Behind Barres and Tackle Your TBR Readathon Updates

Behind Barres by Miriam Wenger-Landis, Amanda Brice, Leslie DuBois

Behind Barres

Publication date: September 14th 2013

Publisher: self published

Number of pages: 646

Series: N/A (but each of the books in the bind-up have sequels)

Source: Copy in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.

Date finished: 16th September 2013


 Goodreads synopsis:

Talent means nothing without desire…

The dance world takes center stage in this limited-time collection of three full-length novels by popular young adult authors.

“Offers an inside view on professional dancer training.” – The Salt Lake Tribune

“It reminded me so much of my childhood, and I have no doubt this would have been my favorite series.” – Broadway actress/dancer Cara Cooper (Jersey Boys)

“It’s beautiful, serious, funny, sad, and happy. It’s everything I want in a novel.” – The Bookscape Report



Here is what I love about bind-ups like Behind Barres: you get to experience the work and writing styles of different authors – all in the same book!

So since there are three stories, I’m going to talk a little about each of them:

Girl in Motion by Miriam Wenger-Landis
I enjoyed it. Girl in Motion kind of reminded me of a dancing show on TV that I really used to like, so that was a nice surprise. I thought that there was a pretty good idea behind the story and a couple of twists here and there. As a character, I geniunely liked Anna.

Codename: Dancer by Amanda Brice
I have to say that Codename: Dancer was definitely my favourite idea wise. For some reason, I have always enjoyed books based on reality TV, so this one called out to me. While that was great, I kind of was a bit disappointed to find out that I had actually guessed the ‘saboteur correctly’. I think mystery novels really need unpredictability on their side to be complete.

Queen Bee of Bridgeton
There was a major twist in this one that I did not see coming. Thinking back, I’m not sure how I did’t but I was pretty impressed. I really liked this one, the characters were pretty prominent. Overall, I really enjoyed.

My favourite of the three was probably Queen Bee of Bridegton. While I really enjoyed all three of these stories, I really liked each of them as standalones. Instead of picking up their sequels, I might pass because I feel as though I was quite content with the way they all ended.

Stories in Behind Barres would appeal to fans of So You Think You Can Dance, dancers themselves and people who are looking for a bit of a change when it comes to character background. I rated each book and added them together, then averaged them to come up with a rating of…

3/5 stars!

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Tackle Your TBR Readathon Update


Books read – 10! (Three more than my goal! Technically I have read 12 though, if you count the bind-up as separate books)

Number of pages read – 2931

Just finished – This Is What Happy Looks Like

Currently reading – Eat, Brains, Love

Up next – Wintergirls


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