Posted in Hue's Reviews

Hue’s Reviews: Girl Through Glass

“Maybe the people who tell you to trust them can’t be trusted, and the people who ask nothing are the ones who are there when you need them.”

Go girl go!

Novels and films about ballet enthrall me, especially the stories regarding the psychological torture ballerinas often put themselves through to achieve the perfect Arabesque silhouette. Jealousy, doubt, and anxiety mesh to create a jumbo for which the dance thrives, and no one’s immune to the belly of the beast behind the talent. From Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces to The Turning Point and Black Swan, ballet moves me (even though I took modern dance). I love the dance from afar.

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I know I’m not the only one to replay this scene repeatedly…

In Sari Wilson’s debut novel, Girl Through Glass, weaves a coming of age story in alternate time frames (late 1970s/early 1980s and present day). We meet Mira, at eleven, a young girl primed to take her place in the competitive ballet world. But, she dances between insecurity and assurance, as she strengthens her moves and wobbles with  parental dysfunction and upheaval, and impropriety from admirers.  As an adult in the present-day, we find her as a dance instructor, still battling dysfunction and upheaval, due to her past, ever insecure of her present, and more so searching for her future.

Along with the drama, Wilson clearly demonstrates her knowledge of the ballet world, with much thanks to her dance background. She writes what she knows, creating scene after scene of the backdrop ballet followers never get to see onstage. Furthermore, within each page lies suspense. You’re never sure of when the false stage will drop beneath your feet, only to catapult you into doubt as you read.

Some scenes disturbed me. I won’t spoil them. But, boundaries break between Mira and a benefactor of sorts. She falls prey to the madness around her set by her parents, narcissistic and neglectful, in their own way. They detonate the bomb shattering her world.

Parents can ruin many lives…

Slow in the beginning, the story picks up. Stay with this only issue and you’ll find a story worth reading.

Powerful yet subtle. Nostalgic yet  long-sighted. Majestic yet simple. Wilson creates an addition to a world few venture and many admire from afar.

Verdict: 4 out of 5 plies.

*This book sits happily on my bookshelf*

Posted in Bookish Thoughts, Memes

Top Ten Book Releases for 2017’s Second Half

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme I participate and created by The Broke and The Bookish. Today’s conversational topic: Your Top Ten Anticipated Releases during 2017’s Second Half.

I am an unapologetic . I create this list while I scan my summer’s TBR, staring me in the eye and laughing as it threatens to topple onto my floor. First-world problems.

Nevertheless, I plan to add to the book avalanche from the corner of my eye with the following releases. I possess no shame.

 I have no idea other than the cover. Yes, I did the unthinkable. I judged by cover alone. Release Date: July 25th

 I adore Ms. Senna’s previous works, I’ll follow her to the moon. Release date: August 1 (On pre-order)

 Based on Ms. Slaughter’s previous works and reputation, I plan to read this thriller. Release date: August 20th

 I have an ARC awaiting me. It looks suspenseful. Release date: August 22nd. 

 That title! Have I been there before? Release date: August 29th.

 Another title grabber! Release date: August 29th.

 Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Enough said. Where do I buy? Release date: September 5th.

 Last year, I read Ms Ng’s Everything I Never Told You, and while not the biggest fan (3/5), I’m willing to follow her to the next book. I sense more suburban and cultural isolation. Release September 12th.

 Three women and a car accident’s aftermath. Drama unfolds. Release date: September 12th.

 If you remember my top 10 about what makes me snatch a book, anything London grabs me. Along with the title, yeah, the location’s a winner. Release date: November 1st.

Looks like August takes the cake in anticipated releases. Will they pan out? My wallet and calendar hopes so. What are you anticipating during 2017’s second half? Share your list down below.

Do I share this fear? Impossible.

If you like the meme, feel free to share your link with The Broke and The Bookish and join the fun.

Happy Reading!

Crafty

Posted in Bookish Thoughts

Hue’s May Wrap-Up 2017

Happy Memorial Day, Everyone!

Alongside this glorious day, I’m casting May a quick send-off with a book list befitting any proud reader. This month’s list? 5 1/4 books. Lots of feelings ahead. Tread carefully. No. Not really. But, drama has a certain flair.

What I’ve Read

Kindred Spirits Kindred Spirits

White Fur: A Novel Hue’s Reviews: White Fur

Paper Girls, Vol. 1 Hue’s Reviews: Paper Girls, Vol. 1

Wrecked Hue’s Reviews: Wrecked

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky Hue’s Reviews: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

 Justice for Brick. He deserves his own story.

Allegedly Hue’s Reviews: Allegedly

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Girl Through Glass (Review to Follow)

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DNF’d

Every Last Lie

In Essence

With a book BUYING, not RECEIVING, ban, I’m doing good so far this (early) summer. Pray for me!

What did you read this month?

Crafty