Book Review: The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork


Title: The Enchanted Sonata

Author: Heather Dixon Wallwork

Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult

Release Date: October 23, 2018


Clara 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.


This is a retelling of The Nutcracker. I really didn’t know the original version of The Nutcracker but this was a fun and light read.

I felt like I was watching a Disney animated movie while reading this book. It also gave me an Alice in Wonderland vibe since Clara was like Alice and the Nutcracker was like Mad Hatter.

A whimsical and magical story that also teaches you that not everything is what they seem and that sometimes, the thing that you want most is not really what’s best for you. Thanks to NetGalley and Smith Publicity for providing me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

Favorite Quotes:

“Music, for a moment, would take away the anger and the pain.”

“But I do know that in the face of bitterness and disappointment, when our souls cry out in despair and anger, that we might fight. As we fight everything in this life–with nobility, courage, and grace.”

“Who gives a fiddle what the fairies have to do with it? If you love the girl, go after her!”

Soundtrack: Wherever We Are by Oh Gravity

Rating: Purple-FullPurple-FullPurple-FullPurple-HalfNo-Star

Buy Links: Goodreads || Amazon

downloadAbout the Author:

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Heather Dixon Wallwork has been a story artist for Disney, a writer for HarperCollins, and currently works as an animation director in Salt Lake City. She is the author of the books “Entwined” and “Illusionarium”. You can find more of her stories and comics at


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