Midnight in Everwood

Author: M. A. Kuzniar

Publisher: HQ

Release Date: October 28, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A wonderful adaption of The Nutcracker with a dark twist that will leave readers on edge throughout the story.

Marietta Stelle lives for the ballet.  She has thrown herself into creative dance and has secured herself the lead role in Sleeping Beauty, which will be performed in her family’s ballroom on Christmas Eve.  However, neither of her parents are fond of her love for the ballet as they strive for things in life to benefit themselves and elevate their status, so a daughter’s only purpose is the proper arranged marriage.  When a new neighbor shows up bearing the name of Dr. Drosselmeier that happens to be an eligible bachelor, her parents find themselves working to set up a marriage for young Marietta.  While Marietta is also fascinated with the young doctor, particularly his ability of magic, she soon discovers that not all magic is good.  When she escapes Drosselmeier’s grasp through an enchanted grandfather clock, she discovers herself in a new world with new problems that far outweighed any she had faced before.

This was a really fun adaption of the classic The Nutcracker.  It takes on more of an adult themed role, not really mature, but just in the way that younger readers wouldn’t understand everything that is going on.  It takes a little while to build up the story, but after the first 100 pages or so, it really flies.  Marietta has tremendous character growth throughout the book as she realizes that she has led a selfish, entitled life until she discovers herself in Everwood.  Captain Legat aka The Nutcracker is far from charming, but the chemistry between the two doesn’t take long to heat up.  If you like classic stories with a darker telling, then this is going to be one you will thoroughly enjoy.  Sort of like a black swan.  There is an implied sex scene as well as hints of other sexuality throughout, but nothing graphic.  There is also little to no foul language throughout, which was great.  I recommend this to readers who like a new take on a classic story!

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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