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Vivienne realizes she is dying. All she wants to do is see her daughter Giselle one last time and apologise. But Giselle no longer exists and it is Crow, a gender-queer anarchist who returns to a family home that is plagued by ghosts and violent memories. Crow unravels terrifying secrets, hoping to find closure at last. But can anyone survive the shadows that lurk behind tVivienne realizes she is dying. All she wants to do is see her daughter Giselle one last time and apologise. But Giselle no longer exists and it is Crow, a gender-queer anarchist who returns to a family home that is plagued by ghosts and violent memories. Crow unravels terrifying secrets, hoping to find closure at last. But can anyone survive the shadows that lurk behind the fairy tales?...

Title : The Ballerina and the Revolutionary
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ISBN : 21814929
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 235 Pages
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The Ballerina and the Revolutionary Reviews

  • Karyn
    2019-04-10 19:48

    The title alone was enough to intrigue me to want to read this book. Sometimes you can get enough from a book title to let your mind wander as to what the book will be about. With this title, I had no idea what this could be about, so I had to read it.After reading it, I realized there really is no other title for this book. I will not give anything away about how this title is perfect though.The main character of this story Giselle (aka Crow) runs away from home at a very your age. She is angry and emotionally damaged. The author brings Crow’s feelings out so well that the reader can feel the hurt and anger weighing on them.Crow’s mother is dying and her brother finds her to bring her home because it is their dying mothers wish to make amends. Crow is very reluctant but loves her brother and does it for him.Crow stays in the house she grew up in (and ran away from). Crow is not comfortable in the house due to the memories it stirring up (the reader becomes uncomfortable as well). There are also hints that something isn’t 100% right with the house. Crow finally visits her mother and is shocked by what she sees. Her mother does not like the cold intimidating woman she was when Crow ran away. Instantly we see Crow’s wall start to break a little as she see her mother in a new light.The longer Crow stays in her childhood home she starts to find papers and diaries that give her more insight into her mothers past. This coupled with the visions she starts having is starting to bring a more complete picture for why her mother was so distant when Crow was young and Crow starts to question her own view of her memories.This book kept the mystery going right to the end. It kept the reader trying to guess what was happening while the entire time, the reader was going through the same emotions as Crow.We see Crow grow up a lot during this book. When I finished the book, I looked back and was surprised to see how many pages were in the book. There is a lot going on in the book but it is written in a way that it is not overwhelming.The author tied the storyline up neatly but did leave a door open in case she decides to write the next chapter in Crow’s story.

  • Angela Cruz
    2019-04-14 21:59

    This is a feminist fiction with a touch of paranormal. This is a stand alone book, but I would love to read what happens next. I would recommend this for the older age group being the sexual innuendos, and this does touch on abuse. This book describes the journey of self discovery and self acceptance. Dealing with ones inner demons, some that have been hidden away, needing to resurface to heal. A great read. This is the story about Giselle, but leans towards Vivienne whom is the mother of Giselle and Tom. She is sick and is needing to make peace with Giselle. It has been a long time since Giselle ran away from home, and she is no longer the girl her mother once knew. She is now a strong, gender queer anarchist called Crow, whom has no desire to come home... for any reason. But she has a weakness for her brother Tom and is talked into coming home. She returns to their family home, to the ghosts, lost memories, and finally having to deal with her inner demons. Can she bring peace to her ailing mother? Can she deal with her long hidden secrets? Can she forgive her mother? Only time will tell. favorite passages:"My throat, dry from shouting, felt full of razor blades.""We were moving back, retreating, scurrying away like frightened rats.""Vivienne was a prima ballerina before she gave birth to me and I had all the grace of an elephant.""Sprinting along the street, I glanced back at the dark windows of Vivienne’s house and blew a kiss for my brother." <3"Maybe you need to go back…discover the skeletons behind the stage curtains.""His lips were like knives. They tore at my skin, exposing all I was so desperate to hide.""A tear pricked my eye and I brushed it away.""You can run away from your family, but not from yourself." "It was as though the fairies had replaced my mothers shell with one that mirrored the evil within." "Nanny was here.""Skeletons... what are they but the truth behind the pretty lies we tell each other..."

  • Shelley
    2019-04-18 17:48

    I read this book with no idea what to expect, literally because I did not read the blurb at all. A friend highly suggested it so I dove into it blind. Wow! What a jaw dropping journey this took me on. At the beginning I made some preliminary judgments that the main character was trying to decide on sexuality as in does she like girls, guys, or both. I was stunned and captivated to find out what was truly the question and how she discovers her own personal truths. Milla V took me on a slow dance of discovery that I could recognize in my own life. I was moved and touched by all the little nuances that came into play while Crow navigated social interactions and interpersonal insecurities. The way the characters were developed so that I felt I knew each one and could pick someone out in my own life that could have easily represented them. When I thought I knew these characters and how they would react in a given situation, as in life, there are unknowns that I couldn't account for but came to light at the appropriate times. With her superb writing and understanding of her characters, Milla V has brought light to a situation of tragedy and triumph so well that I think it should be considered required reading for high school students and beyond.

  • Joey Paul
    2019-04-04 20:35

    I picked up this book because I loved the synopsis and I'm very glad I did. The author is great at setting the scene, when you first meet Crow all you know about them is that they live rough, left home at thirteen and did not have a good relationship with their mother. Their older brother comes calling begging Crow to come home because their mother is dying and wishes to see Crow. For Crow this means returning to the childhood home that haunts them still. As they come to terms with being back home, the story jumps from time period to time period, but never in a way that isn't easy to follow. It feels more like a biography of Crow's life and the decision they made. Despite not knowing the full picture until the very end, it makes for an engaging story. Once I started to read, I couldn't stop. It is an excellent book, well written and beautifully crafted and I would recommend to anyone who likes a dark read. Recommended!

  • Sheri
    2019-04-11 19:40

    The Ballerina and the Revolutionary by Milla V. Giselle's Mother Vivienne is dying and her last wish is to apologize to her daughter. But Giselle is not so eager, she considers herself a "gender-queer anarchist" and wants to be known as "Crow". When Crow comes home to her mothers house she is haunted by ghosts and a violent and unpleasant past. Will Crow be able to forgive her Mother? And will she finally find the closure she needs to carry on in life.A well written story, filled with emotions. The vivid details made me feel as if I were experiencing life throw Crow's eyes. The story was very original, just when I thought I might have things figured out a new twist or surprise would surface. I recommend to those who like a good dramatic story with a twist of paranormal.

  • Zoe
    2019-04-21 15:49

    This is a hauntingly beautiful, poetic read from Milla V. I was pulled in from the first line, and it did not let up. I was enraptured by the simple and yet gorgeous prose.The book follows Crow, a person who doesn't quite fit in. A gender-queer adult, she has shed the shackles of her former life under her talented ballerina mother, Vivienne. When Vivienne realises that she is dying, she longs to her the daughter she lost so long ago. Crow learns about her past, her present, and something about her future, as she faces hardships and turmoil.With a simple fantasy twist, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I could see this being aired as a three part television drama. It would work so well! Milla V should be very proud of this!

  • Melanie
    2019-03-28 21:44

    *This Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review*This is an exceptionally beautiful tale of self discovery and dealing with obstacles that stand in the path of being who you truly are.The paranormal twists just added to the issues faced and I read this cover to cover without coming up for air. The characters scream from the pages for understanding that is not always available. No matter what you believe in I think the symbolism here will allow most people to find some struggle that they can relate to.Fantastic! V""V***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official.For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite: ***

  • Amy
    2019-04-14 13:34

    I am a fan of Carmilla Voiez and have read a few of her books. I can't say I have my favorites but I am going to say that this is my favorite so far.The journey that Crow has to take is a very heart wrenching and eye opening road. After running away from home when she was younger Crow has to return home because her mother is sick and this is where she begins the real journey of self discovery.I try not to give any teasers away since YOU, the reader, should explore on your own.Carmilla brings this great book to life with her great writing with abit of paranormal in this book makes it even more AMAZING!!!Thanks Carmilla.

  • Kate Robbins
    2019-04-23 16:49

    The synopsis of this book was interesting enough alone. It peaked my attention, and I knew instantly that I wanted to read it. Having read other books by the author, I thought I knew what to expect. I was wrong on so many levels. It is by far the most intriguing, interesting, and unexpected book I have ever read. I couldn't put it down. I would literally read until my eyes would droop from exhaustion. Even then I had a hard time prying myself away from it.I really felt for Crow, and hoped that she would be able to find herself and free herself from the past that was holding onto her so deeply.

  • Jacquie Talento
    2019-04-23 21:29

    There are not enough words as to how amazing Ms. Voiez is as an author. This story took me in a direction I did not see coming and was very well worth the read. Crow left home at a very young age, feeling unloved and uncared for by her mother. Returning home years later after her brother Tom comes to retrieve her because their mother is sick, she discovers many new demons she didn’t realize existed before. Can there be amends made by both mother and daughter before it’s too late? Are they memories of abuse or something else? Many realities come to surface as Crow takes us on her journey to discover the truth of her life and the home she left years earlier.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-27 16:46

    Crow runs away as a child and is asked to return home years later, because her mother is ill. The story line is quite unique and pulls you in at the very beginning. It touches on abuse, ghosts, incest, gender issues and the mystery that is life. I am wondering if there will be another book, since we are left with a glimpse into another characters past. This is a great read, I look forward to more by this author.

  • Carmilla Voiez
    2019-03-25 13:55