Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review


Literary Fiction

The Plot

⁠Marietta Stelle longs to be a ballerina, but her family decided she must stop dancing, marry, and take her place in society after Christmas. When a mysterious toymaker, Dr Drosselmeier, constructs an elaborate theatrical set for her final ballet performance on Christmas Eve, Marietta discovers it carries a magic all of its own. As the clock chimes midnight, she finds herself transported to Everwood, a magical realm, where her dreams are used against her by an evil king. To avoid being trapped in Everwood forever, she must find a way to return home.⁠

❤️ What I liked about Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar

👭 Female friendship. I loved the bond between Marietta, Dellara and Pirlipata. The three women are so different but strong in all different ways. This is how they won against the king: their strength was their friendship, their power was the trust they had in each other.

✍️ The writing. It was simply stunning! So full of descriptions and of details… it literally transported me straight to Everwood with Marietta. I could see the white snow, smell the sugary treats and feel fear and resignation. It made me be part of the bond between the three women, and it made me whisper “Owww” when Marietta and Legat fell for each other.

💌 The relationships. Marietta and her brother. Marietta, Dellara and Pirlipata. Marietta and Legat. All the relationships are sweet but not overly described. Even the romance is not the focal part of the plot because it’s not what this book is about. It’s all about Marietta and her personal growth.

👧 Marietta. She is a kid at the beginning of the book, but she becomes a woman at the end. Everwood transforms her into a brave woman that can stand up for herself against her parents and against the conventions of Edwardian Nottingham.

To the score

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5 I loved this book so much. It’s a fairy tale for grown-ups, a shade darker than usual, and absolutely perfect for Christmas. Once again, I can’t thank #netgalley enough for making my first Christmas read so special.

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