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

  • 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 to come***
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Katy Alice
    This book has a beautiful cover.That is a where the positives end. The plot is bonkers, the pacing is ridiculous and the characters are so flat and uninteresting. It's full of dated YA tropes and is completely predictable. It's supposedly set in 19th century Italy but besides some occasional italicized Italian words there is no discernible sense of time or place.But perhaps its greatest sin is that it has potential that it almost willfully avoids...
  • 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 ...
  • Kayla (Kdrewkthebookworm)
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Marta
  • Adero Brooks
    A bit of a thriller. There is mind-control, dancing, action, romance. A well rounded novel, full of anticipation and suspense.
  • Liz Overberg
    Much better in concept than in its amateurish execution. Pass.
  • 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...
  • Jenea Whittington
    The Midnight Dance was one of my anticipated reads for the year, and I have always had a soft spot for ballet, so of course I had to get my hands on it. So, I was so excited to get a chance to read it so soon. I will warn that there isn’t as much ballet as I would have hoped but in its place was a thrilling ride of twist and turns and I wasn’t disappointed at all.The story centers around Penny who has been attending the Grande Teatro, where s...
  • Teresa Mary Rose
    I loved this one! Full review to come.
  • Marsha
    This book takes its time getting going. That’s a great thing. We don’t just get to learn about Penny, a prima danseuse at a very special dancing academy. We also gradually discover the truth about the mysterious Master, a man loved, adored and feared by almost everyone around him.Most stories about people fighting the “forces of evil” don’t explain why that evil exists in the first place. (Even Voldemort didn’t get his complete backst...
  • Tami
    This fantasy novel with a slightly steam punk feel kept me enthralled! Just a splash of sweet romance - a little suggestive perhaps, but nothing explicit. Also, no cussing, which is rare in a YA (and very exciting to me) There were a few plot holes and parts that could have been a bit more detailed, but I found it to be a gripping fantasy all the same. Great YA book!
  • Réh
    The Midnight Dance encompasses all things beautiful about ballerinas and a world hidden away in a forest. Penny attends a ballet academy that is tucked away in a forest. She lives a simple life of dance, studying and friends. Family? Penny doesn’t have any, only a photo album as a reminder of the family she once had. The only care taker she knows is her Master. Incredibly creepy and twisted, the ballerinas of the academy are his prized possessi...
  • Renee
    Really enjoyed this, and I'm super glad it lived up to my expectations. I do have to say it wasn't what I expected, and I had heard it was a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses which is nowhere close to the actual story. The writing could be a bit odd at times. Every time I came across a sentence that started with "And" at the beginning of a paragraph (more than in any other book I can remember) it threw me off. It could just be a bit clun...
  • Hollowspine
    The Midnight Dance is a creepy sci-fi/historical fiction romantic thriller. For fans of gothic stories such as A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. Penny has spent most of her life at a prestigious dance school under the care of The Master. Sometimes she wonders what life outside the grand estate where she and her 10 fellow students live, but that just leads to headaches. Instead she should focus on the thing she loves, dance! Right?Wrong. ...
  • Michelle
    Midnight Dance was a decent book. I thought the premise was really interesting. Penny is a student at a prestigious dance studio. However, she suddenly starts to get flashes of another life, one that is not as glamorous as she’s been accustomed too. I think the story was good, but it seemed to be a little repetitive in my opinion. She’s remembers, then forgets, then remembers again, and Master continues to interfere with everything. I felt as...
  • Fay Tannerr
    4.5 Stars!{I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review - this does not in any way influence the opinions of my review}The Midnight Dance was a mysterious, interesting, and captivating novel.It had elements of suspense, mystery, action and some romance that made it really interesting. I was eager to see what would happen next! I also liked the ballerina theme, the characters and the intrigue of the novel...