The Midnight Dance

the midnight danceWhen 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.



They are all beautiful talented dancers, but Penelope is Master’s favorite.  She thinks she loves to dance and is drawn to Master but unexplained memories are starting to creep into her mind.  Where are they coming from and why does Cricket trigger them?

As Penny’s memories become more frequent, so do her headaches.  Her behavior starts to change too.  She becomes defiant and goes against Master’s will.  Living with Master is a privilege and all of the girls vie for his attention, but he scares her sometimes and makes her feel resentful.

Penny needs to find out what is causing her memories to falter and then return.  She needs to figure out which set of memories are the truth and to do that, she must leave Master’s estate.

I am really torn by this book.  I liked the characters but couldn’t connect with them.  I didn’t feel like there was much depth to them.  They were a part of the story, but too simple.  I was intrigued by the storyline, but there was still something missing.  Maybe it was that Penny had too much freedom in the story to figure things out.  Maybe it was because I couldn’t figure out the significance of some parts of the story.  The storytelling itself was gorgeous, but the story was just off.

2.5/5 stars


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