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review 2018-01-01 06:31
A Dream for Three by Jérôme Hamon

Heartfelt story, lacking in some ways, but over all enjoyable.



This had a good message. Be who you want to be and not who your parents or other people want you to be, and it is okay to not know quite who you want to be. I thought the story was slow moving at times. I did not feel that engaged. I felt like it would have been told better with more details and if it were stretched out into a longer story.

I liked how it ended, especially with everyone finding their path.

The artwork was pretty.

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review 2017-04-29 03:23
Murder On Pointe: A Fiona Quinn Mystery ... Murder On Pointe: A Fiona Quinn Mystery - C.S. McDonald
  A ballerina is murdered during the run of Coppelia. Fiona Quinn, a former ballet student and current kindergarten teacher, sets out to find the murderer.

I enjoyed this book. It was fun. Characters from the First Force series cross over but this is a lighter read then that series. I liked Fiona and Detective Landry. Pittsburgh was featured here and the flavor of the city is captured well. The story was fun even though murder occurs. I was surprised by the ending. Never saw it coming. I look forward to reading more in the series.
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review 2016-10-30 05:31
Book Review: Behind the Scenes at Boston Ballet
Behind the Scenes at Boston Ballet - Christine Temin,Wally Gilbert

Book: Behind the Scenes at Boston Ballet


Author: Christine Temin


Genre: Non-Fiction/Dance/Ballet


Summary: In 1958, a determined suburban dance teacher founded the New England Civic Ballet. Today, that company is known as Boston Ballet - a company that has faced head-on challenges of remaining true to its mission while attracting the audiences and financial support necessary to maintain live performances by these dedicated artists. For centuries, ballet companies have transported audiences beyond the workaday world, one performance at a time. Someone who sees a ballerina perform beautifully in Swan Lake may be impressed, but many who appreciate ballet remain unacquainted with all the logistics of sets, people, and money that must come together for a world-class company to complete a season of performances. Beyond the glare of lights onstage lives a world of physical trainers and fund-raisers, artistic directors and executive boards, and endlessly rehearsing dancers and musicians, all laboring to create memorable performances that inspire, thrill, and entertain. In its relatively short history, Boston Ballet has faced charges of racism; cases of dancer anorexia; a young dancer’s death; and the precipitous, publicly embarrassing departures of one director and one director-elect. The real story, though, lies not in these occasional public incidents but in the daily challenges of preparing and performing a repertory that spans almost two centuries, from La Sylphide (1836) to world premieres created specifically for the company. Boston Ballet’s story highlights the tremendous amount of work and energy applied to each show before the curtain can be raised. In this unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the life of a company, former Boston Globe dance critic Christine Temin and photographer Wally Gilbert present a compelling portrait of Boston Ballet. Their evocative prose and penetrating photography turn the spotlight on all the elements - from toe shoes and costumes to rehearsals and revenue - that come together (or fall apart) in a season. - University Press of Florida, 2009.


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review 2016-10-01 04:37
Pointe and Shoot - Alison Stone

I am not usually a cozy reader but the pointe shoes drew me in. Being a former ballet dancer I had to read it. It’s a nice, simple, cozy mystery that takes place in a quiet little town of Tranquility, New York. There is a murder, dance teachers, students and a studio but there is not a whole lot about ballet itself.


The book has likable characters, there moments of suspense and humor. I enjoyed peeking into the window of a family dealing with their mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer disease. The author handled this subject in an wonderful way.

It’s not the best but not the worst either. I will admit that I would not have read it if it was not for the cover. I do recommend it to cozy readers who just want a simple, easy weekend read.


I was provided this book by Netgalley free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2015-09-15 03:22
Book 77/100: Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead
Astonish Me - Maggie Shipstead

I mainly read this book because, for some reason, I am drawn to stories about ballet dancers. There are lots of ballet details in the book to satisfy that curiosity of mine, and I really liked that it focused on a member of the "corps" rather than a star performer. Still, I wish the book would have focused MORE on its so-called central character; while she was the thread that held it all together, the book was mainly a jumble of scenes and vignettes from various points-of-view, some which only lasted for one chapter or less, and many of dubious importance to the overall plot. While I don't need a story to be told in a linear fashion, the way this one jumped around frustrated me, often truncating certain story threads right when they were beginning to hold my interest.

Also, I just couldn't get behind the central "love story" in this novel, as the man the book (and Joan's life) seems to revolve around is a total prick. The man she marries is a much, much better catch, but he is unfortunately relegated to the background of her life and the book.

There were moments when this book was really, really good. It's well written with well-defined characters, even if a lot of them are pretty unlikeable. But I just didn't feel the "epicness" of this life story the way I was clearly supposed to, and the "reveal" at the end is obvious in the first chapter. If you don't have an inexplicable ballet fetish like I do, there probably won't be much worthwhile in this book for you.

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