Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton 

Shiny Broken Pieces is the sequel to Tiny Pretty Things, and is about students at a highly competitive Ballet school in New York. I found this duology so addictive! I read both books in about 2 days. 

From the blurb:

May the Best Dancer Win

June, Bette, and Gigi have given their all to dance at Manhattan’s most elite ballet school. Now they are competing one final time for a spot at the prestigious American Ballet Company. With the stakes higher than ever, these girls have everything to lose . . . and no one is playing nice.

Ever since June landed the starring role in last year’s performance, she can finally see herself as a prima ballerina. Being the best means making sacrifices, though, and getting what she wants might cost June everything—including the only boy she’s ever loved. 

Legacy dancer Bette is determined to clear her name after she was suspended and accused of hurting her rival, Gigi. But even if she returns, will she ever regain the spotlight she craves? Or has she tarnished the treasured family name forever?

Gigi endured a year of torment from Bette and other dancers who envied her success. It nearly ended her ballet career—and her life—and Gigi is not going to let them go unpunished. But as revenge consumes her, Gigi may be the one who pays the price.

After years of grueling auditions, torn ribbons, and broken hearts, it all comes down to this last dance. Who will make the cut? And who will lose her dream forever?

I’m not sure if I would really call this a sequel, as most of the questions were left unanswered in book one; it’s more like one big story told in 2 parts. If that makes sense.

A few months have passed since the events at the end of Tiny Pretty Things. June now has a boyfriend, Jayhe, and seems to be recovering from her eating disorder. However once she gets back to school she starts to feel the pressure, and doubts whether she has what it takes. Jayhe doesn’t understand June’s commitment to something that he feels is killing her. Will she have to sacrifice love in order to succeed?

Bette was the ringleader of all the bullying in the attacks against Gigi the previous year, and was suspended for pushing her in front of a taxi. Bette’s parents agreed to settle with Gigi to get the scandal to die down, but Bette won’t be allowed onto the premises unless she clears her name.

Gigi can’t get over what happened last year, and decides that she won’t be a victim anymore.  Gigi wants revenge for what Bette and June did to her. She finds an unlikely ally in Cassie, the girl who was subjected to the same bullying as Gigi, until her hip was broken during a prank, and she was sent home. Cassie is back and ready for payback; but will she and Gigi go to far?

All 4 girls will be competing for an apprenticeship at the American Ballet Company, but there are only 2 places available… if you think they were ruthless in the first book just wait and see what happens in the sequel. The book is a knock down, drag out fight from the first page until the very end.

I loved this series so much! It’s so dramatic and soap opera-y.  It makes me remember being a small child obsessed with ballet ( I only took one lesson, as my mum couldn’t afford them, but I continued to read every book I could about ballet). All of the characters undergo personal journeys of discovery. My favourite character is probably June, although I do love Bette’s bitchiness. Gigi completely loses the plot. 
I really hope the series will continue after this book. 

I’m off to watch back to back episodes of Strictly Ballet now.

Cheerio !

Stephani Xxx 

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