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A Smugglerific Cover (& Giveaway): Winterspell by Claire Legrand

We are huge fans of Claire Legrand’s middle grade novels – The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls and Year of Shadows were both so excellent – so you can imagine how excited we are for her forthcoming YA debut.

Today, we are THRILLED to host the cover reveal for Winterspell – a dark retelling of The Nutcracker.

Without further ado, behold: the Smugglerific Cover!

THE SMUGGLERIFIC COVER:

Winterspell

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.

Winterspell comes out on September 30, 2014 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

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Claire Legrand on the Cover:

Hi Smugglers and all,

First of all, many thanks to Thea and Ana for hosting the cover reveal! I can’t believe this day is finally here! Winterspell was sold nearly two years ago, so you can imagine how excited I am to be revealing the cover. That means we’re almost to the release date of September 30, 2014! I mean, you know, a few months left to go yet, but STILL! Exclamation points!!!

Okay, can we TALK about how gorgeous this cover is?! Art director Lucy Ruth Cummins at Simon & Schuster did such an amazing job. I’ve basically been staring at it non-stop since I saw the final version last week. What do I love so much about the cover? Read on!

THINGS CLAIRE LOVES ABOUT THE COVER

THE BLURB

The supremely talented Marissa Meyer needs no introduction, but I still need to take a second here and say how much I admire her imagination, her writing, and her kindness. You can only see an excerpt of her blurb on the cover, but here is the full quote:

“What a mesmerizing whirlwind of a story! I was simultaneously horrified and enchanted by the land of Cane, with all its passion and mysteries, magic and mechaniks. Claire Legrand’s writing has the grace of a ballet, but this is definitely not your grandmother’s Nutcracker tale.” – Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of Cinder

CLARA’S FEROCIOUS EXPRESSION

Just look at her. Girlfriend is FIERCE. There is something so mesmerizing about her. She looks determined, powerful, thoughtful, and even a little bit haunted—for good reason, I might add. This image perfectly captures both sides of Clara—her fragility and her spine of freaking STEEL.

CLARA’S AMAZING HAIR

Maybe this is shallow of me, but I mean, seriously. LOOK AT HER HAIR. It is red and wild and EVERYWHERE. Don’t you want to touch it? I do, but the stupid screen keeps getting in the way.

CLARA’S CLOTHES

I don’t own any fur, real or faux, but I am so on board with this stole she’s wearing. WERQ. And her white slip is so evocative of Clara’s iconic nightgown from the Nutcracker ballet that I literally squealed in delight when I saw it. Fashion is an important element of Winterspell, for reasons that will become clear when reading. Imagine the loveliest Nutcracker costumes you’ve ever seen, add in Alexander McQueen and Marchesa, plus a dash of cyberpunk and another of the Borg from Star Trek, and you’ll get a feel for the wardrobe of Winterspell.

DAT DAGGER

One of many Clara owns. And she knows how to use them, thanks to the help of a certain godfather with an eye patch—and her own ferocious determination.

THE WINTRY COLORS

The world of Winterspell is cold and dangerous, bleak yet beautiful, full of towering palaces carved of iron and obsidian, where courtiers lounge in jeweled luxury—and slums where the less fortunate, desperate to impress and clothed in silks obtained through . . . creative means . . . starve in misery. This cover perfectly represents this dichotomy. The iron scrollwork hints at stateliness and elegance, while the deep gray, blue, and purple tones suggest an approaching storm.

THE CROW

This crow has special significance. I don’t want to say anything more about it because the birds in Winterspell were such fun to write, and I want you to discover why without any hints from me. But notice how the bird is looking away at something. What might it be gazing at? Eh, eh??

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Q&A WITH ZAREEN JAFFERY
EXECUTIVE EDITOR AT SIMON & SCHUSTER BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

1. Describe Winterspell in three words.

ZJ: Dark, sweeping, romantic

2. What was your first reaction after reading Winterspell?

ZJ: I felt transported to a beautiful, dangerous world, with its own magic and rules. And I loved how, despite all these differences, the emotional truth of the story—family loyalty, true love, human desires and vulnerabilities—really resonates.

3. Clara is so FIERCE on this cover! Without giving anything away, can you give us some insight about the heroine of Winterspell? What can readers expect?

ZJ: Over the course of the novel, Clara really exemplifies what it means to be brave. She pushes forward despite her fear. She is out of her depth and her comfort zone, in so many ways, and has to learn to allow herself to show vulnerability. It’s a compelling transformation!

4. Who is your favorite character in Winterspell? No spoilers, please!

ZJ: I’m going to go with Nicholas. Not just because he’s cute. (Though that doesn’t hurt!)

5. What can readers of Claire’s middle grade books expect from Winterspell? How is it similar? How is it different?

ZJ: Though Winterspell is definitely for more mature audiences, what it shares with her middle grade stories is a strong female heroine with a noble quest. In The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, Victoria was investigating her missing best friend. In The Year of Shadows, Olivia was helping the ghosts of Emerson Hall find their anchors. In Winterspell, Clara has her own noble quest. The most notable difference between the middle grade novels and Winterspell are, of course, the kissing scenes! (Note from Claire: Hey-oooooo! And they are bounteous!)

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Q&A WITH LUCY RUTH CUMMINS,
ART DIRECTOR AT S&S BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

1. Describe Winterspell in three words.

LRC: Page-turning, bad-ass, hot

2. What was your first reaction after reading Winterspell?

LRC: I’d read (and loved) Claire’s middle grade, and so I was like “I wonder how this will feel?” And my first reaction was “whoa—girlfrien’ knows what she’s doing.” I was immediately pulled in by the fast pace, action, and…hotness…of this story. I couldn’t put it down!

3. When working on the cover, what did you look to for inspiration? Any particular music or images?

LRC: Naturally I couldn’t help but dig in to The Nutcracker itself—Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty is one of my all-time faves, but I’d never dove into The Nutcracker (my sister did ballet, I climbed trees). So I watched a lot of what was available on places like YouTube so I could get a sense of the grace of the source material. The cool thing about The Nutcracker is that contrast—I think I had a preconceived notion that it was all just pretty dancing…but it’s got such a sinister edge!

My brain sometimes defines worlds based on what I’ve already known or seen, and I felt distinctly that Clara’s New York City was, for me, Gotham circa Batman (1989). Cane was, in its wilderness, Narnia, and its urban center for me was The City of Lost Children. My brain does a lot of borrowing! So all those images were hovering around in the cover-soup.

I knew that Claire and Zareen wanted to convey how self-possessed, brave, and beautiful Clara is, so it was then a matter of creating that vision, and a sense of magic, when it was cover time. And hopefully to bring in some of the mystery and suspense. Oh, and of course I wanted to make sure it was ice cold.

4. Who is your favorite character in Winterspell? No spoilers, please!

LRC: I am pathetically lame in this category, because if someone writes a sensitive, handsome, strong guy who knows how to get things done? I’m a goner. Nicholas for sure.

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The Giveaway:

To celebrate the cover reveal, Simon & Schuster is giving away a Winterspell ARC! ARCs are not ready yet, but the winner of this giveaway will get one hot off the presses! This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL. It begins today and will go through Monday, March 10.

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276 Comments

  • Diana Sousa
    March 3, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Oh, that’s gorgeous! All the little details, like the crow, the dagger, the title’s font… it’s amazing!

  • Rachel
    March 3, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I refuse to tweet about this giveaway because I want this book all to MYSELF. ^.^
    Congrats Claire on such a beautiful cover to what I am sure is a stunning book.

  • Rebecca I.
    March 3, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Can’t wait to read it! I love the colors and the typography! And that is a wicked looking knife.

  • Natalia
    March 3, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Love love love the cover also now I want to read the book.

  • Mieneke van der Salm
    March 3, 2014 at 8:29 am

    So stunning! And here’s one title that will be going in my anticipated books posts for the second half of the year 😀

  • Colleen
    March 3, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I’ve been ridiculously excited to read this book ever since Claire first started talking about it on Twitter! I can’t wait…!!!

  • Natasa
    March 3, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Beautiful cover! Clara reminds me of Emma Watson a little.

  • Emily (@theladyreads)
    March 3, 2014 at 8:41 am

    That cover is gorgeous, and the book sounds absolutely amazing! I am so looking forward to read this. I haven’t read Claire’s work before, but I have heard only wonderful things about her books. Now I have to add them all to my “must read soon” list!

  • Andrew Patterson
    March 3, 2014 at 8:43 am

    HOLY FREAKING AWESOME COVER, BATMAN! ;-D

    LOVE IT!

  • Kathy
    March 3, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I love this cover. It’s amazing. The font used for the title is PERFECT. The details! Clara looks perfect too!

  • Jamie Dement
    March 3, 2014 at 8:47 am

    GORGEOUS!!

  • Anita Yancey
    March 3, 2014 at 8:54 am

    The book has an amazing cover. I’m really looking forward to reading the book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  • Amy
    March 3, 2014 at 8:55 am

    The cover is so gorgeous! I’m looking forward to reading this.

  • Shae/Shelver @ Shae Has Left The Room
    March 3, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I LOVE the cover! You had me at “dagger,” really. And OF COURSE I’m excited for the book! You know my excitement has no bounds, Claire!

  • Amanda
    March 3, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Woohoo! I’ve been looking forward to Winterspell. Claire’s voice is always fresh and can’t wait to hear it again! Congrats, Lady C!

  • Ann-Christin
    March 3, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I really like the cover and would love to read the book!
    I love the Nutcracker since my grandma read it to me so many years ago. Now I’m getting nostalgic

  • Jenny Perinovic
    March 3, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Oh, it’s gorgeous! I can’t wait to read this!

  • Maria Selke
    March 3, 2014 at 9:18 am

    STUNNING! I have to agree completely about the hair and dagger. This is so amazing!

  • Selena Yukino
    March 3, 2014 at 9:18 am

    OH MY GOD. BEAUTIFUL. *Dances crazily around the house* I cannot wait to get my hands on this bad boy.

  • Sarah Sullivan
    March 3, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Love Claire Legrand and. Love the Nutcracker. Can’t wait for this!

  • Ashley
    March 3, 2014 at 9:22 am

    So excited for this book! I remember us wrapped in blankets and watching Nutcracker senior year of college! So proud of you and completely jazzed for this retelling… and yes, Clara’s hair is amazing!

  • Lan
    March 3, 2014 at 9:26 am

    HOLY CATS COVER. The girl is FIERCE! Excited to see this rendition of the Nutcracker!

  • Katie M
    March 3, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I hadn’t heard of the book until this post, but it looks intriguing! I can’t remember anyone ever doing a dark retelling of the Nutcracker.

  • Gerd D.
    March 3, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Beautiful cover.
    Don’t really recall what the Nutcracker is about, though.

  • Lindsay
    March 3, 2014 at 9:34 am

    What an incredibly gorgeous cover! The colors are so right, too–bleak and wintry, not the candyland pastels and primaries you usually associate with The Nutcracker. Can’t wait to read!

  • Kaye M.
    March 3, 2014 at 9:34 am

    As with every other of Claire’s covers, THIS. IS. PERFECT. I love the fierceness of the cover. I love Marissa Meyer’s blurb. I am looking forward to snatching up a copy so I can waste good reading time snuggling it and stroking its spine.

    …In a non-creepy sense, of course.

  • Melanie Conklin
    March 3, 2014 at 9:38 am

    This looks like a character I’ll love to get to know!

  • Sam @ Realm of Fiction
    March 3, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I love the sound of the book, particularly in that it’s inspired by The Nutcracker. The cover is simply stunning! I love the colours, the font, the wintery look. I can’t wait to get my hands on it! 🙂

  • Katrina
    March 3, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I’m a sucker for a good font! This looks amazing!

  • Claire M. Caterer
    March 3, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Beautiful, beautiful cover, and an intriguing story! Looking forward to reading another fantastic Claire Legrand tale. And, sorry, is it just me, or does our heroine look a bit like Claire herself?

  • Danielle Nguyen
    March 3, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Oooh I really like this cover! And I love retellings, so I can’t wait to read this one!

  • Teresa Santos
    March 3, 2014 at 9:47 am

    The cover looks amazing! And so does the story. Books with a fairytale feeling to them are some of my favourites, and this one sounds like it’d just the list. Definitely have to read it!

  • Darkwing
    March 3, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Ohh, interesting concept for a novel. The Nutcracker is such a creepy, atmospheric story; it’ll be intriguing to see it expanded and reworked. I wouldn’t guess from the cover that it had anything to do with The Nutcracker though: was it made more generic to try to garner broaders appeal, I wonder? (Does that ever work?)

  • Stephanie Burgis
    March 3, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Ooh, this is GORGEOUS. I can’t wait to read it!

  • Ginny
    March 3, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Ooo, I am looking forward to this one, even more now. And it’s nice to see the crow is significant to the book, since using birds on SF/F covers is becoming a bit of a trend.

  • Mary Alyssa McNally
    March 3, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I love that authors continue to spin stories around well-loved themes such as the Nutcracker. I am looking forward to this new book!

  • Lyn Kaye
    March 3, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I seriously cannot stop looking at that cover. I was blown away by Legrand’s other two books, and this one looks like it might trump A Year of Shadows. Seriously, I might just die of excitement before September.

  • anmiryam
    March 3, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Clara reminds me of Ygritte from GOT, as played by Rose Leslie, after a bath and a wardrobe makeover. If the resemblance is in any way indicative of how this book will unfold it makes it a must read.

  • wandering-dreamer
    March 3, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Heard Marissa Mayer talking about this book at one of her tour stops lately and would love to get a chance to read it, neverseen a retelling of The Nutcracker before! (well, I mean I know there out there and some of my friends saw one once but it sounded pretty terrible, this sounds Not Terrible)

  • Molly | wrapped up in books
    March 3, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Gorgeous cover! And the story looks great, too.

  • Vivien
    March 3, 2014 at 10:13 am

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!

  • Lena Marsteller
    March 3, 2014 at 10:14 am

    THE COVER IS AH-MAZING!!!! Clara totally looks like Emma Watson. I love her dark shadow look, and the crow is totally creepy! I can’t wait to learn more about Nicholas. 😀

  • Debby (Snuggly Oranges)
    March 3, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Whoa, the cover is stunning! I just loooove the color scheme and how intense she looks. This is the first I’m actually hearing about this book but it just went on my “whoaaaa most anticipated” list. A retelling of the Nutcracker? HELLS YES. I just wish it was on my radar earlier.

  • Nicki
    March 3, 2014 at 10:17 am

    The cover is gorgeous, but it’s the blurb that really sold me. I love dark, haunted faerie tales — I want this like NOW.

    Also, Clara looks like Kristen Stewart 🙂

  • Kyla Alyanna Fontalva
    March 3, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I LOVE IT! The girl on the cover is so gorgeous. All things in the cover makes sense. I super love the font and the background. The whole cover is perfect!

  • MarieC
    March 3, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Love it!

  • Kel
    March 3, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Maybe this is too literal, but I hope Clara wears more than that in the story or she’s going to be cold. ^^;

  • mary anne
    March 3, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I especially like the crow perching on the top of the “L’s”

  • Rebecca
    March 3, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Gorgeous! That knife…I love how much I see Emma Watson in Clara’s face. Can’t wait to read WINTERSPELL! Great Q&A.

  • Joni Patterson
    March 3, 2014 at 10:31 am

    OH MY GRACIOUS THIS IS GORGEOUS! Claire, I’ve been holding onto every sneak peak you’ve given of WINTERSPELL and this just gets me all the more excited! I can’t wait to explore this fantasy you’ve created. YES, the cover is beautiful, but it makes me all the more eager to know that it matches what you’ve imagined- and that the pages between the covers hold such sweeping-magicalness… GEE!!! I need to read this. NOW. ^^

  • Sabrina
    March 3, 2014 at 10:32 am

    The cover is absolutely GORGE. I’m huge into design and the cover is just really beautiful.

  • Jessica R
    March 3, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Oh my GOODNESS. What an absolutely gorgeous, evocative cover. Lucy really knocked it out of the park here. And I loved reading what everyone had to say about it. Makes me even more excited to read it!

  • Cherry Mischievous
    March 3, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Awesome!!

  • Cherry Mischievous
    March 3, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Spreading some awesomeness and pinned the cover to my Awesome Covers board: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/72761350204495384/ 🙂

  • Gillian
    March 3, 2014 at 10:51 am

    This looks amazing, can’t wait!

  • Yahong
    March 3, 2014 at 10:56 am

    THE ATMOSPHERE ON THIS COVER. It is amazing! The mysterious gray splotching above the grey fence really makes it!

  • Katie B
    March 3, 2014 at 10:58 am

    This cover is so FIERCE. And the story itself sounds absolutely enthralling. I didn’t know I’d been waiting for a retelling of The Nutcracker, but I’m glad it’s arrived.

  • Meagan Paramore
    March 3, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Woah. This is something I didn’t know I needed, but reading the synopsis, and being entranced by that cover, well, now I do. Can’t wait for this to arrive!

  • Bonnie Regan
    March 3, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Claire it’s AMAZING! Seriously, gorgeous.

  • Sara @ The Hiding Spot
    March 3, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Oh my word, what a gorgeous cover! It might actually be one of my favorites so far this year…

  • Sarah
    March 3, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I am LOVING this cover…EPIC! I’m so excited about this book because I LOVE the original story (and ballet) of The Nutcracker and cannot wait to read a unique re-telling! Crossing my fingers that I win! 😉

  • Sarah
    March 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

    The cover is GORGEOUS. Snowy and magical and VERY MYSTERIOUS. Can’t wait to read it!

  • Lynanne Carroll
    March 3, 2014 at 11:28 am

    This cover is breathtaking–the ferocity of Clara, the title font (double squeeee!), the snow-like-ashes artsiness. Everything, really. I particularly love the subtle coloration shifts…great blending.

    :mrgreen:

    I really enjoy when authors take something ‘old’ and revamp it in their own way…and the blurb sounded incredible anyhow. I am definitely looking forward to Winterspell!!

  • Becca
    March 3, 2014 at 11:30 am

    A dark retelling of The Nutcracker, huh. Glad to see a slightly different retelling! May just have to pick up this one.

  • Lorrie Puchala
    March 3, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I immediately saw a resemblance to the author….was that intentional?
    It’s absolutely gorgeous and i can’t wait to read the book.

  • Desiree
    March 3, 2014 at 11:41 am

    This is the first that I’m hearing about this book and I am so effin exxcited! It sounds amazing and the cover is beautiful!

  • Ghita
    March 3, 2014 at 11:53 am

    OMG! The cover is absolutely gorgeous!This is sooo exciting!!!!!

  • Hannah
    March 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    That cover is stunning! I’ve had this book on my TBR list for so long, I can’t wait to finally be able to read it!

  • Tara
    March 3, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Amazing cover, and the story seems even better! Love it when the two are worthy of each other. Really looking forward to this one.

  • Sara
    March 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Oh wow, that cover is gorgeous and I can’t wait to read the story!

  • Lauren
    March 3, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I love this cover! A beauty mix of fantasy and I-will-kill-you. And the story sounds so good, I can’t wait!

  • Anna
    March 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    The cover is Gorgeous!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy… roll on September!!

  • Emma
    March 3, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    That is an awesome cover! I love the story of the Nutcracker so the book sounds great, too!

  • Lindsay Leggett (@akabins)
    March 3, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    LOVE this cover! Gorgeous work. Can’t wait to read!

  • Ariana
    March 3, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    So intrigued by the crows!

  • Haley Wilkerson
    March 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    This cover is gorgeous!! And I’m so excited that someone is finally doing a retelling of The Nutcracker, as it’s one of my favorite children stories ever. (The ballet is not bad either!)

  • elena
    March 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I have been excited for this book ever since I first heard about it! I can’t believe it’s almost heeeeeere (but not soon enough!!)

  • Christa @ More Than Just Magic
    March 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I love the cover! It looks like Hermoine with red hair (possible Ron-Hermoine child?) and I love the wintery look to it. Plus the premise of this book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait.

  • Nikki
    March 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Wow, wow, WOW! I am in love with this cover. I mean, I would honestly read this book no matter what the cover looked like, because it sounds INCREDIBLE, but this cover is just icing on the cake. GORGEOUS!!

  • SarahO.
    March 3, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I totally LOVE the cover!!! I’m so excited to read this!

  • Serena
    March 3, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Claire baby! I can’t believe how beautiful this cover is. The more I look at it, the more wonderful things I see to admire. Her freckles! That dagger! THE FONT. I am so excited for you, and I am beside myself that THIS IS THE YEAR IT WILL BE IN MY HANDS!! <333

  • kit scrogham (@kitmuses)
    March 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Oh gosh this is stunning! Can’t wait to get my hands on it :3

  • Gabi
    March 3, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I don’t usually like the girls-in-dresses covers, but this is really evocative and compelling. I’m on board. :]

  • Milagros
    March 3, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I think one of my favorite things about this book is that it seems pretty different from a lot of other YA books out there right now! I also have a thing for fairies/dark-type stories and also you’re throwing in the Nutcracker, so how could I not be interested? 🙂

  • Caitlin Nicoll
    March 3, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I’m super excited about this book. And that cover! GAH!

  • Isa Lavinia
    March 3, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I’m so excited over this, you guys have no idea!!!
    I can’t wait for this book!

  • Marie-Claude
    March 3, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    The cover is soooooo pretty !!!

  • Crystal
    March 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    What a beautiful cover!

  • Mariah
    March 3, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I love this cover and am SO excited for this book!

  • Carina Olsen
    March 3, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Oh, how I LOVE this cover! It is GORGEOUS 😀 And I’m so dying for this book. I love Claire so so much. <3 thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Kendra
    March 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I loved Cavendish Home, and I can’t wait to read her UA debut!

  • Didiita
    March 3, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the cover, I am so intrigued by it now! Can’t wait to read it!

  • Jessica
    March 3, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    This cover is absolutely gorgeous. I am intrigued.

  • Lili
    March 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    That cover is gorgeous! So excited for this!

  • Jenna
    March 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I’m absolutely in love with that girls hair. Kid you not, I want to steal it and make it mine.

  • JoLee
    March 3, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    It looks amazing!

  • Anonymous
    March 3, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I can’t wait to read this book.

  • Yuko86
    March 3, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    This cover is fabulous! I really want to read this book!

  • Tina
    March 3, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I love the cover! Clara’s expression is awesome and I love how the dagger is smack in the middle of the composition, creating one bad ass focal point.

  • Marie
    March 3, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    That cover is gorgeous! I especially love the frosty look of it.

  • anna
    March 3, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I loved The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, and Year of Shadows! It will be so difficult waiting until September for Winterspell 🙁

  • Nicole Maggi
    March 3, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    What a stunning cover! I can’t wait to read this!

  • Ella Zegarra
    March 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    the girl looks like Emma Watson ._.

    a dark retelling of The Nutcracker? GIVE ME NOW PLEASE!!!

  • Malin
    March 3, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Oh, the cover is gorgeous and this book is clearly a must-have. I’m adding it to my reading list right now.

  • Patrice Nicole Caldwell
    March 3, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I’m so in love with this cover, the book description and everyone’s commentary took my breath away. Can’t wait!

  • Heather Stone
    March 3, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    The cover is gorgeous and I can’t wait to read the book.

  • Miranda
    March 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    WANT.

  • Kierra
    March 3, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    This cover is SO beautiful! And a retelling of the Nutcracker?-“GRABBY HANDS”

  • Kelly L.
    March 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I am LOVING the cover! All the colors used is gorgeous, plus that girl’s stare/glare!

  • Jana N.
    March 3, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    That cover is AMAZING! Winterspell is being added to be YA TBR post-haste just on the strength of the blurb and the cover.

  • Suz_Glo
    March 3, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Awesome cover! I would definitely have to stop and pick up this book in the store.

  • deniz
    March 3, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Gorgeous! Love the atmosphere — and the dagger!

  • Josephine
    March 3, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I saw the cover on Facebook and at first I thought it was a poster for a movie starring Kristen Stewart.

  • Jpetroroy
    March 3, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Gorgeous! Looks like a move poster.

  • Stephanie
    March 3, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    It’s a good balance of pretty girl and grabbing your interest, wintery but not entirely wintery with those bare arms, she is armed, crows always bring trouble, and the hair is such an excellent contrast.

  • RENEE ANGEVINE
    March 3, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Now this is a book, I definitely, look forward to reading! That cover is fantaboulous!!!

  • Leticia O
    March 3, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I LOVE her EYES and how fierce she looks. I’m so so so excited because it looks very different from what I’ve seen lately and she looks BADASS AND FUN AT THE SAME TIME. So awesome.

  • erinf1
    March 3, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    love the cover! This looks and sounds fantastic 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  • Katharine
    March 3, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    The cover is awesome and the book sounds awesome also!

  • margaret
    March 3, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    It’s such a great cover!

  • Aden Rowe
    March 3, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    So excited for this! And the cover looks awesome, I love the textures in the image, great blend!

  • Laura Maldonado
    March 3, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    The way the girl on the cover looks out…it gives me an eerie feeling that dark things are coming. I normally don’t like people on book covers, but the mood in this one is really selling me. <3

  • Breana M.
    March 3, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    The cover is gorgeous and I think it fits perfectly with the book itself. 😀

  • Manju Howard
    March 3, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Amazing Cover!

  • Hershey
    March 3, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    That cover is fantabulous! Cannot wait to read this book!

  • Sophia D
    March 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Sounds and looks amazing! Going on my wish list!

  • Gaby
    March 4, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Wow!! This has to be one of the coolest covers I’ve ever seen! I love it! It looks great, sort of dark and mysterious.

  • Anonymous
    March 4, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Awesome cover, I love the knife, the wild hair, Clara’s expression and the bird perched on the title.

  • Barbara Elness
    March 4, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I love the cover, the knife, the wild hair, Clara’s expression and the bird perched on the title.

  • whitewolfreads
    March 4, 2014 at 12:33 am

    The Nutcracker has always been one of my favorite stories/ballet for as long as I can remember. I think the cover looks amazing and I can’t wait to read Winterspell!

  • Devon
    March 4, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Christmas is my favorite holiday for no reason other than the cheer that hangs in the air. But the twisted spin this puts on the classic Nutcracker tale? So intriguing! I grew up on horror stories (movies and books), so it’ll be so cool to see two of my favorite things combined. Definitely adding to my TBR.

  • Lexi
    March 4, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Wasn’t that interested in the cover but the plot sounds interesting.

  • Llehn
    March 4, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Wow. Gorgeous!

  • Ashley
    March 4, 2014 at 1:46 am

    I’m so excited for this book. I’ve seen the Nutcracker every year since I was five. Can’t wait for this retelling and the cover is lovely.

  • Gavin
    March 4, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Awesome cover!!!

  • Chelsea Bobulski
    March 4, 2014 at 8:22 am

    I feel like I’ve been waiting to see this cover forever, ever since Claire first mentioned this project on her blog and I thought, “A retelling of the Nutcracker? YES, PLEASE,” and now that it’s here I am SO EXCITED for her!!!! The cover is hauntingly gorgeous and while I’ve been able to sit quietly and act as if September isn’t forever away, now that I’ve seen the cover that’s going to be impossible!!! *looks at calendar* Is it September yet?

    How about now?

  • Helle Mostgaard Larsen
    March 4, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Awesome cover and great giveaway! 😀

  • Cassie F.
    March 4, 2014 at 9:49 am

    WOW! This cover is stunning! Yes, it’s the typical girl on the cover, but there are so many details I love about it! And I cannot wait to hold a copy of it in my hands (to read!)

  • Haley
    March 4, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Looks awesome! Can’t wait to read it!

  • Zara
    March 4, 2014 at 11:34 am

    A sombre looking redhead with a sharp knife and crow. This cover is fabulous!

  • heather
    March 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Pretty! Wants! Please?

  • Deszy
    March 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

    It’s beautiful!

  • Alyssa Susanna
    March 4, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Ohhh, it’s so gorgeous! I love it! And I’m very excited to read Claire’s book – it’ll be my first of hers! Thank you for the giveaway! <3

  • Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels
    March 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

    AHHH, love the cover! I think it fits perfectly with the summary. The whole concept is amazing. Can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  • Rebel Rae
    March 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Absolutely LOVE the cover! It’s ethereal with a hint of “watch out”. 🙂

  • Danielle D
    March 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Love this cover, can’t wait to check this one out. Thank you so much for the interviews and giveaway 🙂

  • cassondra
    March 4, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I love the cover kinda reminds of when dark and beautiful fragile things mix ^_^ but that look in her eyes tell me she’s anything but fragile… awesome ^_^

  • Sophie
    March 4, 2014 at 11:41 am

    The cover is awsome!! I can’t wait to read it!

  • Lisa Marie
    March 4, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Love this cover! I like the whole mysterious look of it 🙂

  • Miranda E.
    March 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Winterspell sounds absolutely amazing. And the cover is just stunning! I’m very intrigued about this dark version of the Nutcracker especially since I haven’t read a retelling of the Nutcracker. Also I’ve seen the ballet performance of the Nutcracker several times and I can’t get over how enchanting it is.

  • superbwg
    March 4, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Cover is awesome, I have a thing for redheads 🙂 The Nutcracker has always been one of my favorite stories, I have always felt that it was a bit dark and surreal so I am very excited for this book

  • Autumn
    March 4, 2014 at 11:54 am

    The Cover is GORGEOUS!! Im a totally cover snob and im pretty sure im completely in love with it.

  • Elizabeth
    March 4, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Stunning!

  • Kris
    March 4, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I can’t wait for the book to come out, it looks like an absolutely fantastic read!

  • Glenn Woods
    March 4, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I absolutely love the cover! I definitely will want to read this

  • Megan
    March 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Such a beautiful cover!! Can’t wait to read this! Sounds very unique and original! 🙂

  • Shauna Tillery
    March 4, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Love it! She looks a little like Emma Watson, I think.

  • luiza
    March 4, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    This sounds amazing!! Really like dark retellings! Also, the cover is really pretty.

  • Alex
    March 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Too awesome for words! I cannot wait to read this book!

  • Stephanie
    March 4, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I can’t WAIT till this comes out!

  • Alyx Beauchamp
    March 4, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    The person on the cover reminds me of Emma Watson… Your book sounds riveting, and I can’t wait to pick up a copy!

  • Scoot
    March 4, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    This book looks great! I LOVE the cover. Having seen the Nutcracker ballet about a million times I am looking forward to reading this new twist on the tale! Just added it to my goodreads list. Thanks for sharing!

  • Brooke
    March 4, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Very pretty cover!

  • Rachel Maltby
    March 4, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    This sounds right up my alley. As an aspiring author I want to get my hands on this for research as well as fun. It’s gonna be good. Woot!

  • Pam
    March 4, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I absolutely love the color. I’m rather partial to covers with a purple color scheme. Also love the font used.
    Definitely a book that I’d like the read.

  • Elisquared
    March 4, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I adore the cover! This is the type of cover that would grab my attention on the shelf for sure! I can’t wait to get to read it; I am obsessed with books that take a story we all know and puts a new spin on it! Can’t wait to read what happens!

  • Amber
    March 4, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    It’s beautiful and the model reminds me of Emma Watson a little!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

    Amber

  • Jillian T
    March 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Love the cover! Love the idea, super excited for the book.

  • Marlyn
    March 4, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Love the cover!

  • Scarlett
    March 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I love the cover, it’s dark and powerful, just the way I like it.

  • Loren V.
    March 4, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    The cover art is simply amazingly beautiful. I need to won this book, my bookshelves said so:)

  • gita
    March 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    honestly, the cover isn’t what sold me, rather the author. the cover seems to follow the current ya-trend of depicting a beautiful heroine in a gown/sophisticated dress. i like my covers with more of an edge where you can’t be sure whether it’s targeted for boys or girls and it looks somewhat attractive to both genders.

    but that’s just me… 😉

  • Lindsey Cafferty
    March 4, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    This cover looks amazing and super interesting.

  • Andrea
    March 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Can’t wait to read it

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books
    March 4, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Love, love, love this cover! So pretty!

  • Lauren P
    March 4, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Really lovely cover and interesting blurb!

  • Kelsey
    March 4, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Who wouldn’t love a dark fairytale retelling set in NYC, 1899?

  • Becky
    March 4, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Looks amazing!!!

  • Marissa
    March 4, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    That cover is so gorgeous. The Barbie Nutcracker movie was my life when I was little. I know, it’s hardly the original, but I’m still dying to read this. I don’t know if I can wait until September!

  • fishgirl182
    March 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Gorgeous! I love how winter-y and dark it looks but still pretty. Excited about this one.

  • Catherine
    March 4, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    The cover is lovely, but what sold me was the fairytale-retelling part! Retellings are one of my all-time favourite types of stories.

  • Dana
    March 4, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I love the cover! Also the idea of a more creepy twist on the Nutcracker… can’t wait for the book. Good luck!

  • Anonymous
    March 4, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Wow the cover is absolutely beautiful! I love how it’s so gorgeous, but at the same time she’s holding a dagger–a wonderful paradox.

  • Nichol Brown
    March 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Wow the cover is absolutely beautiful! I love how gorgeous it is, but at the same time she’s holding a dagger–a wonderful paradox!

  • Nichol Brown
    March 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    (ignore that I was accidentally anonymous in the previous comment)

  • Kimberly Mayberry
    March 4, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    What an amazing and awe-inspiring cover! This book sounds terrific! I cannot wait!

  • Raquel Romero
    March 4, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I absolutely freaking LOVE that cover!!!

  • Serena
    March 4, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Looks really neat!

  • Narthana
    March 4, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Looks really interesting! Love the cover and the overall vibe the book gives!

  • djinnia
    March 4, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    this looks epic! love the nutcracker. would love to read this.

  • Sandra
    March 4, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    That cover is stunning, and I think it matches the blurb perfectly. Can’t wait to read this one. So exciting and enchanting!

  • Rhianna
    March 4, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Lovely, emotive cover but the premise is what sold me. 😀

  • Bethany
    March 4, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    This looks, and sounds fantastic! 😀

  • Christine L.
    March 4, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    The cover is gorgeous. I’d buy the book for the art alone. The fact that it’s a retelling of The Nutcracker makes me want to start reading right this very second. So, yeah … EXCITED! 😀

  • Yhari
    March 4, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I absolutely love the cover!! Can´t wait to read it!! <3

  • Allison
    March 4, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    That is a BEAUTIFUL cover! it caught my attention almost instantly

  • Angelina
    March 4, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Such a beautiful cover

  • Melissa (Books and Things)
    March 4, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I really like the cover! It’s covertastic! 🙂

  • Cassie H
    March 4, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Beautiful! I love it!

  • Hebe
    March 4, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    This looks awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Olivia Hou
    March 4, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Love it! ITS AMAZING!!

  • Sarah
    March 4, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Gorgeous cover! So excited about this book!

  • Alejandra Hernandez
    March 4, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I am so excited for the book. The art cover is awesome!!! I love the red hair and the dagger. The background gives it a more mysterious look, which, i am anxious to actually hold.

  • Alison Hong
    March 4, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I love her dress!

  • Jenny O'G
    March 4, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    The cover is gorgeous, really stunning. It has a timeless sort of beauty & feels really ethereal & other-worldly. The synopsis also sounds remarkable; cannot wait to read this one!

  • Karen
    March 4, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I loved the Nutcracker as a kid, looks amazing!

  • Sandra Salinas
    March 4, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Cover Love!

  • Deyse
    March 4, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    The cover is so pretty! I mean look at the girls hair is flawless ahaha I’m really looking forward to read and review this one

  • Heidi Cisneros
    March 4, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Amazingly done! I love the softness of the girl and hardness of the knife/sword.

  • Hannah H
    March 4, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I did not know that this existed. Now I do, and life is ever so slightly better 🙂

  • Brighton Henderson
    March 4, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    The cover was gorgeous, and this book sounds amazing. I have never read a YA Nutcracker retelling. I always used to watch Barbie and the nutcracker and I always loved it.

  • Kat
    March 4, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    After Cavendish, I have high expectations for the dark in this premise! The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and I’m even more excited for the fairy tale inside.

  • Michael
    March 4, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    OOOOMMMGGGGG!!! this cover is so awesome. Marrisa Meyer wrote the blurb for this book I’m ten time more excited now!!

  • Amanda
    March 4, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Beautiful cover! Love the shade of purple.

  • Alyssa
    March 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I never thought someone would do a Nutcracker cover reveal and I am so so excited! This cover is fantastic

  • Jacqueline
    March 4, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    This is amazing! Nutcracker retelling? Yes, please! 😀

  • Caitlin
    March 4, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    The cover is gorgeous. I can’t wait to read the book! It sounds awesome.

  • Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books
    March 4, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    I’ve heard good things about Legrand’s middle grade books, but I don’t really read middle grade myself, so I was excited to hear of this book. Not to mention that I’ll always be excited for retellings, fairy tale or otherwise. A dark Nutcracker retelling sounds like all kinds of wonderful to me. And if all that wasn’t enough to convince me, that cover is gorgeous! I really enjoyed reading the interview with the art director, because it just offered even more insight into this story. Definitely looking forward to this one. 🙂

  • kelsey s
    March 4, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    a retelling of the nutcracker? I NEED IT!!!!

  • Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy
    March 4, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Wow! This cover really gives you an idea of what the story is. I’m so excited to read it!

  • Paige
    March 5, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Looks fabulous! I’d love to read this early!

  • Lily Sanders
    March 5, 2014 at 1:20 am

    I haven’t heard about this book before now, but it looks amazing!!! I’ve always loved the Nutcracker and I’ve always loved retellings of old stories, so I’m really excited about this!

  • briana
    March 5, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Wow that cover is gorgeous! I love fairytale retellings and this is the first I’ve heard of a Nutcracker retelling and I’m already excited for it!!

  • Cassidy Leora
    March 5, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Wow. This seriously sounds awesome. Like, seriously.

  • Mary Preston
    March 5, 2014 at 5:40 am

    LOVING the cover.

  • Lory @ Emerald City Book Review
    March 5, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Will look forward to this one!

  • Kai Agito
    March 5, 2014 at 8:01 am

    This is definitely a gorgeous cover! I haven’t heard of this book until I stumbled across your post and just… wow. Wow! Now I am definitely excited for this one to come out. Hopefully the story is as good as the cover. 🙂

  • Anonymous
    March 5, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I’ve just heard about this book on twitter. Seeing that cover is mind blowing! So exquisite, and I love the fierce heroine with a mission and the whole theme.
    Thanks for the international giveaway.

  • Dana Correa
    March 5, 2014 at 8:41 am

    The cover is amazing. Definitely beautiful.

    About the book, I love story retellings, fairy tales, mythologies, etc. This is the first book that I saw that is a YA retelling of the Nutcracker. This is why I think it’s very interesting to read.

  • Michelle Sedeño
    March 5, 2014 at 9:29 am

    You didn’t have to ask..I was really going to say it was GORGEOUS and the blurb reminds me of Cinderella..so yes! I’m gonna wait for this. Thank you so much for featuring (and the giveaway) this! I haven’t heard of this before. Glad I did now. September seems too long!

  • April V.
    March 5, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I really do like the cover – it seems to say a lot but only hints at everything and I like that it is mysterious and pretty at the same time. And yes, she has a very fierce expression on!

  • Rade
    March 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Love the cover! I am really curious about the book. Can`t wait to get my hands on it:-)

  • Olgia
    March 5, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Gorgeous! Loveee it

  • Larissa Hardesty
    March 5, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Wow. This cover is amazing! I love it! Can’t wait to read this one!

  • Eszter Kertesz
    March 5, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    It’s truly beautiful. Now I want to read it even more!

  • Lynn K.
    March 5, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Gorgeous! The cover model reminds me of Emma Watson. 😀

  • Kirsten W
    March 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Pretty pretty pretty! Also, a retelling of the Nutcracker? Yes please!

  • Kel
    March 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Wow, what an awesome cover! Can’t wait to read it!

  • deshipley
    March 5, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    My favorite part of the cover? How the lovely curls of the fence and font echo each other. It’s been a good while since I happened across a Nutcracker retelling, so the book’s premise definitely has my interest!

  • Alison
    March 5, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Gorgeous cover!

  • Carrie
    March 5, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    What a beautiful cover! I’m not usually a fan of covers with people on them, but this one just works.

  • Hina
    March 5, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    This sounds so interesting I will definitely check this out. The cover looks so pretty, dark, and mysterious at the same time.

  • Tammy
    March 5, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Gorgeous cover and a red head, I approve!

  • Precious Feather
    March 5, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I think the cover is really beautiful. Really draws the person in, I think.

  • Eli Madison
    March 5, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Love this cover! Excited for the book now… 🙂

  • Diane Johnson
    March 6, 2014 at 12:54 am

    What!!!! The Nutcracker. Can’t wait. Cover is “BAD” in a good way.

  • G. Donald Cribbs
    March 6, 2014 at 6:46 am

    This cover rocks. I love the tone of it, and I’ve been waiting on this one for a long time. I added it way before it had a cover on GR after chatting with Claire about it. I have my own fascination with the Nutcracker ballet, having danced in it two years in high school. Turns out the director is a descendant of ETA Hoffman, and she sought to portray a story as close to the original as possible. The ballet company has been performing this to sold out crowds for 24 years now. I was in the first 2 years and had no idea. I mean, my partner was the freaking Sugar Plum fairy. She could touch the back of her head with her toe for crying out loud. I cannot wait to return to that enchanting world. I have high expectations for this, but I believe Claire can deliver. Can’t wait to read this one! Thank you for the chance!

  • Sam
    March 6, 2014 at 9:47 am

    this cover is simply awesome! and I love the sypnopsis! this book goes straight to my tbr list!

  • Beverly H.
    March 6, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    The cover is beautiful! Love stories with a strong, capable heroine. So excited for this.

  • Petra
    March 6, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Great cover! Love the artwork and font.

    Safari Poet

  • Cee
    March 6, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    LOVE that cover! It’s so gorgeous. Really excited for this Nutcracker retelling! 😀

  • Emilia
    March 7, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Oh, I haven’t heard of this book until now! So excited!

  • Kateri Ransom
    March 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I have been in the Nutcracker practically all my life. Throughout the years I’ve stood i nthe wings and wondered what it would be like to create a story inspired by all the magic and wonder of the famous ballet. I’m soooo excited to read this YOU HAVE NO IDEA!!!

  • _Sandra_
    March 7, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Such a gorgeous cover, can’t wait to get my hands on it! 🙂 Absolutely loved The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, so to say I’m excited about this one would be an understatement.
    Thanks for a chance to win it! 🙂

  • Alicia
    March 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    The cover is soooo gorgeous! Can’t wait to read the book!

  • Stephanie T.
    March 7, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I really do want to touch all that hair! It looks as if its curling with her ferocity!

  • Natasha
    March 8, 2014 at 3:01 am

    I love the cover and I am so excited to read it!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jana (The Book Goddess)
    March 8, 2014 at 10:14 am

    I love the cover! Reading the interview makes me so excited and I love how fashion plays a big part! 🙂

  • Danielle Duvick
    March 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Love this cover! I hadn’t heard of this book before this, but it looks fabulous! Can’t wait!

  • CYP @ A Bookalicious Story
    March 8, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I mean, before I even get to the blurb the cover’s just screaming read me. Haha, and HOLY a fairytale retelling with a girl who knows her wicked ways with her knives? Set in a historical fantasy setting? Shit, I’m super sold. 😉

  • Barbara
    March 8, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Oh, this sounds great, thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jenelle Riane
    March 8, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Damn I want this book NOW. That cover? It’s screaming READ ME!, and its based on The Nutcracker so double yay! I’m so excited to read this one!

  • Ashlyn
    March 8, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I LOVE this cover! The book sounds very interest. I can’t wait to see what this book has in store.

  • Amie Gaudet
    March 9, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Wow! This cover is absolutely STUNNING. Can’t wait to get my hands on an ARC of this book to read and review. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Carla Bosch
    March 9, 2014 at 6:19 am

    The cover is gorgeous! I love its air of mystery, it’s really cool!
    Can’t wait to read the book now, thanks for the chance to win it 🙂

  • Cora @ TeaPartyPrincess
    March 9, 2014 at 10:25 am

    How gorgeous is that cover? So freaking pretty!

  • Stargirl
    March 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

    This looks very awesome!

  • Angelica
    March 9, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I have been looking forward to this book since it was first announced years ago. I think that the cover is amazing! ^_^

  • Sarah Brentyn
    March 9, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I’ve already said this but–gorgeous. Love the hair, the crow, but..the dagger with that fence background. Brilliant. Love it!

  • Kristen H.
    March 9, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I love it! I really want this book now! Not in September. 🙂

  • Franny
    March 9, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I love the cover of Winterspell! Okay, and is it just me or does the cover Clara look the teeeeniest bit like Claire Legrand?

  • Stephanie
    March 9, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I love the cover. It speaks to the gothic of the story.

  • Lizz O.
    March 9, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I really love the font on the cover and the combination of the grays, purples and red hair!

  • Joy F
    March 9, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Yes, I really like the cover, eye catching. Can’t wait to read it.

  • kho la?nh Vacxin
    March 31, 2017 at 4:18 am

    Oh my god! This cover looks mystic. The Girl look so beautyful

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