Thank you to Sian Baldwin of HQ Books for the invitation to read and review a digital copy via NetGalley for the blog tour. Midnight in Everwood was published in the UK yesterday.
In the darkness of night, magic awaits…
Marietta Stelle longs to be a ballerina but, as Christmas draws nearer, her dancing days are numbered – she must marry and take up her place in society in the New Year. But, when a mysterious toymaker, Dr Drosselmeier, purchases a neighbouring townhouse, it heralds the arrival of magic and wonder in Marietta’s life.
After Drosselmeier constructs an elaborate theatrical set for her final ballet performance on Christmas Eve, Marietta discovers it carries a magic all of its own – a magic darker than anyone could imagine. As the clock chimes midnight, Marietta finds herself transported from her family’s ballroom to a frozen sugar palace, silent with secrets, in a forest of snow-topped fir trees. She must find a way to return home before she’s trapped in Everwood’s enchanting grip forever.
In the darkness of night, magic awaits and you will never forget what you find here…
Thank you to HQ books for the opportunity to read this book. This isn’t my usual choice of genre but I must admit that I was intrigued by all the hype surrounding the book.
The first part of the book introduces us to Marietta, who is desperate to become a ballet dancer rather than a wife of a rich man. Sadly her neighbour, Dr Drosselmeier seems determined to persuade her parents to be allowed to marry her.
When Marietta dares to say no to Dr Drosselmeier, she suddenly finds herself in the world of Everwood. Despite being warned to stay away from the Palace, Marietta finds herself dancing for the King and invited to stay. However, she soon finds herself in a gilded prison rather than with the freedom to dance that she sort.
As the story continues, Marietta has to find a way to escape, from the clutches of the evil King and his faceless guards. This is a much darker story than I initially expected, featuring mind control, torture and execution. The pace of the storytelling speeds up as Marietta finds herself in Everwood and then found herself in danger.
The book is full of magic, friendship and hope. I’m sure that this book will be flying up the book charts over the next few weeks, as more readers enjoy the superb storytelling by M. A. Kuzniar and share their thoughts.