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From KIMYE to BENNIFER. From BRANGELINA to TOMCAT. Now we introduce to you.....DAPEP. Amy DAws and Sarah J. PEPper. Indie Authors. Best Friends. And now, Co-Authors.
Let me just start by saying that I have been so incredibly excited to read this book. Not only is this work written by two of the coolest authors with some of the most original and relatable works I have had the pleasure of reading, but the subject matter is about a ballerina and a really hot guy. I don’t know about you, but I still kind of harbor the want to be a ballerina and I may or may not sometimes attempt some ballet type moves when no one is around. And hot guy because… I also like those. All of these things put together were what I imagined to be a slam-dunk winner for me.
The first chapter pulled me right into the story with no problem. I went from the sweltering heat of Florida to the backstage area of a performance hall in NYC surrounded by sugar and spice and everything nice, also known as ballerinas. However that lasted all of thirty seconds when Blake, Adeline’s ex shows up. I feel like this scene was supposed to make me uncomfortable to say the least, or at least I hope it was because that is exactly what happened. I found the scenario to be almost cringe-worthy, and I am still not entirely sure if that is how I was supposed to feel. The writing was excellent in this section, so I am almost certain that this was the goal, but for me as a reader it set me on edge and made me a touch skeptical as to where the rest of the book was going.
The plot was very interesting and I enjoyed the journey that each of the characters made. Their background was very well developed and this clearly informed their choices. The construction of each character, whether main or supporting was found solid, and this is something that always makes for an incredible story. I also very much enjoyed the journey that these characters took together. I have always been partial to any stories that feature the performance world, especially the theatrical arts as this is my personal background. I thought that the portrayal of this lifestyle and career choice was very well researched and realistic which is not always the case in books of this genre. I very much appreciated the attention to detail within each aspect of story-telling. Detail was paid to every aspect of the plot, not simply the construction of the characters.
The only downfall of this book was the editing. There were very simple mistakes made throughout that made me sad. This work has the potential to be one of the greats for this genre, but having to make corrections throughout on my own in order to understand the story was distracting to say the least. If this were to be corrected, the story and the work as a whole would be stellar.
Overall, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed the story and it was an easy read, but the flow of the words was severely disrupted by the editorial structure. I adore all of the works of Daws and Pepper and was thrilled to see this collaboration come to fruition. I only hope to see more work by their collective hand to come, as I think they fill a void in the literary world that only they can fill.