Thalia @ Pictures in the Words

I'm Thalia! I run a book blog called Pictures in the Words and I hope to be an editor for YA fiction. I'm a GoodReads refugee!



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Dance of Shadows (Dance of Shadows - Trilogy)

Dance of Shadows - Yelena Black I was kind of surprised by how much I enjoyed this. The cover is, of course, absolutely gorgeous, but as we’ve learned, beautiful covers do not beautiful stories make. Maybe part of it was the fact that I had nothing else to do for six hours while I sat in a plane except read this (and reading anything for that long makes you kind of attached to it), although I did have my eye roll moments. Maybe if I’d had more time to process and digest the story, I would have found more of those moments and cared more about the ones I did find. However, I can’t change the circumstances, even if they may have affected the final rating.The writing was fairly decent, and I really did enjoy the story. I’ve never read a ballet book before, let alone a paranormal one, and everything I thought “Black Swan” would be, I found in this (more appropriate) novel. The psychological aspect intrigued me (I’ve always been a fan of “mess with your head” types of books), and I feel that my interest was peaked and held, despite its flaws, throughout the story because I enjoyed that so much. Admittedly, the characters were kind of boring (except Justin–I found him interesting) and fairly predictable, and the plot at its core wasn’t all that unique, but I still managed to really like it. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series, and I’d recommend it. Especially to those of you who are like me and chose not to see “Black Swan”–I feel like this kind of made up for it.I received an ARC of this book for review from the librarian at my school, and this review is not associated or for the publisher in any way.Read more?