I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Winterspell by Claire Legrand
Series: Winterspell # 1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on September 30th 2014
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/ Paranormal
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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 nothuman. 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.
Now this is the book I was looking for. The perfect read for a rainy weekend.
Plot: If you enjoy fantasy then you’ll love this story. It begins with a girl facing some hard times. She is hard pressed to make things better and stumbles on some information about her mother’s passing. Within moments she finds out what her mother was working on. It’s something out of this world and totally intriguing. I loved this plot. At first the plot did move slow but once the reader began getting more tidbits on her mother’s past and who she was, things began to get interesting real fast.
Another world: One thing I enjoyed about the book is the jump from one world to another. It was like walking into the closet and finding Narnia all over again. The readers meets a prince, a queen, lots of fairies (fae) and world left torn over war. So much to take in, I gobbled it all up quickly. There are plenty of plot twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat.
Ending: The ending is amazing and leaves me wanting more. The author was very smart in the way she paced her story giving the reader the right amount of information yet holding back some so that we look forward to more answers later.
Verdict: this book is awesome! It’s another high fantasy that I just want more of. More of the world, more of the adventure of magic, more of the prince! Just more!! Winterspell is an mesmerizing tale of solid action and fantasy. The rousing elements and dramatic scenes gives the reader an amazing read.
I give it 5 BITES!