Reviews - Prince Dustin and Clara 

January 15, 2020

Kid Lit Reviews by Sue Morris on 01/15/2020

"...Prince Dustin and Clara: Secrets of the Black Forest #2 ... The Nutcracker with renewed life. It is given new life up with secrets, monsters and creatures, dark wizards, and the strangest forest in the world; tied with unexpected twists and turns of a magical bow; and turned into an epic fantasy of bigger and better proportions. In other words, do not miss this series. Prince Dustin and Clara is worth your time..."

December 13, 2019

Bookworm for Kids by Tonja Drecker

Prince Dustin and Clara: Secrets of the Black Forest (Book Two)

"... and what a magical tale it is! ... It offers quite a bit of adventure and unexpected twists and turns the entire way through. While it does have it's sweet and magical moments, it carries just as many sinister ones. There's a bit of mystery thrown in and a wonderful sense of urgency ... "

November 05, 2019

Log Cabin Library on 11/05/2019

"...Secrets of the Black Forest makes me feel nostalgic for my time having lived in Germany.  It's always a treat to find a book that includes German words and names with fantasy elements from the Nutcracker.   I also quite enjoyed reading the many descriptive passages by Nicholson.  For example this one: 

"The sun glowed in soft shades of amber.  Clara was making her bed and fluffing the over-stuffed pillows.  Her bedroom was decorated in ballet pink with white lace accents on the bed skirt and curtains.  A warm breeze from the open window gently blew the curtains in rhythm.  The smell of primroses scented the air." 

It's lovely how the words that an author uses in their passages can conjure up a scene or setting.    Secrets of the Black Forest can definitely be read as a standalone, and if you really enjoy the Nutcracker Ballet I'd encourage you to read the first book, Deep in the Black Forest as well.  Nicholson appears to bring his past experiences performing as solider in the Nutcracker into the storyline and I imagine the first book wonderfully details the snow scene from the ballet...." 

October 29, 2019

LitPick on 10/29/2019

"Prince Dustin and Clara: Secrets of the Black Forest was a very engaging book....The author did an amazing job hooking the reader in the story to keep them reading more. I like the fantasy elements, such as the animals could talk. I will definitely buy the first one to read more about this world..."

October 09, 2019

ReaderViewsKids on 10/9/2019

Prince Dustin and Clara: Secrets of the Black Forest” by Daniel Lee Nicholson is an epic adventure that once you start reading, you can’t put down. I loved everything about the story, from the magical kingdoms to the brave characters and even the really scary creatures..." 

April 04, 2019

Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite on 04/04/2019

"...The author brilliantly explores themes of magic, adventure, the struggle against evil, and destiny. Prince Dustin and Clara: Secrets of the Black Forest has a well-imagined setting, filled with things that young readers will love to discover. The surprises are manifold and moments that are heart-jolting add to the excitement..." 

Donovan’s Bookshelf / Midwest Book Review on 08/02/2019

"... Prince Dustin and Clara: Secrets of the Black Forest is highly recommended for young fantasy enthusiasts who look for strong female protagonists, fantastic encounters, and a can-do attitude that prevails as young Clara confronts a strange world that actually proves not too different from her own."

November 26, 2018

Dance Advantage on 11/26/2018

" The Nutcracker and the Mouse-King, gets a reboot, one that’s full of action and adventure and a little magic too ... In fact, there are many female characters in this novel, such as Sugar Plum and Queen Nordika, who are strong role models for all readers. The swashbuckling is not limited to male characters only! ..."

November 05, 2018

Leigh Purtill, FitBallet - 11/05/2018

"... Lots of action ..."

School Library Journal - 12/01/2017 Reviewed by Stephanie Whelan, New York Public Library

"A compelling premise ... Readers who enjoyed Karen Foxlee's Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy and Anne Ursu's Breadcrumbs may want to give this a try."

Review by - 1/21/2018

" ...Love this book, can't wait to get Book Two... 🌷"

Review by Kids' Bookshelf - 12/27/2017

"...  An exciting fantasy adventure based on the fairy tale, The Nutcracker, young readers will enjoy. (Ages 9-12)"

Review by Mom Does Reviews - 11/27/2017

" ... So this book, Prince Dustin and Clara: Deep in the Black Forest was sent to us by the publisher and let me tell you this book hasn’t spent much time on the shelf."

Review on Goodreads by Tonja Drecker - 11/17/2017

" ... Especially fans of The Nutcracker are going to want to grab this one and get lost in Clara's tale. Since this is the first book in the series, there's a promise of more to come—and I can't wait to see where the story goes from here."

Review by Readers' Favorite - 05/25/2017

"... Even the way the dancers were described gave me a hint of nostalgia for the classics. This is truly an exceptional book, one that made me long for my childhood and wish that I had had this book to read to myself every night.

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