Blood and Ballet by Melissa Mitchell
Published: September 9, 2018 by Create Space
Source: Paperback, 332 pages
Summary: (from Goodreads)
“If only ballerinas knew what vampire blood could do for their dancing.”
In Anghor Manor, there is always a choice. When ex-ballet dancer Celine sees something she shouldn’t in the alleyway outside of Vienna’s hottest nightclub, Fluxx, owned and frequented by vampires, she is offered three choices. Each choice is as frightening as the next. Unable to make up her mind, Cece bides her time. She wrestles with memories of her old life, a life she was forced to abandon when a devastating injury ended her ballet career. Now she must pick up the broken pieces and move on, but moving on offers its own challenges, especially when Caius, lord of Anghor Manor, offers her something more precious than gold. Blood and Ballet is a young adult novel with a fresh take on vampires, blending together the world of ballet with age old ideas, while adding a dash of Roman history. Transport yourself to Anghor Manor nestled in the countryside just outside of Vienna, where vampires lurk, blood rules, and romance awaits.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
**I received a physical copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**
Going into this, honestly, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. I haven’t read a vampire story (aside from side characters in fantasy) since Marked and Twilight in high school. But I was pleasantly surprised. I will say it took me a little bit to get into it, and it lost me at times, but overall, this was a refreshing take on a vampire story.
Mitchell had a really interesting story to tell. I really enjoyed Celine as a main character. She was strong and beautifully herself. Caius was a phenomenal character. I’ve never read a vampire character quite like him. His backstory was so interesting. Probably one of my favorite parts of the story. He was just a really great character, overall. Is it strange to call a vampire kind-hearted? Ha.
I liked the mythology used in this. I thought it was a really fun twist! The storyline was nothing that I thought it would be, and it changed so much from start to finish. I really thought the plot was intriguing.
I literally know nothing about ballet. I pretend to when I’m critiquing little girls on Dance Mom’s (ha), but seriously, I enjoyed reading about different ballets. I thought the terminology made the story pretty. I loved the dance aspect.
My only complaint is that sometimes the book lost me a bit. There were a few parts where the narrator would directly address the reader. It didn’t bother me too much, but at times, I felt disconnected from the story. Otherwise, I thought the writing was good!
Overall, definitely enjoyed this one. I’m glad I decided to give a vampire story a chance. I would for sure recommend this one if you’re feeling something vampire, but not the typical vampire story. Fun read!
Thanks again to the author for allowing me to read and review your book!
Thanks for reading! (: