I am very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small. There's just something about ultra competitive ballet that just screams read me! I received a free copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Algonquin Young Readers and A.K. Small for letting me be a part of this tour.
Author: A.K. Small
Published by: Algonquin Young Readers
Released: May 21, 2019
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Synopsis: Best friends Marine Duval and Kate Sanders have trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School since childhood, where they’ve formed an inseparable bond forged by respective family tragedies and a fierce love for dance. When the body of a student is found in the dorms just before the start of their final year, Marine and Kate begin to ask themselves what they would do to win the ultimate prize: to be the one girl selected to join the Opera’s prestigious corps de ballet. Would they die? Cheat? Seduce the most talented boy in the school, dubbed the Demigod, hoping his magic would make them shine, too? Neither girl is sure.
But then Kate gets closer to the Demigod, even as Marine has begun to capture his heart. And as selection day draws near, the competition—for the prize, for the Demigod—becomes fiercer, and Marine and Kate realize they have everything to lose, including each other. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: Welcome to the competitive world of ballet, and the friendship of Marine and Kate. It's a world of doing everything and anything to be the best, to get that top spot. Bright Burning Stars was a really captivating story. It explores the tough world that is ballet.
Ballet is the center of these girls lives. They do everything they can to get better at the dance. That means excessive practicing, watching what they eat, and thinking how to grab that top spot. It was definitely an interesting story. These girls had found their passion, but is it so much that it will consume them?
I will admit to not knowing much about ballet. I watched Black Swan and that's pretty much it. There were a lot of ballet terms in here that helped really set the scene for the book, but I definitely didn't know what some of them were.
I enjoyed our two girls, Marine and Kate. They were both determined to do everything they could for ballet. Theirs was a friendship that had its highs and lows. They were in such a competitive place that it could be hard to keep a friendship stable.
What made this book fun was definitely the Demigod and his hold over the whole female population of dancers. He's like a being from another world. It was just something to watch, they way he had everyone falling for him. He really helped make this book, along with some other male characters.
I enjoyed Bright Burning Stars. It was an experience. If you like friendships that are tested, competition, and ballet, then I'd say give this one a read. It's quick and I don't think you'll regret it.
Thanks so much for checking out my Blog Tour Stop for Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small. Thanks so much to Algonquin Young Readers and A.K. Small for letting me be a part of the tour!