Review: Winterspell

Oct •  9 •  2014

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.

Review: WinterspellWinterspell 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 NutcrackerWinterspell 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!


Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Oct 9, 2014

    Glad you loved this one Savy! I thought the world building was amazing, and like you, enjoyed going from New York to the fantasy world of Cane:) Looking forward to going back and reading the novella now!

  2. Lisa (Fic Talk)
    Oct 9, 2014

    Looking forward to reading this one. Have heard all good things about it.

  3. Christine
    Oct 9, 2014

    The fact that this sort of reminds you of Narnia has me wanting to read this! I love that! I don’t read much high fantasy but this sounds like something I need to read ASAP.

  4. Oh I like the sound of this one. I love how you compared it to Narnia and so makes me more curious. I’ve been enjoying the YA fantasies lately. Brilly review!

  5. Jamie
    Oct 10, 2014

    So happy you loved this one! I got it for review as well and it looked so interesting especially since I’ve really been getting into fantasy lately! SO SO excited now!!

  6. Giselle
    Oct 10, 2014

    This sounds like a fun read! And while I don’t read a lot of fantasy it sounds like this one is worth checking out. The other world idea sounds like so much fun! Great review! 🙂

  7. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Oct 11, 2014

    Sadly, this one was not for me — I’m not a big fantasy reader and fae stuff is really not my favorite. But I’m really happy you enjoyed it so much 🙂
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics