Title: The Midnight Dance
Author: Nikki Katz
Date: October 17th 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
When the music stops, the dance begins.
Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.
But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.
The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz is a Young Adult historical fiction book, which can also be considered a thriller for its content. Set in Italy, the protagonist, Penny, has always lived in a school, the Grande Teatro, where she and eleven girls have dance lessons every day. They train for a performance they do every year, the Midnight Dance, which is the only night they can meet people from the outside.
However, Penny starts to have problems with her memory and, with the help of the kitchen boy, Cricket, she has to uncover the truth about Grande Teatro and its mysterious Master.
I liked Penny, she seemed strong and willing to do anything to find out who she really is, though a few times she was weak. But above all, I liked Cricket. I would have preferred to read his POV. He was sweet and caring and always helpful to Penny.
I enjoyed the book. However, it was a little confusing. I don’t really understand how her memory was controlled or how they could create illusions.
I was curious about how the author would have described the process, but I was disappointed under this aspect.
Despite it, I recommend this book; its most beautiful thing was the writing style, with the enticing metaphors, which sucked me into the story. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.
About the author
Nikki Katz is an author and editor living in sunny San Diego with her three children. With a BS in aerospace engineering, Nikki first put her writing skills to use publishing four nonfiction books. She moved on to writing young adult fiction, her favorite genre to read as well. The Midnight Dance is her debut novel.
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