Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

tiny pretty things

Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best. (Goodreads)

When I managed to get a copy of this book, it was like christmas come early. I literally couldn’t wait to open it? Who doesn’t want to read a mash up of Black Swan and Pretty Little Liars? I do!

I love ballet, watching it, reading it etc. I nearly ended up going regularly for ballet classes, but I was young and I got bored of it fairly quickly. A shame really. Having read this book, if this is really what the ballet world is like, I am almost thankful that I was a child with a very short attention span for something!! The ruthlessness of these girls really creeped me out!! I felt really sorry for Gigi at times because of what was happening to her based only on jealousy. Some people have more natural talent than others, it isn’t her fault! I found myself wincing at times and feeling sorry for certain characters more than others.

What I enjoyed about this book was the fact that it was multiple POV’s – so the reader could get into the minds of the main characters. It added to the story and made the actions of certain characters understandable – at least when you look at their reasoning. It also explored the human mind a little bit more as some characters were taken to their breaking point. The reader could see and feel the fact that they were beginning to crack just a little bit – going psycho!

There were a lot of twists and turns in this book, which keeps the reader interested over a long period of time. I wasn’t expecting that ending though!!! Just when you think that they have finally sorted out their problems and their differences, no, clearly not. That would be too easy and too nice for our creepy ballet dancers! I can’t believe it ended like that. The ending also explained the beginning. I was so confused when the beginning chapter didn’t mix in/carry on with the rest of the story. So, I was happy when it weaved its way into the ending – because now it all makes sense again! Yay!

I was just trawling through Goodreads because I needed the link, and I was happy to see that this is going to be a duology! More creepy antics from psychotic ballet dancers! I can hardly wait! I gave this book 4/5 stars.

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