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The Midnight Dancers: A Fairy Tale Retold Hardcover – October 16, 2008

4.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
Book 4 of 6 in the Fairy Tale Novels Series

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Regina Doman (October 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981931871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981931876
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,184,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Why live in the light, when the night seems so irresistible?

This is the question that "The Midnight Dancers" both asks and answers. The pull of the night lures twelve sisters out of their home of strict rules and dress codes into a tantalizing world of dancing, moonlight, and dashing "princes." But people are not always what they seem, and danger lurks in the darkness, waiting for one wrong step...

In her latest book Regina Doman retells the beloved fairy-tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." Only instead of princesses, we are introduced to the twelve daughters of Robert and Sally Durham. The Durhams, unlike previous heroines (who were all Catholic), belong to an extremely conservative Protestant church. The restrictions and limitations leave the girls with little to do and much to wish for. And the eldest daughter, Rachel, decides to make their wishes come true.

When the girls discover a secret passageway in their bedroom, they realize that they can slip out of the house at night without their parents knowledge. Quickly, swimming gives way to boating- and since the Durhams have no boats of their own, they must enlist the help of their guy friends. Of course this adds a whole new layer of forbiddenness to their midnight excursions.

Twelve girls cannot dance the night away without being tired, nor can they contain a secret without their parents guessing that something is amiss. The concerned parents try everything they can think of to discover the secret but without success. At last, Mr. Durham enlists the help of a young friend from his military days.

Enter Paul Fester. Fans of the previous Fairy-Tale novels will recognize Paul from Waking Rose as one of ninja/knights belonging to the Sacra Cor.
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Midnight Dancers ponders the question, "Can one get bored being good?" and sets out to tell a story about a young woman who must answer this question for herself.

Author Regina Doman has been retelling fairy tales (this is her fourth such book), and takes up Grimm's fairy story of the same name. In Doman's retelling, which involves a blended family of twelve daughters and two young sons, a stranger becomes involved with the family, a stranger who happens to be young, handsome, and interesting.

The transformation of the father of the girls is as intriguing as the rest of the story.

This story is for young adults--men and women--who love mysteries, fairy tales, stories that make you think, stories you can discuss with others, and romantic tales of danger and rescues.
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This book was awesome. Not as long as book number three in the series, Waking Rose, but the end was action packed and full of suspense. The main characters are very well written and they seem very real. This is totally a book you want to read!!!

AND it clearly defines the difference between "nice" and "good", for all those who are mistaken in thinking that they are one and the same. :)
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Nice plot with a good amount of action, although I found the characters a little less believable than those in her other books. As the title of my review indicates, this is not a book to give to a 12 year old, let alone a 9 year old. The violent crimes in the end may give a sensitive child nightmares. This is more suitable for a a 14-15 year old who already understands what rape and molestation mean. I think it would be a good book for parent and child (especially a daughter) to read together. Lots of material for fruitful discussion, like what are the danger signs to watch for when you meet people? Parents, this book sketches scenarios that should make you consider sending your daughters to martial arts or self defense classes. Although I like the happy endings in Ms. DOman's books, the sad reality is that there is not always a gallant prince or soldier who is willing to shed his blood for you or dig you out of the holes that you might foolishly jump into. Anyone, male of female, may be called upon to endure abuse and injury in their own or someone else's defense. Having said that, I'd like to say congratulations to Ms. Doman for creating male protagonists who embody the nobility of which men are capable. The young men today need this.
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I think most of the people reading this book are girls (it's a romance, how many guys will admit to reading romances?) But I'd like to include a word for the guys out there who are reading this review. My recommendation: read the book!

Paul Fester's behaviour, both in his interaction with the Durham girls and in general, is an inspiring role model for Catholic males. In some ways he's almost too good to be true, but only almost. In particular, the way he thinks is very interesting. I think any guy will be able to relate to some of his thoughts, but the way he approaches the solutions is what's most thought-provoking. It's very rare to find a book where the guys think about girls without objectifying them, which makes this book even more wonderful. Paul's outlook on life is one very different to that portrayed by secular media in general.

As others have mentioned, the difference between "nice" and "good" is one of my favourite parts of this book. Also, the percieved Catholic/Protestant divide is covered in some depth, and Paul dispels some common myths about Catholicism very effectively. Plus, practices karate and prays the rosary in Japanese!

This is a book for young adults, not teens as some of the earlier books were. There are some dark aspects and mature themes, but unlike many novels covering these themes, the message is still positive. It's a romance, but most importantly it's a life lesson. Regina Doman has differentiated herself yet again by writing an excellent character study for young adults, while creating an engaging novel at the same time.
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