Book Review + Giveaway: Hope by Grier Cooper (Blog Tour)

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I am happy to be today’s stop at Hope Blog Tour.
I really enjoyed reading this novel and I want to say thanks to Dancing Poodle Press for providing me a digital copy of this book and to Giselle from Xpresso Tours for giving me this opportunity.

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Hope by Grier Cooper
(Indigo Ballet Series, #2)
Publication date: April 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adulthope

Synopsis:
Indigo is living the life she’s always imagined at the famed New York School of Ballet. Or is she? Although she hopes she’ll be chosen for the company, her ballet teachers aren’t talking and their silence is confusing.

When Indigo is singled out for a coveted solo she feels her dreams are finally within reach, until she finds out she’s dancing with Felipe Gonzalez, the school’s smolderingly hot rising star. In the days that follo
w, Indigo questions everything she thought was true and finds herself making surprising choices.

After a fateful piece of paper reveals the truth, Indigo must ask herself the hardest question of all: can she take control of her own future to create the life she wants?

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My Review: 

In this, second book in the Indigo Dreams series, our main protagonist, a 17 years old Indingo, is not in Connecticut anymore.
She lives in New York where she goes to School of American Balet.

She has a lot going on. She’s trying to be the best dancer she could possible be. In order to reach her goal, she has to overcome some challenges that are standing on her way. Above that, she has to make piece with herself and learn how to deal with situations she finds herself in.
Like every teenager, she has a lot of going on in her personal life too.

This is the story of a young girl who’s trying to live up to her dream, but it is also a story of growing up, finding the streinght in yourself and coming of age.

Although this is the second book in the series, it could easily be read as a standalone.

The character cast is totally different from the one in the first book. The only character that is present in both books is Indigo. Others just got some mention and that is it.

I liked the first book in the series, but I liked this one even more.
Maybe I got used to the writing style, maybe I found the characters I met in this novel to be better, or maybe I just liked this period of Inigo’s life more.

This book does not deal with serious topics as it’s prequel, but it still tells the story about important things.

The writing style is pretty simple and I finished this book faster then I tought I would.

Now, when I read both books in the series, I can say that Indigo really grew on me.

Even though this book ended with the full circle closed, I would’n mind reading about Indigo again.
If the author decides to write another book in Indigo Dreams series, I’ll be glad to pick it up.

This book doesn’t have special quotes, it does not have moments you’d like to remember after you finish the story, it does not leave you breathless, but it does give you one thing: a comfortable feeling all the time you’re reading it.
Once again, I had a feeling I was watching a good teenage drama on TV and it felt like home.

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Giveaway

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • e-book copy of “WISH”, book #1 of the Indigo Ballet Series and a $10 Amazon giftcard

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About the Author:

Grier began ballet lessons at age five and left home at fourteen to study at the School of American Ballet in New York. She has performed on three out of seven continents with companies such as San Francisco Ballet, Miami CityAuthorPhotoSm2014 Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, totaling more than thirty years of experience as a dancer, teacher and performer.

Her work has been praised as “poignant and honest” with “emotional hooks that penetrate deeply.” She writes and blogs about dance in the San Francisco Bay Area and has interviewed and photographed a diverse collection dancers and performers including Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman, Glen Allen Sims and Jessica Sutta. She is the author of Build a Ballerina Body and The Daily Book of Photography.

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Book Review: Wish by Grier Cooper

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Title: Wish
Series: Indigo Dreams (#1)
Author: Grier Cooper
Publisher: Dancing Poodle Press
Date: December 2nd, 2014
Pages: 303
Format: eARC
Source: From Publisher, for a review

 

Synopsis (from Goodreads): 

For Indigo Stevens, ballet classes at Miss Roberta’s ballet studio offer the stability and structure that are missing from her crazy home life. At almost 16, she hopes this is the year she will be accepted into the New York School of Ballet so she can begin her ballet dance career. First she must prove she’s ready, and that means ignoring Jesse Sanders, the cute boy with dimples who is definitely at the top of Miss Roberta’s List of Forbidden Things for Dancers.

But Jesse is the least of Indigo’s concerns. When she discovers her mom is an alcoholic, it simultaneously explains everything and heaps more worry on Indigo’s shoulders. As her mom’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Indigo fights to maintain balance, protect her younger brothers from abuse, and keep her mother from going over the edge. But life with an alcoholic parent is unpredictable. When the violence at home escalates, Indigo realizes she can no longer dance around the issue. At the risk of losing everything, she must take matters into her own hands before it’s too late.

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Review:

Ever since I was a little girl, I looked upon ballet dancers, admiring them and dreaming about becoming a ballerina when I grow up. Their beauty and the way they could use their body in such a wonderful, almost unhuman way made me appreciate them ever since I remember.

Unfortunately, I grew up in town where there were no ballet classes and my dream about becoming a ballet dancer stayed just a dream, but my love and appreciation for the same stayed with me.

I still love to watch ballet documetaries, movies and even though I don’t have many opportunities to do so, I enjoy watching live ballet performances.

Having said all that, I find it pretty odd that I haven’t read a book about ballet dancer until now.

I am not going to lie – first thing that grabbed my attention is this gorgeous cover. I mean, just look at it! Whoever designed such a beautiful cover deserves an award!

Wish follows Indigo, a girl with big dreams and broken family.
I couldn’t help but fall in love with her. She was strong but vulnerable at the same time, and my heart was broken when I saw the situation she found herself in.

This story is about ballet and wishing upon a dream, and I think everyone who likes those kind of stories – about dreamers who’d like to make something bigger with their tallent, would like it.

But there is more about this story – it covers a pretty serious topic, and that is alcoholism. It covers it in a realistic way.
Because of that, I think you should be aware of it’s potentially triggering effect.

The story is written in first person, in present tense. Because of that, it is an easy and fast read and those who tend to read fast, will probably finish it in one sitting.

The feeling I had the whole time while I was reading this novel was like I was watching a good teen drama TV show.
I really like it and somehow I even dare to say that this book took me to place that I missed visiting and I didn’t even know it.

The end left me satisfied and I am looking forward to see how the story’s going to continue.

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