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The Midnight Dance Nikki Katz

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When the music ends, the dance begins.

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Penny is a dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and 11 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 ever known.

When new memories appear, showing a life very different from the one she thought she'd been leading, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With the sweet 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.

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“You’re on.” Maria shoved Penny out from behind the curtain.

Trying to loosen her fingers and pull them away from her temple, Penny pirouetted her way to center stage.

“Smile,” Madame sang out in a patronizing voice.

Penny ignored her. If she made it through the routine without her head exploding, it would be a miracle. She wasn’t about to force her lips into a maniacal grin.

She reached her position in center stage and the doors to the room burst open. The piano stopped, mid-note, and Madame startled upright. Some of the girls bounded out from the wings. The others scurried forward from their places onstage. In unison they all dropped into a curtsy. Even Madame.

Penny and Ana were the only ones left standing upright, but at least Ana realized her mistake and dipped down, a second behind the rest. Penny just stood there, glancing around like someone had forgotten to tell her the rules to a game. Then her gaze slipped to the door and settled on the figure standing there.

Master.

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Hardcover: $17.99
ISBN 9781250123718

E-book: $9.99
ISBN 9781250123725

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

“A beautifully written story of Penelope and her desire to out find out who she is and the secrets behind her beautiful and terrible world where these girls/dancers are controlled by the mysterious and creepy ‘puppeteer’.” —Chen Yan Chang, Swoon Reader

“This is such a fun, well written twisted story… The writing is superb. I love the premise and the Gothic feel to it.” —Angie Taylor, Swoon Reader

“So imaginative and unique! This was a joy to read.” —Anna S., Swoon Reader

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58 comments on "The Midnight Dance"

Karina Herrera on July 26, 2016, 5:24 p.m. said:

Karina Herrera


I really like the mystery and romantic aspects of the story!

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Nicola Uy on June 28, 2016, 8:21 a.m. said:

Nicola Uy


AMAZING. There are no other words for it.

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Purplepalace on June 2, 2016, 7 a.m. said:

Purplepalace


It was an interesting story. A bit repetitive and slow paced in some places, but intriguing nonetheless.

I can only assume that it was intentional due to the theme of the story, but "Geppeto" & "Cricket" reminded me of Pinnochio.

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sarah elizabeth on May 12, 2016, 3:45 p.m. said:

sarah elizabeth


Very little. Where was the romance? I thought this was 'swoon' reads? I didn't swoon at all!

I really can't think of one.

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sarah elizabeth on May 12, 2016, 1:12 p.m. said:

sarah elizabeth


I'm finding the story quite slow at the moment. I am considering not continuing with the book.

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Wendy Venture on May 5, 2016, 9:52 a.m. said:

Wendy Venture


Lovely! I enjoyed this story very much. I liked the authentic ballet terms and the local Italian dishes that made my mouth water. I'm biased of course, I write about Italian cuisine too, and also mention ribollita in my novel...

Pinocchio, of course.

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lil' gab on May 4, 2016, 11:02 p.m. said:

lil' gab


I loved everything about the novel, the mystery, the going back in time, all of the little conflicts; it was all amazing! The only thing I would have liked to see was maybe a little more explanation about the wolves. My favorite thing about the book was that it had a love story in it, with Cricket and Penny, but it didn't center around them being in love, it allowed for a lot of plot development. Great work! I would definitely have a place for this on my bookshelf!

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Tracey Joseph on May 3, 2016, noon said:

Tracey Joseph


I'm really enjoying Strings so far. The writing is lovely.

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Wendy Venture on May 2, 2016, 9:39 a.m. said:

Wendy Venture


The story effectively evokes another time and place.

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Wendy Venture on May 1, 2016, 3:26 p.m. said:

Wendy Venture


Hi Nikki,
I've saved your novel and hope I manage to read before the editors whisk it away. I loved the synopsis and can see why it was selected. The excerpt made me smile and remember my ballet classes as a youngster (I wasn't great but had lots of fun:)).
Chapeau!
Wendy

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