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.
I've had this since early last year but I didn't get around to it before Christmas and then it just had to wait. I'm pretty excited about it, though, and will start it around the 23rd just to make sure I get it done by/on Christmas Day. But a Nutcracker retelling mixed with fantasy and scifi and steampunk and YES THIS SOUNDS AMAAAZING.
Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace -- this tale of an undead killer of killers is set to pub in Jan so I plan to read it early. It sounds like Dexter and Supernatural had a YA baby and how do you NOT want to read that?
The Burning Sky, the Perilous Sea, and the Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas. I've decided I need to read these fantasy series my friends keep flailing. I've had ARCs of these for years so it's definitely time.
Any fun reads planned for you? Anything that you have to read around this time of year?