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The first book in the YA /NA Contemporary Series - Dancers and Divas.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 NThe first book in the YA /NA Contemporary Series - Dancers and Divas.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?...

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Passion and Pain Reviews

  • Mandy
    2019-01-21 00:47

    I was invited to read Passion and Pain by the author in return for an honest review. Elena is run over by a boy fleeing from bullies thus starts a friendship that will change their lives. Together the pair head off to start their new lives at the prestigious Montacrue Performing Arts School. They each have big plans for the New Year, acting, dancing, singing, and even sports. Elena instantly makes an enemy who hell bent on destroying her life on the first day. Elena finds new friends in Veronika a writer and Frankie an actress and singer. Aside from Letitia things are going great for Elena she has great friends and she’s doing what she loves dancing and acting. Letitia uses her singing skills to lure Frankie away from Elena in the end turning her against her and then leading her down a path of drinking and drugs. In Choir class Jay is attracted to the older piano player and doesn’t see that her best friend is in love with her. Yet even with all the pain that Elena is feeling about losing her friend there is the positive, Elena befriends a shy ballet dancer named Anya. She has a chance meeting with Jay the piano player that brings a new relationship to life. As the school year rolls to an end Elena’s best friend Sebastien heads off to make a movie unknown about the relationship between Elena and Jay. During the summer Elena helps Jay write many songs and builds on their relationship by the time school rolls around. Will Elena be able to keep up her dancing and acting as well as juggle a new older boyfriend or will things come crashing down. I’ve been on a dance show kick for years I have to watch So You Think You Can Dance every season including the auditions so when the opportunity popped up to read a dance book I was thrilled with the chance. Passion and Pain is filled with all kinds of emotions it pulled at my heart strings as Elena progresses through the book. I like that the author Kathy Petrakis gives a peek at Elena and Sebastien’s first meeting it gave me a new perspective on them. The characters are so well written you feel like your living their lives with them. Elena is a great character who does a lot of growing up from the beginning of the book to the end. I have moments when I want to laugh with her, cry with her, even jump up and down screaming at her. It’s a great story that deals with the trials of being a teenager who happens to have a lot of pressure to do her best. The book does have a few adult situations so I would suggest over sixteen but I could see lots of teenagers and adults enjoying Passion and Pain. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  • R
    2019-01-24 22:29

    (Originally posted on Red Reader Reviews)This book reads like a written version of the movie “Fame.” If you haven’t had a chance to see that film, here’s a bit more of a description: there isn’t an overarching plot. Unlike most books, which have a very strong buildup to a final event, this book is more of a series of emotional climaxes and dramatic moments as seen through the eyes of a diverse group of teenagers. All of this takes place while the students are attending a performing arts high school in New York City – a very high stakes environment in which the students are being trained to one day enter the world of professional acting, singing, dancing, or journalism. Of course, such a career isn’t guaranteed, and the lessons these students learn in school are crucial to their future success.When I first started reading, I wasn’t really drawn into this world. Part of this was because I was waiting for the story to take on the traditional structure, and part of this was because I didn’t find myself invested in the characters. I also found that the characters I was interested in were the side characters and not Elena, the story’s lead.Once I got into the swing of things and realized what type of story this was, I started to enjoy it despite some issues which I’ll discuss later on. What really got me into the book, though, was when Petrakis moved from writing the story solely focused on Elena’s experiences and point of view to switching between several of the main characters’ personal trials and thoughts. Fair warning, the first time she does this is well over fifty pages into the book and it really jarred me for a minute. After I realized what was going on and saw that I was getting to see scenes and character development that I would have otherwise missed out on, though, I got excited.While Elena’s story is very traditional and something I’ve read many times, this isn’t the case with the other characters. That’s not to say what these other characters go through isn’t, unfortunately, the life experiences of many teenagers, it’s just not something that’s a traditional topic for high school novels. The main story I’m referring to is that of Anya, a young Russian ballerina, and her interactions with Darius, a “gangsta” boy who loves hip-hop and freedom. I absolutely adore these two characters and couldn’t get enough of their scenes. The book is worth reading for these two alone.At first I didn’t like Anya – she seems a bit “off” – but as you find out about her past and life experiences, you really feel for this young girl. Darius comes off as uninteresting when Elena’s the one interacting with him, but he comes alive when the story moves to scenes between him and Anya.Now, I did say I had some issues so it’s time to address those. I’ll start off with the big one.If you aren’t okay with underage drinking, underage sex, lots of swearing, and substance abuse, this is not the book for you. I’m not a fan of the party scene being in books where many of the characters are too young to drive, but it’s easy to forget just how young these kids are when you’re really into the events that are taking place. This is also very much a reality in modern culture and, though I’m not very knowledgeable about the subject, Petrakis does handle these scenes very well and it did feel like I was watching real-life teenagers take part in these situations.I can’t say the same for the dancing. If you don’t know anything about dancing, you’re going to be a little lost in the sections where Elena and the other dancing majors dance. The author uses technical dance terms such as “flip,” “drop,” and “rise” when discussing Elena’s dancing and doesn’t actually describe what the character is doing. The author will often say Elena is dancing to the music of a certain artist, but with the wide diversity of tempos and subject matters many modern artists sing about, it’s hard to imagine these dancing sequences. This does get better as the book goes on and, by the later chapters, I was able to visualize the dances much better as Petrakis stopped using technical terms and started to simply describe what the characters were doing.The final issue I had was with Elena and her friends being too talented. Elena can sing, dance, helps write song lyrics, gets some of the best roles in the school plays, and maintains solid A’s and B’s. While this would be fine if this were a book about a normal high school, this is a book about a performing arts school, and Elena is a scholarship student with no formal training. I found it hard to believe she was snagging starring roles and being selected over students with years of formal training for dancing honors right from the start. Despite Elena’s class having many students in it, her friends seem to get the key roles and be involved in all of the school’s drama. However, this is a book and not real life. As much as these students do go through very realistic situations, it would be impossible for anyone to write a book about high school without choosing to make the drama focused on a core group instead of it varying between groups as it does in real life. I’m surprised to find myself giving this book 4 out of 5 grimms based on my initial reaction, but it certainly deserves every one. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes high drama environments, mean-girls type rivalries, and relatively realistic high school stories. I’d say give this one a miss if you’re looking for a story with a strong plot or something lighthearted.

  • Anncleire
    2019-02-17 22:33

    “Passion and pain” lo avevo visto per caso un giorno curiosando su Goodreads, il sito su cui passo la maggior parte del mio tempo, come solo una fissata come me può farlo, e mi ero detta che mi sarebbe piaciuto leggerlo quando sarebbe uscito. Immaginatevi la mia gioia quando ho ricevuto una mail dalla sua eccezionale creatrice Kathy Petrakis che mi chiedeva se mi andava di leggere e recensire il suo libro. Ho accettato al volo e mi sono immersa in questa storia molto, molto carina.La storia? La storia è quella di Elena Martinez una ragazzina newyorkese di quattordici anni, con scarsi mezzi che ottiene una borsa di studio per frequentare la Montacrue Performing ArtsSchool perché vuole diventare una ballerina o una attrice insieme al suo migliore amico Sebastien Duval. Qui conoscerà un sacco di nuovi amici, l’amore e dovrà fare i conti con la fama e i sacrifici, le vittorie e le sconfitte e le invidie del mondo della danza, della recitazione e della musica mentre Letitia Washington cercherà in tutti i modi di metterle i bastoni tra le ruote. Riuscirà a superare le sue difficoltà e a capire chi ama davvero?Questa storia è a metà tra Fame (avete presente il telefilm degli anni ottanta che aveva al centro delle vicende una scuola simile con ballerini, cantanti e attori) e Glee ( qui i protagonisti sono un gruppo di nerd un po’ sfigati che fanno parte del glee club, un coro che si esibisce anche con coreografie) con in mezzo un po’ di Gossip Girl (altro telefilm americano ambientato a New York dove la nuova era tecnologica fornisce infiniti spunti per spettegolare e distruggere la reputazione di una persona). Nonostante il fatto che si tratti di una storia un po’ scontata e già vista è molto carina. Uno perché la Petrakis, una australiana nata da genitori greci emigrati, è un’ottima narratrice e permette immediatamente al lettore di identificarsi con Elena, la protagonista che è il secondo motivo per cui ho apprezzato il libro. Elena infatti è una ragazza che non da nulla per scontato, che lotta per realizzare i suoi sogni e che nonostante tutto non si monta la testa, non è invidiosa dei successi altrui e anzi si fa in quattro per aiutare chi è in difficoltà. Sempre con la risposta pronta, l’allegria nel sorriso è uno spirito libero, una ballerina formatasi sulla strada ma in grado di affrontare il duro lavoro che viene richiesto a chi sceglie una strada come la sua. Spontanea, gioiosa, una amica sincera capace di buttarsi anima e corpo nelle sfide che le vengono gettate contro.Il terzo motivo è la sfilza di personaggi che la accompagnano in questa avventura senza sommergerla, ma neanche senza scomparire. Ognuno trova il suo spazio e la scelta della narrazione in terza persona e il salto di punto di vista in questo caso si è rivelata l’idea giusto per dare più ampio respiro alla storia.Sebastian è il migliore amico ideale, quello che c’è sempre anche quando non è d’accordo con le scelte che intraprendi, che ti sostiene incondizionatamente ed è li per farti ridere o asciugarti le lacrime all’occorrenza. Un ottimo attore, spiritoso, un po’ uno sciupafemmine per Elena farebbe qualsiasi cosa. Veronika o Roni come viene soprannominata è una batterista e scrittrice, sempre informatissima sul gossip della scuola, scrive per il giornale ed è sempre la prima a sapere le cose. È una delle amiche più care di Elena e probabilmente uno dei miei personaggi preferiti.Anya una ballerina russa con serie difficoltà a prendere coscienza dei suoi sentimenti, che aiuterà incredibilmente Elena e Darius un fantastico ballerino di hip hop un po’ sui generis con l’aspetto da teppista che rivelerà non poche sorprese, Frankie che avrà un volta faccia allucinante e infine Leon un altro attore davvero molto dolce. E come non citare Jay? Ma non vi dico altro, altrimenti che gusto ci sarebbe?Il particolare da non dimenticare? Una stola rossa con le iniziali di Elena. Perché? Leggete e scopritelo.La storia è ben scritta e piena di azione, gli eventi volano durante il freshman e sofomore year alla Montacrue di Elena e ce n’è per tutti i gusti. La danza e la recitazione si uniscono alla musica, con le cattiverie di Letitia che non perde occasione per esibirsi nel suo peggio regalando al lettore un sacco di divertimento.Tra l’altro la Petrakis sta lavorando al sequel, Bittersweet in uscita nel 2013 in cui Elena frequenterà il suo senior year. Non vedo l’ora di poterci mettere le mani sopra.Can Elena reach her potential without losing herself along the way?Buona lettura guys!Io intanto non posso che ringraziare Kathy Petrakis per la splendida opportunità che mi ha regalato di leggere il suo libro in cambio della mia onesta opinione. Thanks a lot!Recensione anche sul mio blog:

  • Christina M Condy
    2019-01-30 00:37

    This book begins with Elena and Sebastien meeting for the first time. She stands a full head taller than him, and he is being bullied by kids. She sticks up for him, and a friendship begins. We then fast forward two years in the future to Grade 9 and boy have these two kids changed.They are both on their first day of a very elite private school for the arts. Now this book definitely made me think of the old show Fame, and the even a bit of Glee tossed in for kicks. And this is where things get interesting.We meet Letitia... And all I have to say is this...~~Here I come~~, yes I know its a video but she thinks she is all that and a bag of chips! She thinks the school revolves around her, and she has it in for our girl Elena. And she has every intention of making Elena's life a living *&^^! She is even willing to go so far as to try to get Seb to date her. Ha as if!There is quite a bit of drama in this book, and it does not read as just a quick read. We have the normal teenage issues. Drugs, Drinking, Bullying, and self-image issues. We even have some real surprises in this book that were totally but yet not unexpected. I know that statement contradicts itself but I just KNEW something like that was up with one of the characters and sure enough I was right, even though I didn't really expect it. And Romance! Yes we have romance. This one is in love with this one, and that one loves that one secretly, and that one is so over-whelmingly in lust with that one. It played very much like this!~~Bleeding Love~~ that is NOT an exaggeration. There was so much "blood shed" okay maybe not real blood, but the emotional turmoil that these kids had was enough to make me even want to stand up for some of them, and knock a few of them in the head.Now besides Seb and Elena, we have a full cast of characters. Elena's love interest Jay, who just happens to be Letitia's family. And that leads to some very intense interactions. As you can tell this book most certainly did have it all!Through this entire book I sat there and I was literally sucked into that world. As someone who performed as a child and who still does so, I found this book to be so spot on! Um for those of you who don't know what that means it means DEAD RIGHT! The one thing I really loved about this book was Seb and Elena's relationship. How they stood by each other and even though they may occasionally fight they are always there for each other. And when I think of the two of them I think of my daughter and her best friend and how no matter what they are always there and have each other's back.~~I Got You~~ this book is just the beginning! And when it ended I can honestly say I wanted to scream because I really wanted to just keep reading. Luckily book 2 is out, and I can get it into my hot little hands and keep reading. Yes I know, I am not known for my patience. But hey how can you go on when you have no air? ~~ No Air~~ so that's an exaggeration, I have air but I have no ending!And on that note, I am out of here! I give this book 5 musical stars, and I have to say I recommend this book to EVERYONE! There is a touch of a sex scene but nothing major, and I can honestly say I'd let my daughters read this without drama. Details/Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free through Amazon at the Authors bequest. This free book held no determination on my final review.

  • Sapir
    2019-02-09 18:30

    For this review and more visit my blog: Diary of a Wimpy Teen GirlWow. This book was so good. It has exceeded my highest expectations. I finished it more than a week ago and I'm still quite shocked at how great and amazing it was.Performing arts are one of my greatest loves and my dream. I just love watching people perform singing, dancing and acting and I always dream to be as great as they are...That's why I felt like this book was written for me!! It was about an average girl, my age, practically living my dream.Elena Martinez, a high school Freshman and Sophomore during the book, is very talented in the performing arts. She studies in a special school for arts in New York and there she meets other kids just like her. Some of them are nice and friendly, and other, like Letitia, are evil and all they want to do is ruin her life. This book describes Elena's life in high school - her friends, her enemies, her first love and her first heartbreak.Elena was definitely my favorite character of the book. I loved reading about her passion for dancing, singing and acting. She was very sensitive and emotional and has managed to show her feelings while performing. That was why she was so great at what she was doing.I loved reading about her each time reaching a small goal in the way to become what she wanted most - a professional dancer. Even when she was going through lot, she never gave up and was always strong and determined to succeed. A lot of things happened to her in this book and I really felt sorry for her, especially at the end, but I loved how she has managed to overcome everything and learn from every situation.I loved the romance in this book. It was actually the best part. Elena had her first boyfriend and her first true love ever and it was so great to read about what she felt towards Jay. They made a beautiful couple at the beginning, but Jay's intentions about her weren't clear during the whole book. I couldn't be sure if he was good for her or not, but what I did know was that he wasn't the best match for her.Elena's best friend was a guy she knew since she was 12 - Sebatien. He was the best match, and I wanted to slap her the whole book and yell at her because she couldn't see that!!! Sebastien was so miserable and I couldn't help loving him and wishing I knew him in real life.This book made me feel all sorts of emotions in such an intensity! I cried and laughed, I felt joy and desperation, I felt love and utter hatred. I was inside the book, living the story. It felt amazing and I just couldn't put the book down, couldn't get enough of it. I almost cried at the end only because it was over.I recommend you all to read this book. It is and indie read, but be sure it is much better than most published books out there. I haven't started the second book yet, but I'll do it very soon because I can't wait to get more of this beautifully written story and characters. It is, undoubtedly, an all-time favorite of mine.

  • Bailey
    2019-01-26 00:51

    Initially this review was supposed to be posted for a blog tour. I was thrilled to be asked to review this book because I thought it sounded so interesting. Who doesn't want to read a book about dance? Unfortunately I couldn't get into Passion and Pain and I had to mark it did-not-finish. Elena Martinez isn't a girl from a family of wealth but she finds herself competing agaisnt some very talented people at New York's top performing arts school. I had a really hard time getting to know Elena as a character. I never felt like I could connect to her. She just didn't feel like she was fully developed to me. Often times she got on my nerves because she'd fall into the superficial traps such as Letitia and obsessing over Jay. The one thing I did like about Elena was her relationship with Seb but I just felt like she wasn't a relateable or well developed character. Though I think Elena could have been a really nice character if she was flushed out a bit more. She definitely had the potential there!When I first started this book I really liked it I loved how Kathy started things off with Elena and Sebastien as young kids. It felt like a strong opening to me and I loved how Elena handled things. And of course right away I loved scrawny Sebastien. He honestly was the only character who I really loved in this book from what I had read. He felt like the only character who was really developed fully and he was the main reason I kept reading until I finally realized this book wasn't for me.Kathy Petrakis writing felt like it could have been better. I could see that she definitely was a writer but I just wasn't feeling it with this story. It didn't seem to flow naturally to me and it might have been because she wrote it in third person. I never take well to third person. Something about it always makes it hard for me to get into a book. It just depends on how the authors writing is too and with Passion and Pain I just couldn't get lost in the writing like I would have liked.As stated above I didn't finish this book which is why it's only getting 1 out of 5 birds. I got to about the eighty page mark and even then I probably should have stopped sooner. It wasn't that this book was completely terrible because it wasn't. A lot of the reviews I have seen people adored this book. But for me I just wasn't one of them. But that doesn't mean that you won't like the book. Everyone's tastes are different which is why I never tell someone not to read a book. Read it because you might just enjoy it but for me it wasn't a winner. But I could see the potential that the story had.

  • Marni
    2019-01-24 23:37

    Take a bit of Glee, mix with Mean Girls, Honey and Fame and the finished product is the wonder some Passion and Pain. A group of talented teens going into their first year at a performing arts school brought back memories of when I was younger and totally hooked on all things Fame. All trying to find their niche and going from mostly complete strangers to tight nit friends almost instantaneously. A bit too instant for reality sake, but I assume the author rushed that a bit to just get the story itself going instead of spending half the book with people warming up to one another. I know when I think of high school, I have the memories of my friends and I doing goofy things together, but also remembering the mean girls. This story does not leave that stone uncovered but gives us one of the most spiteful, hateful, deceitful mean girls possible, Letitia, and an entourage to boot.There's music, dancing, friendships, romance, cattiness and so much more all intertwined in this story. The main POV is Elena. I'd say about 90% is her POV with a dash of others here or there. It was a bit distracting to be seeing things from her POV and suddenly, out of the blue, going to another's. It would have been a better fit to either leave it hers altogether or mix it up a bit every other or every few chapters. Anyway, Elena is an endearing character. Full of hope, a bit naive, the brunt of the main mean girls attention but always looking out for her friends and seeing what she could do to help them while also being confident enough to learn from them. Elena has spunk and even though her core could be shaken, she picked herself up and broke it all down street style. Let's not forget the hotties...Sebastien and Jay. Both vying for ones girls attention, even though one is doing so unknowingly but of course those who pay attention can see it clearly. This book is a teen dreams. Full of friendships, the arts and living the dream, a teen could find much inspiration in this book and I'm sure will get some of its readers to try a new thing or two. With the success of Glee, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, X Factor, etc, this book has an audience far and wide and will not disappoint.To see the post, complete with pictures, go to:

  • Kayla
    2019-02-04 19:47

    "Fame meets Gossip Girl wrapped with a touch of Glee" <-- PERFECT way to describe this book - except I would have to add in a little Center Stage (the movie) and Step Up 2 as well!! This was such a fun read! If you enjoy the arts, this is definitely a book to read. There's drama, passion, anger, performance, stress... I mean it's got it all... even a mini sexual scene (nothing on the Rated X scale though). There are so many different individual struggles and stories. You end up getting connected with several different highly evolved characters - My favorites being Anya and Darius. Of course I love Seb too! He's absolutely previous and really reminds me of Charlie from Center Stage. The main female character, Elena, is really likable. She's such a sweet soul but good grief is she dense when it comes to seeing what's in front of her. I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to jump through the book several times and knock her in the head! There was so much going on in this book it was like it's own mini tv drama regarding the arts... 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... The characters were really easy to like - or hate with regards to Letitia >_< There were really serious issues in this book that were addressed as well = bullying, stress, passion, rape, overcoming painful pasts, how individuals can be misjudged by looks, sex & losing virginity, peer pressure, drugs... I mean, seriously - this book could become the next big performing arts show on tv! :) Instead of focusing on glee club, it would be more focused on dance. I like that idea! I really didn't want to stop reading this story. I finished it in about 5 hours total. I'd highly recommend this story to individuals who enjoy the world of performing arts - especially dance - and the struggle that goes into "making it." There will be a second book in this series and I wish I had it NOW!! I want to know what's going to happen their senior year in school! I want to know how everyone's story continues! It's hard to remind myself that I'll have to be patient ^_^

  • Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
    2019-02-20 00:38

    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.

  • Dana Cuadrado
    2019-01-21 18:35

    Passions and Pain follows the story of Elena who is going to a performing arts school in hopes to be a successful dancer and actress. I personally can't dance but my opinion is those who can't do should read or watch about it on TV. Fans of the movies Fame and Step Up will love this novel. It is fun but also has a lot of drama because when you go to a school that has a focus of drama you know there will be some Drama Queens.My friend goes to La Guardia High School which is the fame school in Manhattan so I kept thinking is this what her high school experience is like. Not really. So is it completely realistic that people are this competitive in a school like this not so much but then again it is dramatized who would want to read a book with zero conflict.Letitia is the perfect mean girl. She acts a foil to Elena. Letitia is everything that Elena isn't; she is assured and knows exactly who she is. She is horrible to Elena and all you want is for Elena to take Letitia off her pedestal. I loved the relationship between Sebastien and Elena right off the bat it was insanely adorable. Elena too was really great but I think it was the supporting characters who were the most outstanding in this book. But Elena is great because who doesn't enjoy rooting for the under dog.Passion and Pain is a quick read that you will be zooming through as you root for Elena to improve as both an actress, dancer, and as a person. I could definitely see Passion and Pain as a movie a cross between Step Up and Bring It On. With both dancing and intense competition fans of young adult contemporary novels will fall in love with Passion and Pain. I can't wait to read Bitter Sweet the sequel to Passion and Pain which is out now!*I received this book for review all opinions are my own*

  • S.A. Larsen
    2019-02-05 16:44

    Blood, sweat, tears, and courage is what it takes at a private school for talented kids; oh, and bit of spunk, too.The story begins during Elena's middle grade years, giving the reader a slice of what made the young adult Elena. Then we travel to an active feel, a cross between Fame of the '80s and the more recent Step Up series, with the setting an artsy high school, a scholarship, and Elena specializing in hip hip. The author includes tangible elements like Elena's elation during her first day upon seeing the performance stage; as a performer myself, I found these scenes accurate and easily visible.I enjoyed the regular teenage obstacles such as not fitting in or crushing on the wrong boy that constantly blocked Elena's path to achieving her goals. By far, my favorite roadblock in this story was the villainist. Superb. Seriously, she's a character to despise. And Elena's goals weren't just about becoming a better dancer, but also to extend herself beyond her usual means and comfort zone, to push, explore, and be more.Ultimately, what continually drew me back to the story was the friendship between Elena and her BFF-boy, Seb. Their relationship was real and, if we're lucky, one that any reader would cherish in real life. Of course, there has to be another complication of Seb having the sweetest crush on Elena since middle grade and her always being too busy to notice. That definitely added another human ingredient and humor; humor which is short-lived. Only after a tragedy, when it's curtain's last call, does Elena realize the true depth of her friendship with Seb. You'll have to read to discover their final steps.

  • Gabic Reads
    2019-02-02 00:42

    Original review at Gabic Reads as part of the Dancers and Divas blog tour.This book is funny at times and heartbreaking at others. Elena, the main character, is a dancer and actress. She focuses mainly on hip-hop, as that is what she learned on the streets. She sweet, confident, talented, and trusting. She is also extremely naive and oblivious. Sometimes there traits were endearing. Other times I wanted to smack her for all these stupid things she wasn't seeing right in front of her.When I first read the description, I thought that all these characters main/supporting characters would make it confusing to read, but I found I actually LOVED all the characters. Except for certain people *cough cough* Letitia *cough cough* Jonathan *cough cough* Frankie down spiral was heartbreaking, to say the least. Anya and Darius are the most adorable couple ever!!!!!!I liked the pace of the books. It covers two years, freshman and sophomore year. At times the book moved fast, but I didn't feel like Kathy was rushing or forcing the scenes. There were times that I was confused as to what month it was, though.What caught my attention about Passion and Pain is that it sounded like the Step-Up movies and Fame. I love both of those movies, so I was intrigued as to how well that would transfer onto paper. I couldn't have been happier with the results!

  • Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
    2019-02-11 21:47

    Passion and Pain is a contemporary novel that revolves around students attending an art school in which emotions are constantly running high. The fact that these students are all very talented and determined to stand out in a a very competitive field already leads to a stressed atmosphere. But when you add the jealousies, the emotions of trying to be the best in a very limited space becomes harder by the day. The book starts out meeting our MC when she's just 13 years old. The duration of the story is very much a coming of age story. Through friendships and heartbreaks this story is full of emotional highs and lows. Until that much anticipated day of graduation looms and their careers can bloom. Although Elena is the focus of the novel, the reader will be introduced and get to know several different characters on different levels. My particular favorite being Sebastien.You'll get drama, humor, romance and a lot of very determined young students thrown together in situations that will make them face their fears together. At around 350 pages it's one of the longer contemporary stories that I have read this year. But it does cover a lot of time in their lives when a lot of changes are happening. So there is very little down-time in the story.

  • Kirsty Vizard
    2019-01-27 18:50

    When Kathy Petrakis offered me Passion and Pain to review I did hesitate because I am not passionate about The Arts and I wondered if that would affect how I thought about the book. However, on beginning the story it is quickly apparent that Kathy Petrakis' fervour for all things performance radiates through her writing and she inspired an excitement in me.The group of characters in Passion in Pain are all carefully thought out and have strong personalities. The relationships they share are at times complex, and it was easy to forget that the majority of the characters are fifteen. Despite their different school life I liked the fact that Kathy Petrakis gives this group very normal teenage experiences, from drinking to deciding about losing their virginity to dealing with bullying to falling in love.The end of the book is highly emotional, and the author handles this very well, as this is an opportunity for the reader to connect on a deeper level with some of the characters and form opinions about others.Passion and Pain is a different novel than I am used to reading but it is a brilliant start to the Dancers and Divas series and I love Kathy Petrakis' style of writing.One to read.

    2019-02-14 20:51

    Passion and Pain is the first in a series of books about a group of teenagers with a passion for performance arts and their first steps in the world of love, lust and alcohol. Leading with Elena, her best friend Sebastian and the loyal set of friends she makes at her new school you are swept along on her journey as she tries to juggle true love and her determination to succeed at school. The book has a great balance of both the performance arts side of things, and the high school drama that propels the plot along.It is refreshing to be given characters that value their virginity and know the importance of hard work and Elena and her friends certainly tick all the boxes here. Her sworn enemy, Letitia is feisty and manipulative from the word go, but it is a shame you don’t get more of a backstory to her evil nature as it feels like there is something more there. Perhaps that is something that will be developed in the sequel, Bittersweet, which is out in 2013. The ending of Passion and Pain certainly begs for more, as Sebastian surely can’t keep his dirty little secret from Elena for long.Reviewed by Elizabeth Wright on behalf of

  • Tyler-rose (The Reading Pile)
    2019-02-04 21:37

    Review can be found at book has a lot of things involved within it: drama... anger... passion... and the stress that comes along with trying to 'make it'. Honestly, I hate dance. I don't like dance movies (though I enjoyed Fame... for the most part anyway) and I was a bit... iffy about Passion and Pain when I read the prologue. But, I can also say that I love the characters. I loved how they were developed within this book. The main character Elena annoyed me at times (but then again, when does a main character NOT annoy me at times?), but despite that she was still an amazing character. I hated some of the characters *cough*Letita*cough* but that's because they're supposed to be hated - so there was no conflicting opinions (For once!) with me!This book deals with some tough issues (rape, bullying..) but it was definitely a good read. I'd recommend this book to anyone with a passion for dance - something I lacked. But if I enjoyed the book, surely you will too?

  • Emily
    2019-02-17 22:53

    When Elena first meets Sebastian "Seb", they are young and she is not sure she wants to be his friend. Although walking to dance class with him doesn't seem to be so bad. Two years later Seb is her best friend and with her to begin their first day at Montacrue Performing Arts School It doesn't take long to make friends and an enemy as she finds herself constantly competing with a diva. The first four years are filled with promise, disappointment, pain, happiness, and unexpected turns that Elena and Sebastian never saw coming. This reminded me a bit of Fame, but definitly with a more current vibe to it. I thought Sebastian was delightful, he is soft to Elena who is a tough cookie. I was surprised several times and thoroughly enjoyed this multi performance novel.

  • Hayley
    2019-02-16 19:50

    While reading I also thought about Bring It On: All or Nothing and Step Up 2. At times I was screaming at and wanted to throw my iPad because of what was happening in the story. I cannot wait for the next book to be released. The only problem I had with the book was that I noticed a few grammatical errors. If you enjoy reading about teenagers and their drama then you will love this book. As soon as I started reading I didn’t want to put it down. I felt so sorry for what some of the characters went or were going through. I wanted to hit a few of the characters over the head for their actions. I wanted to cry when I finished the book because I wanted to keep reading. I cannot wait for the next book to be released. If this book ever becomes a movie or TV series I will so be watching it.

  • Fallon Clark
    2019-02-14 18:43

    While reading I also thought about Bring It On: All or Nothing and Step Up 2. At times I was screaming at and wanted to throw my iPad because of what was happening in the story. I cannot wait for the next book to be released. If you enjoy reading about teenagers and their drama then you will love this book. As soon as I started reading I didn’t want to put it down. I felt so sorry for what some of the characters went or were going through. I wanted to hit a few of the characters over the head for their actions. I wanted to cry when I finished the book because I wanted to keep reading. I cannot wait for the next book to be released. If this book ever becomes a movie or TV series I will so be watching it.

  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    2019-01-30 22:56

    I was surprised at how much I liked this story. It is reminded me of the show Fame, a bunch of kids at a school for the performing arts. It mirrored what you see in a lot of high schools today, the pettiness of some people and others having to deal with those types of people. Peer pressure, drugs, alcohol, sex (only 1 actual sex scene and it was pretty mild). Some of the facts threw me off, Elena was working at 14 in a restaurant? I didn't think that they would hire that young....but maybe that the realist side of me. I can't wait to read the 2nd book!

  • Marymichele
    2019-02-20 16:40

    I really tried to read this book, but I just could not get in to it. It was too similar to the plot of the movie Fame, which I love, but I don't want to read someone else trying to imitate it. Perhaps the story changes amd gets more interesting, but for me this is a "been there, done that" book, and I have no desire to finish it. I'm very glad it was a free nook book.

  • Jill
    2019-01-21 18:27

    Great read. Reminded me of Gossip Girl in a lot of ways. Finished this book in an afternoon, lots of fun. Hope to read more from this author.

  • Tracey (Life and Literature)
    2019-02-19 19:40

    So what if dancers never really made it big outside of ballet? that didn't mean she couldn't have a career as a dancer."Fame and success are two different things. As long as you do what you love, you will make it"When I was in school, the performing arts subjects were the reason I went. I loved them. Although unlike the characters in Kathy Petrakis's Dancers and Divas series, I have no talent when it comes to dancing and acting. But that didn't stop me from loving book one in the series, Passion and Pain.This book centres around 15 year old Elena Martinez and her talented group of friends. All dealing with varying degrees of issues that are faced by teens in todays society.Her body was betraying her but she was not feeling loved. She felt like a puppet being used for a show.Elena, is a normal fifteen year old, trying to fit in at school, make good grades, be a good friend, experiencing her first love and dealing with all the conflicting emotions that that involves. She feels an attraction towards Jay from the first time she sees him and eventually they start dating. The author did a great job or showing us the reader how easy it is to be swept up in the feelings of love and therefore be so forgiving of letdowns by your partner and not be able to see things clearly. I really felt for Elena because even I was fooled by the things that were happening there for a little while. And then I just got angry!! There was one statement that Jay made after talking to his sister and I just wanted to put my hands through the book and throttle him. (Cryptic I know. Sorry, I don't want to spoil things!)"You are going to live to regret this," Letitia said as he opened the door to leave, "Nobody says no to me. Did you hear me? Nobody!"When you have a group of teenagers competing for coveted positions there is bound to be someone who feels threatened and gets their nose put out of joint. And that person is Letitia. She was the preverbal mean girl. She has an instant dislike for Elena and sets out to make her life a misery. She has students wrapped around her finger and at times even the teachers are bowing to her demands.She knew how other girls looked at him. But she was his best friend and still very protective of him. Not every girl was good enough for her Seb.My favourite characters by far were Sebastian and Darius. Elena's best friend Sebastian, was a big loveable goofball. Incredibly talented with a good heart and an incredibly soft and deep side to him. There were times that I just wanted to give him a big hug and tell him not to give up. Darius had this tough looking outer shell, but inside he was a big marshmallow. He said the most absolute sweetest things!! To be honest, I really can't resist tattoos so maybe that was where my initial reaction came from. But the more I got to know him the more I found I liked him. He's not in the book a great deal, but when he was he was just perfect.And while this book is full of the arts it also deals with some pretty deep issues. Teenage drinking, drugs, rape, bullying, sex, death... All are touched on in this book, but done in a way that wasn't too heavy, preachy or overpowering.Passion and Pain was a really enjoyable read. I enjoyed the writing, which flowed smoothly. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in book two. There are dramas to be had I think!!

  • Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
    2019-01-22 20:37

    Original review here: book was such a great read. I think if you are a fan of the arts or have dabble in the world (chorus veteran), then this book is right up your alley. I was nowhere near as competitive as the teens in this book, but I understand all the struggle it takes no matter your tastes. All the blood, sweat and tears that it takes to standout and be successful is one hell of a road. And it is more than you pushing yourself, there are those that will push you past your limits and/or common sense. All that matters is winning. But our main character Elena learns the hard way things that seem great for you, may very well be the end of you. I had a blast with this. Elena is a hip hop dancer whose talents have gotten her into one of the top performing arts schools in America. I loved Elena's spirit in this book. You will root for her from the get go. But this is a Young Adult book, so common sense is not that common (scratch that, that goes for adults as well). Nonetheless, the obvious completely goes over her head in this book and she pays for it in the most humiliating way. You will want to smack her a few times in this book. But all the characters will definitely get a rise out of you. They all have such vast personalities, but the chemistry is amazing. I loved seeing these guys together. Sebastien was amazing. Definitely one of my favorites. He had me smiling like all the other girls in this book. I loved him. What I love about this book is just following these characters on their journey and seeing them grow. Elena wants to do her best, but it is difficult when a snobby diva named Letitia is out to make Elena's life a living hell. Letitia is the big name on campus with a name and a lot of money. What she says goes. I love how Petrakis was able to talk about issues we all have to face at one point in our lives or the other. We see how they deal certain prejudices and judgments. Their struggles make you connect with them more. And you have no idea just how dark some of the issues get. There are issues of sex, rape, discrimination, and more. This book was more intense than I thought it would be. But along with drama, there will also be laughs and some romance. Petrakis is such a great writer because she balances out everything so beautifully. I highly recommend this read for those looking for a great Young Adult Contemporary Romance. It is a very intriguing read that got me hooked from the beginning. I don't read a lot of YA Contemporary Romance, but I am glad I jumped at the opportunity to read this. I am looking forward to book 2, Bittersweet. That title alone means I should be bringing tissues. DARNIT! I can't wait to see what Petrakis has in store for us with these characters especially Letitia. I would love some backstory on her. It will be interesting to get into the head of someone I loathe.. I am very excited about the next book. Don't pass this book up.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-03 00:39

    (Source: Downloaded for free from Elena is starting school at Montacrue Performing Arts School, a prestigious dance and drama school in New York. This is something that Elena has dreamed about for a long time, and she’s determined to make a success of herself.Although the school is new to her though, she does have one friend starting with her – Sebastian, who’s been her best friend for two years and knows her better than anyone else.Elena really wants to concentrate on her grades and her dancing and acting, but she doesn’t bank on meeting Jay, who she instantly is attracted to.The problem is that Jay is the resident mean-girl’s brother, and Letitia is not happy about Elena dating her brother.Who will be most successful and get the leads in the school plays though? Can Elena and Jay really make a relationship work with Letitia’s incessant interfering? And does Sebastian really only think of Elena as a friend?This was a pretty typical high-school story, with mean girls, cute boys, and of course – a love triangle. The difference is that Montacrue is a dance and drama school, so there was a large dose of acting and dancing, competitions, and theatre productions thrown in.Elena was really into her dancing and acting, and really went the extra mile to try and be the best, even when what she was doing took her out of her comfort zone. Elena was also not afraid to stand up for herself, and I liked that she protested when Jay was pressurising her to have sex with him.Jay was quite honestly my least favourite character in this book. He started off seeming like a real sweetheart, but quickly began acting like an absolute poo-head, and pressurising Elena to do stuff she didn’t want to do. When something bad then happened to him, I felt a little sorry for Elena, but really didn’t feel sorry for him.Sebastian and Elena’s other friends all had their own little quirks, although Elena was pretty blind to the fact that Seb had feelings for her.There were also several difficult issues dealt with in this book – underage/unprotected sex, and drugs and alcohol misuse. Although these issues are balanced out by the joy Elena felt whilst dancing and acting.Overall; older teens YA novel, about dancing, as well as some more difficult subjects.6.5 out of 10.

  • Ashley
    2019-01-21 22:54

    See this review and more at My Two CentsAlthough, the idea of dancers and performers as main characters doesn't always pull me in. I did manage to finish this book. I often times get tired or bored of the trivial "dance" or "practice" scene. I'm happy to say that, that wasn't the way this book went. The performance element to this story were very well integrated, surrounded by well developed characters, a little banter, and appropriately placed. Elena's character was well rounded, she made me quite mad sometimes! One minute she was being funny, the next a bit to engrossed in her head .But she was still witty and bubbly-ish most of the time, determined, educated, and annoyingly fit for someone who likes to eat pizza so much! By the end of the book however, her character development was very present. She show's a shift in attitude, and the way she seems to think! She became a stronger character and very likeable! You kind of want to cheer for her along the way! Seb's character seemed like quite the fun guy! Pretty care free and charming, a bit of a slacker, and extremely witty. He's like the cool popular kid, but without all the arrogant jerkiness, which is great! He's not a smooth talker, but he's compassionate, and well everything you'd want a best friend to be. Even with a moment or two where you maybe don't like him, he was likeable throughout the story. I just keep wondering how in the world he got anything done on time? it's like things came so effortlessly for him most the time! The down side to this book for me, was the lack of danger, mystery, surprise, extreme sadness, threat of failing....... whatever it is that needed to be there; that one last final conflict before the triumphant and happy ending, or something. I just felt like something, not something huge, just something was missing. I may have disappointed myself, by thinking something was coming when it's not. I do that sometimes,I hype myself up.

  • Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
    2019-02-06 23:46

    Did I enjoy this book: This book was alright. It didn’t blow me away but it kept me reading to see how it would end.I was expecting Elena to be all about dance. I didn’t think she was going to be an all-around artist—dance, singing, acting. I would have preferred it if she were just focused on dance. I think the story would have been much better that way. I like to read books that center on the performing arts. It’s a world that is fascinating and interesting. I just wish that Elena hadn’t been in all of the arts. Dance is her thing and that’s what I wanted to read about when I picked up Passion and Pain. I know that a lot of dancers are also singers and actors. It was a bit hard to believe that she was so good at all three.I enjoyed reading about the rehearsals and everything that Elena went through to prepare for her plays and dances. As I said, I find it fascinating and fun to read about it. Dance books are up there with skating books for me. I love to read them. However, I should have written the review as soon as I finished reading Passion and Pain because at this point, a few months later, I don’t remember much about it. It was an alright read, but not that memorable.Would I recommend it: I may recommend this book if you like Young Adult and performing arts. This is not a New Adult book but would not be suitable for anyone under the age of 15.Will I read it again: I will not.(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

  • Samantha Julmisse
    2019-01-25 21:46

    A book about dancing, love, high school and finding yourself. I enjoyed many of the characters, though I will be honest the second half of the book the main character ticked me off to no end. We follow our main character and her friends through not only the trials of high school but through the beginnings of entering the competitive arts world. I didn't really feel like I got to know the characters as well as I could have, I liked them well enough but I didn't connect with them like I would have liked. There was always something going on which definitely held my interest. An interesting story with twists and turns filled with pain, friendship, romance and just trying to make it through high school.

  • Starr
    2019-01-28 00:36

    Honestly, when I entered this giveaway, I didn't think I was going to win this book and wasn't all that interested in reading it. It was much better than I expected. I didn't really like Elena's character at the beginning, but I liked her more as the story developed. I liked the story a lot, and I would read the sequel. The only problem I had was that sometimes the characters acted and spoke unlike actual teenagers act and speak. I waaaaaant Frankie to be normal again. :(

  • Kathryn
    2019-01-26 18:39

    Insipid rip-off of Fame with clunky dialogue, and dull, cliched characters.