waiting on wednesday (74)

Today I’m participating in "Waiting On" Wednesday, a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Its purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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.

winterspell by claire legrand book cover
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...

What books are you waiting on?

8 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

This does look good.

Liviania said...

Awesome! I love the Nutcracker *and* Legrand, so . . .

Brandy said...

I am also not so patiently waiting for this one. The combination of Legrand's writing and a Nutcracker retelling are almost too much for me.

Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies said...

Interesting! Cavendish has been on my to-read list for a while now, so I'd better get to it! A retelling of the Nutcracker sounds like a lot of fun, so I'll keep an eye out for this one too.

missprint said...

This book looks great! I've always really liked Legrand even if I haven't read her other books because my "like rate" for middle grades is so low.

Katie Cross said...

That cover? Swoon!

Ruby Scarlett said...

This is doubly exciting for me : one because I'm not very familiar with the original tale (do you know of any other retellings?) and second because the story sounds really good unto itself. Haven't read any of her books yet but will definitely give them a try. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

ChristasBooks said...

I love Claire LeGrand's writing so I pre-ordered this as soon as I was able to. Can't wait!

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