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Winterdream by Chantal Gadoury
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2018-releases, retellings, ya-fantasy, provided-by-author-publisher, color-me-with-this-cover, arc, 2018-completed-reads, magic, romance, royalty, 2018-top-picks
Recommended for: Holiday Readers, Retelling fans, Everyone

See my full review of this book on my blog along with others at: foalsfictionandfiligree.com

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I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: Violence, Class Division/Prejudice

BLURB: A retelling of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King reminiscent of The Secret Garden, Winter Dream is a beautiful gesture to this Yuletide tale.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve been acquainted with the story of The Nutcracker. I’ve actually never read the original German tale, and only saw the ballet rendition when I was a young child. Considering this fact, I won’t be able to compare Winter Dream intimately to its original form and how it aligns and deviates. Honestly, I’m not too concerned with doing so, as this is a retelling. After all, deviations are allowed when considering this genre!

Opening the first pages (or the first screen on my Kindle) I stepped into the scene of a chilly Christmas Eve party held in Imperial Russia. Set in a different culture on top of a different time period could easily place a strain on plots simply due to the necessity of explaining these differences. I found that this story was uninhibited by a majority of those details. Since Winter Dream only partially takes place in Russia, many of the smaller and necessary details to include if it had stayed solely in Russia were not needed.

The main societal norm that required focus was how men and women held very different positions during this timeframe, especially among the aristocracy. Men reigned dominant. Women were a necessity, a fascination, but rarely empowered.
They want to know what we are thinking, but they never want to hear us.

Clara Stahlbaum, a young woman born into a family of high-society, is well acquainted with these standard views. Being ahead of her times, Clara disagrees that one should find a suitor simply out of necessity.
Marriage. The idea of it made me flinch as I wrinkled my nose. These had to be more to my life than simply attending fancy parties, prickling my fingertips at needlepoint, and wearing tight corsets. Let alone finding oneself in an arranged marriage, experiencing painful childbirth, and then…

Her forward views place her in a rather precarious position with Viscount Yakov Petryaevy, as he aims to court her.

For anyone who loves strong women front and center, this book has just that! What I like most about Clara is that she is a girl with a conscious. Not only that, she isn’t invincible like this character trope likes to portray. Clara is very capable, yet also needs help at times. She’s real, relatable, and relishable.

Clara is well-developed, with only a few minor inconsistencies. Towards the beginning, she refers to herself as plain. Brunette. Nothing like her closest friend, Masha Lebedev. Yet, throughout the entire book, she’s not viewed by everyone else as being plain. Insta-love is present, however, I found it to be inoffensive as it’s portrayed in the original version of this tale. Besides these points, character development and growth maintain a positive curve.

This book is a beautiful depiction of love. Wholesome, deep, and true. It’s one that will make you feel warm on any cold, winter day. The Nutcracker character and the way he interacts with Clara is so refreshing and pure. I really appreciated how the author rendered this relationship.

The only main issue I had with this book was that I simply wanted more world building of Winter Dream itself. I wanted to be immersed further because it’s such a beautiful realm! It didn’t necessarily take away from the plot by what was provided but was more a personal preference.

Winter Dream is the perfect read for this time of year. Grab your warm beverage of choice, snuggle up in a nice blanket, and delve into this lovely tale!

Vulgarity: None!
Sexual content: Kissing only.
Violence: Moderate, but not gorey.

My Rating: ★★★★½

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Quotes Sheila Liked

Chantal Gadoury
“He may have a title, but it does not determine his true worth.”
Chantal Gadoury, Winterdream: A Retelling of The Nutcracker

Chantal Gadoury
“Popularity and true friendship are two different things.”
Chantal Gadoury, Winterdream: A Retelling of The Nutcracker

Chantal Gadoury
“There was always a way to fix something, no matter how broken it looked at first glance.”
Chantal Gadoury, Winterdream: A Retelling of The Nutcracker

Chantal Gadoury
“Evil may be strong, but love--love breaks any curse, any spell--any sort of magic.”
Chantal Gadoury, Winterdream: A Retelling of The Nutcracker

Chantal Gadoury
“To choose--to truly love someone and accept them--was a freedom and a luxury.”
Chantal Gadoury, Winterdream: A Retelling of The Nutcracker

Chantal Gadoury
“Anyone can say they love someone. But love--real love--is felt and earned... It's more than words. It's action...it's sacrifice. Love is a great many things.”
Chantal Gadoury, Winterdream: A Retelling of The Nutcracker

Chantal Gadoury
“Can evil every truly be understood?”
Chantal Gadoury, Winterdream: A Retelling of The Nutcracker

Chantal Gadoury
“I prefer paths undiscovered.”
Chantal Gadoury, Winterdream: A Retelling of The Nutcracker


Reading Progress

November 30, 2018 – Started Reading
November 30, 2018 – Shelved
November 30, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-releases
November 30, 2018 – Shelved as: retellings
November 30, 2018 – Shelved as: ya-fantasy
November 30, 2018 – Shelved as: provided-by-author-publisher
November 30, 2018 – Shelved as: color-me-with-this-cover
November 30, 2018 – Shelved as: arc
December 4, 2018 –
20.0%
December 10, 2018 –
40.0%
December 10, 2018 –
75.0%
December 10, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-top-picks
December 10, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-completed-reads
December 10, 2018 – Shelved as: magic
December 10, 2018 – Shelved as: romance
December 10, 2018 – Shelved as: royalty
December 10, 2018 – Finished Reading
December 28, 2018 – Shelved as: review-to-come
December 28, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-top-picks
December 28, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-top-picks

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message 1: by Hillary (new) - added it

Hillary great review


Sheila Goicea Hillary wrote: "great review"

Thank you, Hillary!


message 3: by Vibur (new) - added it

Vibur I happened to just finish a Nutcracker retelling myself, and I loved it! So I'm pretty keen to read another one of those hehe. I'll add this one to my to list too! Hopefully, I'll get a chance to read Winterdream sometime in the future during the Christmas season :)


Sheila Goicea Vibur wrote: "I happened to just finish a Nutcracker retelling myself, and I loved it! So I'm pretty keen to read another one of those hehe. I'll add this one to my to list too! Hopefully, I'll get a chance to r..."

Oh nice! Which Nutcracker retelling did you read? I hope you enjoy this one when you get around to it! Merry Christmas either way :D


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Vibur Sheila wrote: "Oh nice! Which Nutcracker retelling did you read? I hope you enjoy this one when you get around to it! Merry Christmas either way :D "

I read The Enchanted Sonata :) To be honest, it wasn't the best, but I adored it anyways!

Merry Christmas to you too ^^


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