October 7, 2017

Macky Reads The Midnight Dance

The Midnight Dance book cover
On this episode of unsolicited ARCs, allow me to present The Midnight Dance.

To kick things off, here’s a perfunctory survey! 
  • Like ballerinas? 
  • Like ballerinas living in a private manor/boarding house?
  • Like “Attractive Kitchen Boys” named Cricket?
  • Do you feel your interest piqued when we have semi-tragic heroines suddenly recalling memories of things she didn’t know actually happened until the sudden jarring recall? 
  • Lastly, how do you feel about eerie mysteries with a young, handsome rich man that likes to be called Master at the center of it all?
If you’re five for five on our little checklist, well, we definitely have a book for you! 

The writing is straightforward, switching POV’s in a very unique way. It's crisp, clear, descriptive and straight to the point. If you aren’t a fan of the genre however, you may not necessarily warm up to the story. (Translation: I was not five for five, and thus my experience was not five for five).

But if you like YA mystery with romance leanings, then you just may end up liking this one. It’s well paced, and is true to form to the genre. It keeps you guessing at the end of every chapter as seventeen year old Penny struggles through unravelling the mystery behind her resurfacing memories while making sure she manages to stay on top of her “lead dancer at my prestigious dance school” game. 

As I turned the last page over, I figured my not-so-mind-blowing experience reading this book was mostly due to the fact that I am not a fan of YA mystery (or romance). Also, it did not help that the Master is fifty shades of creepy. No BDSM in this book, but there are some elements here that give off some pretty disturbing vibes. It's not in a “whoa, that was a shivers up my spine” way but more of a “wow, but the implications of these events are super gross and it’s weird that things aren’t worse than they currently are” kind of thing. 

My final take? Maybe we can file this under “macabre mystery lite” (#MML)? Either way, The Midnight Dance comes out October 2017. Grab it if you're looking for some #MML fun!

The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz
Publisher: Swoon Reads | Publication Date: October 17, 2017
Source: ARC received from the publisher (Thanks!)


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