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.
Full disclosure: I am an ardent Claire Legrand fangirl. I adore her middle grade books and shove them into my TTT lists whenever I can. I converse with her often online and have even met her in person. She’s wonderfully kind and funny, and I was so looking forward to her first foray into YA. Mechanical dragons! A Nutcracker retelling! Girls with knives! I was ready to love this book. It was a Shae book. I could feel it in my BONES.
Unfortunately, my bones are liar mcliarpants. I honestly can’t remember the last time I mourned over a negative review like this. I’ve avoided even thinking about this book for over a month just so I wouldn’t have to write this review. And now I just want to rip the band-aid off and be done with it, so buckle up. Continue Reading →