Saturday, June 15, 2013

Blog Tour: Review: Bittersweet

Title - Bittersweet
Author - Kathy Petrakis
Series - Dancers & Divas
Genre - YA/NA
Format - Ebook
Published - April 28th 2013
Publisher - Antartis Publishers


The second book in Dancers and Divers series 

Can secrets stay hidden forever? Can people really change? Are some mistakes unforgivable? 

As Elena and Sebastian embark on a fresh start, will Letitia keep his secret, or will she use it to destroy them? 

As Veronika falls in love, Frankie is out of rehab and trying to make amends, but will it last for either of them? 

Meanwhile, as Anya is torn between loyalty to her Nana and love for Darius, could Darius fall for the new temptress, Rosa? With her stunning looks, her powerful, sensual dancing and her desire to seduce, she has everyone nervous but what secret is she hiding? 

Continue the roller-coaster journey with your favorite characters as they try to survive junior year at the country’s top performing arts school. 

“There is drama, stress and anger all wrapped up in a neat bow just waiting to be unleashed.” 
“.. at first, it felt like I was reading a new version of Step Up 2... LOVE... then it merged into a little Glee... then it merged with Center Stage... then in the midst of it all was the Gossip Girl...” 
“It is extremely well written, and the plot is very engaging. I couldn't put it down..”


I received Bittersweet in return for an honest review from the author as part of the blog tour. Bittersweet is the second book in the Dancers and Divas series. The second books starts not long after the end of the first book where the teens from Montacrue are back to pay tribute to one of their own a talented composer. After everything that’s happened over the last year the group is hoping for a fresh start like Elena and Sebastian who have finally realized they want to be together. Frankie is dealing with being a alcoholic, Anya is still dating Darius against her grandmother's wishes and Veronika is working on her writing even creating a sitcom.

However Elena and Sebastian’s happiness is short lived with Letitia lets loose a secret that rips the happy couple apart.  New love interests come into play like the geeky film maker, or the new ballet dancer, the new lead in Veronica’s bad or the new dancer who has it in for all the guys at school even those with girlfriends. Elena and Rosa constantly butt heads because while Elena needs to work really hard at all her dancing it all comes naturally to Rosa. As junior year progresses all of them will be tested friendships lost, some gained, lives changed forever.

I love Elena she’s very passionate about succeeding as a dancer and I respect her drive to be the best she can. I'm still rooting for her and Sebastian, so maybe one day they both will figure it out. I think the supporting characters are interesting they each have their own unique personalities that enhance the story. I love that the author gives us a little insight into each of their lives it’s almost like reading a soap opera. My heart goes out to Anya I just want to tell her it’s going to be ok, she’s so sweet, I just love her to death. I feel so connected to the character’s the story plays with my emotional heartstrings from happy to super sad.

I was super excited when the author invited me to be a part of her tour. I loved Dancers and Diva’s it reminds me of Gossip girl meets Center Stage one of my favorite TV shows and a movie I've watched a lot. Bittersweet is a captivating story filled with real life issues that teens face every day. The book plays on issues that are difficult to talk about, but done so in a tasteful way. The book is beautifully written from start to finish with captivating characters. The concept is exciting and unique it keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish you can’t help wondering what’s going to happen next. Bittersweet was a fast read for me I couldn't put it down I stayed up super later reading only to get up early the next morning to finish only to find a killer cliffhanger that left me wanting more and wanting it now.  I can't wait to see what happens next. 
5 out of 5 stars

Don't forget to check out the first book
Passion and Pain

About this author 

Kathy Petrakis was born and raised in Sydney Australia by Greek immigrant parents. She always had a passion for the performing arts - dancing, acting and singing but they were hobbies giving way to a traditional professional career in banking. Before this book, her writing was used to entertain friends with her unusual, and often disastrous travel adventures from around the world. 

By the hand of fate, Passion and Pain and Bittersweet were born while living in London, heaven for lovers of the performing arts. After launching Passion and Pain, she returned to Sydney for the launch of the sequel, Bittersweet.

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1 comment:

  1. I finished reading Passion and Pain yesterday and I just LOVED it!! I'm glad the second book was just as good (:

    Sapir @ Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl