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The Midnight Dance

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  842 ratings  ·  253 reviews
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 li
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Swoon Reads
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Eva I found that the romance in the book is really more of an underplayed element, and definitely the "romance" with Master is not nearly as good as that …moreI found that the romance in the book is really more of an underplayed element, and definitely the "romance" with Master is not nearly as good as that with Cricket- I see it kind of like the Phantom of the Opera; with Cricket as Raoul and Master as the Eric (The Phantom)(less)

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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
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. Definitely disappointing. ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
So, okay, this was a very quick DNF and I have three reasons why and I’m going to start calling them the Holy Trinity of YA Genre Fic Fails.

→ the Petty DramaTM on the literal first page that is of course between our heroine and a More Liked Mean Girl That is definitely not being set up for subversion. So far is the most important conflict of the book, but of course girl will not become an interesting or complex villain. Girl is a bitch. Boycott character development 2k17.

→ the main character d
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 and something is very wrong. Despite being drawn
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
4.5 stars. I loved this!

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (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 overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Mas
DNF at 21%

I’ll admit to being sucked in by that cover, but I really liked the synopsis...sadly, that’s the nicest thing I can say about what I read.

Penny and the other girls seem horribly flat. Master is creepy af and I spent a good portion of the time reading wondering if he was sexually assaulting the girls. Cricket does seem to care about Penny, but it’s weird that he knows what’s happening.

Plot wise, I felt like I was dropped into a story that had already been started. The prologue had pro
Aneta Bak
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
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 find out more about who she really was before she be
Fafa's Book Corner
Mini review:


I read part of this book on Swoon Reads.

This book is just not for me. It seems to be a bit of thriller. Which is a genre I avoid.

Still recommend.
Pamela  (Here to Read Books and Chew Gum)
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 here there will be spoilers.




Ok, let us proceed.

The setting of
Darque  Dreamer
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 wish the world building had had a few more details,
A.V. Geiger
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this immersive YA retelling, a touch of Phantom of the Opera, a lot of the original Pinocchio story (not the Disney version), blended with nail-biting manipulation by the Master of a girls ballet school in Italy had me on the edge of my seat. This is not your typical retelling or romance, because all the elements of a good thriller are present in every chapter. I found myself turning pages until the wee hours of the morning trying to learn what happened to Penny's memories. And the world ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Plot - 4.5
Writing style - 4
Characters - 4
Romance - 4

In which a seventeen-year-old ballet dancer began to doubt her very existence due to the unknown past she kept on seeing. Along with the kitchen boy, they unravel the mystery about the ballet school.

Plot - The Midnight Dance has a unique plot, I must say though there plot holes are present.

I really am a sucker when it comes to human experiment which this book has though doesn't much focuses on. Still, the plot was pretty clever.

One of the th
Ashley Owens
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wish I hadn't had such high hopes for this book! It seemed like it was going to have everything I could want in a book; ballet, mystery, dark romance... but it fell so flat.

I saw another person who reviewed this book (review here) who said that what made this book so not good for them is they had to keep asking "why." Why ballet, why with one of the love stories, why Italy, why in the mid 1800's??? And that is exactly how I feel! It's like the author had this amazing concept/idea for a story,
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 time and begins to have memories that don't coinci
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. The writing was lovely but I had trouble with the pacing and I felt bored in some parts & ended up skimming through boring pages.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't given a book a one star rating in a while but I guess I'm starting 2018 off on a bad note with books, I hope this isn't a sign of whats to come! This was completely a cover read for me. I adored the cover, read the description, and went hey , why not? It sounds good. I was very disappointed. There was not much character development at all. It was a weird mix between the films Sucker Punch and Black Swan if you made them PG. I thought the book was creepy and not in a good way, parts wer ...more
Sep 25, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 70%

I received an early copy of this through NetGalley

I just couldn't get into this... I don't think this had very much to do with the book itself, but rather the reading mood I've been in for the past month.
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
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 girls was introduced and it had me fascinated. Plus
Megan Lyons
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
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 doing idiotic things. The protagonist would talk abo
alice (arctic books)
I think I might continue this at a later date. The first few chapters didn't entice me enough to keep reading but I hear a few good things about this novel. I might come back to this in the future, but as of right now, I'm putting this one down. ...more
Christina (christinareads_)
Review also on Christina Reads and Blogs

This 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 other girls, she starts to notice some gaps in her mem
This was another book where the cover fooled me! I've wanted to read this one for awhile, but, sadly, it disappointed me. And also confused me a little.

Meet Penny. She's a ballet dancer at a private finishing school owned by the ellusive 'Master". But something strange is going on, Penny starts getting these horrible headaches followed by memories that aren't hers. Or are they? As Penny starts unraveling the mystery, along with the adorable kitchen hand Cricket, the tale just gets weirder and w
Hanna  (lapetiteboleyn)
It's been a while since I read a book this laughably awful. Between the fact that it's set in the late eighteenth century and yet refuses to acknowledge the history of ballet and makes anachronistic references to pointe work and toe-boxes, and the characters with all the depth of cardboard figurines, lies the tumbled mess of this story. The pacing is atrocious - there is little to no set up and far too much in the way of explaining their feelings. There was a paragraph where they were discussing ...more
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 her prestigious dance school for basically her en
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
I'm rating this two stars, but I didn't dislike it. I actually had a lot of fun reading it, toward the middle, because I kept thinking about all the things I wanted to this book to be that it wasn't. Penny was a bland heroine, but I think that was intentional because she gained a bit more life as the book went on. BUT she was difficult to root for at the beginning, and her love interest was so boring I almost died.

Which brings us to the Master. Yeah, he's creepy and has dubious intentions toward
That happened. Pretty poorly.
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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 the novel. Perhaps one o
Casey Frank
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
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 while the moral implications would be potentially more com
That was so not what I was expecting this book to be about, but I still really enjoyed it??

(Also, keep in mind, I honestly added this to my TBR because I loved the cover.)

I've always liked books about dancers and I guess this qualifies a little bit under that category... but really it's about a dancer and a super dark, creepy human mind control experiment in 19th century Italy.

As soon as I read the prologue I was so morbidly fascinated by this crazy plot.
It wasn't the strongest plot arc--I was o
Adero Brooks
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A bit of a thriller. There is mind-control, dancing, action, romance. A well rounded novel, full of anticipation and suspense.
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