Saturday, December 08, 2018

REVIEW: The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork

Book Blurb: Clara Stahlbaum has her future perfectly planned: marry the handsome pianist, Johann Kahler (ah!), and settle down to a life full of music. But all that changes on Christmas Eve when Clara receives a mysterious and magical nutcracker.

Whisked away to his world--an enchanted empire of beautiful palaces, fickle fairies, enormous rats, and a prince--Clara must face a magician who uses music as spells...and the future she thought she wanted.

"The Enchanted Sonata," a retelling of The Nutcracker Ballet with a dash of The Pied Piper, will captivate readers of all ages.

My Review: So I was very excited to read this book when I first heard about but it took me a hot minute to actually get around to reading the book since I wanted to read it in December. So this book did start out slow for me but once I got past the first 15% of the story it started to pick up and then I couldn't put it down. There are things that bugged me. Clara obsessing over Johann Kehler for about 80% of the book was one of these things. Come on Clara you have a giant sized Nutcracker prince who adores you. I also really didn't like Johann because he proved himself to be jealous and petty at the end of the book. I would have really enjoyed seeing more of Nicolai and Clara after they reunited at the end of the book.

Things I did like was the world building and character development and how this book was so great and why did it take me so long to read it? I pretty much loved all the characters even the law-breaking nuns. I'm definitely going to have to buy a physical copy of this book to add to my collection. This book is enchanting and is a definite must-read for the season. 

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5

* I received an advanced copy from NetGalley. All opinions are my own. 

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