Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu





Hardcover: 313 pages
Publisher: Walden Pond Press (September 27, 2011) 
Language: English
ISBN: 0062015052 (ISBN13: 9780062015051)











Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. They had been best friends since they were six, spending hot Minneapolis summers and cold Minneapolis winters together, dreaming of Hogwarts and Oz, superheroes and baseball. Now that they were eleven, it was weird for a boy and a girl to be best friends. But they couldn't help it - Hazel and Jack fit, in that way you only read about in books. And they didn't fit anywhere else. 


And then, one day, it was over. Jack just stopped talking to Hazel. And while her mom tried to tell her that this sometimes happens to boys and girls at this age, Hazel had read enough stories to know that it's never that simple. And it turns out, she was right. Jack's heart had been frozen, and he was taken into the woods by a woman dressed in white to live in a palace made of ice. Now, it's up to Hazel to venture into the woods after him. Hazel finds, however, that these woods are nothing like what she's read about, and the Jack that Hazel went in to save isn't the same Jack that will emerge. Or even the same Hazel. 


Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," Breadcrumbsis a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.

(Description from Goodreads)

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Breadcrumbs is a wonderful retelling of "The Snow Queen", a story of true friendship and extraordinary courage. 
Hazel is different from the other girls at school. She believes in magic and fairy tales. "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." 
One day something terrible happened to her best friend, Jack. Jack's heart became frozen like a block of ice and the Snow Queen brought him to her own castle. Hazel is the only one that can save him, the only one willing to believe in the existence of the Snow Queen. 
Hazel understands the real meaning of true friendship: sacrifice. 
I love fairy tale retellings and Breadcrumbs is a magnificent example of a successful one. 
I'm looking forward to reading more books from this author!

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You can read the first two chapters HERE

14 comments:

  1. Awww, this book sounds so adorably sweet! I've actually never read The Snow Queen before (which shocks me because I'm a MAJOR fairytale junkie!), but I love re-tellings too and from the way you describe this one, it sounds like Breadcrumbs is a fantastic one! :) And I adore the video too!

    Awesome review, Giada! I'm glad you liked this one! :)

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    1. Thank you, Mimi! :D I'm a MAJOR fairytale junkie too, and can't wait to start reading new re-tellings. >_<

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  2. Gosh, I love fairytale retelling! This book is definitely on my wishlist! Thank you for the beautiful review, Giada! I love the title of this book, and the mention of the Snow Queen! It's awesome that you also include the link of the first two chapters of this book, and the trailer is SO beautiful! Thank you for putting this book on my radar! <3

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    1. You're welcome, Hilda! ;D The Snow Queen is one of my favorite fairy tales ever! ><

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  3. This book seems really magic :)
    Anyway, did you choose winner for you giveaway already?
    Please reply :)
    Have a nice day!
    http://disincentive.blogspot.com/

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    1. It is magic! ;D
      The winner of the giveaway hop has already been notified. :)

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  4. This fairy tale spin off sounds promising :)

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    1. Breadcrumbs is such a lovely book. If you decide to read it, you won't be disappointed! ;D

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  5. I can't believe I haven't read this one yet. It's been on my TBR list for so long and I always hear great things about it!!
    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing this book. I love the cover and I am a big fan of fairytales. I definitely want to read this one! It sounds awesome. Great trailer!

    ~Jess
    http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

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  7. This sounds brilliant! The title screams HANSEL AND GRETEL to me, though, not THE SNOW QUEEN... odd?

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    1. Not odd at all. I think so too! >_<

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