Review for Codename: Dancer by Amanda Brice
Review by Jessika
I had the fortune of reading Codename: Dancer by Amanda Brice. I have to say that this was a very entertaining piece. From the very beginning, Dani’s young teenage voice was apparent and remained constant throughout the piece. As a lover of mysteries I thought that the culprit was a little easy to figure out. But, keeping in mind that this is a novel for young teens, I thought that the clues and suspenseful moments were placed very well. The story moved quickly and there was always a new development to consider.
Brice may have done a little too well with the voice of the main character Dani at times. Although I was completely engaged in this good read, I felt like I was “losing brain cells” in the mind of Dani’s character from time to time. Her complete naivety throughout the piece and her insistence that she was a grown up, was both annoying and enlightening. With that said, I feel that there are many young teens who can relate to her and some of the very adult issues that she has to face in this piece. As a dancer myself, if not ballet, and even at 25 years of age, I could also relate so I think it would be a great read for young impressionable people.
Because I was able to figure out the culprit before the reveal, I found the ending more funny than anything else. I had never really connected with Dani—Maya was my favorite character actually—so her feelings of betrayal didn’t really reach me as much as I would have liked. The end was a little surprising though, if gratifying, because I felt that the criminal was subdued a little too easily. (No one is just going to let you break their bone)
As for the wrap up scene, it was VERY Scooby-Doo-isk. The whole time, I was really felling like I was 10 years old again watching one of my favorite episodes. Honestly, I don’t know if that is good or bad. But I’ll say it followed the style of the piece nicely and I felt satisfied. I believe Codename: Dancer is the first of a series of novels in the Dani Mysteries.
I give this novel a 4/5 for being a quick and cozy read.
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