Waiting on Wednesday weekly event that spotlights upcoming-releases that bloggers are most excited about. This week’s I-can’t-wait book is: Winterspell by Claire Legrand. Winterspell will be released on September 30, 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
About the Book
by Claire Legrand
Pub Date: September 30, 2014
Pub: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical-Fiction
The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.
New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.
Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.
Her home is destroyed, her father abducted–by beings distinctly nothuman. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets–and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed–if she leaves at all.
Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear (From Goodreads.com)
Why We’re Waiting
I keep finding amazing books on Facebook and Twitter via cover reveals. It’s kind of exciting, really. This is another cover that left me breathless. There is so much beauty and mystery in it. So, of course, I’m hooked before I ever get to the synopsis.
But the premise — a retelling based on the Nutcracker — well, I gotta say just blew me away. The juxtaposition of the classic tale and the dark, sinister background of Clara’s world create magic. I’m definitely going to be pining for this one all the way until September!
I love the Nutcracker; it is probably one of my favorite ballets/ stories ever told–there are a lot of beautiful qualities to the storytelling. What I love even more, is that Claire Legrand is recreating the story and morphing it as her own. There is a dark beauty that is being added to the story and it is only going to enhance, I can just feel it. I know, I know that this is going to be a story that I revisit over and over and I will never ever be disappointed by it. Plus, the cover art is freaking BEAUTIFUL! It holds that dark beauty that I sense the book will carry and I cannot wait to sink under its spell.
So, what book are YOU waiting for this week?
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Yoooooooooooo! Thanks for sharing this. Need to put this on the list.
This is gorgeous!! The is the first I’ve heard about this one, so thanks! 😀 A retelling of Nutcracker sounds amazing!
Very pretty cover. The look on her face. I wonder watch she is thinking holding that dagger?
Great pick 🙂 I’m really looking forward to Winterspell too.
The Nutcracker? And historical fiction? Ooh, I’m definitely interested. And there’s something really cute about that cover. Great pick, girls!
Aimee @ Deadly Darlings
Ohhh, this one is new to me – I love the cover and am super intrigued by a Nutcracker inspired retellingesque story. Awesome pick 🙂
This is my pick as well. I like witches, historical period, fairy tale concepts, you name it. This book sounds really good. Thanks for sharing 🙂
I’ve never heard of this book before, and this is the first time I’m seeing it. Gorgeous cover and an even gorgeous summary! Wow. I didn’t even know Claire Legrand’s got a new book coming out. Great pick!
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Ooo I didn’t know this was inspired by The Nutcracker that gives it a million bonus points in the it sounds cool factor. I simply love the cover as well. It is so,so, pretty. Great choice!
This is an AWESOME choice! I can’t believe I’ve never heard of a book that uses the Nutcracker story before. And the cover is really beautiful. Can’t wait to read it! Here’s my WOW.
We haven’t read anything by Clare yet but definitely on our TBR! We love this cover too!
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Wonderful pick! This book sounds amazing and I love that it’s a retelling of the Nutcracker. I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for this. Thanks for highlighting it!
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I’m seeing this book around a lot lately. It sounds really great! Nice pick. 🙂
Oooh, the Nutcracker? (Plus the cover absolutely gorgeous. I think I’m in love.)
Yes, yes, yes!!!
Hadn’t heard of this one but it does sound good. I’ve really been enjoying fantasy lately and how interesting that it’s based on the Nutcracker. Great pick!