The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork
What I drank prior: I’m up at my mom’s for Thanksgiving week. I went to Bingo with her and won! Needless tosay drinks there are stupid cheap, i had two double vodkas and then probably half a bottle of wine when i got home.
Spoiler-free Overview: This is a Nutcracker and Pied Piper blended retelling. Our lady Clara is a pianist, she’s got a concert on Christmas. She’s The Best at the piano. Scene: christmas eve, opening a present that’s a book and a tiny nutcracker. One thing leads to another, they’re in The Nutcracker world where this dude named Erik has played the flute and turned ehrybody into toys, except The Nutcracker who’s… almost a toy. He’s the crown prince, but Erik doesn’t think he deserves it. Oh, and there are these rats that attack and eat things. ADventures happen, Clara and The Nutcracker are tryna save the kingdom and get her home for her concert!
Spoiler-free Thoughts: This book was excellent. The author is a classically trained musician nad it was super clear in the writing style. It was a perfect blend of the two fairy tales and instantly threw me into the christmas spirit.
Characters: They have really good arcs. There were parts of the characters that I found annoying but I think they were supposed to be? Especially since a lot of the annoying things were “fixed” as part of the character arcs. Well done.
Plot: It was perfect pacing. Never once was I bored.
Writing Style: This is where this book shines. I mentioned that Heather is a classically trained musician. A lot of the book’s descriptions aren’t just about waht you se but also what you hear. It rounded out the image that she was trying to show and it was amazing.
What to pair it with: boozie egg nog. it’s yummy.
Rating: 3.75/5 Shots
COMMENT DOWN BELOW: What book puts you in the holiday spirit?
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,