By Yelena Black
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
Publication Date: February 14, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you’re close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner’s heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . .
Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school – the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister’s shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances – she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames . . .
Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead – and the burning forces about to be unleashed…
Vanessa had always wanted to dance, but it was really her sister’s dream to be a prima ballerina, not hers. She’s left to try to fill her sister’s shoes though, attending an elite New York ballet school that Margaret had attended just before her. Vanessa’s sister mysteriously disappeared from the school, right after she was cast as the lead in the production of Firebird. The explanation nearly everyone seems to be accepting is that she couldn’t take the pressure and ran away, which is a chilling pattern at the school.