Last year I read Tiny Pretty Things and it became an instant favourite. I was patiently eagerly awaiting Shiny Broken Pieces. It did not disappoint, and I found myself immersed in the lives of the Bette, June and Gigi once again.
Spoilers ahead for Tiny Pretty Things.
Shiny Broken Pieces picks up at the beginning of the new school year. Gigi is still recovering from her accident but she is determined to prove that she still has what it takes. And she’s also not willing to let those who made her past year a living hell go unpunished. Bette is determined to clear her name after she is wrongly accused of pushing Gigi, and she attempts to right her wrongs. June, after dancing Gigi’s part in the nutcracker, is finally seeing herself as a great ballerina. June, however, finds herself having to choose between dancing and the boy she loves. Competition is rife for the only two places at the American Ballet Company, and all three girls want it, and they aren’t playing nice.
This series is so engrossing, so dark and filled to the brim with diversity and real-life issues. I loved the fierce competitiveness between the girls for the professional ballet spot at the American Ballet Company. I found I liked the characters a lot more in Shiny Broken Pieces because some of them finally sought redemption for some of the horrible things they had done in the previous book. But not just that, they all went through some fantastic character development – which was focused on more prominently in Shiny Broken Pieces than it was in Tiny Pretty Things.
It was a great ending to a great duology. If you’re looking for an riveting, dramatic, fantastically written novel with some seriously good character depth and development, then I would recommend you pick up this series ASAP.
MY RATING: ★★★★★