Saturday, June 29, 2013

Bittersweet (Dancers and Divas #2) by Kathy Petrakis Blog Tour Stop


The second book in Dancers and Divers series 

Can secrets stay hidden forever? Can people really change? Are some mistakes unforgivable? 

As Elena and Sebastian embark on a fresh start, will Letitia keep his secret, or will she use it to destroy them? 

As Veronika falls in love, Frankie is out of rehab and trying to make amends, but will it last for either of them? 

Meanwhile, as Anya is torn between loyalty to her Nana and love for Darius, could Darius fall for the new temptress, Rosa? With her stunning looks, her powerful, sensual dancing and her desire to seduce, she has everyone nervous but what secret is she hiding? 

Continue the roller-coaster journey with your favorite characters as they try to survive junior year at the country’s top performing arts school. 

“There is drama, stress and anger all wrapped up in a neat bow just waiting to be unleashed.” 

“.. at first, it felt like I was reading a new version of Step Up 2... LOVE... then it merged into a little Glee... then it merged with Center Stage... then in the midst of it all was the Gossip Girl...” 

“It is extremely well written, and the plot is very engaging. I couldn't put it down..”


My Review

5 of 5 Bittersweet

Can I just say that Kathy is BRILLIANT bringing us a world that is so realistic that I just could not get enough reading as a matter fact I had to read Bittersweet twice because that cliff hanger Kathy oh Kathy I am going to die if I don't get book three like ASAP! I need it like I need air to breathe! Holy Hell Bittersweet picked up right where Passion and Pain left off. Dancers and their quirky passions and pains that they go through to succeed in their dreams. Plus you add all the angst with being a teen and you have an EPIC totally EPIC series that will blow you away. I mean the hormones and attitude were flying and the secrets and the lies that came to the forefront just blew this book out of the water. I love how when things started to unfold you could actually feel the pain and the hurt when they experienced it. You wanted to jump right into the book and reach out and hold them and assure them that everything was going to be okay but in the end they needed to go through what they went through. I am still rooting for a few of them to be together but teens are fickle and some betrayals and lies just can't be forgiven.

Elena and Seb are starting out fresh and are spending time together just being together after they finally admitted they liked each other. They went through a lot in Passion and Pain and at the end it was rocky as to whether or not they would make it but they did and they are enjoying each other. But Seb has some secrets that one little nasty B*&^% Letitia knows and she is holding on to it. She has not decided whether or not she will reveal Seb's secret to Elena just yet. Letitia is a force to be reckoned with and she sees how happy Elena is with Seb and decides to burst that bubble and reveal the secret about Seb she has been keeping. With the secret exposed the couple break up and Letitia is happy. Will this couple find their way back to each other? Will there be forgiveness?

Veronika is still doing her thing in writing and she is even falling in love. Veronika's writing has gotten so good she is writing a sitcom. She is moving on and fulfilling her dreams. Anya is still dating Darius even though her grandmother does not want her to. Anya is torn between what her grandmother wants and what her heart wants. Her heart wants Darius and together they make a great couple but someone new to the school just might break them up. See the new girl Rose has eyes for all the guys and she will get who she wants and maybe just maybe she wants them all. Will Anya and Darius survive Rose and her antics? Frankie oh my love for Frankie. She has had it rough and she is out of the rehab and trying to keep clean. She knows she has to deal with her alcoholism and she knows that it will be one day at a time but she is not so sure if she will make it. She was a part of the secret that Letitia let out and when she confronts Elena and tells her the truth it just about crushes her to see Elena hurt and dejected by the betrayal.

Can these guys survive Junior year at the academy or will it all come crashing down?


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The first book in the YA /NA Contemporary Series - 

Dancers and Divas.

Special offer for limited time -0.99 on Amazon,

Contains mature content - reccommended for ages 15+ 

Does passion and desire guarantee success? Can friends really be trusted? Can true love be found beneath lust and deceit? 

These are questions tenacious street dancer Elena Martinez faces as she struggles to compete against the most talented students at New York’s top Performing Arts High School. Along with her best friend, the carefree and mischievous Sebastien Duval, they are determined to make center stage. 

But the singing diva Letitia has other plans. Beautiful, talented and popular, her desire for revenge could ruin everything for Elena and Sebastien. Now, they must fight against prejudice, treachery and deceit as Letitia sets out to destroy Elena’s friendships, her romance, her dignity and her dreams. Can Elena win the battle for true love, happiness and success?

My Review

5 of 5 Passion And Pain

Passion and Pain is a wonderful read in my eyes. I love stories that take place in performaning art schools. It has so much to it that it draws you in and you really get to see how people will do anything to get what they want. In Passion and Pain it is no different. There is drama, stress and anger all wrapped up in a neat bow just waiting to be unleashed. When you have raw talent come together each individual is fighting for a spot that is important for them. To them it is make it or break it and they will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Elena Martinez and Sebastein Duval are performers attending New York’s top Performing Arts High School. This is their Junior year and they have a lot to prove. This will make them or break them and they want to succeed. Only there is one problem Elena has an enemy that will stop at nothing to destroy her and anyone who side with her. Letitia wants revenge and she will stop at nothing to sabotage Elena and her friends. As all the performers struggle with one thing or another you find yourself rooting them on and to continue their dreams and hopes despite what has happened to them. At least Elena has Sebastein who is there for her to support her and she is there for him.

In Passion and Pain we learn that the characters come from all walks of life and some have been bullied. Some have been raped. Some have been pressured by peers to do things they would normally never do. Some have been doing drugs and alcohol to cope with the everyday stress of the performaning arts school has. What will happen Elena is faced with some of those things? Will she run or will she fight? Will she be able to overcome some of the pressures her peers are putting on her? What will she do when Letitia comes after her for her chunk of revenge? Want to know and so much more then read this book because it is everything you love to watch. It is like a train wreck and you can't help but watch it.



The Climb – Miley Cyrus – for all their auditions and hopes for success – great introductory song

If I Were The One – Ruff endz - when Seb finds out about Jay and Elena getting serious

Gravity – Sara Bareilles - Elena doesn’t accept break up with Jay – can’t let it go

Bad Habit – Destiny’s Child – When Elena goes back to Jay despite his confession

Suddenly – Angry Anderson – the dance between Anya and Darius

I Believe – Yolanda Adams - when Elena auditions, when her dancer is not going so well and every time she needs a pick me up

Lesson Learned – Alicia Keys – Elena’s betrayal by Frankie

When I Grow Up – Pussycat Dolls – during Anya’s 16th when they reveal their ambitions and learn to have fun

Who You Are - Jessie J – Frankie as she starts to unravel

Walk Away – Christina Aguilera - Leon constantly putting up with Frankie’s behavior

Against All Odds – Mariah Carey – Seb after Elena rejects him

Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart – Alicia Keys – for Elena, Leon and Sebastien

Elevator Love – Guy Sebastien – Seb and Elena’s relationship over the two years

Next to Me – Emeli Sande – final scene with Sebastien


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About this author:

Kathy Petrakis was born and raised in Sydney Australia by Greek immigrant parents. She always had a passion for the performing arts - dancing, acting and singing but they were hobbies giving way to a traditional professional career in banking. Before this book, her writing was used to entertain friends with her unusual, and often disastrous travel adventures from around the world.

By the hand of fate, Passion and Pain and Bittersweet were born while living in London, heaven for lovers of the performing arts. After launching Passion and Pain, she returned to Sydney for the launch of the sequel, Bittersweet.

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