Friday, August 19, 2016

#Review: FIRST POSITION by Melissa Brayden

  4 of 5 stars

Have you ever worked your entire life to achieve something only to have it taken away in an instant? Anastasia Mikhelson, a principal dancer with the prestigious City Ballet, is beyond fuming with newcomer, Natalie Federico, a free spirit,  is hired to share a lead role in a new ballet. Natalie had trained with the City Ballet school when she was younger, but quit when she realized that she was not suited to the rigid technique and form needed to become a prima ballerina. Now cast together, these two must learn to meld their styles--Ana's precise technique with Natatlie's passion--and dance like they've never danced before.

From the first day, sparks fly and not in a good way. Ana cannot believe that Natalie threw away a chance to train with City Ballet and yet, here she was being cast as a principal dancer. Life wasn't fair and Ana wants nothing to do with Natalie. I found both characters to be believable and could immerse myself in their world. Ms. Brayden does an excellent job of letting the reader in to each girl's head. While each girl begins to have an effect on each other, I could feel their pain, anguish and triumph. I've loved stories about the world of ballet and "First Position" is a wonderful peek inside this world. No spoilers here--read the book and find out what happens when opposites are thrown together and sparks fly. Recommended.

I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review.

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