The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork book review


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.


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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