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“For years I’ve watched ballerinas from this room. I want what you want. I wish to join them.” Miriam has trained her whole life to fulfill her dreams and it’s finally paid off now that she’s the prima ballerina of the Lulli Dance Company, but she’s been keeping a secret from them. The years of sprains, fractures, and bruises have been taking their toll, and a catastrophic “For years I’ve watched ballerinas from this room. I want what you want. I wish to join them.” Miriam has trained her whole life to fulfill her dreams and it’s finally paid off now that she’s the prima ballerina of the Lulli Dance Company, but she’s been keeping a secret from them. The years of sprains, fractures, and bruises have been taking their toll, and a catastrophic ankle injury now means one terrible thing: she has to give it all up forever. Distraught beyond consolation, Miriam runs from the studio and discovers a secret room she’s never seen before. Inside she finds a pair of gleaming white and gold slippers, and a mysterious voice whispering to her in the dark. If she tries on the slippers, it says, she’ll regain the strength to raise en pointe. It speaks the truth! Soon, Miriam is back, but each achievement on her journey back means more negotiation with the spirit who claims it wants just one harmless thing in return . . . to join the ballerinas and dance, just like her.


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“For years I’ve watched ballerinas from this room. I want what you want. I wish to join them.” Miriam has trained her whole life to fulfill her dreams and it’s finally paid off now that she’s the prima ballerina of the Lulli Dance Company, but she’s been keeping a secret from them. The years of sprains, fractures, and bruises have been taking their toll, and a catastrophic “For years I’ve watched ballerinas from this room. I want what you want. I wish to join them.” Miriam has trained her whole life to fulfill her dreams and it’s finally paid off now that she’s the prima ballerina of the Lulli Dance Company, but she’s been keeping a secret from them. The years of sprains, fractures, and bruises have been taking their toll, and a catastrophic ankle injury now means one terrible thing: she has to give it all up forever. Distraught beyond consolation, Miriam runs from the studio and discovers a secret room she’s never seen before. Inside she finds a pair of gleaming white and gold slippers, and a mysterious voice whispering to her in the dark. If she tries on the slippers, it says, she’ll regain the strength to raise en pointe. It speaks the truth! Soon, Miriam is back, but each achievement on her journey back means more negotiation with the spirit who claims it wants just one harmless thing in return . . . to join the ballerinas and dance, just like her.

30 review for Last Dance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A monkey paw tale about a ballerina facing a career-ending injury who makes a deal with a spirit to return to dancing. I liked the art (oh, look, it's a solo story for Pearl from Steven Universe) and the parts of the story where you could ignore the supernatural element. It was a little hard to sympathize with the main character as we are dumped into her life falling apart and her reacting poorly before we ever get a chance to know her. Her fellow dancers' handling of similar adversity stirred m A monkey paw tale about a ballerina facing a career-ending injury who makes a deal with a spirit to return to dancing. I liked the art (oh, look, it's a solo story for Pearl from Steven Universe) and the parts of the story where you could ignore the supernatural element. It was a little hard to sympathize with the main character as we are dumped into her life falling apart and her reacting poorly before we ever get a chance to know her. Her fellow dancers' handling of similar adversity stirred more feelings in me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Is success worth more than anything, even the lives and dreams of your friends and coworkers? This is the question that is asked in this story of Miriam, a ballerina who wants more than anything to dance the lead, no matter what. When she gets injured to the point that she can't dance professionally, she finds help from a demon or spirit, or something that sucks the abilities out of those around her, to give her the strength to go on. Her career is everything. It is an interesting proposition. Wel Is success worth more than anything, even the lives and dreams of your friends and coworkers? This is the question that is asked in this story of Miriam, a ballerina who wants more than anything to dance the lead, no matter what. When she gets injured to the point that she can't dance professionally, she finds help from a demon or spirit, or something that sucks the abilities out of those around her, to give her the strength to go on. Her career is everything. It is an interesting proposition. Well done book, showing Miriam's passion that works on her so hard, and makes her desires so important. Thanks to Edelweiss for making this book available for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carmen (TheReadingTrashQueen)

    A huge thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me with a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review! I was super excited for this; middle grade ballet-based horror? Sign me up! Sadly, this wasn't for me. To start with I wasn't a fan of the art. It's not bad (I've definitely seen art I thought was way worse) and very clean, but it's not a style I'm a fan of. Though, I gotta say, the way the spirit was shown, was done wonderfully! I also struggled with the font used for the lettering, bu A huge thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me with a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review! I was super excited for this; middle grade ballet-based horror? Sign me up! Sadly, this wasn't for me. To start with I wasn't a fan of the art. It's not bad (I've definitely seen art I thought was way worse) and very clean, but it's not a style I'm a fan of. Though, I gotta say, the way the spirit was shown, was done wonderfully! I also struggled with the font used for the lettering, but that is a very personal thing, just like the art. Then, if the start of the book hadn't mentioned it was a middle grade, I would have thought it was YA, and looking at the shelving here on GR, others felt the same way. Maybe it's restrictive, but I personally feel Middle Grade books should have main characters from the same age range. Miriam's age wasn't mentioned, but given she was in a professional troupe, I doubt she was 12. The story, too, was disappointing to me. For almost the whole of it, Miriam was absolutely awful. Even before the spirit. Her turn around went so fast, it was hard to grasp or even truly believe. I liked her at the end, but not enough to make this graphic novel truly enjoyable to me, which I think is because the horror element was, in my opinion, barely there. Maybe I expected too much, given this is a MG novel, but I felt like it was such a small part? I really liked the idea, though, and as mentioned, I liked the ending! Not bad, not great; okay. A bit meh. And clearly not for me, haha! Though I'll say the spirit will stay with me, and the changes in art when the spirit was involved- that I loved! So a solid 3 stars!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bookish Selkie

    Last Dance is the story of Miriam, a prima ballerina who suffers an injury. When told she will no longer be able to dance, she strikes a deal with a mysterious spirit who promises to help her. As the rehearsals continue, strange things happen to the prima ballerinas who take Miriam’s place. When things escalate, Miriam realizes that the spirit must be confronted once and for all. I loved the art style! The vibrant colors, use of shadows, and depiction of dance was fantastic. The story is very en Last Dance is the story of Miriam, a prima ballerina who suffers an injury. When told she will no longer be able to dance, she strikes a deal with a mysterious spirit who promises to help her. As the rehearsals continue, strange things happen to the prima ballerinas who take Miriam’s place. When things escalate, Miriam realizes that the spirit must be confronted once and for all. I loved the art style! The vibrant colors, use of shadows, and depiction of dance was fantastic. The story is very engaging and I loved the ending resolution with the spirit. I think students who dance will particularly enjoy this, but it is a very accessible book for anyone. The glossary of dance terms is a nice touch. Last Dance releases on November 3, 2020. Thank you to Hanna Schroy, Iron Circus Comics, and Edelweiss for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ije the Devourer of Books

    This was a really entertaining story of a young woman who lives to dance. Her dreams are dashed to pieces when she suffers an injury and she has to see her pride of place go to other dancers. Unwilling to give up she persists and tries her best to recover, not giving herself time to recover Everything changes when she encounters a spirit who promises to give her what she desires, but in the process of getting what she desires others may be hurt. I really enjoyed this and I liked the artwork as we This was a really entertaining story of a young woman who lives to dance. Her dreams are dashed to pieces when she suffers an injury and she has to see her pride of place go to other dancers. Unwilling to give up she persists and tries her best to recover, not giving herself time to recover Everything changes when she encounters a spirit who promises to give her what she desires, but in the process of getting what she desires others may be hurt. I really enjoyed this and I liked the artwork as well. This is a YA story but it can be enjoyed by adults as well. The reader is drawn into the pain and the passion of dancing and the need to be excell. I also liked the supernatural elements of the story. They weren't too scary but conveyed just enough eeriness to make the story gripping. All in all this is a very good read and I enjoyed it. Copy provided via Edelweissin exchange for an unbiased review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I received this book from Iron Circus Comics in exchange of an honest review. I love books about ballet and this one sounded very interesting as it went further than just ballet. It is about a girl losing her dreams. Darkness. This was a wonderful and heartbreaking book about Miriam, a girl with big dreams… but one accident (following many smaller ones) shatters her dreams. What is next is a girl without any plans, without dreams, confused and lost, and angry at it all. At times it was hard to rea I received this book from Iron Circus Comics in exchange of an honest review. I love books about ballet and this one sounded very interesting as it went further than just ballet. It is about a girl losing her dreams. Darkness. This was a wonderful and heartbreaking book about Miriam, a girl with big dreams… but one accident (following many smaller ones) shatters her dreams. What is next is a girl without any plans, without dreams, confused and lost, and angry at it all. At times it was hard to read because on the one hand I wanted to sympathise with Miriam… but on the other hand I just wanted to give her a slap for all she did. But thankfully, Miriam grows. Miriam makes friends. Miriam sees another perspective. But my heart broke for Miriam at many times. I can only imagine how hard it is for her to have worked so much, to have such big dreams and no time to have a back-up and then to lose all that, lost and wondering what the hell is next. Struggling. Going past the body limits (I was just shouting at my screen at times for Miriam to NOT do this). I loved seeing the various ballet parts and see how everyone was working hard to make a great show. I loved most side-characters (Suzanne and Daniel were my favs), there was just one I didn’t like that much and that was that muscled guy (sorry, he wasn’t my favourite so I forgot his name). Often I could get why he was acting this way, but at the end… he could have been way nicer. And he could have been more supportive for Miriam. Her conversations with the spirit were dark, spooky, creepy. While Miriam had no idea what the spirit was up to… I knew it from the start. I loved how that dark spirit part turned out! It was something I had been wondering about, but wasn’t sure if it would turn true. My heart broke when the revelation happened and we saw some more on Miriam’s past. Poor girl. I can imagine that she became who she was during the first part of the book. The ending was well done and I was delighted with how it ended. I am so proud of Miriam! The art was just great! I really love the style. If you remove the words you would still be able to see what is going on because the art did such a great job at showing the characters expressions, emotions, and body language. All in all, I would highly recommend this book to all. This was a beautiful haunting tale of ballet and dreams. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Last Dance' with story and art by Hanna Schroy is a graphic novel for younger readers about goals and the kind of ambition that can make them bad. Miriam has trained to be a prima ballerina her whole life. She gets the role, but is sidelined by an injury that could end her dreams of being a dancer. Her scheming leads her to a mysterious door in the dance studio and a strange voice that promises her dreams will come true. This leads Miriam on a path that will change her one step at a time into so 'Last Dance' with story and art by Hanna Schroy is a graphic novel for younger readers about goals and the kind of ambition that can make them bad. Miriam has trained to be a prima ballerina her whole life. She gets the role, but is sidelined by an injury that could end her dreams of being a dancer. Her scheming leads her to a mysterious door in the dance studio and a strange voice that promises her dreams will come true. This leads Miriam on a path that will change her one step at a time into something she never wanted to be. I really liked this story of how dreams can change and how we have to adapt. The art is great with a kind of fluidity that fits this story of ballet and movement. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Iron Circus Comics in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    *thank you to Netgalley, Iron Circus Comics and Hanna Schroy for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* 4 stars. This has a pretty good message to it. It makes it quite a powerful story and I can easily see it being beneficial to those people who are struggling with their own inner demons. It's also not strictly about Ballet in particular but the message it sends can be applied to almost any situation where negative emotions overtake you. I wasn't sure about the illustrations at firs *thank you to Netgalley, Iron Circus Comics and Hanna Schroy for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* 4 stars. This has a pretty good message to it. It makes it quite a powerful story and I can easily see it being beneficial to those people who are struggling with their own inner demons. It's also not strictly about Ballet in particular but the message it sends can be applied to almost any situation where negative emotions overtake you. I wasn't sure about the illustrations at first to be honest but by the end, I quite liked them. It worked well with the story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee Null

    "Nightlights" by Lorena Alvarez meets "Anya's Ghost" by Vera Brosgol "Nightlights" by Lorena Alvarez meets "Anya's Ghost" by Vera Brosgol

  10. 5 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Last Dance is a very accessible middle grade read that explores the themes of life balance, friendships, goals and dreams. The idea of enchanted slippers certainly isn't new but Schroy gives a modern spin on the story through very stylized illustrations and a contemporary ending. Story: Miriam only knows dance - it has obsessed her since she was a child. But years of abusing her body to be the best ballerina has finall More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Last Dance is a very accessible middle grade read that explores the themes of life balance, friendships, goals and dreams. The idea of enchanted slippers certainly isn't new but Schroy gives a modern spin on the story through very stylized illustrations and a contemporary ending. Story: Miriam only knows dance - it has obsessed her since she was a child. But years of abusing her body to be the best ballerina has finally caused her body to fail, resulting in multiple fractures that can no longer support the stress of dance. Frustrated, feeling defeated, and lost, Miriam doesn't know what she will do now that her only dream is being taken from her. That is, until she finds a hidden room behind a mirror at the dance studio and magical slippers in a box. The spirit of the slippers promises they will help her - but is she truly ready for the price they will extract to do so? The story has a nice build up. Miriam isn't a very sympathetic character in the beginning; her obsession leaves no room for friendships and her bitter resentment at losing her prima position has soured her outlook. She is given a lot of character development, learning from the harsh consequences of the shoes' spirit to grow and become more than a single dimensional person. As with all fairy tale-like stories, there is a lesson to learn from and mature. The twist with this book is that the spirit is more a manifestation of Miriam's obsession and they together can learn to move past the current situation. The illustration work is clean and very unique. I found it complemented the story quite well and certainly didn't spare Miriam from herself. There are great scenes where Miriam is showing one face but there is quite a different one reflected in the mirror. The ballet scenes are beautifully realized: elegant and dreamy. The style reminded me quite a bit of Disney's Hercules. In all, the moral and ending might be far too pat and unrealistic in a modern world (destroying a lot of their credibility). But it is a nice story, beautifully illustrated and with plenty of avenues to discuss with tweens. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ruthsic

    Warnings: self-harm behavior A desperate ballerina making a deal with a malicious spirit to get back her lost position of prima ballerina is the crux of this story about ambitions and efforts and the payoff. Miriam has worked hard all her life, often to the neglect of her studies or her social life to become a prima ballerina. However, she has been having issues with her performance even as she struggles hard to be the perfect leading ballerina, and the years of strain on her body, especially he Warnings: self-harm behavior A desperate ballerina making a deal with a malicious spirit to get back her lost position of prima ballerina is the crux of this story about ambitions and efforts and the payoff. Miriam has worked hard all her life, often to the neglect of her studies or her social life to become a prima ballerina. However, she has been having issues with her performance even as she struggles hard to be the perfect leading ballerina, and the years of strain on her body, especially her legs, have resulted in an injury that takes away her position. Relegated to the corps, she is furious, and resentful of the dancer who takes her place, Lorelei. When she is offered the deal by the spirit, she jumps on it, but it is not an immediate effect; she is mean and snappish towards Lorelei and tries to cut her down, and meanwhile the other girl just wants a bit of her guidance in the big role. Things take a turn when the spirit does deliver on its promises, but in a way you can imagine. And then Miriam, shocked by the escalation of the spirit's machinations, has to re-evaluate what she wants and how far is too far to get it. The story is about hard work and how it won't always get you what you want, and how to deal with your expectations being crushed. For Miriam, dance was her life and being on-stage is all she wanted, but she also has to reckon with the fact that just because she has worked hard and sacrificed so much, it doesn't entitle her to anything. I think this message was presented beautifully. Additionally, while the world of ballet is cut-throat, the cast of characters here are not 'out to get her' as she imagines, and she finds friendship in those she considered her rivals. The art style is stylized and effectively uses its medium to deliver this story. The ballet terms might stump you, but there is a glossary at the end, so no worries. In any case, this story is more about managing your drive and expectations. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Iron Circus Comics, via Edelweiss.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dragon-Gabrielle Stone

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Miriam has worked all her life to be prima ballerina. She has always overworked herself, leading to a repetitive stress injury that finally breaks on her. This is where the story starts. The doctor tells Miriam she will never walk without a limp again much less dance on pointe again. Everything she has ever worked for is gone in an instant. She just can't emotionally handle this fate, so she immediately accepts a pair of proffered magical pointe shoes from a spirit of the dance studio. These sh Miriam has worked all her life to be prima ballerina. She has always overworked herself, leading to a repetitive stress injury that finally breaks on her. This is where the story starts. The doctor tells Miriam she will never walk without a limp again much less dance on pointe again. Everything she has ever worked for is gone in an instant. She just can't emotionally handle this fate, so she immediately accepts a pair of proffered magical pointe shoes from a spirit of the dance studio. These shoes will allow her to dance again, but Miriam quickly learns there is a steep and sinister cost to her quick recovery. I loved this graphic novel. On top of being an incredibly quick and satisfying read, the plot was on point (as it were). I loved the message and I do feel this is appropriate for all ages. I loved the POC representation in this book. As you probably know, ballet is not the most...diverse of professions. I think it is important that we normalize the inclusion of POC in all professions, especially in visual media. This was in fact the thing that pushed it to a higher rating for me. The art was truly great and beautifully captured the lines of the ballerinas in motion, but I did not grade on this point as art is very subjective. Overall, I loved this book and I recommend it to everyone who loves dance in some way.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aud

    Maybe more like 3.5-ish for the art? The art conveys movement very well. The storyline definitely isn't really horror, though, at least not for me. I never actually felt like anyone was in any real danger. I think part of it was that I didn't feel particularly connected to the characters, so the stakes never felt that high. We simply didn't get to know any of them very well, including Miriam, besides her obsession with dancing. I think kids / teens / new adults will get a lot out of this book, th Maybe more like 3.5-ish for the art? The art conveys movement very well. The storyline definitely isn't really horror, though, at least not for me. I never actually felt like anyone was in any real danger. I think part of it was that I didn't feel particularly connected to the characters, so the stakes never felt that high. We simply didn't get to know any of them very well, including Miriam, besides her obsession with dancing. I think kids / teens / new adults will get a lot out of this book, though. Especially the ones with ambitions, or who are into dancing. It is a good story, and I think there are lots of young people who will see some reflections in how Miriam is feeling. I'm going to recommend we put this in our Teen section at the library. I think it will get more traffic there, and it's easier to send older kids to Teen than to send teens to the Children's section. I appreciate how much diversity there was with the dancers, mostly in terms of skin color, but also including that they didn't all have the exact same body type (though Nicholas' waist was so tiny, it was a bit alarming to me). Most of them were super willowy and lithe, but Suzanne had a bit more bulk and was shorter - I liked that. I also liked the philosophy that your demons can and ultimately often are of your own making: your own basest urges taken too far. At least, that's how I read things.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Julia Pika

    Received an ARC from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. 4.2 stars! Miriam has trained to be a professional ballet dancer all her life and she sees her ambitions crushed along with a broken foot. A spirit offers her a way to claw back to the top, one offer she eagerly accepts. Will she regret it? Absolutely adored the artwork and style in this graphic novel, especially the usage of the shadows when the protagonist interacted with the spirit. Personally, I think this should be considered Received an ARC from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. 4.2 stars! Miriam has trained to be a professional ballet dancer all her life and she sees her ambitions crushed along with a broken foot. A spirit offers her a way to claw back to the top, one offer she eagerly accepts. Will she regret it? Absolutely adored the artwork and style in this graphic novel, especially the usage of the shadows when the protagonist interacted with the spirit. Personally, I think this should be considered a YA graphic novel rather than a middle school read, although it's easy to follow it's got pretty dark elements and the protagonist's motivations can be hard to understand at first, especially for a younger audience. Still, a great moral toward the end of the book plus plenty of interesting stuff about the ballet world. I had to knock it down a star because Miriam is really hard to like, though we can relate with her easily. It was pretty refreshing to read about a protagonist that's stubborn in a bad way though. Beautiful artwork, I recommend checking this out! (Especially if you're into ballet) ;)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    A clever and toned-down version of Black Swan for middle readers. If you’ve seen Black Swan, you already know the basics of this one. There’s some plot variation, but essentially this is the same general story, but muted and sanitized for a younger audience. It’s a great take on the “principal dancer sells her soul“ motif, still creepy and enticing but appropriate for young readers and with a very different ending. The “message” in all of it is a good one in theory, though I thought a little extr A clever and toned-down version of Black Swan for middle readers. If you’ve seen Black Swan, you already know the basics of this one. There’s some plot variation, but essentially this is the same general story, but muted and sanitized for a younger audience. It’s a great take on the “principal dancer sells her soul“ motif, still creepy and enticing but appropriate for young readers and with a very different ending. The “message” in all of it is a good one in theory, though I thought a little extreme. Miriam certainly needed to learn that being the best ballerina no matter the cost wasn’t okay, but to go from that to “you don’t need to be good, just do your best” felt like a little much. I’m not sure we needed to completely murder ambition to make the point that sometimes you need to know when to quit. Otherwise I thought this was outstanding. It’s fun, just a tiny bit creepy, has a largely good resolution, and is perfect for young ballet enthusiasts. I also loved the art. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

  16. 5 out of 5

    Charlie Seon

    I had the absolute pleasure of being able to see this book from its conception to its print. The story is one that's simple but deep, and one that hits home for me. The book itself is beautiful in its simplicity. It presents the story in a wonderfully straightforward way that makes it a delight to read. Hanna's graphic style lends itself to the work. I've always thought that her strongest points were composition and portraying emotion, and in this book it shows. The expressions and body language I had the absolute pleasure of being able to see this book from its conception to its print. The story is one that's simple but deep, and one that hits home for me. The book itself is beautiful in its simplicity. It presents the story in a wonderfully straightforward way that makes it a delight to read. Hanna's graphic style lends itself to the work. I've always thought that her strongest points were composition and portraying emotion, and in this book it shows. The expressions and body language are strong and the blacks and simple color focus on the feeling. Much like the story, it's not about being flashy or the best, but about the feeling, and that translates as beautifully as the steps of the dance.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paul Decker

    *I received this book as an eARC from Iron Circus Comics via Edelweiss. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* This graphic novel follows a Dance Company as they experience some paranormal things. Unfortunately, I didn't really connect to this story. It took a while for the story to get started. I wanted more emotions earlier. It took awhile to get to the interesting parts. The dialogue is stilted and unnatural. The artwork is blocky *I received this book as an eARC from Iron Circus Comics via Edelweiss. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* This graphic novel follows a Dance Company as they experience some paranormal things. Unfortunately, I didn't really connect to this story. It took a while for the story to get started. I wanted more emotions earlier. It took awhile to get to the interesting parts. The dialogue is stilted and unnatural. The artwork is blocky and pretty basic when it comes to the color scheme, but it works for the story. I give this book a 2/5. It didn't connect with me. If you have experienced the drama of prima ballerinas in a Dance Company, you may enjoy this story more than I did.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily Rose

    I must admit, I was a bit worried when I saw this was labeled "horror" because I'm a big scardey cat, but I knew I had to read it because it centered on ballet - and I'm so glad I did read it! This was a beautiful graphic novel that talked about the importance of growing up and understanding that sometimes dreams change. I think it can be really easy to become so focused on our own goals that we forget that we aren't the only ones who have goals. Schroy does a great job of illuminating the impor I must admit, I was a bit worried when I saw this was labeled "horror" because I'm a big scardey cat, but I knew I had to read it because it centered on ballet - and I'm so glad I did read it! This was a beautiful graphic novel that talked about the importance of growing up and understanding that sometimes dreams change. I think it can be really easy to become so focused on our own goals that we forget that we aren't the only ones who have goals. Schroy does a great job of illuminating the importance of acknowledging other's hard work and adapting to change. Loved it!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Iris

    Miriam is the best dancer and trains harder than anyone. When a doctor tells her she should no longer go back to ballet after an injury, she decides she will stop at nothing to become prima ballerina again. Assisted by a sinister presence in the studio, she regains her strength and slowly starts to work her way back to the top, while strange things start happening to the other dancers. A graphic novel for fans of Goosebumps and dance enthusiasts alike!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lysette H

    This story of a prima ballerina who accepts a faustian deal after an injury sidelines her is children's' horror at its finest. I loved the illustrations which so greatly added to the mood of the story. Of course, being a children's book, there were a few lessons to be learned, but, overall, it's wonderfully written and immersive. This story of a prima ballerina who accepts a faustian deal after an injury sidelines her is children's' horror at its finest. I loved the illustrations which so greatly added to the mood of the story. Of course, being a children's book, there were a few lessons to be learned, but, overall, it's wonderfully written and immersive.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    I was surprised the characters were so old considering this is a middle grade graphic novel. But it works - it's age appropriate, and the message comes across well. I think this would work for any middle grade collection where graphic novels are popular. I was surprised the characters were so old considering this is a middle grade graphic novel. But it works - it's age appropriate, and the message comes across well. I think this would work for any middle grade collection where graphic novels are popular.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ellie G.

    I was so excited to open this beauty when I got it in the mail! The art is lovely and the story is heartwarming, especially for folks in my age range (18-30). It has the vibes of Black Swan, but the growth Miriam goes through touches deep. Give this gem a read and support indie artists!

  23. 4 out of 5

    radtastical

    A great first book of the year! The story was so heartwarming, I loved all of the characters, and the character designs were great as well!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Raj Bowers-Racine

    Fairly boilerplate Faustian bargain story set in a ballet studio. Dance terminology and graceful art will likely appeal to young fans of ballet.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Cute. This was a really quick read but with a good character arc and a more satisfying conclusion than I was expecting! Love the diverse side characters too.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angelina

    Book 6/7 for the Reading Rush

  28. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    As a dancer and a lover of graphic novels, Last Dance was quite a delight to read with beautiful illustrations that complemented the text. I got Black Swan vibes from reading about a young girl who loses her spot as prima ballerina after an unfortunate injury and now is making a “deal with the devil” to gain back her abilities. The graphic novel really depicts how challenging and grueling the life of a dancer is. It also shows the lengths some will go to in order to succeed and stop at nothing e As a dancer and a lover of graphic novels, Last Dance was quite a delight to read with beautiful illustrations that complemented the text. I got Black Swan vibes from reading about a young girl who loses her spot as prima ballerina after an unfortunate injury and now is making a “deal with the devil” to gain back her abilities. The graphic novel really depicts how challenging and grueling the life of a dancer is. It also shows the lengths some will go to in order to succeed and stop at nothing even if it hurts others along the way. It ends with a positive message and Miriam learns a valuable lesson that she now carries with her and onto others. I would especially recommend this graphic novel to young readers who appreciate the art of dance.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    3.5/5 stars I like the story. But this was pitched to me as suited for horror-long readers. However, I feel lacking in the horror department. If it was not pitched as such, I would have liked it more. All the while I was reading it, I am looking for the horror element of the story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alixivy

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