Book Hoarder’s Selection (33): Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

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BOOK HOARDER’S SELECTION, is a feature of Reading In Winter, which will feature one book from my collection that I plan to read in the coming week. These are NOT review books, but books I’ve purchased, which have been neglected for a long time.

breadcrumbsTITLE: Breadcrumbs

AUTHOR: Anna Ursu

HOW LONG I’VE HAD IT: Since November.

WHY I’M READING IT: I love fairytale adaptations and even though I haven’t read The Snow Queen, the story this one is based on, I knew I had to read it. I mean, Jack’s heart is FROZEN! Hazel knows that something is up — and I mean, based on that cover, she goes into the woods where there are WOLVES and SNOW! I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to read this one, really. The reviews have been pretty amazing and that cover isi absolutely gorgeous.


SYNOPSISOnce 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,” Breadcrumbs is a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.

Have you read this book?



6 thoughts on “Book Hoarder’s Selection (33): Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

  1. I read this book about a month ago, and I’d definitely recommend it. Hazel is an awesome character, and the book is really good at being honest about hardship and friendship. It’s also beautifully written. I hope you like it!

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