by Celeste Conway
for adults and teens
“A perfect combination of
romance and horror.”
- Lois Duncan. author of “Stranger with My Face and I Know What You Did Last Summer”.
“…wherever they were, these willow--‐tree girls, so lovely in their dresses with the wispy rosebuds in their hair, unlovely things happened and boys were hurt.”
Accidents happen. But they happen more often when the beautiful ballet dancers return each year to Ocean Watch. Yet Harley, home from college for summer break, can’t resist the delicate Cassandra. A magical interlude begins, as bewitching as any romantic ballet. As the weeks go on, however, Harley watches Cassandra change. Obsessed with her role in the tragically haunting ballet Giselle, intensely attached to the other ballerinas, and deeply devoted to the darkly glamorous Madame Ravenska, Cassandra begins to decompose. When Harley at last uncovers the truth about what is really going on, it may be too late to save her. Will he even be able to save himself?
“There are sentences and paragraphs so hauntingly evocative, you will want to read them two or three times . . . The story moves as gracefully and tragically as the ballet itself.”!
Hardcover: 252 pages
Publisher: Merit Press (January 2, 2015)
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“For those who like their ballet books with a touch of mystery and horror, Unlovely is a very enjoyable book. The writing is outstanding! There are sentences and paragraphs that are so hauntingly evocative you will want to read them two or three times. The story takes place in a New England ocean village with a fancy ballet summer school on the outskirts. The problem is that if any male (dancer or towny) breaks a ballerina's heart, he ends up in a serious and sometimes fatal accident. Giselle is the ballet school’s summer performance and the storyline follows that plot. It is a fun, fascinating read. The story moves as gracefully, beautifully and tragically as the ballet itself. If you finish, and want more, it feels like the first book of a series. For ages 11 and up.”