The following is an honest review of Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar and my suggested age rating.
Synopsis of Midnight in Everwood
Midnight in Everwood follows a young girl named Marietta who is quickly approaching the age she should leave her dreams of becoming a famous ballerina to find a suitable husband. A mysterious man named Dr. Drosselmeir moves into her family’s neighborhood and her parents deem him a perfect match. Despite his initial charms, Marietta can’t help put shake the creepy feelings he gives her. When he offers to build a set for her last ballet performance she can’t help but wonder what his true motivations are. On Christmas Eve Marietta decides to take a sneak peak into the set he built and she finds herself transported into a magical world. What seems to be a beautiful place full of all of sorts of enchantments at first turns out to be one ruled by an evil tyrant of a king. This king takes Marietta as his pet ordered to dance for him and his never ending balls. Marietta must find a way to escape another world in which she has no say and to do so she must parter with some unlikely allies.
Review of Midnight in Everwood
I was extremely excited to receive this book from NetGalley. I have always loved the story of the Nutcracker, especially at Christmastime. This book is the perfect retelling of the Nutcracker. The detail the author uses to describe the world of Everwood is absolutely captivating. I found myself imagining the world vividly. I loved the character development we see in Marietta. Throughout the story we see her learn how to use her inner strength and fight for herself. The side characters were also all likable except for the king who is the perfect villain. I did feel like the ending was a little abrupt and would have liked to see Marietta’s future unfold a little more.
I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.
Age Rating for Midnight in Everwood
This book contains violence and one scene I would consider “adult” without details. I would recommend this book for anyone 15-16+.
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