Review: Nocturne by Alyssa Wees

Author: Alyssa Wees
Publisher: Del Rey Book
Released: February 21, 2023
Received: NetGalley

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Book Summary:

Grace Dragotta has always wanted to be a ballerina. That isn’t all that uncommon of a dream, all things considered. While most of us move on to different dreams, Grace chased the one she had, which took her straight to the Near North Ballet Company.

When the Great Depression hits, Grace is the prima ballerina for the company, finally achieving one of her biggest goals. Only things aren’t as she imagined, and an interesting new character is in her life. What do they want? Is she safe?

My Review:

I’m not ashamed to admit that Nocturne‘s stunning cover initially caught my eye. However, Grace’s story and the promise within were enough to hold my attention. All things considered, I would say that this is a solid read – full of fantasy elements and a few surprise twists.

It’s set in the 1930s, which is one heck of a foundation for this tale. It has solid vibes and aesthetics, which I know certain readers will adore. Conversely, I’m not sure all readers will enjoy the heavily descriptive nature of Nocturne. So do keep that in mind before diving in.

If you’re looking for a lyrical read merged with historical fiction and fantasy, you’ve got to give Nocturne. It’ll be right up your alley.


  • Historical Fiction
  • Ballet
  • Fantasy Elements

Trigger Warnings:

  • Controlling Behavior

Thanks to Del Rey Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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