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The Kingdom of Sweets

The Kingdom of Sweets by Erika Johansen

Johansen’s “Nutcracker” retelling introduces a new character and a dark twist to the classic Christmas story. Clara and her twin sister Natasha are both blessed by their godfather, Drosselmeyer, at their christening. Deemed to be “light” and “dark” respectively, Clara flourishes in life while Natasha drifts along the edges until the Christmas party celebrating their 17th birthday changes the relationship between the sisters forever. Step into the beautifully twisted Kingdom of Sweets with the Stahlbaum sisters as they learn to navigate the pitfalls of growing up and sisterhood. This dark fantasy kept me engaged the entire time and is perfect for lovers of shows like Once Upon a Time or Grimm.

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