Monday, October 2, 2017

Book Review: The Midnight Dance by: Nikki Katz

Release Date: October 17, 2017
from Swoon Reads
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"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 very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late."

My Thoughts:

I was immediately drawn to this book by the gorgeous cover. I mean, it’s just SO eye catching. And then I read that synopsis and knew I needed it. I’m so glad I read this one. It was creepy and suspenseful and so fun.

I adored Penny. She is a great heroine who does not stop fighting. She knows something is off and she does everything she can to figure things out and refuses to leave anyone behind. She is fearless and I loved her for it.

I also loved Cricket because of his devotion to Penny. They were so sweet together. I loved how much Cricket cared for Penny, but never ever tried to stop her. He trusted her and they had such a great balance. I also loved Alidoro, mostly because after he saved the day he shrugs it off and is like if anyone needs me I’ll be eating a snack. It was just so funny and I was like, that is me. There were a bunch of other characters I truly enjoyed and I loved the great cast.

Then we have our villain, the Master. Oh how creepy he is. He is a Phantom of the Opera type, except there is no sympathy for him. With the Phantom, you always have this soft sport for him and he is sympathetic in some ways, but with the Master that isn’t there. He is super creepy and his obsession with doll like ballerinas is super weird.

The plot for this one keeps the reader on edge. I was constantly worried for Penny and even though I figured out what was going on, I worried about how she would escape and get out of all this crazy. It really keeps you turning pages. The only thing I wish we had gotten more of is some actual ballet. The ballet school was more of a backdrop than anything else. I would have liked some more of the actual dancing because the ballet is something I love.

All in all, The Midnight Dance is a really good read and it’s addictive. I recommend this for those who like some suspense and mystery.


  1. YAY! I enjoyed this one as well. I was also drawn by the cover so I'm glad the inside was just as great as the outside. It'll be interesting to see what the author comes up with. Ext. Hopefully more swoony books!

    Lovely review, Teresa! Have a great week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. YES - more ballet! That was a big disappointment for me among a few other things. But I completely agree with you about Penny and Cricket - and of course that gorgeous cover! Great review!


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