Book Review: Winterspell by Claire Legrand

Author: Claire Legrand
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Released: September 30th 2014
Review Source: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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.

A teenager living with the struggles her family faces after her mother dies learns about a secret part of her life. This part of her life takes her on adventures beyond her beliefs, helps her to find her true love and along the way helps her to find herself. Clara gets taken to Cane to save her father and learns about the secrets her mother had kept from her for years.

This book was not as good as it could've been. My hopes were a little too high, but overall the story was interesting. Parts were a little redundant or unclear, and when things were already dramatic a new problem would arise so readers may feel a little overwhelmed. Clara and Nicholas are both easy to love, and their characters were what made me like the story. Clara is the girl you would want to be in her situation and Nicholas is the boy you wished were around.


  1. I like the cover...but with so many awesome YA Fantasy out there that is fantastic, if this one lacks a little bit, it shows. I might have to try it out from the library!

  2. My friend read this one and said that it is a bit all over the place and overwhelming. At least the characters a good! Great review!


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