Friday, November 30, 2018

Review: The Nutcracker Curse by Margo Ryerkerk @MargoRyerkerk

The Nutcracker Curse
Cursed Fairy Tales #1
by Margo Ryerkerk

Published: December 1, 2018
Genre: Fairy Tales, Re-tellings, Fantasy


12 days.
4 realms.
Break the curse.
Or turn into a nutcracker.

Princess Clara thought she knew the main threat to her freedom.

She was wrong.

At seventeen years old, Clara isn’t ready to marry, and yet that’s what she must do as the crown princess of Austria.

However, getting to know the foreign princes visiting her kingdom becomes the least of Clara’s worries when she picks up a bespelled nutcracker and unleashes a deadly curse. She has twelve days to find and feed the nutcracker the magical nut Crackatook. If she fails, her soul will be trapped inside the toy for all eternity and her body will turn to wood.

Instead of relying on her suitors or the king’s men to find the cure, Clara saddles her unicorn and sneaks out of the palace. Her childhood friend Philip notices her leaving and makes her choose between returning to the castle or allowing him to come along.

Reluctantly, Clara agrees to him joining her, and soon, they are off to lands filled with mythical creatures.

Will they survive all trials and find the Crackatook in time? Or will Clara’s soul become trapped in the nutcracker and her body turn to wood?

Filled with adventure, love, magic, and a strong heroine, this clean YA Fairy Tale is the perfect festive read!

The Nutcracker Curse is the first book in the Cursed Fairy Tales series. Each book can be read as a standalone. However, for greatest enjoyment, the novels should be read in order.

If you like K.M Shea, Melanie Cellier, and Kiera Cass, you’ll love this!

My Review:

It is time for Princess Clara to pick her prince charming and marry. Clara is not ready to give up her freedom but her father is being very persistent. A ball is being held in Clara’s honor with Princes from other kingdom’s attending hoping to catch Clara’s attention and be picked as her Prince.

Clara sees an old wooden doll, a nutcracker that belonged to her mother that she hasn’t seen in a long time. The nutcracker is cursed and unleashes a deadly curse. Clara has twelve days to find a magical nut to feed to the nutcracker or she will be turned into the nutcracker with her soul trapped inside of the wooden doll.

When her father hears about the curse he enlists the help of the visiting princes to help find the Crackatook hoping to help make Clara’s choice of a husband easier.

Clara is not ready to turn her faith over to the visiting princes so she decides that she is going to go on the hunt herself. When her best friend and also one of her father’s guards Philip sees her sneaking out of the castle he confronts her. Philip wants to take her back to the castle where she will be safe but Clara will have no part of that so Philip gives her an ultimatum either he goes with her or he will take her back. With that ultimatum Clara allows him to go along for the ride besides he can help protect her.

Clara with her trust worthy unicorn, Philip and his horse Ace start out on the adventure of a lifetime. Their travels take them to other realms where they must face trials that will hopefully help them to find the Crackatook. They have a long hard journey a head of them. They will meet some good and bad magical creatures along the way that may or may not help them.

The Nutcracker Curse has been a very enjoyable journey through magical realms with magical creatures and with some great characters. I will have to say that I enjoyed The Nutcracker Curse way more than I ever thought I would. Margo Ryerkerk is one of those authors who know how to make a story explode right off the pages into magical worlds.  

The Nutcracker Curse is filled with a magical adventure with lots of twist on every page. Once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to read more in this magical universe and more of Margo’s work.

If you like fairy tale re-tellings then you are going to fall in love with The Nutcracker Curse.  

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