Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Music Boxes - My Review and a Giveaway

I'm so pleased to share with everyone the wonderful Tonja Drecker's upcoming release. I do know it's IWSG day. I didn't forget! Yet we're a group about supporting one another. Reading, viewing, and sharing is one of the biggest ways to do so.

Music Boxes
By Tonja Drecker
Middle Grade Fantasy / Performing Arts
158 pages
Dancing Lemur Press
Release date: March 5th, 2019
Ages 9 to 12

·         ISBN-10: 1939844568
·         ISBN-13: 978-1939844569

Book Blurb:

“I only desire your talent...”

Twelve-year-old Lindsey McKay's biggest dream is to be a famous ballerina. But after moving to New York, she ends up at the Community Center with a teacher who’s a burly bear in tights.

When she meets Madame Destinée, the teacher of a top dance school who offers her classes for free, Lindsey can't believe her luck. In exchange, she must perform in the school’s exclusive midnight shows, ones sure to make her a star. But something’s not right...

One by one, the other dancers disappear. Each time they do, a music box with a figurine just like the missing ballerina joins Madame Destinée’s growing collection. If Lindsey doesn’t discover the truth about the dance school, she might end up a tiny figurine herself.

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My review: 

Lindsey McKay had to leave her friends, her home, and her dreams in Nebraska when her family moved to New York so that her little sister could go to Julliard. Her parents work a lot, and Lindsey is left on her own to stew in her jealousy. Stopping to pet an adorable dog on the street, she meets Madame Destinée, an infamous ballet teacher. She sniffs out great talent, and Madame believes Lindsey has it. Taking classes with Madame is a dream, but things just aren't right at the exclusive school. When the other students start to disappear, Lindsey discovers the reason is more chilling than she ever imagined. Will she be able to save the other students before she becomes a permanent part of Madame Destinée's collection?

I do love modern fairy tales, especially with a good dose of the paranormal. This YA story hooked me right away in Lindsey's world. The frightening move to a big city, the sadness at having left her whole life behind, and the green streak of jealousy when a sibling gets all the attention. I certainly sympathized, feeling how it all seemed unfair. Lindsey has a strong voice, but not a mean one. She does still love her sister despite everything. Then all the wonder when she meets Madame Destinée and is introduced to her magical school. The details are lovely, and even later when the creepiness sneaks in, it is still hauntingly beautiful, especially with the music boxes.

Madame Destinée herself is a striking character. Mysterious and dominating, yet seemingly kind to her students. All those pretty cakes and treats. Yum! I was a big fan of Robert. I sympathized with him, too, that his family wanted him to play hockey and not dance. The whole cast of characters was varied and enchanting. Or enchanted, as the case had been with some!

I highly recommend this book to fans of YA paranormals. It had me under its spell.

All about the author...

Tonja Drecker is a writer, blogger, children’s book reviewer and freelance translator. After spending years in Germany exploring forgotten castles, she currently resides in the Ozarks with her family of six. When she’s not tending her chickens and cows, she’s discovering new adventures, nibbling chocolate and sipping a cup of tea.



The giveaway will run from midnight (EST) on the night of February 21st, 2019 until midnight (EST) on the night of March 15th,  2019. Entries will be made through the Rafflecopter. One winner will receive a music box (the one found in the book video: with the author’s golden signature on the bottom as well as swag (US addresses only). The second winner will receive an Amazon GC of $10 (US). The second winner must be in possession of a qualifying US Amazon account.

The contest is open to U.S. residents only, ages eighteen and over. No purchase is required for entry. All winners must claim their prize 48 hours after notification. Winners will be announced on on Saturday, March 16th 2019 by 10:00am (EST). All addresses and personal information will be used only for prize allocation. Sponsor, Tonja Drecker, assumes no responsibility or liability of any kind. Please email all questions to

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  1. I love fairy tales! Madame Destinee was definitely a lot of fun. I felt her motives and everyone else's, and that makes characters pop so much more.

  2. Your reviews are always the best!!

  3. So glad you liked this so much. I'm really excited for Tanya.

  4. I'm thrilled you enjoyed Tonja's book - thank you for sharing that today.

  5. I'm thrilled for Tonja's release! I've read it, and yes, it's so good and creatively different! MGers will love it. I hadn't seen the trailer before. <3<3<3

  6. Hi Christine - so pleased to read your review of Tonja's book ... I think it sounds quite delightful - well scary, perhaps! Yes - I loved the trailer ... cheers HIlary

  7. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it! And thanks for the support. I don't know what I'd do without the wonderful writing community. And villains. Every great story needs some type of wonderful antagonist.

    1. You're welcome! I'm happy to have you on my blog any time. :)

  8. Way to go Tonja!
    Thanks for the review, Christine!

  9. Congrats, Tonja. This book sounds great! Nobody wants to be a tiny figurine. Waving to Christine :)

  10. Music Boxes sure does cast a spell. I couldn't resist listening to classical ballet music while reading it.

  11. Hi,
    I've just purchased an ebook copy of The Music Box today and look forward to reading it.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  12. Good review, Christine. I agree with you.

  13. Thanks to everyone for stopping by. Pick up Tonja's book. You won't regret it! :)

  14. Grats to Tonja! She's making a splash on the interwebs today!

  15. Nice review, thanks, Christine. The story sounds intriguing without being over the top. I'll have to go check it out. And the blurb is just right, too.

  16. I love the concept of this book. Modern fairy tales are fantastic. Thanks for the review—and congrats to Tonja on her new release!

  17. Yes! I love the premise behind this book. Thanks for the review too.

  18. Great review on Tonja's book! I love the premise.

    BTW, I love the deliciously creepy new cover for The 13th Floor. Well done

  19. Great review. I liked it too. Congrats Tonja

  20. Fantastic review! Absolutely love the sound of this book. Paranormals with a haunting, creepy edge never fail to hook me!

  21. Very cool! I've been seeing this book pop up all over the blogosphere :)

  22. Great review! I'm looking forward to reading my copy.


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