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Pointe of No Return: A Dani Spevak Mystery Paperback – June 11, 2012
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But dance and writing have remained a part of her life. Amanda was a member of the ballroom dance team at Duke University, and continues this interest by her obsession with Dancing with the Stars, so it was only natural for her to set a teen mystery series at a dance school.
Amanda is a two-time finalist for Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart® Award. She is also a popular conference presenter, speaking on basic copyright and trademark law for writers. You can learn more about Amanda at www.amandabrice.net.
Top Customer Reviews
This series seems to be much more of a school days/girlfriends/romance effort than a mystery series, but that's O.K. because it does what it does very well. Our heroine, Dani Spevak, is a talented ballet student at Mountain Shadows, a performing arts boarding school. She has friends, enemies, and frenemies. She has a sort of boyfriend, who is an actor on the verge of stardom. She has to stress about school, her boyfriend, her career, and her love life. Every now and then she stumbles across a crime victim and finds herself in the middle of another mystery. This mysteries are almost just an excuse to keep the book moving, but they are getting a bit more complex and interesting as the series progresses, and the mystery in this volume is better than most.
Dani is an engaging protagonist. She is a combination of talent, confidence and vulnerability. She is a reliable narrator with a self-deprecating sense of humor. She has not been created with a lot of quirks or with any burdensome backstory, (this isn't "Black Swan"), so the whole impression she leaves is fresh and spirited.
This very comfortable vibe is complemented by the fact that her friends are catty, but funny-catty and talking trash for laughs and giggles. Even the bad guy mean girls are "mean light", in that their comments aren't deep and don't score. I'm not a fan of the mean girls books where the emotional damage being handed out is uncomfortably real.Read more ›
I thought the eating disorder part was very important and necessary for a book about the dance world, but Amanda Brice handled it well and helps to show that a healthy body image is so important.
The writing was funny and the plot was suspeneful. I can't wait for the next!
I'm glad I did. Dani Spevak is a typical young teen (extraordinary dance skills aside). She's a freshman at a nationally recognized dance school in Arizona, a boarding school where the kids have a grueling academic, as well as arts schedule. Tryouts are on for the Nutcracker production, and although good, Dani realizes that this first year, she'll probably be assigned a snowflake role. Imagine her surprise when she discovers she's an understudy to the Sugar Plum Fairy role, and the dreaded diva Hadley Turner. It's a great honor to be an understudy to the lead, especially as a Freshman, but since she's been given no other role, Dani will work hard for the production and never make it on stage. Unless, that is, something happens to Hadley. Hadley vanishes, and Dani enthusiastically begins investigating her disappearance, as much because she loves amateur detective work as to clear her name as a suspect.
The plot is nicely put together, and everything moves along at a steady pace. There is a bit of a love interest, and a whole host of friends and frenemies. This book is written from the point of view of a 14 year old, and not an adult stuck into a young body. The language, the tone, the thought process is absolutely true to the age of the heroine. That's a skilled bit of writing on Brice's part. I've got a 15 year old son, teen nieces, and since I horseback ride, I hang out at the stable with a lot of teenage girls. Teens are desperately trying to find themselves, and their place in a competitive and fast moving society.Read more ›
I don't belong to the intended audience for this book, but I thought it was a cute story. I am fond of ballet since I went to ballet lessons when I was about 5 years old. Dani is a hormone-driven teenager that loves investigating mysteries as much as she loves dancing. So when her arch-enemy, Hadley, disappears, she cannot do another thing but try to discover what happened to her. Meet Dany in this fast-paced adventure and learn more about life in a boarding School for the Arts.
I found the ending totally predictable, and I even guessed who was behind Hadley's kidnapping, but maybe it is just because this book is not intended to be read by adults, but teenagers. Notwithstanding, it's an easy read that can keep you entertained if you are looking for a fresh new book to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really liked it and would totally recommend if you love dance or mystery! I enjoyed it a lot
I loved the ballet parts. I am a bit too old for some of this book, and I didn't like the snarky comments about the sheriff, they were completely unnecessary, and, in my opinion,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by hjr
I think that the book was good had good things I hope that you think that the book Is goodPublished on January 17, 2014 by Emma
If you like mysteries, then this is the book for you. It's funny and teaches a good lesson. I laughted out loud!Published on March 11, 2013
If you like to dance and like mysteries, then this is the book for you. It's fun, funny, and has a great twist ending. I hope Dani gets together with Craig. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013
I really like all the stories in this series. Really suspeneful, with a touch of romance. Amand aBrice is a good writer. Try it, you won't be dissapointed!Published on February 2, 2013
A really fun book, with a great twist at the end. I read a lot of mysteries, and didn't see it coming. The character is Dani is easy to relate to, and very funny.Published on February 1, 2013
This YA book was one of my favorites in a group I was given to review for Read2Review. It was very easy to slip into and enjoy the ballet and mystery as well as a little love... Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by Read2Review