bright burning starsI haven’t really been a ballet person since I was super little and I’ve never been one who likes reading murder mysteries–I think perhaps there’s some irony in the fact that I loved Criminal Minds–and with those two facts, it seems pretty clear that Bright Burning Stars by A. K. Small really isn’t a book for me. There’s all this intrigue about best friends working hard to join a prestigious ballet group and then a body is found in the dorms. Clearly, the competition for this thing is fierce, though I have my own suspicions that it might not have been one of the girls who murdered the student.

Either way, I don’t intend to find out since this book really just isn’t my thing.

Best friends Marine Duval and Kate Sanders have trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School since childhood, where they’ve formed an inseparable bond forged by respective family tragedies and a fierce love for dance. When the body of a student is found in the dorms just before the start of their final year, Marine and Kate begin to ask themselves what they would do to win the ultimate prize: to be the one girl selected to join the Opera’s prestigious corps de ballet. Would they die? Cheat? Seduce the most talented boy in the school, dubbed the Demigod, hoping his magic would make them shine, too? Neither girl is sure.

But then Kate gets closer to the Demigod, even as Marine has begun to capture his heart. And as selection day draws near, the competition—for the prize, for the Demigod—becomes fiercer, and Marine and Kate realize they have everything to lose, including each other.

In Bright Burning Stars, debut author A. K. Small pens a stunning, propulsive story about girls at their physical and emotional extremes, the gutting power of first love, and what it means to fight for your dreams.

Does Bright Burning Stars seem like a book you might be interested in reading? What are your thoughts on the murdered girl? The ballet aspect? The competition? The friendship between the two girls? Will you be adding it to your TBR or nah? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

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