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Summer TV Withdrawal
I like TV a lot. Seriously like a ridiculously embarrassing amount. Two of my favorite shows, So You Think You Can Dance has ended and MTV’s Teen Wolf is coming to the end of its season. And I'm definitely not ready to let go of Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef just yet, either. After their summer runs I will be left with major t. v. withdrawal. At least I still have my cooking shows. I figured now would be a good time to take a look at some books that may help the werewolf and dance voids in my life.
MTV's Teen Wolf is loosely based on the 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox. It is nothing like the Twilight series, with the exception of the werewolves all have rock hard abs and a six-pack like Twilight's Jacob, but the show has those typical teen clichés. It tells the story of Scott as he tries to walk the fine line between embracing his newfound powers after being bitten by an alpha werewolf or wanting to be with Allison, a girl he can’t get enough of. Warning: Most of the werewolves in these books don't have rock hard abs to visualize.
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
After a Ferris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother and almost killed them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenage girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help their old friend, Silas, the woodsman's son.
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
This is a dangerous new vision of a classic fairy tale. The body of a young girl is discovered in a field of wheat. Her flesh mutilated by telltale claw marks. The Wolf has broken the peace. When Valerie learns that her sister has been killed by the legendary creature, she finds herself at the center of a dark mystery, one that has plagued her village for generations. It is revealed that the werewolf lives among them, and everyone in the village immediately becomes a suspect. Could her secret love Peter be behind the attacks on her town? Is it her betrothed, Henry? Or someone even closer to her? As the men in the village hunt for the beast, Valerie turns to her grandmother for help. She gives Valerie a handmade red riding cloak, and guides her through the web of lies and deception that has held her town together for so long. Will Valerie discover the werewolf's identity before the town is ripped apart?
Nightshade by Andrea R. Cremer
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything - including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?
So You Think You Can Dance is like American Idol except no singing, all out dancing. And it’s awesome! Dancers from the show have started popping up everywhere like Dancing With Stars’ Lacy Schwimmer and Chelsie Hightower and several are featured in the Step Up 3D movie. Hopefully these books will spark the inner dancer within you.
Raven by Allison Van Diepen
Zin dances with fire in every step, speaks in a honey-sweet voice, and sees with eyes that can peer into your soul. Nicole's friendship with him is the only thing that saves her from the boredom of school and the turmoil of her family life. It's no wonder she is madly in love with him. But she can't understand why he keeps her at a distance, even though she can feel his soul reaching out for hers. Zin is like no man Nicole has ever met, and he carries with him a very old secret. When Nicole uncovers the truth, her love may be the only thing that can save him from it.
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it. The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation. Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest. But there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.
Attitude! : eight young dancers come of age at the Ailey School by Katherine Davis Fishman
Follows eight young dancers through a year of study at one of our nation's premier dance schools and reveals how each ones artistic talent emerges and develops , at The Ailey School.