Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on September 30th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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.
Firstly, before I say anything, look at that cover! I mean, seriously LOOK AT IT. It’s super duuuuper pretty, and oh my God, I am officially in love. I definitely need this book in my possession. But anyway, guys, this book is really good.
It’s a Nutcracker retelling. What, you have no idea what’s the Nutcracker about? GASP. Go read the original story! HAHA but actually, it doesn’t matter if you didn’t know, because then you’ll start Winterspell with a fresh mind. (And yes, you need to read Winterspell. NOW. Or preferably after I finish spazzing about it.)
Winterspell was magical. Like, guys it was magic. The romance was….. *heavy breathing* but holy hell. It was HOT. I mean, seriously HOT. There’s the statue and the girl and I love love love the fact that there was a connection between the statue and the girl since the very start. For some reason, that totally didn’t feel creepy to me.
The main character was seriously awesome. I mean, she was so DAMN fine, and there was a lot we were shown about her, and her potential to turn evil. I feel like this story is unique, because it showed two sides of the story. Like, the good side, and the bad side, and that it showed us that there were blurred lines in between good and evil. Like, there wasn’t a distinct black and white thing going on. It wasn’t good vs evil, nopenope. It was more of finding out whether one would do the right thing or not.
AND YES THE ROMANCE. ALL THE ROMANCE. And Winterspell was dark and gritty, and man, I don’t know what else to say, but y’all need to read it. READ. IT.