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Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton; reviewed by Yusra Aziz-Eliyas


Tiny Pretty Things – Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

Delve in the lives of Beautiful Ballerinas

The first of a series of two for teens, the book takes you through the world of prima ballerinas, dance companies and an elite ballet school. The American Ballet Company is described through the eyes of its senior dancers and key characters giving you an honest, open, personal story line to the world of ballet, the pressure faced and most importantly the importance of success which drives the novel.

With constant themes recurring such as the mention of butterflies to signify the movement and freedom of a ballerina to jealousy, the ruiner of relationships we watch as casting lists turn friends into foe and dancers into serial plotters of catastrophe. The narratives are so well written that we have an in depth perception about how characters feel about others and also different views on the same plot twists at the prestigious ballet school.

The theme of Romance plays an important part between the best ballerinas and ballerinos in the school and the dancers of different ethnicities and the novel is rampant with taboo relationships and spine tingling secret rendezvous. The authors deal with raw and current topics such as the issue a black American ballerina faces in the world of pristine ballet and they also shows how Asian decent ballerinas fight their cultural requirements to follow their hearts calling.

The novel portrays the raw and dark side of ballet from disputes, deliberately plotted injuries and extreme warnings and how ballerinas face the harsh reality of injuries, replacement, rejection from both their teachers and loved ones and the sacrifice of a normal life to step into the prestigious spotlight. Charaipotra and Clayton use their background cleverly to bring out the drama filled lives of the star students and make them the most likable loathed characters relatable to everyday life.

The book is fast-paced, graphically penned and is realistically written to make readers both in their teens or older generations connect with each character leaving you to sink deeper into the story and crave more of it to connect all the dots in the devious plots set out by the characters themselves.

Both Charaipotra and Clayton are smart in revealing just the right details and not giving you complete closure to the series making you want to get to the next book right away. With Delicious Drama and Backstabbing Blackmailing Ballerinas, Pretty Little Things is the ultimate read for someone who wants to discover the thrills and romances of teenagers trapped in the illuminated, fierce world of Ballet.

screenshot_2017-03-01-21-57-30 Starting her career in the IT industry, originally as a Business Consultant at Virtusa, Yusra Aziz-Eliyas left the industry due to family commitments and didn’t return to the traditional work system as she wanted to take care of her children. She saw a need to ‘Empower Sri Lankans’ and ‘Empower Sri Lankan Women’ by creating the largest independent workforce across the island and founded PODI JOBS- Sri Lanka’s First Freelance Platform which has Social Good baked into it, by using proceeds to Empower Women and Girls.



About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

One comment on “Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton; reviewed by Yusra Aziz-Eliyas

  1. bookdrblog
    March 14, 2017

    Nice post. I read and reviewed this recently too!


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