The Snow Queen (Novella Review)


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I bought it!


Five years ago, Cambridge Ballet’s Sugar Plum Fairy vanished after performing The Nutcracker. Despite extensive city and statewide searches, no traces of her, besides her ballet slippers, were ever found. Every year since, another member of the cast has gone missing after closing night: a Spanish Hot Chocolate, an Arabian Dancer, The Dew Drop Fairy, a Flower. Nieves Alba, who as a thirteen-year-old played Clara in the first ill-fated performance, is now cast as the Snow Queen. On closing night, every police officer in Boston surrounds the theater, determined to catch the perpetrator whom they’ve dubbed “The Nutcracker.” Can Nieves break the curse or will she be the next victim of America’s favorite ballet?


This was an incredibly strange little read and I’m not quite sure what to make of it. The premise really intrigued me so I was excited to pick it up. However, when I started reading it, I wasn’t as gripped as I wanted to be, which shocked me. I’m a massive fan of ballet and I wanted to adore this book, but something didn’t sit right with me. It could possibly because it’s a novella, and I’m not the biggest fan of novellas. I’ll try to explain more though.

The Snow Queen is a novella about the ballet The Nutcracker. Nieves Alba is a member of the Cambridge Ballet. She has always wanted to play the Snow Queen. Strange goings on are occurring within her dancing company. Each year, a different member of the cast disappears. It seems like the disappearances are unrelated but Nieves believes they are. It surely makes sense that they would be connected in some way. When Nieves finally gets cast as the Snow Queen she worries that she will be the next one to disappear, but she’s still desperate to play the role and achieve a dream.

I didn’t realise before I started The Snow Queen that it was a New Adult novel. This of course means there’s more sexual content in the story than you’d get in a Young Adult novel. I don’t have a problem with that, I just went into it expecting something very different. Nieves has an awkward relationship with a character called Misha. Misha was a famous dancer before an injury forced him into becoming a dance critic. He is Nieve’s mentor. He came across as very creepy to me and I really couldn’t see what Nieves saw in him.

I think this novella could have been so much better if it was a full length novel. The problem for me was that it didn’t feel developed enough. It was short and predictable. It could have been incredibly exciting, but because of the length the plot was rushed through.

Would I recommend it?:
It’s not for me!- I wanted to love it because of my love of dance, but unfortunately it felt too rushed for me to fully enjoy.

The Snow Queen has a unique premise but it fell short for me!

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