The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork


The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork is a YA Fantasy Retelling of the Nutcracker Ballet that I highly recommend for the holiday season!



the enchantedClara Stahlbaum has her future perfectly planned: to 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 absolutely adored this book!

From the creepy rats to the slow-burning adventure, this has quickly become my favorite holiday book that I’ve ever read!

I don’t know too much of the original Nutcracker Ballet, so I can’t speak highly on that, but from what I vaguely know about it, I think this retelling took many of the main characteristics of the story and created a Russian version that I loved!

There’s the main character that is a musical prodigy on her way to performing in the biggest Christmas event, and then we are slowly introduced to this fantasy world full of chilly weather, nutcracker toys, and a musician who is destined to end the prince’s reign.

There is so many adventures throughout that just brought the whole idea of the holiday season into the YA world.

I gave this one a 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend for the Christmas and Holiday season, especially if you love music, nutcrackers, and peppermints!

It’s two worlds that collide, and the ending just warmed my heart all the way! Ah, I can’t recommend enough!!


Published: 23 October 2018

Publisher: The Wallworkshop

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Retelling

Pages: 375

How I Read It: eARC

*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions and area not influenced in any way.*

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4 thoughts on “The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork

      1. True! Everyone likes different things.
        I didn’t like the writing and couldn’t finish the book because of that. The plot wasn’t really the problem, I couldn’t even concentrate on that. I think my entire review for this book is just quotes of things that were written badly.

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