Dance of Shadows

12788061Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black

Much about this novel makes it a prime example of why not to judge a book by its cover. The cover, as you can see, is gorgeous! The book itself, on the other hand… well, it doesn’t quite live up to it.

Dance of Shadows is about Vanessa, a freshman at the prestigious NYBA (New York Ballet Academy). This also happens to be the very same school from which her sister Margaret disappeared a few years prior. She spends the novel (well, she’s supposed to) trying to figure out what really happened to Margaret and in the process uncovers some more sinister, supernatural happenings at the academy.

Let’s begin. It has been a very long time since I read a novel where my biggest issue was with the main character. That being said, the following is written with a heavy heart: Vanessa drove me crazy. First of all, she’s a bit moronic: she does everything she shouldn’t do, trusts everyone she shouldn’t trust, and ignores ignores every warning she should heed. Continue reading