“Equal parts dark, supernatural fantasy and mystery, this layered tale utilizes a spectacular arsenal of body horror, mythology, and the occult to explore mature themes around desirability, the consequences of unchecked power, and the apathy toward violence against girls engendered by a system that values perfectionism, pedigree, and submission over people’s lives. Gory, gripping, and visceral; examines how supernatural and systemic power unleash the monster within all of us.” KIRKUS
“Shea’s raw, tension-filled emotional roller-coaster of a novel delivers frighteningly gory depictions of body horror. While the scares are grisly, Shea skillfully uses them to reveal hard truths surrounding institutions that capitalize on exclusion, and to depict the lengths one teen goes for acceptance and recognition.” Publisher’s Weekly
A YA debut.
Laure Mesny is determined to make it in the cut-throat world of ballet, and she will do anything to prove that this Black girl can take centre stage. Anything . . . Even if it means entering into a bargain with a primordial power in the catacombs beneath Paris.
Laure is promised influence and adoration — and she gets it. But that alone is not enough — not for the cruel and privileged people who surround her. Her climb to stardom leaves broken bodies in her wake and, as she finds herself deep within this monstrous world, she is faced with the ultimate choice: will she retreat or succumb to the darkness forever?
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