The Midnight Dance
By: Nikki Katz
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: October 17th, 2017
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.
What a disappointing read. With such a great premise and such a promising synopsis, I was expecting more. And I was probably more let down as a result.
The cast is made up of flat characters with little development and motivation. And our leading lady was a main character with little to no sense. She is caught in the middle of a forced love triangle. One arm is a creepy master that I felt was suppose to be sexy, but was actually a maladjusted boy who was teased and therefore was justified in revenge through mind control ballet. Because logic. The other arm was equally creepy but in a different way mystery boy.
The Midnight Dance drew me in with its gorgeous cover, but ended up as an overall bad take on The Phantom of the Opera. Which is unfortunate. This read left me with many, many questions as to the plot and characters, but none of these added to the supposedly haunting, mysterious atmosphere. They just kept me asking why and not receiving a valid answer.
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