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Music and Raven are determined to make it in the music industry as dancers and they are faced with discrimination, struggles and drama along the way. A secret is revealed about one of them that challenge their friendship and dreams. Faced with jealousy, lies, murder, discrimination and even abuse, they continue to strive for their dreams even though they are confronted with harsh realities. When they get the opportunity to dance with Slyy a Platinum-selling recording artist, they find out just how low-down and ...
Music and Raven are determined to make it in the music industry as dancers and they are faced with discrimination, struggles and drama along the way. A secret is revealed about one of them that challenge their friendship and dreams. Faced with jealousy, lies, murder, discrimination and even abuse, they continue to strive for their dreams even though they are confronted with harsh realities. When they get the opportunity to dance with Slyy a Platinum-selling recording artist, they find out just how low-down and dirty the business can be - with sex, money and power ruling the people around them.
One issue after another, they realize that trying to accomplish a dream that everyone wants is difficult to acquire and maintain. They soon find out that making it as dancers in the music industry is hard enough, but surviving on the road and keeping secrets is even harder. Unlike other stories, this novel is not a 'tell all', but instead offers an insightful perspective from those seen but never heard. Delve behind the scenes into the lives of dancers who bring 'flavor' to the stages around the world to create memorable shows for sold out concerts.
Posted September 12, 2010
"Tour Secrets" is a backstage pass into the ups and downs of the entertainment field, particularly the music industry. Music was born to dance. Encouraged by her father at an early age, Music did just that. Now a young woman recognized for her skill and talent, Music's demand in on the rise. But as her demand grows, she learns more and more that all that glitters is not gold and some things, especially people, are not always as they seem. Is Music cut out for the music industry and all its drama?
I'm a little torn with this one. Let me explain. On one hand I enjoyed "Tour Secrets." It was entertaining and a very easy read. Informative. I've read a lot of books but not one coming from this angle as the author clearly has a unique perspective as a dancer. Kudos and a "You Go, Girl!" to her for that. I really felt like I was backstage in many instances.
Now on the other hand, I'm a little disappointed in what could have been. This book has/had the potential for being all that and then some (a 5-star read), but issues hold it back. I wanted more and stronger development of both the plot and characters. By the close of the book, I knew Music but I still really didn't know Music. I read as Music did this, that and the other, but I didn't know her well enough to understand why she did this or that. My attachment to her character was only surface. I didn't have enough to grasp on to. For example, Music had a boyfriend, a fact readers only learned through a conversation she had with another dancer. Music's ex was in the industry also, another fact only learned through a conversation. Information like this would have given readers more insight on her as a woman. Music had a best friend since childhood and a male friend she was very close to for years that she considered a play brother, yet the two never knew each other. She had a cousin she was very close to, but we knew nothing of her and she was only introduced into the story at the exact moment she was needed. Readers were told things but not shown in many cases, which would have been more effective. Instead, more time was devoted to happenings less relevant to moving the plot. And...a big secret in the beginning would have had a greater impact had it either been introduced later in the story or if there had been more development of characters/relationships to prepare readers. As a result, it lost its shock value. Repetition also became an issue. The author/editor needs to be more aware of passed/past confusion.
With all that said, and even though it may sound like I had a lot of issues with "Tour Secrets," I enjoyed it as I'm sure others will. I could easily tell others to pick it up. I just hate that it stopped a few floors short of penthouse level, which it easily could have done with a little more fine-tuning.
Reviewed by: Toni