Wednesday, March 26, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Winterspell by Claire Legrand

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My Pick This Week: 

Book Title: Winterspell
Genres: YA, Fairytale Retold
Release DateSeptember 30, 2014

A Shard of Ice

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 not human. 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.

I don't really know the story of The Nutcracker well. I did see the ballet a few times as a child but all I remember is being creeped out by the huge wooden face. So it will be interesting to read this to get fresh take on the story. Also, the synopsis on its own sounds pretty cool.

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