The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

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.

Review

I’m an avid reader of fairy-tale retellings and this book has blown me away! This is the first Heather Wallwork book I’ve read, but now i’m putting all her books on my tbr!!! Since I read the synopsis to the book I knew I had to have it and boy let me tell you that this was no disappointment.

This book was marvelously written and was chocked full of magic and wonder! The main character was so beautifully written and i loved watching her grow as a person to see what she wants versus living to fill an obligation. You see her get swept away and learn to make choices for herself and learn what it is to truly grown up stand up in the face of adversity and how one can save themselves.

The way Heather wrote about music is this novel was absolutely captivating. Never before has someone written about music with such magic and realism that it could take my breath away and floor me.

The Pied Piper and The Nutcracker retelling tied so well together. Heather was elegant and how she melded two beloved classics together. I absolutely loved the characters in this novel. Even our main villain is one I loved to hate but ended up loving when I got this backstory! And of course our dashing hero had me swooning! Sure there is a little instalove but what YA isn’t these days? I mean this book was perfect and made for the best Christmas read!!!!

5/5 Stars

Thank you NetGalley and to the publisher for sending me this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Hardcover, 375 pages
Published October 23rd 2018
Shelved: Fantasy, Retelling, YA

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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks , Sarah Pekkanen book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. 

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

 

Review

Greer and Sarah’s latest book has beyond blown me away! I loved their book The Wife Between Us and this one has really shown how much dedication these two gals put into their writing to make it perfect.

I loved all the twists and turns in this book. There were so many that I did not see coming! The entire time I was biting my nails, turning each page quicker than the last, desperate to know what would happen next! Each twist will slam you into the next with utter shock.

The characters had me so enveloped in this story. My heart hammered reading Jessica’s pov. You see this girl so desperate to satisfy Dr. Shields and make sure she is perfect and honest. Then you read Dr. Shields pov and really began to see everything you think you know is true crumble as you question who in this book really is crazy and emotionally disturbed vs who is the person holding it all together. The characters were so diverse and so well written. Both pov’s were expertly written.

The book overall was excellent and deeply thought provoking. You will question your own morality reading this. The question we must ask ourselves is how far are we willing to go? You will press on reading this novel in search of answers and perhaps even see a bit of our own inner turmoils in some of the characters. 5 stars from me!

 

NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available!

Shelved: Thriller, Fiction, Mystery

Hardcover, 384 pages

Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

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