Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
In a book set in the Paris Opera Ballet School, you'd expect some French. It's the way in which every phrase is translated that feels wrong, particularly when the ballet stuff is left alone (anyone who doesn't take ballet know what a fouette is? or why the students are called rats?). There are also holes in Kate's backstory (Kate appears to never have gone home or seen her father since leaving for France?) that never get resolved.
Having said that, this feels like what a ballet school feels like - the competition, the dieting, the relationships, and the fear of the future. That's what elevates the rest of the rather predictable story.
ARC provided by publisher.