Everything to Lose | Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small

Title: Bright Burning Stars
By: A.K. Small
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 304
Release Date: May 21st, 2019
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

Review: I am always a fan of ballet stories and they must be good to live up to my high expectations. This book kept me involved from the first page to the last... Even though the plot was flimsy... I feel like you really need to have a dancer's background to really understand a lot of the terminology of this book, but I'm sure someone who has never put on a pair of point shoes can understand just well. 

What I loved about this book was the explanation of the dances and how deep it went into the dancer's world. Its something that I love and am deeply passionate about. 

The bad stuff was the dark nature of the ballet company and how the whole plot revolved around how depressing the dancer's life is. There was sex that meant nothing, oops a pregnancy and drugs passed out as long as you twirled in your birthday suite.  

Even with all the sad truths plastered on the page for all to see, I was still really interested in the story. I guess it's like a train wreck, horrific, but you can't stop looking. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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