The Midnight Dance by Nikki KatzThe Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

The Midnight Dance

byNikki Katz

Hardcover | October 17, 2017

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"A dark adventure, stunningly written!" -Jay Asher, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why

Set against the fascinating and moody backdrop of a mysterious boarding school, this intricately crafted novel is filled with magical realism, gothic settings, and the perfect hint of romance.

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 in 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 ever 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 Grande Teatro and the motivations of 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, Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must uncover the secrets of her past before it's too late.

Debut author Nikki Katz delivers a unique and haunting twist on a classic fairy tale with The Midnight Dance, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads.

Praise for The Midnight Dance:

"Deliciously dark and twisty, taking you on a luscious ride."-Suzanne Lazear, author of the Aether Chronicles series

"Well-written and charming." -Jennifer McKenzie, reader on

"A beautifully written story." -Chen Yan Chang, reader on

Nikki Katz is a managing editor and ex-rocket scientist living in sunny San Diego with her husband and three children. With a BS in aerospace engineering, Nikki first put her writing skills to use publishing four nonfiction books in the puzzle and game genre. She moved on to writing young adult fiction, her favorite activity. Other fav...
Title:The Midnight DanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.39 × 6.23 × 1.12 inPublished:October 17, 2017Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250123712

ISBN - 13:9781250123718


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for everyone, but good! 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 became trapped in this mansion. I was hooked right from the beginning, the action starts right away and it is very easy to understand the concept of whats going on, which makes the book very pleasurable to read. The writing in this book is so beautiful and I love the way the author wrote descriptions, dialogue and the speed of the plot. I fell in love with Penny right from the beginning. You can tell how strong of a character she is, when Master can't fully control her mind. Her desperation to find the truth and free the other girls was so wonderful to read about, I definitely love these types of main characters who do things not just for themselves, but to save others. Part of the story in this book takes place in the past, as we see how Master became the person that he is today and why. While I thought this was really interesting in the beginning, it kind of fell short for me around the middle and I just got bored with this side of the story. I thought it could have been a bit more interesting, and maybe a tad more explained. I would have loved to see more of the science theory that they had behind the mind control and such. Overall, this was a really beautiful book. I will definitely be picking up more from this author because I loved her writing style. If you've read the synopsis and you think you'd enjoy it then definitely give it a try.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dance far far away from this book This book is incredibly forgettable. The characters were flat and forgettable. The twists and turns were predictable. The story felt dragged out with the same actions happening over and over again. I liked the idea of the story and it reminded me of the TV show "Dolls House" but it was in no way as interesting. Thank you Edelweiss for the ARC
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mysterious & Intriguing YA Thriller 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, in the beginning, I really didn't have any idea whether the Master was a good or bad character. Throughout the novel there were slow moments but that original suspense and intrigue kept me reading. I found that I liked the style of the author's writing as well with all of the details she included as how she included the past of the Master to help explain how he became who he was. The romance in this novel wasn't necessairily a component that I loved but at the same time, I think it was fair because this book isn't being advertised as a romance. It probably would have irritated me if the main character was solely focused on a love interest when there was so much else going on to deal with. I also really enjoyed the ending. I felt like it provided closure and answered all of my unanswered questions that I had throughout the novel. Also, I don't know if others felt this way but for me the ending left off with a little bit of mystery. I don't want to spoil anything and will keep this vague that character really gone? We don't really know aside from making assumptions. Definitely a little bit of mystery there and I liked it! I would recommend this book. It's a quick and hard to put down read. Maybe not my favourite thriller but it definitely had some unique concepts and it kept me entertained. Definitely a great debut novel for this author and I hope to read more from her in the future! **Thank you to Raincoast Books for supplying me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review**
Date published: 2017-09-06

Editorial Reviews

"A dark adventure, stunningly written!"-Jay Asher, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Thirteen Reasons Why"Deliciously dark and twisty, taking you on a luscious ride." -Suzanne Lazear, author of the Aether Chronicles seriesPraise for The Midnight Dance, from the Swoon Reads community: "This is such a fun, well written twisted story. The writing is superb. I love the premise and the Gothic feel to it." -Angie Taylor, reader on"So imaginative and unique! This was a joy to read." -Anna S., reader on"Well-written and charming with cheeky bits of humor that will engage any fairytale lover." -Jennifer McKenzie, reader on"A beautifully written story." -Chen Yan Chang, reader on