Title: Dancing in the DarkAuthor: Robyn BavatiPublisher: FluxStatus: Available on February 8th 2013*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review.Description:(by goodreads.com)He tossed her into the air as if she were weightless, and just for a moment she seemed suspended there, defying gravity. I couldn’t take my eyes off her. I knew what she was feeling. It was in every movement of every limb.Here was a power I had never seen before, a kind of haunting loveliness I had never imagined. Seeing it made me long for something, I didn’t know what … Ditty was born to dance, but she was also born Jewish. When her strictly religious parents won’t let her take ballet lessons, Ditty starts to dance in secret. But for how long can she keep her two worlds apart? And at what cost?A dramatic and moving story about a girl who follows her dream, and finds herself questioning everything she believes in.My Review:This book was hard to read because of all the cringe-worthy moments. I’m serious. As a Jewish person I thought this was a really harsh portrayal. Ditty’s family is part of very strict sect of Judaism which, is in the minority of the spectrum of all Jewish people and communities. If you weren’t Jewish or had a couple of Jewish friends you wouldn’t necessarily know that. It ended up being an okay novel but there were a number of things I had problems with. I would have never requested this book up if I had read the description more carefully on NetGalley, but that’s my own error. Why? Religion is a sensitive issue for most of us and I tend to stray away from religious fiction altogether… if anything this is a good study on why Extreme-ism of ANY KIND without room for tolerance is the way to destruction.The plot line was okay. The narrative was robotic. The overall story made me frustrated and I couldn’t wait to finish this book so I could rid myself of its presence.Overall score: 1.5-2/7 

Title: Dancing in the Dark

Author: Robyn Bavati

Publisher: Flux

Status: Available on February 8th 2013

*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review.

Description:

(by goodreads.com)

He tossed her into the air as if she were weightless, and just for a moment she seemed suspended there, defying gravity. I couldn’t take my eyes off her. I knew what she was feeling. It was in every movement of every limb.
Here was a power I had never seen before, a kind of haunting loveliness I had never imagined. Seeing it made me long for something, I didn’t know what … 
Ditty was born to dance, but she was also born Jewish. When her strictly religious parents won’t let her take ballet lessons, Ditty starts to dance in secret. But for how long can she keep her two worlds apart? And at what cost?
A dramatic and moving story about a girl who follows her dream, and finds herself questioning everything she believes in.

My Review:

This book was hard to read because of all the cringe-worthy moments. I’m serious. As a Jewish person I thought this was a really harsh portrayal. Ditty’s family is part of very strict sect of Judaism which, is in the minority of the spectrum of all Jewish people and communities. If you weren’t Jewish or had a couple of Jewish friends you wouldn’t necessarily know that. It ended up being an okay novel but there were a number of things I had problems with. 

I would have never requested this book up if I had read the description more carefully on NetGalley, but that’s my own error. Why? Religion is a sensitive issue for most of us and I tend to stray away from religious fiction altogether… if anything this is a good study on why Extreme-ism of ANY KIND without room for tolerance is the way to destruction.

The plot line was okay. The narrative was robotic. The overall story made me frustrated and I couldn’t wait to finish this book so I could rid myself of its presence.

Overall score: 1.5-2/7 

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Title: The Mirrored Shard

Author: Caitlin Kittredge

Publisher: Bantam Spectra

Status: Available now 

*full disclosure: Bought

Description: (by goodreads.com) Aoife Grayson must face death to win back Dean—the love who was ripped from the Iron Lands of the living when he was shot in the arctic north. But getting to the Deadlands is something that Aoife can’t do on her own. And if she can find a way there, Tremaine would surely never allow it. He has sworn to keep her in the Thorn Lands, the fairie home of her mother, Nerissa. But Aoife is determined to find her way out. And she has no trouble if that means she has to kill Tremain and his queen to do it.

My Review: I am so frustrated with this book all the characters with the exception of Cal need to get out. I have never been more disappointed with a book/series in all my life. I wanted to pick this book up and throw it against a wall. Kittredge let us down. She did, she combined Science and Magic without it being all about Alchemy. She introduced these complex characters that were at times frustrating but sympathetic and ultimately I was on their side. She introduced these cosmic monster gods which I knew would be what Aoife would have to face. And then she dropped the ball. I don’t know if she just got bored with her own story or if she realized she had too many ideas and couldn’t tie them up in the end but it was a disaster. This was the last book in the trilogy. I’m livid, what was the point of introducing the monster gods if you were never going to use them? The whole resolution was shakey at best, it left so many things unanswered and created more annoying questions that you know will never be answered. I’m so angry, there was almost nothing redeemable about this book, in fact I will go as far as to say there wasn’t anything redeemable about it.

Overall Rating: 1/7

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The Mirrored ShardTitle: The Mirrored ShardAuthor: Caitlin KittredgePublisher: Bantam SpectraStatus: