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Bright Burning Stars: Blog Tour

Bright Burning Stars: Blog Tour

I am so excited to be a part of another Blog Tour with Algonquin Books & Algonquin Young Readers!


Bright Burning Stars

by A.K. Small

Published May 21st 2019

RATING: ★★★★

4 out of 5 stars


Best friends Marine Duval and Kate Sanders have trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School since childhood, where they’ve formed an inseparable bond forged by respective family tragedies and a fierce love for dance. When the body of a student is found in the dorms just before the start of their final year, Marine and Kate begin to ask themselves what they would do to win the ultimate prize: to be the one girl selected to join the Opera’s prestigious corps de ballet. Would they die? Cheat? Seduce the most talented boy in the school, dubbed the Demigod, hoping his magic would make them shine, too? Neither girl is sure.

But then Kate gets closer to the Demigod, even as Marine has begun to capture his heart. And as selection day draws near, the competition—for the prize, for the Demigod—becomes fiercer, and Marine and Kate realize they have everything to lose, including each other.


Pages: 304

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Series? No, I believe it is a standalone.

** I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher.

Advanced Praise:

“Debut author Small, herself a dancer, brings authenticity (fascinating day-to-day details abound) to what it takes to flourish or wither amid the soaring highs and crushing lows of a competitive dance school while sensitively exploring the girls’ many emotional and physical extremes… Addictive, angst-y, and heartfelt.” Kirkus Reviews

“The fascinating, competitive ballet world may get the YA novel it deserves with Bright Burning Stars, a hyped debut set to publish next year…Pitched as an immersive, propulsive story into the world of ballet, Bright Burning Stars is also notable for the way it tackles sensitive topics such as mental illness and eating disorders.” – Entertainment Weekly

Bright Burning Stars is the compulsively readable story. I was breathless and battling tears up until the very last stunning turns onstage and beyond. A dazzling, heart-wrenching debut.” —Nova Ren Suma, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Walls Around Us

About the book:

In Bright Burning Stars, debut author A. K. Small pens a stunning, propulsive story about girls at their physical and emotional extremes, the gutting power of first love, and what it means to fight for your dreams.

About the author:

A.K. Small was born in Paris. At five years old, she began studying classical dance with the legendary Max Bozzoni, then later with Daniel Franck and Monique Arabian at the famous Académie Chaptal. At thirteen, she moved to the United States where she danced with the Pacific Northwest Ballet for one summer in Seattle and with the Richmond Ballet Student Company for several years. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary and has an MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing, she spends time with her husband, her puppy, and her three daughters, and practices yoga. Bright Burning Stars is her first novel.


My Review of Bright Burning Stars: 

I read this book in two sittings! I was immediately pulled into the world of dance, and I was so intrigued by the characters.

This book was about friendships and heartache. It is beautifully written and makes you feel so many emotions as you follow two friends through their journey in the ballet world. 

A spectacular read that leaves you sitting in bed with tears running down your face!

Packed with emotion, good pacing and rich characters.

Some reviewers are saying that this book is a bit dark and graphic, but what I think the author is trying to portray is how dark and graphic the world of dance and ballet can really be.

Warning: There was unwanted teenage pregnancy, and some other aspects of the book that may not be suitable for young readers.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about ballet and friendships being put to the test.

I hope you enjoyed reading about this new release!


Sarah June


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