Advance Readers Copy · Fantasy · Read-Reviewed-2021

Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar. (2021).

Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar. (2021).

**4.5 out of 5 stars**

**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review; published 27 October 2021**

Nottingham, 1906. Marietta longs to be a ballerina but as Christmas draws near, her dancing days are numbered because she is expected to marry. But magic enters her life with the arrival of a new neighbour, mysterious toymaker Dr Drosselmeier. He constructs an elaborate theatrical set for her final ballet performance, and she discovers it contains a dark magic. As the clock chimes midnight, Marietta is transported to a frozen sugar palace, silent with secrets, in a snow-tippef forest. She must find a way to return home before she’s trapped in the enchanting Everwood forever.

Wow, I really, really enjoyed this story. I have seen it described as a more adult and darker retelling of ‘The Nutcracker’; that may be so but it felt unique to me. The descriptions throughout this book are truly stunning; it is so beautifully written that it easy to imagine the scenes in one’s mind. The character and scenery descriptions are wonderful, and I loved the relationship growth between Marietta, Dellara and Pirlipata.
Overall, I would highly recommend this novel to any reader that enjoys a bit of fantasy, or who loves ballet, or if you are just looking for something a bit different to read. P.S. I have to say that even though we are not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, this is one of the most gorgeous covers I’ve seen!

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