*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*
This was a nice Nutcracker retelling even though it didn’t blow me away.
It felt like younger YA to me, even though there were some older aspects, like the main character being 18 and worrying about having to marry someone she didn’t like out of duty, as well as a couple scenes of violence, so that threw me off a bit. I also felt like the writing kind of skimmed the surface. The characters and romance didn’t have as much depth as I would’ve liked.
As for what I liked, I believe this was based on the ballet rather than the E.T.A. Hoffman story, and all the retelling elements—the mice, the cursed Nutcracker, the fantasy land—were fun. The main character was one you could root for. She wasn’t one to sit on the sidelines when others needed help.
Overall, this isn’t a bad read, especially if you’re looking for something winter-y or vaguely Christmas-y to enjoy around the holidays or any time of the year!
Anyone who likes young adult and Nutcracker retellings.
This Christmas Eve… no creature was stirring…
Except, maybe, a mouse.
At long last, can true love break the Nutcracker’s curse?
For Clara Stahlbaum, this Christmas means the end of her youth. A daughter of the aristocracy, Clara is expected to give up her dreams of adventures and the extraordinary for more normal days as the wife of a cruel Viscount.
But when magical Uncle Drosselmeyer returns with his wondrous, dancing contraptions, and one…special gift for Clara, she is beckoned to the land of Winter Dream, where she is thrust into the greatest adventure of her wildest dreams. But will she be able to break the Nutcracker’s curse?
Uncle Drosselmeyer’s apprentice, Anton, is handsome as he is mysterious. But what is it about him Clara finds so alluring?
Winter Dream is a phenomenal retelling of The Nutcracker from the eyes of Clara Stahlbaum with all the magic of the Holiday season. If you loved S. Jae-Jones’ Wintersong, you’ll fall in love with this stunning tale of love, war, redemption, and Christmas magic.
Book Author: Chantal Gadoury
Publisher: The Parliament House
Genre: Christmas, Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Holidays, Retelling, The Nutcracker Retelling, Young Adult
My Rating: 3