Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black (author)

Dance of Shadows

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Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; close enough to kiss, close enough to share your partner’s heartbeat. But for Vanessa Adler, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts. Vanessa attends an elite ballet school; the same one her older sister, Margaret, went to before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister’s shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a different kind of power when she dances. For as she loses herself in the music, the world around her turns to flames… Now she has attracted the attentions of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, neither guesses at the danger ahead – or the burning force about to be unleashed.

Product Details






Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Date published

February 12th, 2013

Lexile measure


Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.0; Upper years; 13.0 points




Yelena Black

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  1. Niamh, Book Club Review Team
    on 2 April 2013

    Really hooked me

    Dance Of Shadows originally took me a while to get into, due to the fact that I don't normally read books about dance. After I got into reading it I found that I really enjoyed it and I realised that it wasn't merely about dance, it had a dark twist to it, one that really hooked me. Dance Of Shadows holds a story which will keep your mind occupied for ages, the characters also have so much depth and when, along the way, you discover the true colours of them it really helps to enjoy the story even more. I suggest that anyone who likes books with a mysterious side and a bit of romance should read this, even if this doesn't seem like a book you'd normally read, you may surprise yourself like I did and find that you become attached with the storyline and characters. The ending was left on a real good cliffhanger and I'm eager to see where Yelena Black is going with it!

  2. Emma, Book Club Review Team
    on 4 March 2013

    Never Been Done Before...

    I just finished reading the book last night and I thought it was very good. The beginning was a bit hard to get into but after that I couldn't put it down.

    It was a story that has never been done before and I thought the plot was exciting and the characters fantastic.

    I also loved the front cover as I couldn't stop looking at it!

  3. Lucy, Book Club Review Team
    on 18 February 2013

    Dark stories and passion

    I was asked to review this book by Scholastic and, having not heard of it before, was immediately interested. As soon as I saw the cover, I let out a squeal and started kissing it. Let's hope nobody saw me!

    When Vanessa is accepted into the prestigious New York Ballet Academy, she is instantly relieved. Being accepted means being able to go back to the last place her sister was seen before her disappearance. But is the New York Ballet Academy all that it seems? Find out in this novel of mystery, romance and the supernatural.

    Classifying this novel into one particular genre is rather hard. I really didn't know what to expect at first and then all these different elements started to hit me and I was very surprised. This book had so many twists and turns that kept me captivated throughout.

    The main character, Vanessa, was passionate and determined. She could be incredibly annoying at times and there were a few occasions when I could have shaken her but this was also a good example of how the author uses dramatic irony to convey her point.
    I wasn't really sure if there was supposed to be a love triangle going on because it wasn't really clear. I'm looking forward to reading about the romantic aspects, however, in the second book because it has me interested.

    This is a book all about hopes and dreams. I mean, who hasn't pointed their toes and pretended they were in Swan Lake? My friend does ballet and so I'm looking forward to baffling her when I know all of the fancy ballet terms that were featured in the book.

    After talking to a bookseller on Twitter, we decided to start a campaign to sell a tutu with every book. So, you see, this book has also brought me a lot of fun conversations!

    I enjoyed Dance of Shadows a lot more than I expected and am really looking forward to reading the second book. It's a book full of excitement, dark stories and passion.

    4 out of 5

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