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
So, yes, I gave up on this book. 200 pages was all I promised my friend, so I read 200 pages, no more. Why you ask? Because EVERYTHING SUCKED.
The plot, first off, was pointless. It moved along incredibly slowly. Normally, I don't mind slow-paced novels, but honestly, only a few real events happened i...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'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.
Update: After reading Jessica Day George's "Sun and Moon, Ice and...more
'East' is a Cupid & Psyche/Beauty and the Beast retelling with a twist. Set in the far north, the story follows Nymah Rose, and adventurous young girl. When her family falls on hard times, a great white bear comes to the door to make a deal with Rose's family. If Rose comes with him, her family's fortune will change for the better. Against her parent's wishes, Rose agrees to go with the bear...more
The characters come alive before yours, there is intrigue, passion, adventure, and self-discovery. Pain, heartbreak, and th...more
East is a new take on an old story. It doesn't really offer anything new to the table and story, but delivers beautifully. Ms. Pattou creates a lovely albeit harsh world that for 500 pages you feel completely immersed in. The language and nar...more
East is very loosely based on East of the Sun, West of the Moon. The author has a very thin outline of the original, but she fills in most of the details herself. This is definitely how I prefer my fairy tale re-tellings! I especially love how she portrays the trolls. She added her own little twist on most of the characters.
When I first started reading it, I was very briefly hesitate about liking the writing...more
I could never predict or get a sense of where the story was headed for many chapters, with a...more
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