Since the day she was born, it was clear she had a special fate. Her superstitious mother keeps the unusual circumstances of Rose's birth a secret, hoping to prevent her adventurous daughter from leaving home... but she can't suppress Rose's true nature forever.
So when an enormous white bear shows up one cold autumn evening and asks teenage...more
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Ever since I read the tale of "East of the Sun, West of the Moon," I've longed to give one of its numerous re-tellings a try. Edith Pattou's version, East, practically fell into my lap when I discovered it in the hidden recess of my Kindle and within moments, I was sucked into the tale. For those of you who don't know, "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" is similar to "Beauty and the Beast," only instead of a beast, we have a polar bear, and instead of a wicked witch, there is a ...more
I never would have thought that there could be a whole chapter book retelling of a classic fairy tale other than Shannon Hale’s “The Goose Girl.” Well, I have just recently stumbled upon this book called “East” that happens to be a great retelling of a classic fairy tale! “East” is a retelling of a classic Scandinavian folktale called “East of the Sun West of the Moon” by Edith Pattou and anyone who is a huge fan of fairy tales will definitely get a kick out of this book!
Rose is the you ...more
Anyway, my opinion hasn't changed, just my method of delivering it. I still think that this was a horrendous novel, badly plotted with shoddy characters.
In fact, I think the lack of development from the characters was the novel's biggest downfall. Rose is such a blank protagonist. I spent 200 pages with her (before I gave up), and throug ...more
The novel delineated an ordinary world from a magical world by making Rose's home life somewhat more mundane as well as keeping from her many of the ma ...more
I liked this book better than Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow in a few aspects. I liked the portrayal of the trolls and how you get into the mind of the Troll Queen and see some of her motivations better. I enjoyed the alternating POV. The friendship between Rose and Thor.
But it was slow. I felt that the relationship between Rose and the bear was not as well done as it was in Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow. The bear's character was rather weak and the alternating POV was not utilized to the book's advan ...more
I'm a bit disappointed that the more fantastic aspects of the original folk tale were not included, but if I had never read the original story, I wouldn't have noticed they were missing.
Also, there's Slank!
Others have tried to own this word before now. You'll recall the Grinch "slink, slank, slunk" up a chimney in Whoville on Christmas eve, Cormac McCarthy's dogs slank around the periphery of a smoky campfire, the urban dictionary offers various unappealing definitions, but P ...more
...LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!! D:
What were the odds anyway? It’s a Beauty & the Beast type of story with a polar bear! :3
Actually East is a fairytale retelling of the Norwegian folk tale ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’, which is about this girl who is taken by a white bear as part of a deal, and everyone is horrified by this, but turns out she becomes the bear’s knight in shining armor when she has to save him from this dreadful troll queen. How awesome is that??
The writing in ...more
EAST is not extraordinarily sophisticated i ...more
The characters come alive before yours, there is intrigue, passion, adventure, and self-discovery. Pain, heartbreak, and th ...more
Update: After reading Jessica Day George's "Sun and Moon, Ice and ...more
I was really impressed and caught by the unique and beautiful style of the author's writing and her attention to detail and research. She weaves different threads throughout the story, tying them all together in the original tale.
Early teens on up can easily enjoy this story. Despite the awkward situation the original tale puts our heroine in, there is ab ...more
It really is a great romance, told from mostly Rose's point of view but alternating with the Whi ...more
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