In 2014 I've cut back substantially on posts about books I can't wait to read, and that isn't because I've lost my love of reading, pretty covers, or books. No, it's just that my towering to-be-read (TBR) pile has been pricking at my guilty conscience, and it seemed mildly inappropriate to add even more books to the stack. But, well, some books deserve a place. And I really did adore Legrand's middle grade horror debut The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls. I watch Legrand closely now, because I know that I'll just love the next thing she comes up with. That brings us to Winterspell, her YA retelling of The Nutcracker (GET. OUT. zomg i want this book!), which will be released by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on September 30, 2014.
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...
What books are you waiting on?