NUTCRACKED, by Susan Adrian, Random House


Enter the magical world of The Nutcracker in a whole new way with this perfect Christmas stocking stuffer!

Christmastime, ballet, and magic! Georgie has waited for this moment her whole life–to dance the part of Clara in The Nutcracker ballet. And when she finally gets the part, it’s like a dream come true. . . .


Every time Georgie dances with the Nutcracker doll, she leaves the ballet studio and enters a world where everything around her–the old wooden furniture, the Christmas tree, the carefully wrapped presents–is larger than life. It’s so magical, Georgie can’t wait to return again and again.

Then the Nutcracker’s magic seeps into the real world, putting Georgie’s friend in danger. Everything is falling apart, and it’s almost Christmas! Can Georgie save her friend, the Nutcracker, and most of all, herself?

Out September 2019

233 Pages


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This book would make a nice Christmas gift and especially for girls who dance ballet. However, I have to say for a magical realism book, I felt left out in the cold over the magical world outcomes compared to the real world outcomes. So, I have to ask. Is this going to be a series? I was under the impression going into this book that it wasn’t.

With that said, I also found a lot of emotional roller coasting in this book too and fun dialogue interactions that I enjoyed.  You can tell dialogue is one of Adrian’s talents as an author.

The story itself is an interesting re-telling of an old fairytale. I found the premise enticing and why I’m reviewing the book now. I did find moments in the book a bit bland and I was left hanging over some of the magical elements at the end of the book.

The MC was cute and sweet and well developed. She faces moments when she had to deal with making new friends which is relatable to the readership associated with this book.

It was an entertaining book.

I gave it:




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