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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Slave to the Rhythm is not for the faint of heart. It handles intense and sensitive topics like modern slavery and human trafficking which Jane managed to portray in a very realistic way and without any sugarcoating. This book was undoubtedly an emotional rollercoaster of epic proportions. There were some scenes that were very difficult to read and which made my heart clench in pain and my stomach turn into knots. But there were also very beautiful and dreamy ones which made me sigh and smile brightly.
Aljaž "Ash" Novak is a slave to the rhythm - a passionate dancer with body and soul. He finds employment in a big theater in Las Vegas and leaves his home country behind. Ash is full of hope for the future. He wants to do a good job and to impress his boss and colleagues. Soon he will find out the hard way who his employers are and that you don't ask them any questions if you intend to stay alive. Ash's dream will all of a sudden turn into his biggest nightmare leaving him helpless and exposed. But one night a ray of hope will appear on the horizon which will resurrect his battered heart and soul. Can Laney Hennessey's bright light erase the darkness that is surrounding him and make him feel alive again? Is Ash able to offer her anything in return after all the horrible things he went through?
I can't give too much away from the plot because I don't want to spoil this book for you. I highly encourage you to just dive into it and to let yourself drift away.
Jane described the dancing sessions in such a compelling way that I could feel the passion radiating from the pages. I found myself wanting to shake my body to the rhythm along with the characters.
Ash and Laney were absolutely amazing. The hero and heroine of this story were both incredibly strong, two fighters who never gave up no matter what. Laney was so selfless when it came to the people she cared about, including Ash. All the small and big things she did for him made me admire her even more. Ash thought that the only thing he was able to offer a woman like Laney was his body but he was utterly wrong. This man had such a pure heart and was so caring and attentive. Although Laney wasn't happy with her appearance he never saw anything but perfection when he looked at her. It was a pleasure to witness the development of their relationship throughout the book. I was cheering for them since he first laid his eyes on her.
Ash's story is one I will never be able to forget. Experiencing the gut-wrenching journey of this Slovenian dancer who came to the States chasing his dream but found himself instead caught up in a messed up situation he could never have expected has touched my heart deeply. It showed me that life can be cruel and that bad things happen to good people. But one should always bear in mind that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger.
Thank you Jane for another fantastic reading experience that gave me all the feels! I highly recommend this story not only to JHB fans but also new readers who didn't have the pleasure to read any of her books yet. You will not regret it!
Aljaz Novak arrives in Las Vegas from Slovenia on a work visa. He knows something is up when he’s told to hand over his passport and cell phone and get in a van with some other newly-arrived Eastern Europeans.
“I was in a crowded American city, and I’d never felt more alone.” --Aljaz
Aljaz is a titled ballroom-competition dancer, Aljaz has recently lost his dance partner. He is handsome and a very good dancer. He is quite the lady’s man as well, which comes in handy when he eventually needs to come up with some cash. Much to his dismay, Aljaz’ beauty attracts more than just the ladies. While this character is meant to be tragic, I just couldn’t connect or empathize with him.
Laney, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, is visiting Las Vegas with her girlfriends. She’s beautiful, compassionate, and smart. She is also in constant pain, and sometimes requires a wheelchair. I found this brave, independent character likable and believable.
There is quite a cast of secondary characters. Fellow dancers Gary, a flamboyant gay, and Yvette, a Russian dancer, are the most developed. I loved Gary. He is ebullient yet practical. There’s a handful of Russian mobsters who are running all sorts of illegal operations, including human trafficking of Eastern Europeans--hoping to come to America and find success. The Mafiosi are all menacing, terrifying kingpins of crime.
The plot of the story is well paced. While I couldn’t get into the characters, I think many readers will find them empathetic. The Russian mafia story is plausible, and the violence is graphically described. I didn’t feel any chemistry between Laney and Aljaz, however, their budding relationship is believable given that Aljaz needs rescuing and a way to stay in America. Although I know it happens all the time, I was really disappointed with the romanticizing of immigration- fraud.
Overall, Slave to the Rhythm is well written, but the storyline didn’t appeal to me…just a personal preference.
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