First of all thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club, Mmorgan Shamy and The Parliament House for a copy of this book to take part in the blog tour. This in no way influences my opinion or views of the book.
A combination of mystery, ballet, climbing, this book had me interested from the synopsis.
When Megan Van Helsburg gets kicked off the U.S.A. Climbing Team, she has no choice but to return home and leave her climbing career behind. With no coach, no money, and no prospects, she joins the corps de ballet determined to improve her strength and agility. But the ballet theater is in dire straits. Not only do a series of murders break loose, but the ballerinas are becoming deathly thin and brain-dead. As Megan investigates, she meets Bellamy, a tortured young man who lives beneath the depths of the theater. Megan falls hard and fast for Bellamy, who becomes her mentor, but something is off about him.
It isn’t until the company announces they’re doing Giselle for the fall performance that Megan realizes the parallels between the ghost story and the lives around her. Megan must find a way to not only save her climbing career, but balance her feelings for Bellamy, and stop the murders and dying girls before she, too, is numbered among the dead.
The combination of ballet and mystery work really well together in The Redpoint Crux. From the outset you are drawn into the mystery, wanting to know more – a mysterious stranger, a theatre with a chilling past and a main character with doubts and reservations about her family and hometown.
The plot is easy to follow, with the chapters flowing into one another. Two points of view only add to the story, each having a different background and different reasons to be back in Halifax. I love the variety of characters and never seemingly knowing who can be trusted. I loved the growth of Megan/Red as a character through the story and how she overcame her past, her troubles with her family and fond herself in a comfortable place at the end of the story.
I found the ending was a little rushed, but we still got all the answers we needed out of the story. And it was an ending I couldn’t figure out through reading which I really enjoy, because I find if you’re able to figure these things out too early it can ruin the story. This wasn’t the case with this book, as it was able to keep the feeling of mystery throughout.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think it is a fantastic debut. I will definitely read more by Morgan Shamy in the future.
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Happy reading as always and stay safe, Lou x
Morgan Shamy is an ex-ballerina turned YA writer. She is represented by KellyPeterson of Rees Literary Agency. Morgan has been immersed in the arts since the young age of 4, where she trainedunder the tutelage of Julie and Stacey Orlob. She performed various roles alongsidea professional ballet company for over seven years, and has danced on prestigiousstages like soloing at Carnegie Hall in New York City.She has taught hundreds of girls in her fifteen years of teaching, where some of herstudents have received full-ride scholarships to schools like School of American Ballet, the Harid Conservatory, Kirov Academy of Ballet, and Pacific NorthwestBallet, to name a few.
Morgan discovered writing when her three-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer.It was through that experience which instilled the need to share art and magic withchildren through words on the page. Morgan currently lives with her X-Games gold-medalist husband and four children in the cold mountains of Alaska.