Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Dancing with Death by Aundrea Heltsley. The tour is sponsored by AToMR Blog Tours. Please be sure to check out the other great stops on the tour below. The author is also giving away two (2) signed print copies of Dancing with Death (US only), and five (5) e-copies of Dancing With Death (open internationally), which you can also enter below. Thanks for stopping by!
Dancing Wtih Death
by Andera Heltsley
Publication Date: August 10, 2012
Source: ARC provided by author for tour
Murders have plagued the woods in the past, making them a place of fear. Eighteen year old Wendy and her friends become worried when a new string of murders come to their high school. After a horrible car accident, Wendy returns to school, going from wallflower to popular overnight. As the murderer edges closer to Wendy she realizes things are changing. She is afflicted with nightmares that are all too real and she herself is undergoing unnatural changes. Learning the truth about her past, could be the key to saving her future.
My Thoughts: Wendy is a senior in high school. For most of her life, she remained invisible, that is until everything changes after she is saved from a horrible car accident one night near the woods where a string of murders have occurred. Wendy, along with her best friends Hallie and Jackson, try to make sense of all that is going on. Suddenly Wendy finds herself pulled between to guys, having and acting upon thoughts she shouldn't be, and having nightmares warning her of impending doom. When her absentee mom asks her to find something for her in the attic, the things she finds are more than she bargained for. Can she handle the truth about who she is and what is happening to her, or will it be more than she can bear?
Wendy is the lead character in this story. I had a hard time liking her. Despite the seriousness of what was going on, she was more caught up in what she was going to wear than the fact she could be in danger. She also kept jumping back and forth between these two hot guys, making out with them both, and I didn't like that either. Of course as the story progresses and toward the latter part, it is revealed why and what is the reason behind this, and that helped explain some of her behavior. As far as the other characters, Hallie and Jackson are her best friends, and I did like both of them, though Hallie could tend to be just as superficial as Wendy at times. Jackson, however, was pretty cool. Her two love interests were Brad and Matt, one of which was considered "forbidden fruit."
The story line itself was interesting, but I felt that more time was spent on details, such as describing the clothes she was wearing, the way she did her hair and nails, food descriptions, and the like. If more time was spent on the actual story, rather than so much focus on these types of details, I feel that this book would have been a lot better and more appealing. As I said earlier, once you find out the story behind everything, things come into place much better and make more sense. Overall this was a likable book, personally it just didn't overwhelm me, though it was a good story. Heltsley has other books out, one of which I really enjoyed entitled Dreamwalker, which is excellent. This YA paranormal romance has a different supernatural twist, and if you enjoy that type of story, you might want to check this out.
About the author: Andrea Heltsley
￼I am a biology nerd who loves reading just about anything paranormal and some chick lit. I love my Italian greyhounds, my family, sunshine and summertime and most of all books! When I am not writing, I am reading. I have been writing on paper and in my head since grade school. It is pretty bad when you are at your job and daydreaming about writing a scene. I have fallen victim more than once, so I decided to make a go of it:) I am an entertainment girl! I love all things books, music, movies and television. Coffee is my best friend and I think I should own a Starbucks by now..lol
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