“A small terrier tied to a post waggled his tail and barked at the people passing by. No one paid any attention to him, although his super sweetness begged to be petted. Two black circles ran around each eye, giving him the look of a canine nerd, and a tuft of gray fur flopped over his eyes.” -I put this quote into my review because I have never seen a dog be described as a canine nerd, which I thought was absolutely hilarious.
“So you see, being nervous can make us blind to usually obvious things.”
“No worries. Things are as they should be. Everything carries a purpose and a time.” – I really like this quote. Even though it’s frustrating, things happen when they’re supposed to happen, not when you want it to happen (unless of course you make it happen)- and in that case, then it was meant to happen at the time.
“The most important thing for you to remember is that jealously is dangerous and should never be underestimated.” -yep, people always do funny things when they’re jealous of someone else. In the book, the author has one of the characters say that “Those who already possess great talent have no right to be jealous of someone else…”, It’s hard when someone cannot see what they possess and become jealous of another. So many people do this and sadly people stop talking to one another due to the jealously people feel towards others. I never understand this, why can’t you just be happy for someone else??
“I only desire your talent…”
Twelve-year-old Lindsey McKay’s biggest dream is to be a famous ballerina. But after moving to New York, she ends up at the Community Center with a teacher who’s a burly bear in tights.
When she meets Madame Destinée, the teacher of a top dance school who offers her classes for free, Lindsey can’t believe her luck. In exchange, she must perform in the school’s exclusive midnight shows, ones sure to make her a star. But something’s not right…
One by one, the other dancers disappear. Each time they do, a music box with a figurine just like the missing ballerina joins Madame Destinée’s growing collection. If Lindsey doesn’t discover the truth about the dance school, she might end up a tiny figurine herself.
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the author. *
Within the first few pages I absolutely loved the writing. The author had me laughing from page one. She has such a fantastic way of describing objects as if they would be in a world where fluffy objects and unicorns would live. She gives even inanimate objects a life of their own as if they were miniature characters in the book. There was also a lot of personification in the book, “Thousands of tiny, sugary giggles popped free and bounced around inside her.” This made this book really fun and enjoyable to read.
There were a lot of suspenseful scenes and couldn’t wait to read more, to the point of wanting to skip parts just to find out what happens next. The pacing of the story was very well written. There was never a dull moment or lulls in the story.
The character Lindsay starts off as the typical 12 year old who begrudgingly has to move with her family from Nebraska to New York City so her younger sister Bridget could go to Julliard. You see her as she experiences New York City for the first time, not knowing what to do, all the while feeling like she is lost in her sisters shadow, even though she doesn’t want to feel like that because Bridget is her sister. Her character development was very well written and flowed throughout the book. I don’t want to to give away too much about how she progresses in the story.
As I read this book, it made me think that it could’ve been in an episode of Are you Afraid of the Dark, Charmed (the original Charmed), Buffy: The Vampire Slayer or The X-Files ( and yes, I realize I may be aging myself by using these shows as an example).
There were a lot of surprises in the book that lead to events that I wasn’t expecting. However, were only a few parts that were predictable, but that had little to no effect on how much I loved this book.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves suspense, ballet, and the supernatural. I would also say that people of any age would enjoy this book.
Again, thank you so much to Tonja Drecker for sending me this book. I had a blast reading it!!