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Blessed-or cursed-with an ability to understand animals, the Lass (as she's known to her family) has always been an oddball. And when an "isbjorn" (polar bear) seeks her out, and promises that her family will become rich if only the Lass will accompany him to his castle, she doesn't hesitate. But the bear is not what he seems, nor is his castle, which is made of ice and in ...more
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Published February 1st 2011 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published January 8th 2008)
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Betsy
As I see it, there are two different ways to adapt a fairy tale into a full-length novel. You can either reinterpret the entire shebang with a whole new spin on the formerly familiar (ala A Curse Dark as Gold or The Magic Circle) or you can take the essential parts of the original tale and just fill them out with some depth and padding (ala Beauty). Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow falls squarely into the latter category. Now if I was a fairy tale snob I might get all huffy that Jessica Day George's b ...more
Angie
In the fairy tale mood, I was looking for something to follow up Master of Shadows. Jessica Day George's Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow looked like just the ticket. A retelling of the East of the Sun, West of the Moon fairy tale, I was both excited and nervous. For various reasons I have a hard time getting into retellings of this fairy tale and, though I did enjoy Edith Pattou's East, I've been hoping ever since to find a version I liked better. And I found one. I first loved the cover. I like the ...more
Jacob Proffitt
This review has been hard for me to write because the author, Jessica Day George, is a friend—and not in some squishy, internet way, either, but in a book group, get-together-every-month kind of way. You wouldn't think that'd make this hard considering that I enjoyed the book immensely—and despite several strikes against it from a personal taste perspective, too!

The novel has a fairy-tale feel, though in a solidly Norsk setting (I don't know how better to name it—it's northern with all the ice a
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jo mo
1.5/5

this version of east of the sun & west of the moon was a pleasant read.

pika, lass or whatever you might call her, lacked substance, meaning she wasn't a fleshed out character. all of jessica day george's books seem to have this particular problem. the author draws a strict line between evil vs. good, so the reader makes no mistake as to categorize who's the hero and who's the villain. which is a shame.

there is more than just one side to a person than that! i'm disappointed once again
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audreyii_fic
If I read one more young adult novel that features the hero physically overriding the heroine's will, I will set something on fire.

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Misty
The lass leads a lonely life. She lives in a remote little Norwegian village that is blanketed by a strange, never-ending winter. Her mother refused to name her, and she is largely disregarded by all but her father and her beloved eldest brother, Hans Peter, who seems to the lass to be hiding a deep pain. But when the lass is blessed with the strange ability to be able to speak to animals, her life begins to change. People of all kinds seek her out for help -- and then, so does an isbjorn, a mas ...more
Julie
Jun 23, 2008 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
The ability to tell a story with characters who have warmth, humor, and humanity to them is my greatest reason for loving Jessica Day George's work. Sun and Moon is a fabulous retelling of the fairytale: East of the Sun West of the Moon. The Nameless ninth daughter of a poor woodcutter saves a white deer and is given the gift of speaking to animals which leads her on an adventure where she's stuck living with a polar bear for a year and a day so her family can have wealth. Loved the book, love t ...more
Anne Osterlund
The lass has no name.
But she has a gift. The ability to speak to animals.
And the inability to give up.

When the white bear arrives on her doorstep, promising her family wealth if she will live with him for a year, the lass says, “Yes.”

A promise that will take her west of the moon and east of the sun.

A fairy tale with echoes of Beauty and the Beast and Rose Red and Snow White. I particularly liked the Norwegian setting. From the lefsa to the white reindeer.
Colleen Houck
A sweet rendition of the classic fairy tale. Enjoyed the read.
Thomas
I gave this book five stars after reading it a couple of years ago, but now I'm moving it down to four. I don't think it was as great as the other books I've given five stars, why is why I'm lowering its rating.

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow is a retelling of the Norwegian fairytale East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I had never been exposed to the story before, so I can't really compare the two - however, I did thoroughly enjoy this book. Jessica Day George keeps the plot moving without sacrificing
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Shadowshock
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Aynab
To be perfectly honest, this book wasn't that involving. It lacked creativity and was really simple plot-wise. The decisions she makes at times are really irritating, especially when she basically kills three of her 'friends' from her curiosity. Sure, I would be curious too if I were in that palace but this girl obviously doesn't know how to learn from her mistakes. I felt that I totally agreed when Fiona accused her of bringing her 'stupid curiosity' back again.
What I felt was a low sign of he
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Koala
Having read a similar story before, I could roughly guess what the story was about but I was curious as to how this one would be different. And it was indeed different.

The story, for me, was very slow-paced and nothing much ever happened. After the first few days "the lass" spent wandering around the palace, it gets pretty repetitive. She gets curious, she asks one of the servants, they die. You would think that at some point she would realize that she should STOP asking or find other ways to fi
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Tadiana
Middle-school level retelling of the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I think I would have liked this much better when I was 13. For older readers who like fairy tale novelizations, Edith Pattou's East is a better (IMO) and more complex retelling of this particular story.
Majo

Este libro está basado en la leyenda noruega Al este del sol y al oeste de la luna, una de mis favoritas, así que estaba muy ansiosa por leer un retelling de ella.
Pero, en cierta forma, fue como leer la leyenda una vez más, porque la historia no ha sufrido grandes cambios. Todos los elementos que forman parte de ella están ahí, desde el príncipe que se convierte en oso, hasta las tres ancianas y los cuatro vientos que la ayudan. ¡Incluso los trueques con la princesa!

Claro que la autora agrego un
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Jo
So had I read this one before Edith Pattou's East I would probably have given it 4 stars. It was a well written story, it just didn't stand up to East. But for anyone who enjoys a well written retold fairy tale it is worth the read.
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow is a fairy tale set in a snowy Norwegian village featuring an ice palace, enchanted bears, and a girl without a name who can talk to creatures. Inspired by Norwegian folklore and the fairy tale titled East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon, Jessica Day George takes us on a magical adventure full of fantasy, talking creatures, trolls and a Princely romance.

The story starts out at a Woodcutter’s house w
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Julie
This is a novel based on the legend East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

The story is a lot like Beauty and the Beast, which is one of my favorite fairytales. I liked how the lass, the main character, didn't judge anyone she encountered. The only type of creature she didn't like was the trolls, which would be because they were the bad guys.
Even though the lass didn't think things would end well she did what she thought was right just because she felt someone should. She hoped for things to end wel
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Sierra Abrams
This story is about a girl, the youngest in a family of twelve children, a girl with no name. The lass, she is called by her older brother, Hans-Peter. They live in a fantasy version of Nothern Europe, where snow is always falling and the families are always cold. After being effected by the enchantment of a White Reindeer, the lass finds she can talk to animals… And when she has a sudden encounter with a magical bear, called an isbjorn (which literally means ice bear), the lass heads off on a j ...more
Summer
This book didn't live up to standards for me. If your gonna write a book, with a plot that's already been used, then ya have to make it a lot better than what Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow popped out. I'm not saying that I didn't like the book, because I did. I was reading it on and off all day long in fact. But it just didn't work for me.

The Pika is a girl who was rejected by her mother at birth for simply being a girl. She was kept and carred for but never named, baptized, or loved as a mother s
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Realteenreviews
Dec 26, 2010 Realteenreviews rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Icebears
The Gist
In a frozen world constantly covered in snow a mother wanted a son, and when she got a daughter instead she refused to name her. The daughter grew up without a name and was known simply as the Lass. The only thing that the Lass wanted more than a name of her own was for her favorite brother, Hans Peter, to be happy. Ever since he came back from a long sea voyage he hasn’t been the same. So, for his sake, the Lass searches for the legendary white reindeer. Myth tells that anyone who catch
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Amy
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Christine Rains
The youngest of nine children, the woodcutter's daughter never had a name. When she saves a magical white reindeer, she cannot think of a wish other than helping her eldest brother. Yet the reindeer cannot grant the wish she wants, and instead, whispers her a name. Over the next years, the lass develops the talent to talk to animals. Not long after, an unnatural white bear whisks her away to an ice palace in return for riches for her family. She gives her word to stay a year and a day. The lass ...more
Lauren
I got this book because of goodreads recommend feature. I like faerytale retellings and the premise of a girl whose mom didn't name her sounded promising. My late gramps used to delight us with stories about a troll who lived underneath his bridge. We believed him for years.
[He also had a different goat story about the birthday goat. I wonder why he never blamed the troll for getting the birthday goat. I guess after he made our older brother cry after giving him a cornbread birthday cake he didn
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The Bibliophile
Having read Ice by Sarah Beth Durst first, I wasn't in the mood to read Sun and Moon,Ice and Snow (although the latter was published first) because I thought this was going to be the same story just with different names for the characters.

Lucky for me, I was wrong :)

This book is about 'the girl', the girl because she has no name.
She is the ninth child, fourth daughter of a poor woodcutter,unwanted by her mother as she has "no use for a daughter".

When Hans Peter her brother returns home from his
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Laura
I am torn in my final opinion of this book. The first half was unquestionably fantastic, well-written, great character development, suspense, intrigue, etc etc etc. I couldn't put it down. However, maybe about halfway through, things fell apart a bit. The explorations of the ice castle got repetitive, and there were questions raised that didn't have an answer. (view spoiler) ...more
Tami
Jessica Day George’s Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow has just taken its place among some of my favorite stories. It is a wonderful mix of folklore and fairytale, a retelling (and expansion) of an old Norse legend.

A ninth child–a daughter, much to her mother’s dismay–is born to a woodcutter and his wife. Frida, the mother, is so disgusted by having not just another mouth to feed, but a useless girl as well, declines to give the child a name. She is simply called “pika,” which means “youngest.”

In the t
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Alex
Rejected at birth by her own mother -who refuses to name her - a young girl, known simply as Pika (girl) or Lass, grows up the best she can next to her many brothers and sisters in a country where winter has gone on relentlessly for 100 years or more.

Cold and poverty are the constant companions of her family but the Lass is happy enough, specially after her eldest brother, Hans Peter, comes back home after working in a merchant ship for several years. Hans Peter changed a lot during his time awa
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Fantasy Literature
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow is an ultimately frustrating retelling of “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” a Norse fairytale about a girl (who is never referred to by name) and an enchanted white bear. It just happens to be one of my favorite fairy tales. Jessica Day George stays very true to the original story, while judiciously adding details to fill out the sparseness of the tale. She gives us a reason that the girl in the story has no name, some background on the bear and how he became enchan ...more
Alice
Delighted to find another retold fairy tale. The first two thirds of the book is excellent as the author re-images the East of the Sun, West of the Moon tale in a Norwegian setting. Note also the strands that are elements of Beauty and the Beast, and the Greek myth of Psyche and the lamp. (See also Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis.) The lass must live for one year with the enchanted "ice bear", whom she comes to love; but she risks all by sneaking a peak at a night-time bed fellow.
The second hal
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Jessica Day George likes chocolate, knitting, books, travel, movies, dragons, horses, dogs, and her family. These are all things to keep in mind if you ever meet her. For instance, you could bring her chocolate to make the meeting go more smoothly. You could also talk about how adorable her children are, even if you have never seen them. You could discuss dog breeds (she had a Maltese named Pippin ...more
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“Love you always, miss you always... running day and night, leaving the place of sun and moon, of ice and snow.

Never look back, never forget.”
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