Wednesday, May 14, 2014

TOUR STOP: Black Adagio

ISBN: 1468078038
Pages: 488
Source: Reading Addition Book Tours

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Melissa Solange is presented the chance of a lifetime. Chosen as a member of a new dance company, she works tirelessly perfecting the one element of ballet she's never mastered ... the adagio. As she rehearses, a dark force watches. It has been resurrected by the surprise addition of a classic ballet to the repertoire. The sinister work is thought to be cursed, destroying anyone that attempts to dance it. When the production's lead dancers begin to disappear, the old warning is taken more seriously. A death worshiping cult called the Innocents is blamed, but she is not so sure. They may be the scapegoat for an ultimate evil living in the woods of Holybrook. Desperate for an answer, she searches for what lurks in the shadows of the old trees before she becomes the next victim of the Dance Macabre.

Hello everybody! Welcome to my tour stop of Black Adagio by Wendy Potocki. This tour was hosted by Reading Addiction Book Tours and don't forget to check out the rest of the stop but clicking the banner above! :)

Black Adagio takes place at a spooky dance school, a couple miles away from the small down of Holybrook, completely surrounded by woods. Melissa Solange is our MC and a girl with enormous potential as a ballet dancer. Confident in her skills, she's sure that she'll adapt easily into the routine of school and that she'll prove herself to her broken family back home that she can dance. Melissa, also known is Missy meets a couple besties, an archnemisis, a potential boyfriend, and a crazy mean old ballet teacher. Suddenly, life gets a whole lot complicated when her archnemisis, Zoey, tells the spooky tale about a death worshiping cult named the Innocents who many believe are responsible for the disappearance of Barbara Moore.

Black Adagio was a really suspenseful and intriguing story from the start. I loved the creepy writing and spooky setting, as well as the haunting story of the cult that congregated in the woods surround the dance school. I went into this story with super high hopes and I guess a portion of those hopes were fulfilled. Black Adagio is definitely a creepy book, not super scary like a Stephen King novel, but it's got a fair share of creepiness.

One of my biggest problems with this book was Melissa aka Missy. I tried so hard to connect with her, but every attempt fell a tad bit flat. She was so consumed by her past, her rage at her past, and most of all jealousy. Missy denies it throughout the entire book and I actually believed for most of it that she wasn't completely dominated by the green monster. Yet at the end, it becomes so apparent that her main motivation was jealousy. That fact just made her just a flat character to me and really bummed me out.

What I did like about her as a character was how she defied expectations. I'm going to try to say this without putting any major spoilers. We all know how Black Adagio ends right? There's evil and there's good, and good conquers evil. Well, that is completely right WRONG. The ending of Black Adagio crumpled my expectations and threw them into the flames. Now that I said that, you're all going to expect it, I'm sorry, but I had to mention it. The book went completely against the norm which I guess is good, but I was so surprised, I'll admit I did get pretty annoyed when I first finished it. Now looking back, it was definitely a good plot twist. :)

Overall, Black Adagio is a pretty interesting and suspenseful read. I'll admit that I wasn't too happy with Melissa and up to now, she still bugs me big time. But the general story is super intriguing and definitely worth a go!

Wendy Potocki lives and writes in NYC. If that isn't scary enough, she writes in the genre of horror. She feels creating good horror is an art form. She religiously devotes herself to pursuing it over hill and dale – and in the crevices of her keyboard.
Named one of the Top Ten “New” Horror Authors by Horror Novel Review, she has seven self-published novels. Book trailers for her many works may be found on her official website: Her newest frightmare is Thrill. It’s a non-stop chillfest and has been attracting a lot of attention. Her next planned projects are The Witch’s Stone, The Virgin, and ZaSo, a Gothic tale of horrow. Please subscribe for updates and giveaway information.

In her spare time, she loves to go for long walks, drink Starbucks Apple Chai Lattes, make devotional offerings to her cat named Persephone and be stilled by the grace, beauty, and magic of ballet.

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