I decided to spare everyone from the aftermath of my binge-reading of The Mortal Instruments series. Before I carry on with another TMI book review, I shall review another book that I’ve read recently, and enjoyed! 🙂 It’s in another genre as well! 🙂 Too much fantasy reviews lately, even though I enjoyed those novels 🙂 So here it is, my first New Adult review!
With a Twist by Stacie Hart (Bad Habits #1)
Rating: 4 stars
Love is somewhere near the bottom of Lily Thomas’ list of life goals, right next to competitive eating and underwater cave diving. She’s spent six years pirouetting and pliéing her way up the ranks of the New York Ballet with her eye on the prize and love in the back seat. But now that Blane Baker — Lily’s long time crush — is finally single, she’ll throw her rules out the window without thinking twice.
Reality with Blane isn’t as epic as the fantasy she imagined, and the truth sends her spinning straight into the arms of the man she never knew she’d always wanted.
West Williams has been friends with Lily since the day she moved into their building and he saved her armoire from a swift, sudden death by staircase. Their friendship has always been easy, the boundaries clearly defined. With neither of them willing to risk their relationship, they’ve drifted happily through the years as companions, never considering more.
That is, until they do. And that realization changes everything.
Being the first book I read in ebook format (I don’t usually like to read in soft copy), I really enjoyed this novel. It’s a short, enjoyable and humorous read! Having heard little about this book, or the author, I felt a little nervous going into it, because I wasn’t sure if it’d be good.
The thing that got me started on this book was reading that the protagonist (Lily) was a full time ballerina — a profession I’ve dreamed of going into since I was a girl. I thought it was rather interesting, having a fiction novel written from the perspective of a full-time ballerina. I felt that this novel accurately and adequately portrayed the demands of the career path, right up from training in a full-time dance academy, where Lily met Nadia and Blane, to performing in a professional dance company. Yet, the novel still portrays these dancers as having friends, romance and a life outside of the studio, something that has been missing from novels written about dancers.
The story between Lily Thomas and West Williams was rather adorable. Rather than falling for each other from the start, I liked that they were both in another relationship, or having a crush on another person. As the novel unfolds, we see how their feelings and relationship develop from existing friendships, a topic that usually poses as a threat between friends. The saucy scenes at the end also made for an exciting twist for the reader.
I thoroughly enjoyed this read! I loved how the story was narrated in alternating chapters from Lily and West’s point of view, showing both sides of the same crush, same relationship. Hart also manages to place equal emphasis on most of the other characters, creating a group of supportive and endearing friends, rooting for each other in all circumstances. This portrayal of friendship might also be one of my favourite things about the novel 🙂
– “My relationship status was about as clear as a serial killer’s cellar window.”
– “Yeah, I’m gonna make a blanket statement and say that vodka does not make everything better.”