearly a mystery, but there are paranormal undertones that are roped in and out of the story a bit inconsistently for me to decisively say that this book is
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review. Thanks very much ❤

Actual score: 3.5 stars (rounding to nearest even number)

I'll preface this review by saying Redpoint Crux is probably not a book I would have picked to read for myself just based on the description. While I love suspense and horror, I've never really read YA-focused horror and I don't know anything about ballet.

In spite of this, I actually enjoyed the book! I could relate to Red's struggles and
(っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ Kasey ♥
**I received a free ARC copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review.**

Actual Score: 3.5 stars


The beginning of The Redpoint Crux is fast-paced and engaging; I liked reading about Megan/Red's climbing career and her downfall. I wish more was touched on that though, as the book doesn't let the reader completely invest in that part of her life to see how much it affected her to return to her hometown and ballet.

I'm still not sure how I feel about Red's interactions and relationships
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I struggled with the rating for this book. It was a solid read. I was never going to go under a 3 but I struggled enough that I will keep it at a 3 instead of 3.5 or 4. The main reason for the struggle is because the blurb for the book kind of doesn't fully match the book. It's almost like that was written first and then the book shaped itself later on.

I tried hard to like Megan more..but she made that very difficult. She had not only danced ballet but then she went on to be a climber..and was
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-release, arc
The Redpoint Crux is advertised for fans of the Night Circus and The Raven Boys. This intrigued me, having loved both of these books and their dark, dreamy magic. I was drawn in by The Redpoint Crux's intriguing description of a horror-tinged mystery full of murder and intrigue within a ballet theatre setting-- but after reading this one, the description and comparisons seem misleading, and it seems to me much more accurate to market this one as a non-fantasy (despite comparisons to the ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is best described as a retelling of the Phantom of the Opera and the ballet Giselle. Many of the characters from the Phantom of the Opera are recognizable as are many of the props, such as the chandelier, mirror, and music box. But don't let that fool you. The story takes a turn away from Phantom of the Opera as more pieces of Giselle find their way into this theater.
The story, though familiar in several ways, is well-written and still manages to keep the reader interested, unlike
Sarah Tondra
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
The Redpoint Crux by Morgan Shamy was touted for fans of The Night Circus (oh, thats me!) and The Raven Boys (Oh, boy, thats me too!) however, I just can't see how its like those books at all. I was really disappointed. Im not sure if was the writing style I want a fan of or just how annoying I thought Megan Red was in this story or even how convoluted the plot turned out to be. I also felt that other characters where only half developed and some just left the story in ways that could have added ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
The Redpoint Crux by Morgan Shamy is a great book, that deals with so many topics. It's about Megan aka Red, who left behind her life as a ballerina to start a climbing career. After a mental breakdown at a climbing contest and nearly dying she went back to the theater she grew up in. The stranger, who saved her life forces her to join the corpse de ballet again. Thats when mysterious things start to happen. Red has to find out who's behind the murders happening and how all of this is connected ...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
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
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Kendra Burns
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Phantom meet Ballet! The Redpoint Crux was a true gothic romance. The story is definitely in the vein of Phantom of the Opera with hits of greats such as Edgar Allen Poe and Mary Shelley. Morgan Shamy takes you on a ride from the rocks of Colorado to a small theater in Nova Scotia. The writing is dark, atmospheric, and completely spellbinding. Red and Liam's friendship is to die for while Bellamy gives me the dark brooding type vibes meets Gerard Butler's Phantom. I didn't see the plot twist ...more
Morgan S
Apr 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
I was given a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

1.5 stars

Unfortunately, I really did not enjoy this book. There were waaaay too many subplots so none of them get nearly enough attention, the pacing of the whole thing was rushed, the dialogue was weirdly info-dump-y and not at all like real people talk, the characters are all really surface level and there's no subtlety to their motivations and overall it was pretty nonsensical. I really wanted to like this book but there
Jacy Sellers
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This creepy story was right up my alley. I adore Phantom of the Opera and this gothic romance retelling brought me into a similar dark setting with mysterious characters, but with ballet performances, experiments, and murders. The author has a vast knowledge of ballet and rock climbing, two things I know nothing about. The pace picked up for me after the first few chapters and then I couldnt put it down until I knew what happened. I truly didnt see the ending twists coming! Yes, there's more ...more
Anna Szabó
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
It happens from time to time that I find it hard to review a book. Its a good thing. I mean it only happens when I like a book. It took me almost 3 weeks to read the first half of the book while only half a day to read the second half.

I found it relatively hard to get into the story because I didnt like the lead character at first or any of the others for that matter. But as I kept reading and found out more about her, her past and the other characters I started to feel connected to them.

Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Reds story immensely. It was well written, and the author clearly has vast knowledge of the rock climbing and ballerina professions. I am a little confused about Bellamy, but hope there will be more detail about him in the following book. Although the book is YA, the characters have a lot on their shoulders. It had a sort of Phantom of the Opera vibe it it. Looking forward to seeing where this story goes. ...more
Sarah Van
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, was this a delightfully creepy read. With murder, ballet, a haunted theater, secret tunnels, mystery and romance, this was thoroughly entertaining. About 3/4 of the way through I could not put this down, and read the whole last half in one sitting. The ending was so bittersweet. This has a fairy tale vibe to it. It also reminded me a little of THE MIDNIGHT DANCE.
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book had me hooked from the very beginning and I couldn't put it down. It twists and turns and has you guessing until the very end. I received a free ARC from the author and she had me intrigued when she said it involved ballet and serial killers.

Seriously, check this book out. You will not be able to put it down.
Kristi McManus
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A creative and original retelling of Phantom of the Opera that leaves you drawn into one of the most iconic love stories in history. Twists and turns, a flawed but relatable heroine, and an unlikely hero all mixed together.
Read it in 2 days!
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a cool book. I loved the rock climbing and the eerie vibeand the series of murders were pretty entertaining, too. It was a great mystery, where I couldnt predict what would happen next. The plot always moved along fast, keeping my attention. I definitely recommend!!! ...more
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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

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