Hey guys! So I haven’t done an AOTM in a while but I’m doing my best to try and bring it back! So I read The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz recently and it blew me away and since it was released this month I wanted to make it my AOTM book! I’ll leave the pages and such for Nikki below for you to check her out!
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The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published: October 17, 2017
Summary: 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.
So I really liked this book very much! This was the first book I tabbed while reading it and I liked that method a lot! I’ll be doing that a lot more in the future!
But this book was so interesting and reading it from Penny’s mind was so unique and cool! Because she kept losing her memories you had to try and find out what was real and what was not. I felt that all the characters were really interesting and really different from ones I had read before, and that really made this book stand out to me.
I thought Penny was a great main character, she didn’t have thoughts that other girl characters do, like self conscious thoughts about how plain she was and everything so that was refreshing. She was also a caring person and really went above and beyond to help her friends out as best she could; she never really thought only of herself and she had plenty of moments where she could but she just didn’t. Penny is also a brave girl and I really admired that about her, she faced a lot of difficult situations towards the end and she braved them and faced them head on.
Also her relationship with Cricket was so cute!
It was a really well done relationship. It wasn’t like she and him met and fell in love instantly, although I’m a sucker for that romance too not going to lie. But I loved uncovering all the history they both had with each other and see their relationship grow during the book. They were just so adorable, and I make plenty of pages that I thought were super cute to me.
And Cricket was a really good guy too. He was brave and strong, but tender with Penny at some moments, and I could tell that he really loved her. He was just a cheerful guy and I loved reading chapters with her and him together. They had a good relationship together and it didn’t feel rushed or anything. It was also really sweet, and thankfully not overly sexual. It was probably one of my favorite bookish relationships!
Master was another interesting character. He was honestly very dark, and I thought he was so deep and complex. He was so mysterious and I enjoyed the chapters from his youth before he opened the school. Also all the anatomy aspects in this book with Master were fun and interesting to read about. Overall he was a very unique character, one I don’t remember ever reading from another book.
Overall I found this book fun, interesting, dark, cute, and super fast paced! I loved it so much and it’s definitely a highlight this year! Definitely check it out in the future and I can’t wait to see what Nikki brings forth in the future!
See you all next post!