“…stories are often told by men with little else to do, and spread by women who love the sound of their own voices.”

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Pages: 292

Rate: 3 ⭐⭐⭐

Published: 27th November,2018

Publisher: Parliament House Publishing

Goodreads Synopsis

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?


My Take

It’s the most beautiful time of the year and I come to you with a cozy Christmas-y read. I have realized I love and enjoy retellings so much, it gives a different perspective to a story and I.Am.Here.For.It. so when I found out Winter Dream is a Nutcracker retelling I was overjoyed.

What I Liked: The book has a magical feel that just warmed my heart. The characters are lovable and fun. Well,those who aren’t villains of course. The plot is good, confusing at first but as I went on I got a hang of it. The fact that it was a quick read was a huge plus for me.

What I didn’t like: The writing felt too simplistic and I’d like to think maybe I am not the target audience. Some chapters were too simplified and it took the joy out of trying to figure out for myself what’s happening. That being said the plot twists were too predictable.

“Love is not so easy, Clara… anyone can say they love someone. But love-real love- is felt and earned…It’s more than word. It’s action…It’s sacrifice. Love is a great many things…”


This is my second retelling by Chantal Gadoury and I have to say, I didn’t like Winter Dream as such. Like I always say, it’s all about perspectives and what I may like, you probably won’t. If you have read Winter Dream I would love to know your thoughts.

Happy Thursday! See you on my next post. 🙂