"Waiting On" Wednesday: Winterspell



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Winterspell by Claire Legrand
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


Darkly romantic and entirely enchanting, this reimagining of The Nutcracker from Claire Legrand brims with magic, love, and intrigue. New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer (Cinder) says "this is not your grandmother's Nutcracker tale."

After her mother is brutally murdered, seventeen-year-old Clara Stole is determined to find out what happened to her. Her father, a powerful man with little integrity, is a notorious New York City gang lord in the syndicate-turned-empire called Concordia. And he isn't much help.

But there is something even darker than Concordia's corruption brewing under the surface of the city, something full of vengeance and magic, like the stories Clara's godfather used to tell her when she was a little girl. Then her father is abducted and her little sister's life is threatened, and Clara accidentally frees Nicholas from a statue that has been his prison for years. Nicholas is the rightful prince of Cane, a wintry kingdom that exists beyond the city Clara has known her whole life.

When Nicholas and Clara journey together to Cane to retrieve her father, Clara encounters Anise, the queen of the faeries, who has ousted the royal family in favor of her own totalitarian, anti-human regime. Clara finds that this new world is not as foreign as she feared, but time is running out for her family, and there is only so much magic can do...

A reason I'm drawn to Winterpell—other than the fact it sounds amazing—is because I've always loved Tchaikovsky's score for The Nutcracker. It's one of the first scores I can remember ever listening to, but I've never actually read The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A Hoffmann, on which the famous ballet is based. Apparently it's a short story. I plan on reading it before the release of Winterspell—which I've already pre-ordered, as well as the prequel novella, Summerfall.

If you are also interested in reading The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, you can read the English translation here.


What are you waiting for? Leave a link below and I'll check it out.

23 comments:

  1. A take on The Nutcracker?! Shut. Up. OMG. I have always loved The Nutcracker. I even danced in it once upon a time. Thank you for sharing!

    Here's my Waiting on Wednesday pick.

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  2. Oh! I've featured this book weeks ago. I cannot wait for it either!

    Here's my Wednesday post.

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  3. I saw this one few blogs today and I added it to my tbr list. I love fairytale retellings.
    Great choice, Petra.

    Thank you for stopping by my WOW.

    Glass @ Ja čitam, a ti?

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  4. Claire LeGrand writing YA *breathes* CLAIRE LeGrand writing Y-A. *breathes* This is the coolest thing ever. And that cover? So white and perfect... Thanks for sharing!!

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  5. This is the second list I've seen this this week - it sounds SO GOOD! I've been really interested about fairytale retellings after reading Cinder, so this made me really excited :)

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  6. I think I saw this on a previous WoW because it is already on my TBR list! I love the cover! Thanks for visiting my blog! ~Megan
    http://wp.me/pzUn5-1XR

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  7. Oh, cool! this is the first I'm hearing of this book, and it sounds fantastic! Definitely putting this on the TBR. Thanks for the heads up and great pick!

    Thanks for visiting our WoW!

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  8. My first time hearing of this. The cover is gorgeous!

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  9. These re-tellings are always a hit or miss for me. I think I'll give this one a try. Great pick!

    Cat @ Addicted 2 Heroines

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  10. I've been super excited for this book for months! I used to go see a children's theater adaptation of The Nutcracker every Christmas, so it's a story I hold close to my heart. Excited to see LeGrand's take on it!

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  11. The Nutcracker is one of my favorite ballets! :)

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  12. How interesting! I've never heard of anyone doing a spinoff of the Nutcracker. Definitely adding it to my to-read list. I think this book would be great while listening to Tchaikovsky's score, too :)

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  13. Nice pick! I love that gorgeous cover and the story sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I do love the cover art on this book. The girl looks like she has something on her mind with that little dagger. Enjoy when you can read it :D

    Mich

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  15. I'm so excited for this one too! I love the Nutcracker and I can't wait to see what Legrand does with the story. Love the cover, too.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  16. Haven't heard of this one before, but now it's on my to-read list. Hope you enjoy it :)

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  17. a retelling. Yes I'll read it =)
    Thanks for sharing and for stopping by.

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  18. I love the cover and I'm a big fan of re-tellings so this is so going on the TBR list :)
    Thanks for stopping by my WoW Post
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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  19. I am soooo excited for this too!!! I love a good retelling. Thanks for stopping by my WOW:)

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  20. I've been eyeing this one too..I hardly know what the Nutcracker story really is so reading it will suffice. Thanks for dropping by and sorry I'm super late :(

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  21. Oh wow! Love that cover art... so dark and mysterious!

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  22. I still can't get over how amazing a retelling of The Nutcracker sounds! Seriously. Amazing. I'm hoping it'll mesh in some fresh new elements to the classic story into an awesome way :D Fantastic pick, I hope you get your hands on it soon ^^

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