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The Price Cassie Rose

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Nadia, orphaned by the first Vigilant Men uprising, is taken in by Mr. Lennox, an ominous man with a vision to create the most stunning ballet company in existence. He teaches the already talented girl to dance like an unearthly creature, but requires her undying loyalty in return. However, as he builds the famous Lennox Company, uprising once again stirs the city of Rumonin, and the opulent ballet finds itself out of place in the new and austere culture of the Vigilant Men. Throughout it all, Nadia falls in love with her partner, Ferdinand, a famous young dancer who awakens her long silent heart. A jealous Lennox, the growing civil unrest, and a nation at war conspire to separate the dancers forever. Nadia must find a strength inside of her to brave a new world and fend for herself against the coming of an uncertain future.

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10 comments on "The Price"

Svail on May 16, 2017, 11:37 a.m. said:

Svail


Absolutely incredible!! Loved the emotions! I did feel like the emotions became less powerful in the second half of the book, but definitely a great read!!

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Cassie Rose on May 16, 2017, 12:30 p.m. said:

Cassie Rose


Thank you so much for your comment! I'm glad you enjoyed the book so much. And thank you for the feedback about the emotions in the second half. I always appreciate feedback. :)

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T. K. Yeager on May 15, 2017, 3:10 p.m. said:

T. K. Yeager


Omg omg omg omg. I am still obsessing over that ending. It was SO GOOD.
But first, a warning for those reading my comment further because SPOILERS!

First of all, every time that you mentioned Ferdinand (or Ferdy as I started to call him in my head) I swooned SO HARD. Even though him and Nadia had a sort of “insta-love” connection, I totally got it. She was only used to creepy Mr. Lennox and Ferdy in comparison was something amazing, caring and mysterious. I stick by my Phantom of the Opera comparison with these two men. It’s very fitting. But anyway, back to Ferdy: I seriously wish he was a real man. Definitely a book boyfriend and for a while I didn’t feel like Nadia was good enough to deserve him. But in the end I was like YOU GO GIRL, and gave her permission to be with Ferdy forever and always instead of me.

My favorite parts in this book are as follows: 1) The kiss below the stage- OMG this is where my obsession with Ferdy really started and their innocent gestures totally got to me. 2) The creepiness of all the ballets - it really showed Mr. Lennox's strange side 3) Nadia and Rachel teaming up – It was empowering and at the same time disturbing. Their job picking through the dead was so believable and terrifying. It really stuck with me. 4) Lennox reappearing – NO NO NO NOOOO!!! I was seriously terrified for Nadia. He freaking scares me and is so creepy. It’s the perfect contrast to Ferdy. 5) Nadia dancing to free Ferdy – simply beautiful. I wanted to cry for her and maybe give her a hug. 6) Them escaping and a glimpse of hope- much of this book was so dark, it was amazing to have that glimmer of light at the end. And I loved that she threw her ring! PERFECT. Also, thank you for not just killing everyone!!

I think the only comment for improvement that I really have is that you can be a little wordy. It’s not to the point where I got bored or started skipping over sections, but I personally prefer a little more brevity in my descriptions and slightly shorter YA stories. However, they were beautiful descriptions , so I really can't complain that much.

Overall the book was dark, brooding, and at points terrifying, but overall beautiful and at the end uplifting. I was SO PROUD of Nadia finally casting away her previous life. And thank you SO MUCH for not killing Ferdy. I was going to be beside myself and probably mad at you for the next few days if he had been hung. And Nadia dancing him out of that situation was so unique, touching and stunning.

I have so much hope for these two in the future and I can just imagine them braving a new life in a new country together.

Similar stories: Phantom of the Opera + Anastasia + the Nutcracker?

Thank you so much for posting yet another wonderful book to Swoon. You definitely can count me as a fan of your writing!

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Cassie Rose on May 16, 2017, 12:27 p.m. said:

Cassie Rose


Yay for Ferdinand love! I tried to make him like a fairy tale prince, but realistic... if that makes sense. Thanks for the comparison to Anastasia, as well! I love the cartoon, and a lot of the events in the book are based on the historical events that surrounded the Romanovs and Russia at that time. Thank you so much for such a lovely comment! It really is encouraging!

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Rebekah.Miller on May 14, 2017, 8:26 a.m. said:

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Similar Stories : When it comes to vivid description and realistic, relatable characters, similar to Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys.

Storyline could be compared to Gail Carson Levine's "Fairest", but for an older audience.

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Cassie Rose on May 14, 2017, 10:21 p.m. said:

Cassie Rose


Thanks for the comment, Rebekah! I have Between Shades of Grey on my to be read list, so that's cool that bits of my story remind you if it! I'm even more excited to read that book now. :)

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T. K. Yeager on May 13, 2017, 8:40 p.m. said:

T. K. Yeager


Eeeeee! I'm loving this book so far! All of the descriptions make me feel like I'm there in your dark and brooding city.

That first chapter broke my heart! Poor Nadia! And oh my gosh I'm getting SUUUPER creepy phantom of the opera vibes from this Mr Lennox.

And *cue girly sqeals* omg I'm in love with Ferdinand already. The way that he helped take care of Nadia after she fell was just plain adorable. I can definitely tell I'm going to like him. Can't wait to keep reading!!!!

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Cassie Rose on May 14, 2017, 10:18 p.m. said:

Cassie Rose


Thanks, TK! Phantom of the Opera was one of my favorite movies as a teen, so I love the comparison to Mr. Lennox! ;)

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T. K. Yeager on May 12, 2017, 1:49 a.m. said:

T. K. Yeager


So I just checked the swoon site before going to bed and was like... oooh that book looks cool. And then I was like wait... Cassie Rose also wrote Bo and the Beast... *instantly adds to reads list*
I now have weekend plans ^_^

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Cassie Rose on May 12, 2017, 11:05 a.m. said:

Cassie Rose


Yay, thank you so much! :D Reading is always a good weekend plan! ;)

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