Featuring a diverse cast of characters, plenty of gossip, lies, and scandal, Shiny Broken Pieces continues with the soapy drama readers loved in Tiny Pretty Things.
June, Bette, and Gigi 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. June is starting to finally see herself as a prima ballerina. But being the best could mean sacrificing the love of her life. Legacy dancer Bette is determined to clear her name after she was suspended and accused of hurting her rival, Gigi. And Gigi is not going to let Bette—or the other dancers who bullied her—go unpunished. It all comes down to this last dance. Who will make the cut? And who will lose her dream forever?
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Tiny Pretty Things was my favorite guilty pleasure in 2015, so I was very eager to pick up this sequel and find out what was in store for the amazing characters that were introduced in the first novel. I loved the fact that this is truly a sequel! It's not a companion, it's a literal "this is what happens next" story that I greatly appreciated. The diverse cast of characters are all back, still trying to pursue their dancing dreams as they face their senior year and the possibility of earning a coveted apprenticeship. They must decide if college is in their future or dance, and all the same intrigue, bad behavior and intense emotions are back in full force. The authors manage to change things up, giving their bad guys a new dimension that make us see them in a new light, and giving our "good guys" an unexpected dark side.
It's easy to forgive the authors for coming up with more than a few contrived situations that strain credibility when they continue...
Senior year is make or break at ABC. Gigi is back at after being pushed into traffic and almost dying. June is fresh off treatment for her eating disorder. Bette isn't back, suspended for attacking Gigi, desperate to prove her innocence. The dancers are as twisted and backstabby as ever. Even Gigi is determined to give all she received last year.
I enjoyed SHINY BROKEN PIECES, the sequel to TINY PRETTY THINGS even more than the first book. Since we already knew the characters and their backstories, the writers started directly in where TPT finished. I found June and Bette more sympathetic, and Gigi less. Though I understood Gigi's desire to get back at her frenemies, her tactics were dangerous and frightening.
I felt a little sorry to come to the end of the stories of June, Bette and Gigi. Their endings were satisfactory. I can't say much without spoiling.
SHINY BROKEN PIECES is a fun, quick read and will appear to those interested...
The conclusion to the epic Tiny Pretty Things. The book has ballet, drama, diverse characters, and a satisfying resolution to the dramatic ending of TPT. The multi-POV novel gives a look into the struggles and ambitions of the world, competition, and culture of elite ballet, and I love seeing it through the lenses of Gigi, who is black, June, who is Asian, and Bette, who is white. An addicting read--you will tear through this!
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