Author: Claire Legrand
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Star Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Though Winterspell had some great potential, this book was just really bad--it wasn't for me.
This book was given to me by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
When I received the email that I'd been approved for Winterspell, I was completely overjoyed--I could've cried, I was so happy. (I know, I know. I need to get a life! Lol.) It seemed like it had everything I wanted in a young adult novel: a dark retelling of the Nutcracker, action, romance, steampunk, evil faeries.. Sounds enchanting, doesn't it? Yeah, I thought so too. But unfortunately, it didn't live up to the hype for me.
Clara Stole is a young woman who is quite tired of being pushed around. Forced to do everything she shouldn't, she is, understandably, frustrated. But on a dark, cold winter's night, she discovers that her beloved Godfather has been hiding secrets--secrets about her, her world, and the dark, mysteriously magical world of Cane. Thrust into a web of temptation, lies, political intrigue, and magic, she finds that she must confront her heritage, and find the strength to save our world, and another.. Because if she doesn't, true evil just may find its way to our doorstep..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the gorgeous prose--that was why I was partially so excited for the book in the first place
-The premise of this novel was so cool--a dark, novel, adventurous take on the Nutcracker
-The frightening, darkly magical world of Cane
What could've been better:
-Despite it all, Winterspell just didn't work for me
-Clara was so wishy-washy throughout the entire novel it took a lot of time for me to even care about what was happening to her
-Nicholas, the prodigal prince that was so blinded by hatred and prejudice that it took him a while to even think about something other than himself--I didn't like him for most of the novel
-I know this was a retelling of the Nutcracker, but it seemed a tad ridiculous, the fact that Nicholas was stuck inside a statue
-This book had a lot of potential, but the two main characters really bogged it down for me
I really, really wanted to love Winterspell, but it just wasn't to be. Next on deck: First Impressions by Charlie Lovett!