BookTube: The Spines With Wines Book Club Rants About ‘Winterspell’ by Claire Legrand

Spines with Wines Winterspell

Welcome back to the third edition of the Spines With Wines live book club!

Spines With Wines is comprised of myself, book blogger/BookTuber Kristin Hackett and illustrator Melissa Kay and revolves around discussing a pre-determined book while drinking wine. You know, because book club.

For the month of December, we talked (read: vehemently ranted) about the Nutcracker retelling Winterspell by Claire Legrand.

You can watch our full book club discussion below and stay up to date on future episodes by joining our GoodReads group or following the #SpinesWithWines hashtag on social media.

Want to participate this month? For January, we’ll be reading Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. Read along and send us questions using the hashtag #SpinesWithWines — we’ll be streaming that episode on January 31st!

Darkly romantic and entirely enchanting, this reimagining of The Nutcracker from Claire Legrand brims with magic, love, and intrigue. New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer (Cinder) says “this is not your grandmother’s Nutcracker tale.”

After her mother is brutally murdered, seventeen-year-old Clara Stole is determined to find out what happened to her. Her father, a powerful man with little integrity, is a notorious New York City gang lord in the syndicate-turned-empire called Concordia. And he isn’t much help.

But there is something even darker than Concordia’s corruption brewing under the surface of the city, something full of vengeance and magic, like the stories Clara’s godfather used to tell her when she was a little girl. Then her father is abducted and her little sister’s life is threatened, and Clara accidentally frees Nicholas from a statue that has been his prison for years. Nicholas is the rightful prince of Cane, a wintry kingdom that exists beyond the city Clara has known her whole life.

When Nicholas and Clara journey together to Cane to retrieve her father, Clara encounters Anise, the queen of the faeries, who has ousted the royal family in favor of her own totalitarian, anti-human regime. Clara finds that this new world is not as foreign as she feared, but time is running out for her family, and there is only so much magic can do…


One thought on “BookTube: The Spines With Wines Book Club Rants About ‘Winterspell’ by Claire Legrand

  1. […] What can I say about this retelling of The Nutcracker that I read as part of the Spines with Wines book club except: it sure was … something. I neither loved nor hated this book, but it did get a few emotions out of me, including frustration and anger. Winterspell could have been great, but while it was written well — written beautifully in fact — the plot and the majority of the characters fell completely flat. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION] […]

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