Waiting on Wednesday (39)


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 NutcrackerWinterspell 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.


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So, what book are YOU waiting for this week?

jess and loren 
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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16 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday (39)

  1. 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.

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