Review: The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

The Midnight DanceTitle: The Midnight Dance

Author: Nikki Katz

Pages: 313 Pages

Publisher: Swoon Reads

The Blurb

“A dark adventure, stunningly written!” —Jay Asher, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why

Set against the fascinating and moody backdrop of a mysterious boarding school, this intricately crafted novel is filled with magical realism, gothic settings, and the perfect hint of romance.

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 in 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 ever 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 Grande Teatro and the motivations of 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, Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

Debut author Nikki Katz delivers a unique and haunting twist on a classic fairy tale with The Midnight Dance, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads.

The Review

The Midnight Dance is a quirky thriller set in a school for orphaned ballerinas. Intrigued? Well you should be. Nikki Katz has created a dystopian fiction set in the 19th century that focuses on the mind control over young ladies who are all training to be prima ballerinas.

Katz’s novel is probably best described as part dystopian young adult fiction and part Frankenstein with a dollop of Groundhog Day thrown in for good measure. It is a really compelling read about triumphing over adversity along with a closer look at the perils of medicine and scientific experimentation.

I was initially drawn to the beautiful book cover. The Midnight Dance really would catch your eye on the shelf and admittedly I did find it difficult to get into but once the first few chapters have been read and you get into the swing of things it really does become a fast and furious thriller.

The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz is available now.

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3 Stars

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