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Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  17,407 Ratings  ·  1,825 Reviews
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
ebook, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published January 1st 2008)
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Captain Fox They and others like it, are all based off the same Norwegian fairy tale. It isn't plagiarism, the people who write some Celtic music (Celtic Woman…moreThey and others like it, are all based off the same Norwegian fairy tale. It isn't plagiarism, the people who write some Celtic music (Celtic Woman mainly, Gaelic Storm once or twice, etc.) they have different songs based off the same Irish ballad. Like Gypsy Davy, there are more versions by different artists then I know of. They take the story and twist it and make it their own.(less)
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Jan 25, 2008 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ash Reads
May 10, 2013 Ash Reads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-kindle-read
first read: May 2013
first reread: September 18 - 23 , 2016

I still really liked this book, though, being 27, I would say its a bit young for my liking.....buuuuuuuuuuut because of my love for the movie "The Polar Bear King", I can't help but want to read it over and over.
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
Feb 21, 2016 TL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who loves a fairytale
"It is a fine thing, to set your sights on crystal towers and golden thrones," Hans Peter said quietly. "But first you had better see what lurks within those towers, and what sits on those thrones. Every palace needs a foundation, Askeladden. Make sure that yours isn't of human bones. "

The lass didn't ask about his dire statement. She felt strange too. It wouldn't be just like old times. Her father was injured, perhaps dying. She knew some of Hans Peter's secrets, and the family's fortunes had d
Feb 21, 2008 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: retellings, ya
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
C. L.
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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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
Arielle Walker
I couldn't help but love this. East of the Sun, West of the Moon has long been my favourite fairytale, and there are myriads of re-tellings that never quite do it justice. A Court of Thorns and Roses is probably the most recent, and unfortunately the series only became incredibly good once the fairytale aspects had already been dealt with.

This re-telling kept everything good - the brave heroine, the trolls, the candle, the carefully crafted ending - and simply made sense of it all. The love stil
Jun 23, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
3.5 stars!
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
This was another light and quick read! Definitely something I needed after some books that I’ve read this month.

This book has enchantments! Trolls! Talking animals! Talking winds! More talking animals! And the writing style was great! Personally, I think if I were to ever reread this book again, I’d listen to it on audiobook because the author does such a great job of writing this is a fairytale tone. I really like her writing style.

Also, best acknowledgments that I’ve read in a while:
This b
Colleen Houck
A sweet rendition of the classic fairy tale. Enjoyed the read.

When a great polar bear offers her family fortune in exchange for her living with him for a year, the lass, who had never been given a name, agrees. Not only is the polar bear and his palace of ice more than what they seem, but also hold secrets over the curse that has been laid on the lass’ oldest brother. In order to save her brother, friends and the great polar bear, the lass must now solve the riddles of the ice palace and travel east of the sun and west of the moon.

This was the first time
Hazel West
Oct 13, 2012 Hazel West rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoughts on the Overall Book: I've never not liked one of Jessica Day Geroge's books and this one has turned into a new favorite. It was just lovely in every way her stories usually are and was a very enjoyable read.

Cover--Yea or Nay: I do like the cover, it's not bad, but it's not super interesting either nor does it look like the girl. I think it should have the ice palace instead.

Characters: The Lass, as she is named (or not named really) is a lovely character, and very typical to Jessica's h
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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
Sep 12, 2012 Selena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Fairy Tales, especially Beauty and the Beast
First of all, let me say that I am a sucker for fairy tales. Retellings, stories that are fairy-tale-esque, whatever. I've read a lot of retellings, both for fairy tales I've read and ones I haven't.

This retelling was very well done. It kept the fairy tale feel while still feeling like a fleshed out novel. The characters were well-put together well enough, the story fit the chapter-book format without feeling like it was a stretched-out version of something else.

My only complaint is that we don'
Jun 22, 2009 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
In a fairy tale mood as of late. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow suited that mood wonderfully.

I'm by no means a fairy tale aficionado, I'm not sure how closely this follows the age old Norwegian tale. I just know that I fell for the characters, for the story that Jessica Day George unfolds within these pages.

Pika/Lass is everything I like in my fairy tale heroines: Kind, merciful, strong, brave and selfless. Jessica Day George's language is enchanting, lulling with a glorious lullaby effect. All

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
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
Apr 22, 2013 Koala rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura V.
Tan lindo como el cuento del que proviene ♥.
Aunque la autora no ha innovado en nada, y si lees esto o el cuento original es lo mismo, sí tiene la ventaja de ser más largo, un poco más desarrollado y con una que otra trama detrás.
Amo a Hans Peter. Me encanta lo mucho que lass ama a su hermano, haciendo lo que esté a su alcance para ayudarlo.
Lo que mata es la curiosidad, literalmente. Se pierden muchas cosas en el intento de lass de dar respuestas a los enigmas que rodean el palacio y al isborjn
R. L. Snowe
This book was ok, not one of Jessica Day George's better books, I liked the other telling of this Norse tale better North South East and West but it was ok. Kind of interesting to see how she told it in her way although sometimes it didn't make sense and I found things worded wrong and hard to understand. Also I thought it all seemed unreal, cheesy and fake. Not like this world was really real, more like you were reading about this fake world you know what I mean? So yeah it was ok, wouldn't rea ...more
May 18, 2015 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good fairy tale, based on Norwegian folklore, gave me deeper view on Anderson's "Snow Queen."
***Comparing to "East" by Edith Pattou, I can see more poetry woven in this version of "Ease of the Sun and West of the Moon" tale.
Oct 14, 2010 Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
I really enjoyed this book! It's nice to read a fairy tale with some Nordic mythology for a change, and Jessica Day George must have a very intimate knowledge of the old Norse folktales to incorporate elements from them so effortlessly.
Captherine ✪
Dec 10, 2014 Captherine ✪ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like fairy-tale re-tellings
Shelves: reviewed, re-tellings
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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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