Book Review: Unlovely by: Celeste Conway

Publisher: Merit Press

Publication Date: January 2, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: Accidents happen. But they happen more often when the beautiful ballet dancers return each summer to the island. When he hears the ruthless way that the loveliest dancer talks about boys getting what they deserve when they break girls' hearts, Harley, home for the summer after his first year of college, wonders if he's losing his mind. He knows for sure that he's losing his heart to this girl...But then, strange incidents start happening all over the island and Harley is caught between desire and fear: could he also be in danger of losing his life?

Review: There have always been strange rumors about the strange accidents and tragic deaths which center around Ocean Watch Academy, a summer dance school. Harley’s lived on the island his whole life and heard all the stories. Now Harley has come home for the summer from Colby College to find out he doesn’t have much in common anymore with his friends, including his ex-girlfriend Mairin. Harley meets Cassandra, one of the mysterious dancers at the Ocean Watch Academy, and he falls for her fast. However, there is more than meets the eye to the Ocean Watch Academy dancers and their headmistress. Soon Harley finds himself fearing for himself and those he loves from a threat which has been terrifying the islanders for decades. UNLOVELY is a creepy tale of love and revenge. While I liked the story, I didn’t feel too attached to the characters themselves. I thought the suspense played out well and was seriously disturbing. I think teen readers will especially enjoy UNLOVELY.

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