Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (#3)

 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and it features an upcoming release that we're crazy excited for and literally cannot wait to get our hands on.

This week's pick is:

by Claire Legrand
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling, YA
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 464 pages

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.

Why I'm Waiting...

First, I have never, ever, in my entire life heard of a Nutcracker retelling, so to say this is awesome is a HUGE understatement. Ever since I first watched Barbie in The Nutcracker when I was little, I have been in love with the story of a young girl and a wooden prince, so of course I'm excited for the book version which can only be better! I'm hoping I get to read this book the day it comes out, but I might end up saving it until it starts snowing just so I can really get into the mood (yes, that is exactly how book-obsessed I am).