The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

The Midnight Dance

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...

Details The Midnight Dance

TitleThe Midnight Dance
Release DateOct 17th, 2017
PublisherSwoon Reads
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary

Reviews The Midnight Dance

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    I love the cover for this book so I'm so sad that it was so bad. It was just weird, confusing and uncomfortable. I don't know if it's just because I don't like thrillers, so take my opinion as you will with that knowledge, but I had so much trouble following the narrative and figuring out what was going on. I was hoping for a creepy story set in a ballet school in Italy, like how cool is that setting. But whatever it was, it wasn't that. Definite...
  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    3.5 stars! I'm... not quite sure how to feel. On one hand, the writing was absolutely lovely, but I think the story was a bit of a miss for me personally, though that might be due to personal preferences! But let me say this first- this would make an incredible film! Can someone please make this into a movie? Thanksssss.Penny is one of many dancers held up in the Master's estate. At the beginning, she starts to realize her memories are off-kilter...
  • Joshua Gabriel (Ever Bookish Josh)
    Thank you, Macmillan, for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.She shouldn't miss the touch of this man who had done such despicable things, a man who forced people to serve under his control. After giving meh ratings to two Swoon Reads titles (Just Friends and Kissing Max Holden), I was a little hesitant to read this book. However, as usual, the cover was so attractive that I just had to go beyond the title and copyrig...
  • Alyssa
    4.5 stars. I loved this!***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***The Midnight Dance by Nikki KatzPublisher: Swoon ReadsPublication Date: October 17, 2017Rating: 4 starsSource: ARC sent by the publisherSummary (from Goodreads):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...
  • Aneta Bak
    This book definitely needs to be made into a movie.Penny can't remember who she really is. How strange is it that she can't remember her favourite meal, and all the girls at Grade Teatro have a similar memory of who their mother was and why they ended up there. The only thing that the girls can remember is their dance routine, and that they must never disobey the Master. When Penny's memories start to return, she is desperate to keep them, and fi...
  • Darque Dreamer
    The Midnight Dance is a daring, heart pounding read! It was full of character, intrigue, and mystery. This fast paced read is sure to captivate and move you!What can I say about The Midnight Dance? I found it mysterious and thrilling. I felt like it held inspiration from The Phantom of the Opera. It offered danger, passion, and unexpected twists that I found fascinating! This one was truly unique.I enjoyed the world building and plot. Though, I w...
  • A.V. Geiger
    This book kept me up past 2:00 am. I couldn't stop reading... Not until I understood all the weirdness going on at this bizarre-o boarding school for ballerinas. Creepy, twisty, and oh-so-deliciously DARK.
  • Aimie
    The Midnight Dance centres around a world hidden in a forest and everything beautiful about ballet. Penny has the privilege of attending a prestigious ballet academy, thanks to the mysterious Master. Since the academy is hidden away in the forest, she lives a rather simple life. As a member of the elite twelve dancers, Penny must perform as the Master wishes and must never leave the estate. However, when Penny starts to forget lengthy periods of ...
  • Pamela
    Phew.  Ok, that was a tough read, and boy am I glad it’s over!  I really can’t think of many more ways that The Midnight Dance could have let me down.It’s only 320 pages long and took me a month to read, and I’ve got to admit, from the 40% mark I was skimming it.  The lingering question I was left with was ultimately, why?  I don’t understand why anything in this book happened?  And I must warn you, that if you proceed to read from...
  • Demetra
    I was fortunate enough to read an advanced copy of this book as one of the author's critique partners, as well as some revised versions and she goes through the editorial process, and I can honestly say I can't wait for this novel to be out in print in 2017.
  • brooklynnnne
    This book is coming out at the perfect time! The release date is October 17 and this book will give you all the Halloween feels that you want to be having during the month of October. This book is very mysterious and a pseudo thriller that had me on the edge of my seat throughout.In all honesty, the first few chapters were my favourite. It was the hook of this novel. The whole mysterious concept of this Master and his unknown control over these g...
  • Christina (christinareads_)
    Review also on Christina Reads and BlogsThis book jumps right into the action. I definitely found myself flipping through the pages, curious how everything would turn out and what had happened to make Penny go to this school, but because it started so fast, I didn't find myself understanding a lot and had more questions than answers. Penelope is a dancer at a ballet school ran by the mysterious Master. As she spends her days dancing with the othe...
  • Kayla (Kayla's Book Nook)
    When I was requesting ARCs from Indigo's weekly newsletter, The Midnight Dance caught my eye right away. It just seemed like the type of book I'd devour, being about dance and mysteries. Unfortunately, it did not meet my expectations, thus leaving me quite disappointed.For a short summary, this book revolves around Penny, a ballerina whose goal is to become one of the most successful dancers in her home country of Italy. She has been stuck inside...
  • fifi
    Woohoo! My first ever ARC! 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 ...
  • Jessica | Booked J
    I was one of the tour stops for the BLOG TOUR of this book, through Xpresso Book Tours. You can see my review on my blog, as well, here. I received an electronic copy of this novel for review purposes. This does not effect my opinion in any way. There's something deliriously beautiful about the world portrayed in The Midnight Dance. It is both utterly compelling and deliciously dark, leaving readers on the edge of their seat for the duration of ...
  • Megan Lyons
    1 1/2 stars I was really disappointed by this. I think the book did have some potential. Perhaps if the author had started with the fairly normal day to day runnings of the dance school, and had built up the general sense of wrongness more slowly, it may have been creepy and atmospheric. Instead, the author gave away too much, too early on, missing out on the chance to make use of a gothic atmosphere and build suspense. All the characters kept do...
  • Adero Brooks
    A bit of a thriller. There is mind-control, dancing, action, romance. A well rounded novel, full of anticipation and suspense.
  • Vicky Who Reads
    3.5 starsIn the Grande Teatro, a finishing ballet school in Italy, Penny and eleven others train to be the finest ballerinas in Italy.The school is tucked away and almost isolated completely, and it's the only life Penny's really known. But this life is more than she thought as flashes of a different life begin to plague her. Penny's confused and lost, and she begins to question her life under Master Cirillo, turning to kitchen boy Cricket for he...
  • Allyson
    Historical fiction, in and of itself, can be a beautiful thing. Historical fiction melded with science fiction can be stunning. (Please see the genre of steampunk.) Done well, and the story will sweep you away. Done badly, with unstable context, two-dimensional characters, and an arbitrary setting, and the reader's patience won't last beyond the first few chapters. I have saved the reader a whole lot of time by finishing the entire story so they ...
  • Jeff Giles
    What a terrific novel-- an edgy fairy tale about young ballerinas that turns swiftly into a thriller about literally freeing your mind and reclaiming your life. "Midnight Dance" is beautifully plotted and continuously builds in power. In ways I can't give away, it reminds me of the great "Sherlock" episode that updated "The Hound of the Baskerville." I devoured this book.
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    2.5 stars
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  • Jaimie
    I really loved this book. I say 4 stars, but really closer to 4 1/2. It was fun to read a ballet book that didn't focus on the ballet (even though I do love ballet), and to discover it was really more about the dark undertones at the school and the strange experiments that "Master" has been doing. It had a wonderful gothic feel to it, and I enjoyed the flashback storyline interspersed throughout the book. I really enjoyed the main character and t...
  • Casey (caseyrosereads)
    I received a copy of the book from Netgalley in partnership with the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book is not about ballet. I can’t stress that enough because I was drawn in by the gorgeous cover and the description that felt more coherent than the actual content of the book. The choice of having the girls be ballerinas feels so arbitrary, “Master” could have been training them to be maids, assassins, prostitutes, and wh...
  • Jannin (The Booknerd Dragon)
    Hiya bessies!!How are you all?Okay. First thought of this book, I forgot the blurb of it. Haha! This time I was sure I read the blurb but for the love of me I could not remember what it said. Still I read the book. And because I forgot what the blurb said, I had no idea what was going on. But when I reread the blurb, I finally got the whole gist.First let’s talk about the characters of this book.The main character is Penelope. I don’t know wh...
  • Liz Overberg
    Much better in concept than in its amateurish execution. Pass.