Shiny Broken Pieces

Shiny Broken Pieces May the best dancer win June Bette and Gigi have given their all to dance at Manhattan s most elite ballet school Now they are competing one final time for a spot at the prestigious American Ballet

  • Title: Shiny Broken Pieces
  • Author: Sona Charaipotra Dhonielle Clayton
  • ISBN: 9780062342423
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Hardcover
  • May the best dancer win.June, Bette, and Gigi have given their all to dance at Manhattan s most elite ballet school Now they are competing one final time for a spot at the prestigious American Ballet Company With the stakes higher than ever, these girls have everything to lose and no one is playing nice.Ever since June landed the starring role in last year s performance,May the best dancer win.June, Bette, and Gigi have given their all to dance at Manhattan s most elite ballet school Now they are competing one final time for a spot at the prestigious American Ballet Company With the stakes higher than ever, these girls have everything to lose and no one is playing nice.Ever since June landed the starring role in last year s performance, she can finally see herself as a prima ballerina Being the best means making sacrifices, though, and getting what she wants might cost June everything including the only boy she s ever loved.Legacy dancer Bette is determined to clear her name after she was suspended and accused of hurting her rival, Gigi But even if she returns, will she ever regain the spotlight she craves Or has she tarnished the treasured family name forever Gigi endured a year of torment from Bette and other dancers who envied her success It nearly ended her ballet career and her life and Gigi is not going to let them go unpunished But as revenge consumes her, Gigi may be the one who pays the price.After years of grueling auditions, torn ribbons, and broken hearts, it all comes down to this last dance Who will make the cut And who will lose her dream forever

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    1. This is my year. This is my turn. I’ll be the lead soloist. I’ll be chosen for the company. I’ll do whatever it takes.Such a wonderful end to the dark series that gives us a glimpse into the competitive world of ballet. I cannot praise this series enough for it’s diversity. And that’s aside from the fierce, cut-throat ballerinas. The real-life issues such as eating disorders, coming out, drug abuse, racism, bullying, etc. & the engrossing drama.Summer has passed sinceTiny Pretty Th [...]

    2. And I read this why???*sigh*The first book in this duology was not to my liking at all. But it left unanswered questions I wanted to know if there was a point to certain events. I wanted to see if negative behaviours on the part of some of the male characters would be called to attention. I wanted to see if the female characters would ever develop into believable multi-layered ballerinas I wanted to understand the reasons behind the actions of the characters from book one. And it was all a waste [...]

    3. Shiny Broken Pieces stole my heart. This book easily becomes my favorite read of 2016 as if there’s any other competition. One of the things that set this story apart from its peers is the non-glamorization portrayal of unlikable heroines. There’s savagery. We get to see them make bad decisions, get messy. There are times you’d question their intent and sincerity. There is a rawness, but we also get to see them stiched themselves back again. We need to normalize this narrative in YA or in [...]

    4. 4.5 Stars! This is so close to perfection for me!Trigger warnings for Eating Disorders and SuicideAfter I finished reading Tiny Pretty Things I was desperately wanting to finish this duology. I adored the first book and was eagerly and highly anticipating the final book. It did not disappoint me at all!The story pretty much picks up where the first book ended, if you was expecting a nicer version with no more bullying in this book, well don't. This time round it's as though this is had done a co [...]

    5. These books are twisty and fun, but not sure a second book added much new to the story. Putting Cassie in the mix was a (welcome) new element, but -- and maybe it was reading these back to back -- 800+ pages total of mean girls/pranks/bullying/ballet/boy drama/descriptions of each others' perfect faces and bodies started to be a bit much. By the end I'd had enough of these characters and was happy to break out of the claustrophobic world of the American Ballet Company academy. Read more of my re [...]

    6. This is my year. This is my turn. I’ll be the lead soloist. I’ll be chosen for the company. I’ll do whatever it takes. I didn't think it could get more intense than it's predecessor, butShiny Broken Piecesis shocking and kept me on my toes. (Yes, I snuck in a ballet pun)June was my favorite, Gigi never grabbed me as a character. Bette was the girl everyone loves to hate. Their stories were definitely a worthwhile read.

    7. Actual rating 3.5 I talked my feelings out with Aali who is queen btw but still genuinely not sure how I feel about this. For me, June was the only character worthy of having her own chapters. Everyone else was pure bitching and being cruel to each other. June was different, she did do some awful things (because let's be real who didn't in this series) but there was a lot more substance to her.I also think that the authors desperately wanted some morally grey characters but it just didn't work. [...]

    8. I am so sad to see this duology end, but here’s the thing.  This book, like its prequel, has diversity at the forefront.  Not only that, it has diverse authors.  The way Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces have been written make me feel like these are authors who know what they’re talking about, know what issues they’ve addressed, maybe even personally gone through some of these problems.  This isn’t research in these books—it’s their own life and their own hearts.  And [...]

    9. Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.Last year I read Tiny Pretty Things and it became an instant favourite. I was patiently eagerly awaiting Shiny Broken Pieces. It did not disappoint, and I found myself immersed in the lives of the Bette, June and Gigi once again. Spoilers ahead for Tiny Pretty Things.Shiny Broken Pieces picks up at the beginning of the new school year. Gigi is still recovering from her accident but she is determined to prove that she still has [...]

    10. I loved the first one but Shiny Broken Pieces is on a whole other level. It's everything I wanted from this series and more.Every character is fully fleshed out. In this duology the side characters are better developed than in most trilogies I've read.Can we talk about the character development? These girls have grown so much.There's Giselle "Gigi" Stewart, the ballerina who wants revenge - and finds an ally in Cassie Lucas, but they might be after the wrong person, and their friendship might be [...]

    11. "Better, faster, stronger, payback"What a fabulous ending. Truly, in the theme of the series - we got to see the ugliest side of everyone. The twist and turns - the plots and revenge. This last year in the dancer's lives were all about change. And this last year defined each of them - as it was the final person they were when they auditioned for the final step - The Ballet Company. Only 2 girls and 2 boys go each year - and the year before there wasn't enough talent and no one went. It's a tough [...]

    12. This book was amazing. The character development is spot on and it does a great job of making you feel like you're in NYC, dancing with the others. I love how character roles are switched, making you feel different things for people you hated in the first book. Gigi was my favorite character in both books, but I love how much of a slow-burn June's character development was. I didn't care for her in the first book, I thought she was mean and aloof, but that completely changed for me in the second [...]

    13. Inferior to the first — full of bitterness with less tension and character growth, losing all the charm that made Tiny Pretty Things sparkle. Bette was the sole diamond in a sea of cubic zirconia.Disappointed.

    14. Oh my god I need like NINE MORE BOOKS. It's so intense and brilliant and there's all this PASSION. Gah. So good.

    15. I have had this book on my TBR since I found out they were making a sequel to Tiny Pretty Things. I absolutely adored the first book and the cutthroat world we were introduced to that is Ballet. I’m still wondering whether ballet is really that competitive and whether dancers are actually that bad - because it is kind of scary! I loved this book and I loved the difference we could see in all the characters! We also got to know Cassie - who probably deserved what she got from the people around [...]

    16. I gave both this and the first book -- Tiny Pretty Things -- the same rating, so this is basically a review of both books. I'm a sucker for any kind of competitive dance story, especially ballet. Also, I love melodrama. Which is a good thing, because wow, there was quite a bit of it in this series. It occasionally went a little OTT, and at times I think that took away from the story, but save one major issue I found it an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. I loved the diverse cast of characters [...]

    17. Shiny Broken Pieces kicks off at the start of the last school year and everyone is trying very hard to make sure they are at the top. Some things I forgot about while reading this because it's been a while since I've read Tiny Pretty Things, but I really enjoyed the drama and the pranks that have been pulled. I think this was much more to the point and straightforward than the first book. It appeared more polished and intriguing. The ending did feel a bit rushed and I feel like one character sho [...]

    18. (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)“This is my year. This is my turn. I’ll be the lead soloist. I’ll be chosen for the company. I’ll do whatever it takes.”This was a YA contemporary story about a group of dancers studying at the American Ballet Company.I felt quite sorry for Bette in this story, it wasn’t her fault what happened to Gigi, and it was unfair the way she was made to take the blame, es [...]

    19. 3.75 stars. It really is satisfying to read a book that ends a series for all of the characters involved so definitively. I definitely felt that way about SHINY BROKEN PIECES, as it allows readers to reconnect with Bette, June and Gigi and to see how each of their stories plays out. It's definitely still messed up, and it's still over the top, but it was also just so compelling and a lot of fun to read. Glad I picked this one up and that I saw their saga through till the end ;)

    20. While I found this book enjoyable, I did not enjoy this one as much as the first. I find the characterization strong in both but found this one meandered too much and lacked focus. This one had a better pace than the first but still felt repetitive. I do recommend this for anyone who loves ballet like me and enjoys reading YA set in that world.

    21. If you thought what these girls did to each other in Tiny Pretty Things were bad, wait until you read Shiny Broken Pieces! The stakes are higher than ever at the American Ballet Company. Bette, Gigi, and June are in their final year at the prestigious dance school. Well, Gigi and June are. Bette has been suspended, but she's desperate to prove her innocence, be allowed back, and then audition for the Spring performance of Swan Lake. But in her spot is the newly returned Cassie, and she just migh [...]

    22. The sequel to Tiny Pretty Things was fun and entertaining. It was interesting to see Cassie added to the cast of characters this time around. You have a lot of the same dirty pranks like last time, but this time you see both Cassie and Gigi wanting to get revenge on those that hurt them. I didn't like this as much as the first book, but still really enjoyed this one. It really shows the cutthroat competitive nature of this ballet school. So far this is supposed to be the final book in the series [...]

    23. The Book: Holy. Hell. This book is downright scary at times. If you thought Tiny Pretty Things was shocking, you're in for a sweet surprise. Shiny Broken Pieces is a total thrill ride. The "pranks" aren't just cruel little games anymore. They're brutal threats, far more dangerous and vicious than anything we've seen before. Things that aren't just career-ruining, but life-ruining. And this time, ALL the girls are guilty.The Plot: (MINOR SPOILERS)"The higher you rise, the harder you fall."Because [...]

    24. There is just something about these little black swans that makes me want more. I was really happy with the endings the authors gave to our three main characters. Each of them experienced a lot of growth, and they all moved towards a better version of themselves. I also really appreciated us knowing where they ended up, and get that peek into their futures. Additionally, I like that there is the possibility of more. The ending could definitely be a set up for a spinoff, following some of our fav [...]

    25. Ultimate guilty pleasure, as was the first one.Of course this series has flaws. Glaring ones. And this second book suffered with them a little more noticeably even. I still devoured it, because it was impossible to put down.The ending was a little too neat (and I literally called all of it) and some of the characters developed in strange ways throughout the story. Still an enjoyable summer read that doesn't require you to use your brain too much.

    26. Ballerinas are INTENSE!! I really enjoyed the first one in this series and the second was just as good! I love books about dance and getting to see inside that world. Lots of drama and some beautiful imagery. So happy I finally got my hands on it! Great Read!

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