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The Midnight Show

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  14 reviews
This mystery is the case of his dreams — and her nightmares.

By day, Dayo Temitrope is a swinging singer, an up-and-coming star with a shining career ahead of her. By night, she’s . . . well, she’s not sure, but whatever she does leaves her every morning with sore feet and worn-out shoes. And after six months, she’s had enough.

Enter Bastian Dennell, a private investigator j
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Published August 29th 2020
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This was so much fun! It felt very much like an old black-and-white detective movie, complete with trench coats, jazz music, and shadowy figures. But at the same time, it was full-on fantasy novel, which made it even more intriguing.

The world was so rich, and I just wish I'd gotten more of a chance to explore it. Obviously, Dayo and Bastian's plot was the focus, so there wasn't much that we get to see outside of their sphere, but I would definitely be interested in seeing more stories set in th
Deborah O'Carroll
Sinister fey plots. The stage. Dreams. A clever detective. An exasperated singer. And a fabulous twist on my favorite fairytale.

I’ve loved this author’s previous fairytale retellings, so I was ecstatic to hear of a Twelve Dancing Princesses one! I loved this retelling! I love how it keeps to so many of the original tale’s features, but also makes it entirely its own thing. Making it a fantasy mystery was brilliant and I loved that take on it, with the detective and everything, so very much! It m
C.O. Bonham
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Midnight Show by Sarah Pennington, is one of the Arista fairytale retelling challenge releases for their 2020 Tattered Slippers challenge.

Being Tattered Slippers means that this is a Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling. But with a 1920s twist. Dayo Temitrope is a successful singer at a popular club, but every morning she wakes up with her feet killing her and her shoes ruined. Enter Bastian Dennell P.I.

I really enjoyed this light-hearted mystery with magical trappings. The interesting thing
C.B. Cook
Holy COW I loved this book!!! Where to start...

First off, the characters in this book were awesome! Dayo and Bastian were so well-developed, and I loved the interactions between them. They both have their own motivations, flaws, and strengths, and they really came to life. I also absolutely loved how their relationship shifted through the book, especially from working-relationship to friendship, and I absolutely ship them. :D

And then there was the worldbuilding. Maybe I haven't read enough books
Janeen Ippolito
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this short, clever retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses in a Jazz Age (but also original) setting. I love the 1920s/Jazz Age! I would have liked a little more on the individual princesses, but for such a tight story, the retelling is well-executed. I'm also very impressed by the amount of world building inserted in a short period of time. On the whole, I'd love a paperback copy for my bookshelf. Very nicely done! ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full review at A Synesthete Writer!

This was such a fun twist on the original fairytale! After reading Sarah’s take on Rapunzel (Mechanical Heart), I KNEW I would just love her twist on the Twelve Dancing Princesses! And I wasn’t wrong!

Dayo is a singer — and quite popular and successful, at that — who wakes up every morning with worn out shoes and aching feet. She has no idea what she does all night to bring this about, and at long last, she’s tired of pretending it’s not happening and asks for h
Positives: So, there was a lot of good about this tale. Like the general...aesthetic of it. It was inspired by the jazz age, and I apparently know very little about that except for a vague saxophone background music playing in my head. Anyway, she got me into the feel of the book very well. Also, the plot and elements of retelling in this one were greeeaaat. I'm biased because I like dreams, but I DID love how the dancing and dreaming were wrapped up together.

And I also liked the protagonists an
Grace T
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
look Sarah I'm actually reviewing my ARC that I finished like two weeks before the novella came out and now it's December.


I'm so bad with ARCs why do I keep asking for themmmm I'm sorry Sarah <3

But this was a fun 12DP retelling! With 1920s-flavored fantasy and a beautifully spooky villain. Quick and tasty read.
Yakira Goldsberry
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A while back, I received a copy of The Midnight Show as a prize for a giveaway during the release of the Tattered Slippers Collection. I was just happy to do my part advertising everyone’s stories that they had worked so hard on. The Midnight Show came in the mail, was placed on my TBR pile, and remained there for the remainder of 2020. It wasn’t until recently that I had the time to go back to my pile and pick up a book that’s been waiting for me to read it for forever.

Boy, do I wish I hadn’t w
Nadine Keels
Dayo Temitrope's career as a jazz singer is a promising one, but physical pain is making it harder for her to perform. For months, something during her sleep has been wearing out her shoes and leaving her feet increasingly sore. To figure out what's been happening to her at night, Dayo hires private investigator Bastian Dennell. But the dreamworld can be a tricky and dangerous place to navigate in The Midnight Show by author Sarah Pennington.

Oh, my lands! An urban fantasy story styled as a Jazz-
Meagan Myhren-Bennett
The Midnight Show
By Sarah Pennington

Dayo Temitrope has a problem - she's putting her career in jeopardy and she can't remember a thing about it the next morning when she wakes up. Worse she has now ruined her favorite pair of red heels. But to solve this mystery will take someone who is very discreet. Dayo doesn't want anyone to know what's happening as they would probably think she was totally wackers.

Fortunately her manager Geir Olvinsson knows just who will get the job done - private investi
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
12 Dancing Princesses retelling // really enjoyed the sort of 1920s vibes // well-thought out world, sort of similar to our own, but clearly different // Bastian Dennel the private eye was a great character and I really enjoyed the parts of the story from his POV // Dayo Temitrope kind of struck me as a jerk for most of the book, but I liked that she seemed to be softening later in the story and the friendship that develops between her and Bastian // I also liked the way the 12 dancing princesse ...more
Matthew Sampson
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Midnight Show is a great short read. Bastian is competent, likeable and easy to root for. The world feels like alternate-historical USA in a Great Gatsby time period. I could easily read more investigations if this became a series.
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This twelve dancing princesses retelling used the unique premise of stage entertainment in place of the usual secret underground chamber, and I liked how the author tied in familiar aspects while making it unique. The aspect of a private eye for a hero was a nice touch, and it was interesting to see the character dynamics play out.

As far as content, there was unnecessary details and kissing between two side characters, illegal activity related to a bar that was significant to one main character
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Sarah Pennington has been writing stories since before she actually knew how to write, and she has no intention of stopping anytime soon. She is perpetually in the middle of writing at least one or two novels, most of which are in the fantasy and fairy tale retelling genres. Sarah’s first published work, Blood in the Snow, received a perfect score and Special Unicorn status in Rooglewood Press’s F ...more

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