“You alone, dear lady, gave me the courage and strength to fight the insolent varlet who dared to defy you.“ -The Nutcracker
Hello Goodie Two Shoes!
I really love that multiple ballet stories are being used in this series!
I use to love the Barbie version of The Nutcracker.
My brother’s and I would struggle to try to do the Russian dance at the end.
A broken soldier. A wooden ballerina. When battle comes, can Alex use his gifts to defeat the Mouse King?
Alexander Monde may have survived the war with Brisia in one piece, but that doesn’t mean he’s not broken. His family, his home, and his friends are all gone, leaving him just a shell of the man he once was. When a mysterious visitor arrives at the army hospital the night of the winter solstice, Alex is given a gift that will change his life forever: a ballerina doll.
When midnight arrives and his ballerina comes to life, a battle ensues between the dancer and Mouse King. The mirror gateway to Faerie is broken, and Alex finds himself stranded in a new and completely unfamiliar world. Worse still, a wound from the recent battle is causing him slowly become more and more wooden and stiff as time goes on. As the sprightly ballerina slowly begins cracking the shell of his heart, will Alex be able to find the missing pieces of the mirror and restore the gateway? Or will the Mouse King come out victorious against the wooden soldier?
Sarah lives in sunny southern California with her husband, two small children, and her dog Pippin.
An elementary school teacher by day, when she is not writing or devouring books, she spends her free time running, making music, or playing make believe.
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First off, I don’t love the title.
In fact I really don’t like it. I get what she was trying to do, but it sounds weird.
It also sounds like a strange story, but I’m interested to see how Sarah’s made it work.
Again, I really like the fact that ballets are being retold in this series, even though they’re not really traditional fairytales.
My rating prediction is: ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
I might try to read the original short story before I read this novella too!
You’ve Reached the End!
What are your thoughts on having ballets retold in a series of fairytale retellings?
Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed.
Stay fun! I’ll see you in the next one.