Book Review: Midnight Masquerade by Marcia Lynn McClure

midnight masTitle: Midnight Masquerade

Author: Marcia Lynn McClure

Series: None 

Released: July 29, 2013

Publisher: Distractions Ink



Book Summary:

Stavos Voronin was not as blind-eyed as many nobles and royals. Evony’s physical gestures—even the simplest movement of her hands—revealed that she had not always been destitute. The same was true of the children—of their polished manners and the boy’s knowledge of horses and tendency to be bold and fearless of strangers.

Ah yes, Stavos enjoyed a good mystery. After all, interest in the inexplicable circumstances surrounding the royals of Abawyth was the very thing that had lured him to the kingdom—the enigma of Abawyth’s twelve sleepy princesses. And yet now—now his mind was all the more intrigued. Not only was the obscurity of what had caused the profound and baffling torpidity of Abawyth’s princesses laid out before him, but also he found his curiosity intensely piqued over the riddle surrounding the very lovely Evony and her siblings.

As Stavos strode through the village resting on the outskirts of Abawyth Castle, his mind reeled with possibilities. His musings were drawn back to why he had come to Abawyth at all—to solve the conundrum surrounding the twelve beautiful princesses of Abawyth kingdom—to solve the seemingly impenetrable crux and thereby win the hand of one of Abawyth’s princesses, as his father, King Letholdus of Ethiarien, had commanded.




I’m a huge fairy tale retelling lover and this one was awesome!!

I’ve always loved the 12 Dancing Princesses.  I’ve watched Lesley Ann Warren in Faerie Tale Theatre’s The Dancing Princess more time than I care to admit.   So take a favorite fairy tale of mine and cross it with Marcia Lynn McClure and you end up with something I can rave about!

This basics of the story I love were all there…. 12 princesses, a silver forest, a hero to solve the mystery… but Marcia took the story and made it her own by telling it in such a original way.  Add in a unique setting and reason for the all night dancing as well as a  lot of romance and mystery (and of course Marcia’s signature kissing scenes) and you have a story I couldn’t put down.

My advice? Put everything else on hold so you can grab a copy of this book and read it.  It’s sure to leave you with a smile on your face!


5 stars

Rating: 5 Stars – I loved it!

Content: Clean

Source: Ebook review copy


Midnight Masquerade was just released and is currently available only on Marcia’s website.  In a few weeks it should be available on Amazon and at other retailers.



  1. OOh, now that I know this is a retelling of 12 Dancing Princesses I want it even more!!

  2. Oh yay!! I have loved all of Marcia’s books that I’ve read. I can’t wait to read this one because I also love fairy tale retellings! Thanks for putting this book on my radar. And I have to agree that she writes wonderful kissing scenes. 😉

  3. Thanks for recommending it to me on goodreads! I can’t wait to grab a copy