Review: The Nutcracker Curse by Margo Ryerkerk (Spoiler Free)

the nutcracker curse

Title: The Nutcracker Curse (Cursed Fairy Tale #1)

Author: Margo Ryerkerk

Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling

Publication Date: December 1, 2018

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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?

I was so excited when I got the email about this title! I love The Nutcracker so much. I go to see a production of the ballet every year with my mom around this time of year, so it’s a story near and dear to my heart.

Now, The Nutcracker Curse is a pretty loose retelling, so don’t go into it expecting something extremely similar to the original story. Margo Ryerkerk has very much taken an old favorite and given it a fresh spin. The Nutcracker Curse is an epic journey that had me flying through it. It didn’t take me long at all to reach the end of the story because I was so immersed and I was dying to know what happened next. Right now is the perfect time of year to pick this book up, as it is a Christmas-y book without being in your face festive. The writing is super easy to get into, and the pacing is a perfect medium without any drags or info dumps.

I highly recommend you fit The Nutcracker Curse into your December TBR, but it’s perfect for any time of the year. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.


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