Books, Waiting On Wednesday, YA

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Winterspell

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


Winterspell  by Claire Legrand

Hardcover, 464 pages
Publication Date: Sept. 30th 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781442465985
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.
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’ve seen this posted as a WoW for a few other people now, but every time I read the premise I get more intrigued and inspired to read this book! What’s so cool is how much this seems like a fairytale reinterpretation of a classic story. I’m so excited to see the story fleshed out for an older audience, because I have never really seen that done before. What a great choice for the author to make! I can’t wait to check it out.

What are you “waiting on” this week?

47 thoughts on ““Waiting On” Wednesdays: Winterspell”

  1. I have seen this one around a lot but never really took a second look. But now after reading the synopsis I’m really intrigued! Especially the 19th century NYC setting sounds like something I would enjoy 🙂 Great post!


  2. Yes, YES, YESSS!!! I am so excited for this one! I have an ARC, but I haven’t started it yet!! I can’t wait to dive into this one though!! AWESOME Pick!! I hope you get to read it soon! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my WoW @ Addicted Readers! 🙂


  3. I’ve seen this in goodreads a lot of times.. I’m not exactly familiar with the story of The Nutcracker but the blurb really caught my attention. Nice pick! 🙂


    1. Thanks! I haven’t seen the ballet or read anything about it in years. I vaguely remember the story, which kinda makes this book better. I can judge it with fresh eyes! Thanks for visiting!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s